I’m bowing to peer-pressure and joining the throng of SciBlings who have admitted to taking the nerd test. Orac’s been trying real hard to claim dominance in this category, and having met the man I am reluctant to argue with him, but it would seem like quite a few of us are giving him a run for his money.
For the record, I scored just as highly as he did on the nerd test, which means that we are equally nerdy, or that we are not actually equally nerdy but one of us knows how to game the test, or that neither of us is all that nerdy but both of us can game the test. (And I should get bonus points for working the possibilities on that one.)
Let’s get down to the specifics:
Forget about the my momma/daddy stuff that Janet and Orac have been throwing down. Real nerds are made, not born, and should be judged not on how easy it was for them to become a nerd, but on how well they do at turning others into nerds. On those lines, my daughter figured out how to kill the net nanny software when she was 6, and tried to use a credit card she “borrowed” from her mother to register for the disney.com premium content when she was 7.
Lord of the Rings: Yeah, I’ve read that a lot, too. I’ve got some significant chunks of LotR and The Hobbit committed to memory, and can (and sometimes do) pick it up and reread random chapters without having to try and remember where the different storylines were. I’ve read the Dune series quite a few times, too. Personally, though, I prefer God Emperor to Children or Messiah.
Online text-based gaming during college? Sorry, Orac, but I think you might have been in college too early to manage to hit the heights of nerddom there. I’ve got just two words for you: Furry MUCK. Hell, I still remember what MUD, MUCK, MUSH, and MOO all stood for.
My roomate had one of the very early Macs that he had converted into a fish tank.
Role Playing? I wasn’t just a member of that club in high school, I was the president. (No waiting until senior year to start for me.) And I was Technical Director for the Stage Crew. I don’t have enough time for role-playing now, but I still squeeze in miniatures-based wargames on a semi-regular basis.
When I was quite young – like 6-8 – I would play chess and talk about plate tectonics with the old men in the park.
I’ve been losing nerd-points for physical appearance lately, but at the end of high school and through quite a few years after that, I had the Mark Chu-Carroll look going, but with a bonus feature – add a cheesy mustache to the balding ponytail look.
Still want to play?