I spend so much time hanging out with people who are geekier and nerdier than I am, that I easily forget how much of a geek/nerd I am myself. For instance, I don’t play a lot of video games, but I kinda think I should be making time for them. I haven’t seen a lot of the old Star Trek, but I totally would be open to watching it. I only understand half of the geeky/nerdy jokes I am exposed to, but then again, there is that half I really DO get. I feel that in many instances, I am just on the brink of going over the edge into true geek/nerdom, but I’m not quite there yet. I am only just close enough to understand what it is to really be there. In an odd way, it feels very much like learning any skill; there always comes that point where you have learned just enough to grasp how good you aren’t. Still, I have the general impression that I am much further off center than I realize, so I made a list earlier this afternoon, just to prove this to myself. It is somewhat as follows:
THINGS THAT MAKE ME A GEEK/NERD
-I know that there is a difference between the two, and can’t decide which I am.
-I think guys who wear glasses are cute.
-I made money in high school sewing and selling cloaks, and did in fact wear one in public in lieu of a coat for years.
-I wish I owned more Star Wars apparel.
-I actually DO own, and am proud of, a T-shirt with a Duck Hunt reference on it.
-I read Herodotus for fun.
-Baseball is the only sport I have ever loved, even though I don’t have a particularly favorite team.
-I spend several hours a week teaching myself French, and have yet to hear of a language I do not want to learn. Except maybe Spanish, because everyone learns Spanish. I expect to learn Spanish someday anyway, for that very reason.
–XKCD makes me laugh.
-I consider the A- I got in Calculus to be my greatest academic failure. (And then feel really guilty and like a total jerk for thinking that way.)
-I spent most of my free time in high school on an online fantasy roll-play forum.
-I own orchestrated and piano renditions of videogame music.
-I have an ongoing debate with a friend over the extent of humanity’s moral/ethical obligation to propagate life throughout the universe based on a scenario in which a nomadic black hole destroys the entire solar system.
-I have multiple friends who speak Latin fluently, and I hope someday to learn Latin so that I can talk to them in it.
-I listen to The Decemberists.
-I read Tyler Cowen’s blog to feel smart by proxy.
-In my science-fiction universe, I am trying to develop a semi-feasible way to power my space ships on neutron stars.
-I have seriously discussed the pros/cons of zombie vs. robot apocalypse.
-I once read a biography of the number 0.
-I know what it means to experience bij.