GEEK MADNESS: Congratulations, Mr. Secretary


Secretary of Geek Affairs - Wil Wheaton

After a long campaign against the best and brightest geek luminaries, Wil Wheaton has emerged as the people’s choice to hold the office of the (yet to be officially recognized) Secretary of Geek Affairs.

Nearly 90,000 total votes were cast in determining the Geek Madness Tournament outcome, and Mr. Wheaton vanquished an impressive list of geek luminaries on his march to victory: Bruce Campbell, Wesley Crusher, Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak, Gabe & Tycho (Penny Arcade), and Joss Whedon.

Learn more about your new Secretary from his wikipedia entry, and from the man himself at his site. Click on the Department of Geek Affairs emblem (above right, created by the entirely excellent Len Peralta) for a full-size version.


  1. Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Congrats to Wil! Somehow, that doesn’t look like his…neck.

  2. Margrit McIntosh
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Permalink


  3. Jack F.
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    I was annoyed with the voting on almost every round, except the final round. Wil is a great choice. Democracy works! (At least this time.)

  4. Pam
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer geek.

  5. Nicholas
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Your no “William Fucking Shatner”, but you’ll do.

  6. JennyW
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Congratulations, Wil! You were my first choice all along.

  7. Sotarr The Wizard
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    This just in: Wil just resigned. Somebody had caught him buying gold for his WOW character. . . .

    (evil grin)

  8. Tam o'Shanter
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    You should’ve used the Infamous Clown Sweater for the photo instead… *laughs*

    Seriously, though, he deserved to win, and I feel that he is most certainly the best geek for the job… assuming Obama decides to institute the new Cabinet position, that is.

  9. Ann
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Wil! I’m sure you will make the best elected official as determined by an internet-based-basketball bracket-style voting process ever! Go make us proud.
    Len: the calculator in the official seal almost make me choke on my coffee. Awesome.
    P&S: Thanks for taking on the momentousness responsibility of running a contest of such national importance.
    Bonus: this got me a greenlight on Fark! Woo!

  10. Johnathan
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve gotta know. What’s the number on the calculator? Is it 5318008?

  11. Posted March 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    How great is that?
    Nicely done all who voted.

  12. Posted March 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I love the use of the “Official Type Style” of Starfleet on the Seal.

  13. Kay
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, no one thinks of you as a child actor anymore. Lose that wretched apology of a beard!

  14. Jess
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Permalink


  15. Heidi
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I find it apropos that Wil won and Wesley lost.

  16. Ari
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Wil! For your first order of business, please place a linux lab in every elementary school.

    Johnathan: type the numbers into your calculator and turn it upside down. It spells out something near and dear to all geekhearts.


  17. Posted March 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Does this mean he doesn’t pay his taxes? It’s a known fact that anyone in the Obama cabinet does not pay their taxes. Uh oh…

  18. Posted March 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    @Kay That’s not just Wil in a beard. It’s the “Mirror, Mirror” version of Wil Wheaton.

    OMG What have we done?!

  19. Heather Gagnon
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    How did Will Wheaton beat Wesley Crusher? I’m confused?

  20. Ferocious Daisy
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Should we expect Secretary Wheaton to make his first public appearance as an elected official on the podcast?

  21. Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Best geek for the job, in my opinion. My vote counted! Yay!

  22. Tam o'Shanter
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Ari: Jonathan knows. Invert 5318008 and you’ll see.

  23. Callumny
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Actually it’s 58008. Same thing, really.
    .Y. in parentheses.

  24. Kara
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Hahaha, Wil wins, yet Wesley loses. I do occasionally wonder which is geekier. Then I decide that either way, it’s awesome, and I don’t care.

  25. Ryan
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    “It spells out something near and dear to all geekhearts.”

    That’s not entirely true, Ari. There’s a very large gay sub-population amongst the greater geek population.

    Though I do challenge anyone to find a geek who doesn’t at least find that funny.

  26. Scott
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    A larger sub-population that may not care about that “near and dear” item… females. Funny how they got sort of forgotten in the discussion.

    Congrats Wil. Nice to see you get a paying gig.

  27. Posted March 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    This talk of sub-populations of geeks makes me think about this:

    Will Wil be the one to unite all the factions?

  28. Posted March 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Can I get that seal on a t-shirt? Can I? Can I?

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