After a Conversation about Second Life, Sims 2, and World of Warcraft:

Comments (11)

Coworker #1: Talking with you is so enlightening, Rachel!
Me: HA! If we're talking about nerdy things, then possibly.
Coworker #2: You think you're a nerd?
Me: Wait, are you serious? My dad has done everything in his power to make me his little nerd child. In a lot of ways, he was rather successful.
Coworker #2: But you don't look like a nerd!
Me: . . . I'm wearing a BLOG-RELATED T-SHIRT.
Coworker #2: Yeah, that's kinda nerdy, I guess. But I didn't know it was a blogging thing until you told me. I just thought it was hilarious.
Me: Tomorrow, I'll wear my shirt that says, "I'm blogging this."
Coworker #2: Okay, that would be nerdier. Still, you don't look the part. You know what a nerd looks like.
Me: I'm friends with a guy who carries a towel in his pocket because of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Does that count? NO WAIT. I have a pirate/ninja launcher. IN MY PURSE.
Coworker #2: You win.

We spent the rest of the day launching wee little pirates and wee little ninjas at various unsuspecting coworkers, and it was one of my favorite memories of 2008 thus far.

gRegor

gRegor

Nerdy or geeky - that is the question. I'd venture that it's the latter. It is for me, at least. No pirate/ninja launcher in my purse (er..), but I am known to wear geeky shirts and certainly love H2G2 and LOTR. I haven't played WoW or Sims 2, maybe that's the cutoff line? (I have tried SL though, which might be considered worse. hmm)

Jace of Fuse!

Jace of Fuse!

So what you're saying is that you are proud to be a nerd? Nothing wrong with that.

Everyone should always know where their towel is; the purse is a perfect place for the essentials such as tasers, pepper-spray, and PNLs (Pirate/Ninja Launchers); blog/net related t-shirts are super keen-o-riffic; and it's absolutely and perfectly normal for people to post screenshots of the video games they are playing (even if it does involve making out with Frodo Baggins).

Deus Ex Fimus

Deus Ex Fimus

Be careful launching both pirates and ninjas at the same time. The ninjas will likely take offense and start smiting pirates left and right, and all the pirates will be able to do is drink tiny bottles of rum. That's not really fair to them, now is it?

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

gRegor - I guess "nerd" has a better connotation in my head than "geek," but I'm not really sure what the exact qualifications are for either. As a result, I've just taken to calling myself a nerd. *shrugs* Wouldst thou like to clarify that for me?

Jace of Fuse! - I've been raised to be a nerd and to be proud of it. Looking back, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Deus Ex Fimus - HAHA. My brother and I were trying to shoot the ninjas at the pirates (the set comes with two launchers) on Christmas morning, but it didn't work out so well. The pirates were drunkenly swinging swords mid-air, and the ninjas just didn't fly very well at all, surprisingly. Both were more at risk to be eaten by the dog than anything.

Chris Magnusson

Chris Magnusson

Linky

Btw, I'm twittering this. :p

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Chris Magnusson - Well, at least I now have a definition to go with each term, but I still don't know which one fits me best. Nerd? Geek? Nerd and geek? I'm pretty sure I don't smell bad enough to be a dork. Do combination words exist, like "neek" or "gerd"? At least we can all agree that this comment is helping me keep my title as "Biggest Loser of 2008."

Chris Magnusson

Chris Magnusson

That wasn't the exact site I was looking for. This one has a chart listing the various attributes of each.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Chris Magnusson - Ohhh nice. That's exactly what I've been looking for all these years! I guess I'm like 80% geek and 20% nerd, then. Oddly, I feel like I should be posting this information somewhere. Like, when a site shows my name, age, and location, it should also show my geek-to-nerd ratio.

Holy crap, I need to go back to watching Samurai Jack and stay away from commenting on this any further.

gRegor

gRegor

Heh, that's funny. I consider "geek" to have a better connotation. One of the earliest distinctions I've heard, which has stuck with me mostly for its humor is:

A nerd is someone who is surrounded by technology and knows how to use it; a geek is someone who is surrounded by technology and knows how to use it and enjoys it.

But more seriously, that chart is probably fairly accurate. I consider nerds to be less socially adept and more academic.

Jace of Fuse!

Jace of Fuse!

That's an awesome chart, actually. It pretty much sums up the typical definitions I've always heard.

I've seen it discussed many times in places such as Slashdot comments and this chart seems to match the general consensus.

To be a little more specific, though...

Geek = Inquisitive and tech savvy
Nerd = Very intelligent
Dork = Socially inept

One could be a geeky nerd, a nerdy dork, all three, or just a complete dork with no redeeming qualities.

Seems as though, by that chart, I'm an 8.5 point Geek. I'm kind of 50/50 on the bluetooth/play games dilemma. Iz luvz miz zum gamz.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

You know, I wish people at work would shoot little ninjas and pirates at me.

It would make the English Dept. so much more interesting if you had to dart past doors, and sneak up behind one another to launch a secret attack.