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The Nerd Handbook.

As I was reading through it, I was disturbed by the number of times I recognised people I know (or myself) in these descriptions.

Well written, and worth the read.

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paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
Nerd!
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
And the next thought to come to mind was

"I'm not ignoring you - you're just irrelevant."
rantinan
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Or dont bother reading, hook up with another nerd, love each others inconsistancies and ecentricities, and accept each other for being yourselves without having to force changes upon each other.

psuedonym777
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Good lord! That's frighteningly accurate. :oP
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm the NADD person, aren't I?
halloranelder
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Yep!
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
I got to "Advanced Nerd Tweakage" before I couldn't see the monitor any more for tears of bitter bitter laughter.
**sigh**
"I'm an A1 nerd wrangler"...now that's something I'd like to see in a personal ad, online of course. :P
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Ooo tweak me darling! ;-p
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Heh, unfortunately previous stories I've hear about you put you firmly in my 'not relevant' basket.
That along with the 2 degrees of separation and the tendency of us both to follow in similar circles without crossing, lead me to the conclusion that should we cross the streams it may well end in an Earth shattering Kaboom.
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Plus the fact that I'm two states away :-)

Previous stories?
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Location is not relevant, flights are cheap, Melbourne is a nice place to live, I'm more likely to interact with a person online than in person anyway.

Many, many stories...usually beginning with an eye rolling gesture and your previous name said in a kind of exasperated way.

There would however be a fascinating pattern established by the fact that an ex of mine (who shares your name) once dated an ex of yours after he dated me...so for me to date an ex of hers (of the same name) would be somewhat of a circumnavigation. But not fascinating enough to be my current project. :) **sorry**
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Permit me to be blunt.

I believe I know enough about you as well for me to never be interested in you in any version of reality that I'm likely to contact. Of course, everything I think I know about you may be completely wrong, but since no-one seems to afford me the benefit of the doubt on anything I find it difficult to be charitable on my part.

Just so you are completely aware and informed and thus can't misunderstand anything I might say, with one possible exception - not being you - there is no w absolutely no-one in Brisvegas that I would consider for any form of romantic or sexual relationship.
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Okay...we have wandered into strange and unusual territory...I'm not quite sure when the comments I made went from innuendo laden popular fiction references and slightly odd mathematics into making you actually upset.

I am genuinely sorry if I have offended, it was not my intention.

notagod
Nov. 14th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
there is now absolutely no-one in Brisvegas that I would consider for any form of romantic or sexual relationship.

Tickets? Just because Amanda shot you down, all of a sudden, it's oh noes? I swear I just stereotyped you for a fortitude valley-class queen. You are amusing, but only the five second because I'm otherwise bored amusing. You're a no-one, I'm a no-one, chill and enjoy the (other) company.
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
For whatever it's worth, I happen to be in a very happy relationship anyway. Anyone who takes me seriously on comments like that doesn't really know me all that well, as I'm sure others will attest.
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
Heh, now there is no need to get surly...I'm just playing.

Oh and it's worth lots that I happen to be very happily not in a relationship anyway.
You should hear the stories they tell about me!
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
I've been hearing variants on that statement for over 25 years now - it gets old. The fake rape allegation is the worst one and it's followed me no matter what I or the person I was supposed to have raped says or does.

Brisvegas shits me, which is why I'm not there anymore.
missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh now that's one I hadn't heard. I'm sorry if I've managed to offend you, but seriously I didn't know any of those nasty rumours.

I've heard lots of tails of you and Dancer and others playing water pistol games and geek and role play stuff in Griffith days. From when I lived with Fyd and Jo.

I've never met you and was surprised when I realised your ex was the same girl who I'd been dumped for almost 15 years ago.

paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Might I suggest that you think about how long ago those stories happened? Isn't it vaguely possible that you're judging me on things that happened over a quarter of a century ago, and that I may not be the same person now that I was then? Are you the same person you were then? Is anybody you know?

Why then am I repeatedly judged by what I was supposedly like when I was in my late teens? FFS, I'm in my forties now.

missedangel
Nov. 13th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Yup, I was...you are only in my 'not relevant basket' because of our relative ages deduced by the vintage of the stories.

I was almost 7 around that time.

Edited at 2007-11-13 04:13 am (UTC)
notagod
Nov. 13th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
And if you still have issues that you react extremely to vague passing references that have no relevance in the slightest, think about what that says about you and the passage of time. Chill, no one knows what the hell you are on about.
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
No, you don't know what the hell I'm on about. Drawing conclusions from the specific to the general requires a much larger sample size.
aeduna
Nov. 13th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
I think its a good guide for "if you see X it might be Y" - i don't think it describes all the nerds/geeks all the time. In fact anyone that seriously hits more than 90% is probably not terribly functional :)

(would have been nice to see a 'she' or two in there too, but given it was partly autobiographical...)
paradigmshifty
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
The writer did specifically cover the he/she thing early in the piece...

Regarding gender: for this piece, my prototypical nerd is a he as a convenience. There are plenty of she nerds out there for which these observations equally apply.

aeduna
Nov. 13th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Weird, I completely missed that.
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