I’d take it as a compliment…

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 identify strongly with Liz Lemon, but don’t feel I quite live up to her standards.

-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.

2 thoughts on “I’d take it as a compliment…

  1. Baseball is still mainstream enough that I'm not sure it qualifies as evidence in your case. Also, despite hanging around with me, you aren't into the geekier parts of it.

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  2. A number of the things I listed are only borderline, and baseball definitely falls into that category for me. Mostly it only makes sense in context with everything else. But I do read your blog, and I did read “Moneyball,” so even if I'm not really into the geekier parts of it, I am aware of them and I fully support them. Also, I did come up with the geekiest presentation for my Comp II class last summer in which I argued that high ticket prices were the cause, not the result, of high player salaries. Not incredibly geeky, I now, but certainly more than anyone else in my class.

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