Nerd epilogue

Oh, and for the record:

I am nerdier than 99% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

How the heck I got that nerd score without building my own computer or knowing my current IP address, and admitting I prefer Windows, I haven’t a clue…

Comments

  1. #1 Eric
    September 8, 2006

    Only a 95…I bow to your 4% greater nerdiness.

  2. #2 Dave S.
    September 8, 2006

    Eric –

    A true nerd would note that 99% is 4.040404…% greater than 95%. :)

    From a fellow 95%’er.

  3. #3 llewelly
    September 8, 2006

    How the heck I got that nerd score without building my own computer or knowing my current IP address, and admitting I prefer Windows, I haven’t a clue.

    I did some experimenting, and I had to change 3 of my answers to the least nerdy answer to get my score to drop from 99 to 98. I suspect those 3 issues you mention are no more important than the questions about education level or how well you know the periodic table. (Unrelated: I believe this answers some of the questions on other blogs about the statistical validity of the quiz … )

  4. #4 W. Kevin Vicklund
    September 8, 2006

    Interesting. There must be a split in the 99th percentile group – I scored as a Supreme Nerd God when I took it. Must be that I built my own computer and knew the periodic table. As for Windows, well, I personally found Windows to be significantly more stable than MacOS (though my point of comparison primarily rides on the Mac PowerPC and doesn’t include the later versions). Not the norm, I know.

    But anything is better than that bastard child of OS/2 and UNIX, AIX. Well, anything more sophisticated than DOS.

  5. #5 Bob C
    September 8, 2006

    Blast! Only 98. Well, I blame it on my advanced age.

  6. #6 Dale
    September 8, 2006

    77 … I’ll just crawl off into a corner now.

  7. #7 Seth Manapio
    September 8, 2006

    “I personally found Windows to be significantly more stable than MacOS”

    ———–

    Which versions did you compare… XP versus 9x? NT versus X? Which version of X, 10.1,2,3,4? On which box?

    ————–

    I did some experimenting, and I had to change 3 of my answers to the least nerdy answer to get my score to drop from 99 to 98.

    —————

    You are the biggest nerd ever.

  8. #8 Zach
    September 8, 2006

    I scored a 68%. I’m a low-rank nerd.

  9. #9 Zombie
    September 8, 2006

    It looks like the score is a percentile of quiz-takers rather than an absolute rating.

  10. #10 KeithB
    September 8, 2006

    Seth, He doesn’t say MacOS X, but plain MacOS. I bet he is talking System 7 (with lots of extensions).

  11. #11 John Quiggin
    September 8, 2006

    87, which I guess is OK for a social science type

  12. #12 JohnnieCanuck
    September 9, 2006

    99 – Supreme Nerd God, well, unless using wiki to find an image of Maxwell knocks me down some.

    I kept looking for an electronic device behind the woman. Didn’t notice her ears until I read the choices.

  13. #13 somnilista, FCD
    September 9, 2006

    My IP address is 192.168.0.21, NATurally.

  14. #14 somnilista, FCD
    September 9, 2006

    99 – Nerd God B-)

    I think if they switched to logarithmic scaling, they could better differentiate between the great number of extreme nerds who hang out at ScienceBlogs.

    BTW, CP/M rulez.

  15. #15 Alain
    September 9, 2006

    can’t take the test, i’m too busy changing the laptop cdrom drive innard to a dvd from another laptop drive (running laptop: hp omnibook xe3, parts laptop: hp pavilion zt1145, both in pieces all over the kitchen table).

    Alain

  16. #16 The Ridger
    September 9, 2006

    72 – and that’s just crazy! Lots of people must not be nerdy at all!

  17. #17 Marc Buhler
    September 10, 2006

    Somehow my score comes in at 81, so I’ll stick with my more or less honest answers and place in the world. (It should have asked if my parents were machine code programmers and thus allowed for my being in rebellion all these years, an adjustment of another dozen points for sure.)
    (signed) marc

  18. #18 Alon Levy
    September 10, 2006

    I’m at 90 now, but as I find myself having to repeat, this only measures math/science geekiness. Politics geeks, linguistics geeks, literary geeks, etc. will score relatively low on the test simply because they’re not mathematicians or computer nerds.

  19. #19 JanieBelle and Kate
    September 10, 2006

    Hey, we were made up out of whole cloth to fulfill a bet at After the Bar Closes. We vote Lou is the nerdiest nerd of all, test or no test.

    Kisses

  20. #20 Seth Manapio
    September 10, 2006

    My biggest beef with the test is the question on programming languages. All five languages they list are Turing Complete, and therefore “real” programming languages, but none of them are dialects of Lisp, so none of them are real programming languages.

  21. #21 KiwiInOz
    September 11, 2006

    Woohoo. 29% It tells me that I am an aspiring nerd, but I dispute that.

  22. #22 pat
    September 11, 2006

    nerd score 18 , whew!

  23. #23 Dean Morrison
    September 11, 2006

    90% – but then perhaps Brits are naturally nerdy..?