Never considered myself a nerd ever. I haven't even thought about it until this thread.
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Never considered myself a nerd ever. I haven't even thought about it until this thread.
If you for example know that Tom Baker who played the fourth doctor in Doctor Who was briefly married to Lalla Ward who played Romana, who went on to marry famous biologist and author Richard Dawkins, as well as being friends with Douglas Adams, who wrote a number of episodes for Doctor Who (The Pirate Planet, City of Death and Shada (unaired)); one might conclude that you are a nerd.
And stuff like Star Trek TNG is correlated to nerdiness, as it's essentially nerd porn with it's consistently well written technobabble and metaphorical sociological and anthropological discussion. While non-nerds may enjoy the show as well, nerds are more likely than average to do so.
Last edited by Eris; 06-25-2010 at 01:42 AM.
My classmates and relatives consider me a nerd.. but I don't quite think I am one.. Yea.. i love it when they do so.
No but some people thinks so because i love my computer and i like to read alot.
I definetely wouldn't call myself a nerd, though I do have noticable geekish tendancies.
I go ape for most new electronic devices, start talking specs with some of the people working at computer stores and have a fondness for gaming and some anime.
I was the only real geek in my group, though most of them are usually up to some Street Fighter 2 or Guitar Hero once in a while.
victoria aut mors
Do you see the light of day less than 4 times a week?
Have you ever looked up the meaning of a word that no ever uses?
Did you watch all five seasons of Stargate Atlantis?
^ Did you watch it again?
Have you ever gotten into an argument with a friend about which pokemon would win in a single-only match?
When someone asks "how's it going", do you proceed to tell them about man's undying pursuit for answers, which then turns into a 2 hour lecture about philosophy and/or quantum mechanics?
Do you use the words "highly" and "relevant" in the same sentence more than 3 times a day?
have you ever looked a line of HTML and laughed?
Have you, honestly, had a crush on more than 5 fictional characters in your life?
Did you ever stay up all night in the cold outside a Gamestop for the midnight release of a new video game?
have you, EVER edited Wikipedia?
Do you know who Michio Kaku is?
^ Can you quote him more than 4 times at any given moment?
If someone says "Macs are better than PCs", do you get angry?
While buying an external hard-drive, did a consideration in your decision include whether or not it would have the ability to survive a nuclear fire.
Are you Bill Gates?
Did Tales of Symphonia change your life?
Have you ever worried that one day there would be a shortage of 60-sided dice?
Would going to Comic Con, or E3 "complete" you?
Is your "perfect gf/bf" a robot that you yourself built?
If someone said "Are you going to the party on saturday?", would you respond with "I don't understand the question".
And, last but not least,
Would you ever stop making out with someone and tell them "brb, Sailor Moon just started"?
Last edited by Ericgamer1; 06-25-2010 at 11:01 AM.
The Brighter the Light the Darker the Shadow
I didn't know there was a difference between nerds and geeks when i made this thread.
and out of the above i am proud to fit into all of 1 of them, in early january for twelve hours according to Wikipedia David Cameron's father was Mickey Mouse.
Guys, stop trying to be the catch all nerd.
"I play video games, watch anime AND read comic books. But I'm not just that, I'm well read in Java, etc".
Guys, that's not a nerd. A nerd is close to akunohikari said. You have to be pretty smart and be somewhat of a social outcast to be a nerd. Video games aren't nerdy. Being on the computer isn't nerdy. Your anime watching habits aren't nerdy. Most of these just mean you don't have a social life.
But then again i always been called a geek, nerd, lame(?), etc. But i never really considered myself to being a nerd. My friends don't think i'm a nerd, but it sucks that most of my cousins think i'm a nerd and avoid me wherever they see me. I don't go to family reunions/get-togethers because of this. And for some reason, i get the vibe that my cousins think that i think that i'm "better" than them, which isn't true. Maybe this has to deal that i'm the second person out of my cousins in Michigan to graduate high school. I'm not really sure, but maybe. I always try to be the nice guy, but for some reason i get negative treatment a lot.
