With all the nerdy preening and bragging going on due to Janet’s nerd-off, I couldn’t resist adding my contribution to the festivities. However, a question has nagged at me since I posted about this early this morning.

On January 10, 2005, my score on the Nerd Quiz was 92, making me a Supreme Nerd.

Today, I had to find out whether that had changed; so I took the test again. My score this time? Check it out, baby:

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

Nerd God, baby!

With that score, plus all my other nerd attributes, now there should be no doubt that I can compete with any ScienceBlogger here, even Mark! And if that’s not enough, I’ll mention one more thing:

I own all four series of Blake’s 7 on Region 2- and PAL-encoded DVDs. I ordered them from Amazon.co.uk because they are not available in the U.S. I also have an all-region multisystem DVD player to watch them with.

And I still have the Dalek cookie jar.

So there!


  1. #1 epador
    September 7, 2006

    While I can in no way compete with your total nerdy score, you mean to say you never programmed on little coils of paper like I did in High School? In Basic, BEFORE you learned Fortran? Or then thought it was a real cool trick to switch just one card in the stack of IBM cards of a rival nerd’s program just to see them freak when they couldn’t get the program that took them all week to punch out run? Or tried to write an electronic medical record program with a relational database on your Apple IIe?

  2. #2 alphabitch
    September 7, 2006

    this test here http://www.innergeek.us/geek-test.html is more difficult, I think. I scored a 93 on the one you linked to (“supreme nerd”), but much lower on the innergeek test (I was only a “total geek” over there).

    I guess “geek” and “nerd” scales measure different characteristics after all. I wonder how I’d do on the dorkiness scale.

  3. #3 andrea
    September 7, 2006

    Hmn, those look interesting. But I think I’ll wait a week and see just how nerdy/geeky I am once I turn 101101.

  4. #4 Dunc
    September 8, 2006

    Oh, so you get nerd points for having a graphing calculator or telescope, but not for a vintage oscilloscope, plus service manual, that you actually understand?

    Freaking graphing calculators! In my day…

  5. #5 Dianne
    September 8, 2006

    I don’t know, orac. I think you have to have some nerd points subtracted for becoming a surgeon (the glamor field of medicine) instead of internal medicine (the nerd field).

  6. #6 Dianne
    September 8, 2006

    Gah…Should have said “going into internal medicine”. Parallel construction is your friend, but only if you use it.

  7. #7 DouglasG
    September 8, 2006

    Bah! You’re married! You are not single and living in your parents basement. That should illiminate you from any talk of nerdliness. Poser!

  8. #8 Joseph
    September 8, 2006

    I scored in the 97 percentile – supreme nerd god.

  9. #9 MAG
    September 8, 2006

    How much for the Dalek cookie jar?

  10. #10 Brendan
    September 8, 2006

    I know a guy who figured out a way to safeguard against punchcard mixups. Every card ended with a GOTO. Sure, it makes your program freakishly bulky and time-consuming to print out, but imagine the look on the face of the guy who runs it after watching you trip, throw the cards everywhere, and shuffle them back together at random.

  11. #11 Dianne
    September 9, 2006

    This nerd test is too heavily weighted towards technology nerds. Technology nerddom is a fine thing, nothing against it, but it isn’t the whole of nerddom. There should have been a question asking what your favorite cluster differentiation marker is or how many colors your FACS can run at once to even things out a bit.

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