I'm not a nerd, just a follower!

I am nerdier than 93% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!Well everyone else is doing it and it appears I qualify for an MIT position (anyone listening?), but I have to justify my nerdiness to skeptics.

1. I read all of Arthur C. Clarke's novels when I was a kid.

2. I read all of Robert Heinlein's novels when I was a teenager.

3. I read all of Neal Stephenson's and Terry Pratchett's novels now.

4. I learned to program in COBOL.

5. All I read apart from the above are technical scientific and philosophical papers. If I push myself, I'll read a technical scientific or philosophical book. The current one is Rosenzweig's Species Diversity in Space and Time. For relief I read popular science books.

6. I had a holiday once. I remember it well.

7. I once went to a party, also.

8. I did a bachelor's degree, an honours year, a masters, a graduate diploma and a doctorate part-time while working full-time! For fun!

9. Occasionally I remember to get a haircut.

10. I read the unexpurgated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to my five year old daughter (sorry, Alice. I hope you get well eventually).

11. I do not use a spellchecker, because I know spelling better than the checker does. (but it types better than I do.)

12. I answer all the trivia questions, and try to beat the contestants on quiz shows, and mostly do.

13. I once knew all the stats of the Saturn V rocket, and had a card indexing system of all astronauts and cosmonauts, including trainees, of their education, rank, home towns, and missions. I wrote directly to the Soviet space program, age 13, for information. I'm sure there's an ASIO file on me somewhere.

14. I'm a philosopher. Of science. What more needs to be said?


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...Ph.D. biologist ranks high as nerd:
. You can compare me to the other freaks if you are curious.

It's just a phase, I'm sure.

Nerd test:

Do you get this nerd joke?

There are 10 types of people in this world; those who understand binary, and those who don't.

I think everybody gets that joke these days. How about this one:

A mathmatician, a physicist, and an engineer were all given a red rubber ball and told to find the volume.

The mathematician carefully measured the diameter and evaluated a triple integral.

The physicist filled a beaker with water, put the ball in the water, and measured the total displacement.

The engineer looked up the model and serial numbers in his red-rubber-ball table.

Got a 93% as well, but I don't think I deserved it. I have an inner nerd, but I don't live as a nerd.

By Matt Silberstein (not verified) on 07 Sep 2006 #permalink

"7. I once went to a party, also."

I seem to remember that here in Bloomington for FDIBS you were rather adept at partying. Of course I also remember that you were rather adept at discussing how to reboot old Apple computers. So, you know, there's that.

Okay, I'm not a nerd, but I'm not hip. I did watch Matt build a computer once; that should count for something.

By Susan Silberstein (not verified) on 07 Sep 2006 #permalink

I was with you up to #10 but I didn't qualify for #11-13, JW. I wish I was better at Jeopardy but we all have our crosses to bear.

I not with interest that while you claim to remember that holiday well, there's no such claim for the party.

Oh, I remember that party. That was when I discovered (1) never mix hash cookies, scotch, gin, vodka and beer, and (2) that no matter how wasted I get, I remain conscious and able to recall in vivid detail how my friends decided to roll me across the back yard to get me out of the way...

I read all of Neal Stephenson's and Terry Pratchett's novels now.

I used to feel that way until Quicksilver. The boy needs an editor, badly.