Man that is whack!
Token Black Guy
One cannot be a man sporting this avatar and sig and NOT be a nerd
Thanks to Wolley for the sexay siggeh! Good work, Wollz!
On a mountain top
Bearded RaShay slays demon
Rocks out on guitar
No. Not really.
Not everything is black and white like that.
By lableing yourself a nerd, you reinforce the stereotype and feed trolls (well...not me).
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Last edited by FanoBliv; 06-25-2010 at 11:51 PM.
I'm not a nerd, but I am a card-carrying otaku.
Or as William Gibson beautifully put it, a pathological techno-fetishist with social deficit.
"If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron."
-Spider Robinson, God Is an Iron
Not really. I mean, I am fascinated by computers and all other catchy digital appliances but then, who doesn't in this digital age. Still, calling myself a nerd...*shudders*...
"To do is to be" - Descartes, "To be is to do" - Voltaire, "Do be do be do" - Sinatra.
NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Eris and Ericgamer: No, I think that what you defined is not a nerd, it's a geek.
The problem is that the definition of both words really varies among people. Some people define "nerd" as a very intelligent person, and "geek" as some useless wannabe-nerd who is not very intelligent, and is annoying as hell (keeps talking all day long, and to everyone around them, about the useless topic they like). Maybe that's why you're using the word "nerd" very broadly (and that's why Eric said he won't relate to geeks).
I think the definition of a geek is someone with an intense interest in a certain topic. It's simply what you were talking about. For example, Pokemon geek, Anime geek, etc. The word "geek" is not an insult in anyway. It has no implications about the person's intelligence or annoyance. It's exactly what you are talking about. Most people who replied to this thread are geeks, not nerds.
On the other hand, the definition of nerd is a bit more strict. There's no such thing as Anime/Pokemon/Star Trek nerd. I think the best way to contrast "nerd" with "geek" is by saying that "a nerd is a knowledge geek."
Even if the words "nerd" and "geek" now have a positive meaning, it had a negative meaning in the past, and it still does, to some extent.
Now out of the topic, seeing Eric's checklist, I have a somewhat high score. Here (the ones I omitted are just "no") :
FOUR TIMES?!! Do you think I'd go out my home THAT much?Do you see the light of day less than 4 times a week?
Yup.Have you ever looked up the meaning of a word that no ever uses?
Hell yeah.Have you ever gotten into an argument with a friend about which pokemon would win in a single-only match?
It happened a few times (not for two hours though) until I decided to never open these topics with someone again. They somehow always manage to not understand like half of what I say, and are almost always not interested in it.When someone asks "how's it going", do you proceed to tell them about man's undying pursuit for answers, which then turns into a 2 hour lecture about philosophy and/or quantum mechanics?
Yes. Actually... Ohhhh! I still have that page in my bookmarks! I didn't only laugh, I almost fell on the floor laughing.have you ever looked a line of HTML and laughed?
Just open this page, view the source, scroll down, and start WTH'ing:
I can't count them. But they're at least 20.Have you, honestly, had a crush on more than 5 fictional characters in your life?
Yes, various times. Though this happened a long time ago. I haven't made a Wikipedia edit for maybe more than one year.have you, EVER edited Wikipedia?
I roll my eyes. And maybe laugh or make a sarcastic statement.If someone says "Macs are better than PCs", do you get angry?
However, I DO get angry like hell when someone says IE is better than Firefox.
That's irrelevant.While buying an external hard-drive, did a consideration in your decision include whether or not it would have the ability to survive a nuclear fire.
Bill Gates is my son.Are you Bill Gates?
I didn't play Tales of Symphonia. However, my life got changed various times by some anime or games.Did Tales of Symphonia change your life?
Maybe 50 years later, but not now. Robots are still unsatisfying for a relationship . But I might not live long enough to see (or I'll be too old then).Is your "perfect gf/bf" a robot that you yourself built?
I don't respond with that. I make up a useless excuse for all party (and almost all non-party) invitations I get, and stay at home. I don't like parties in any way.If someone said "Are you going to the party on saturday?", would you respond with "I don't understand the question".
I don't watch anime on TV. I buy DVD's. And I didn't watch Sailor Moon.Would you ever stop making out with someone and tell them "brb, Sailor Moon just started"?
Here's a better measurement of how nerdy you are:
Are you highly interested in topics like physics, psychology, philosophy, logic, languages and programming?
How many programming languages do you know?
Do you prefer Ruby or PHP?
Do you use Microsoft crap when there's a better open source alternative? (If you use Linux, you get the highest score for this question. I don't use Linux though. I use Windows XP, the Microsoft Office Suite, but most other things are OSS. Even Notepad.)
How long do you spend on Wikipedia?
How long do you study for a perfect mark in Maths/Physics/etc.? (The lower the nerdier.)
What's your IQ?
What's your Jung personality type? (If it has an "E", you're not a nerd.)
Do you hate Chemistry? (Nah, I just made this up.)
Do you refuse to do something for a reason like it harms the nature, even though everybody else does it all the time?
Do you have a poor vision? (Like me... Orz. Though not necessarily.)
I think that if you get a high score on this, you're definitely a nerd. If you have a very low score on this, you're not a nerd no matter how much you like technology and play tons of video games. You can call yourself a technology geek, a video game geek, etc., but not a nerd. (And again, no shame in the word geek, it's totally fine. I consider myself an anime geek, somewhat a video game geek, a technology geek, a military geek, etc. You can be a nerd and a geek at the same time.)
Well, maybe my definition is just... my definition? o_O
On a last note, even though I don't like to include social life or the person's look under the definition of "nerd" for the sake of not turning it into a derogatory stereotype, I am indeed in a more than mild (but less than severe) lack of social life. But then again, I don't see this as a bad thing at all.
Last edited by Aku no Hikari; 06-26-2010 at 09:47 AM.
Yes. I do have a social life, where I leave all the nerdy stuff out (but that kind of depends on who I am with), but once I'm by myself again I go back to whatever I was doing before (anime/manga/tv-shows/computer games).
Regardless of the definition of others, this thread was about whether you consider yourself a nerd, not whether others do. But I suppose people have to inflict their opinions on others regardless.
As for me, I reiterate my nerd status: I have transcribed articles on physics and astronomy, and I have worked on a role-playing game wiki called the Black Vault for those who play Heroes Unlimited, so I do indeed consider myself a nerd.
"You laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you're all the same, the gods laugh and celebrate the differences."
However, the public opinionated definitive of the word is far too varied for everyone to have the exact same dictionary-born definition. So...it's still slang...'Just slang' that's been around for 60 years (as is the case for nerd) or over 100 years (as is he case for geek) isn't just slang anymore. Both nerd and geek exist in modern dictionaries, so they are very much official words.
"...slang is the continual and ever-changing use and definition of words in informal conversation, often using references as a means of derogatory terms, comparison or showing likeness..."
Have I considered my self well I'm assuming you mean anime/video game nerd? Then nope. I'm a closet otaku and I don't get really obsessed in my anime watching hobby. Honestly I'd fail at anime trivia if it existed. ahaha.
But honestly I've never met a "nerd" that calls themselves a "nerd"... I hang out with them but I don't think they would voluntarily say "hey I call myself a nerd..."
i am not...yes a read alot, and i like to search for things to learn every now and then.but i am considered an otaku...i rather stay that way >.>
Nerd, no, geek, yes. I even dabble in dweebism.
Hell yeah. I love doing math, I find physics fun, I read philosophy treatises when I'm bored, I play WoW, and I watch anime/read manga. And I tell my friends/family who don't care, all about it.
I'm either that annoying guy, or a huge nerd/geek. I suppose it's supposed to be negative, but I don't feel too bad about my life atm.
I remember one time I read pages on Feng Shui for about 4 hours >.> It was a long article and I was interested in how everything works the way it does.
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