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stoneunhinged
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I am a nerd.

(But I'm not a geek. I have my standards.)

Anyone else wanna come out of the closet?
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Geeks have risen above nerds in the pecking order. Thank the show Glee and the obvious slang "Gleeks" for that one.

Geeks are now, anyone overly obsessed in a subject.

Nerds are still, well, stuck down with the dorks.

The revengers have become geeks.
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Nerds took a big step forward when all of that time spent on school was followed by many of them getting wealthy. Of course, that was before we learned that the two had nothing to do with each other, as financial success in life has nothing to do with personal choices.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2011-10-29 13:02, Tom Cutts wrote:
Geeks have risen above nerds in the pecking order. Thank the show Glee and the obvious slang "Gleeks" for that one.

Geeks are now, anyone overly obsessed in a subject.

Nerds are still, well, stuck down with the dorks.

The revengers have become geeks.


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Geeks took a big step forward long before Glee.

The swarm of very successful comic book, sci-fi and fantasy films helped a lot, as well as the ever growing electronics entertainment industry.

I've always considered a geek to be one more focused on a subject, or genre, and a nerd to be, well, someone just nerdy Smile
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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On 2011-10-29 13:10, LobowolfXXX wrote:
...as financial success in life has nothing to do with personal choices.


I know what you mean. But there are a few nerd/geek types who won the lottery, "financially" speaking.

There is an interesting passage in Aristotle's "Politics". He tells a story about a philosopher who made a killing, "financially" speaking, by predicting the grape harvest according to the weather. The point seems to be: "I am not a nerd; I could be filthy rich if I applied my talents to making money". Philosophers (according to Aristotle) could always be rich, if that's what they wanted.

So much for Aristotle.

I'm a nerdy philosopher, and I am not personally rich.

(Actually, I'm rich; but I married a very wealthy woman. I don't count that as being "rich", especially since we're separated and I'm the kind of guy who says, "poopoo on your money, you filthy be-atch".)

(That was too much to put into a Magic Café post. I know. I'm weird right now. Sorry. My sister is dying and I'm just freaking out royally.)
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If you mean do I love SciFi (not horror) and Science. Then yes, I am a Nerd.

If you mean, am I good at Math?, not so much.

I'm more into the theory of Quantum Physics than actual practice, although I do manage to fall down when I trip. Perhaps I'm more Newtonian in my approach.

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For a long time I was a computer programmer. I think that officially made me a nerd. Of course my comic book collection probably helped.
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I'm more of a dork (no, not a whale ***, the other dork) myself. Or maybe a weirdo. Not sure where that ranks in the lineup of nerds, geeks, etc.
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For a long time I was a computer programmer. I think that officially made me a nerd. Of course my comic book collection probably helped.


Comic books would definitely make you a geek. That's not to say you can't be both. I think nerd is more inherent, and geek is more about what your interests and what you do.
Unless it's just pure academics, then I'd say that still qualifies as nerd.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

I won't forget you Robert.
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On 2011-10-29 13:10, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Nerds took a big step forward when all of that time spent on school was followed by many of them getting wealthy. Of course, that was before we learned that the two had nothing to do with each other, as financial success in life has nothing to do with personal choices.

No one said personal choices weren't important. Willie Sutton made lots of them.
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You guys are on a magic forum... I think that answers the question.
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On 2011-10-29 16:41, Salguod Nairb wrote:
You guys are on a magic forum... I think that answers the question.


Lol, I'm surprised it took that long.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

I won't forget you Robert.
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In the past, I:

- programmed computers since about age 5,
- spent untold hours playing video games, starting with the Commodore 64 catalog,
- earned a high school varsity letter in... chess,
- also competed in academic prize exams, advancing to the national mathematics and chemistry olympiads in high school, and did pretty well on the Putnam exam in college,
- worn exclusively black sweatpants and t-shirts from about age 12 to age 25, and didn't cut my hair during that period,
- got my first job in high school at a video game place called "virtual world," and currently work with technology...

But, I am not now nor have I ever been a nerd or a geek. Just a normal guy with sometimes unusual interests. Smile
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Nerds took a big step forward when all of that time spent on school was followed by many of them getting wealthy. Of course, that was before we learned that the two had nothing to do with each other, as financial success in life has nothing to do with personal choices.


Why did I miss the sarcasm in this post the first time around?

Sorry.

Sometimes I can be reaaaaaaaaally slow.

I'm a dumb nerd, if there can be such a thing. Smile
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On 2011-10-29 13:10, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Nerds took a big step forward when all of that time spent on school was followed by many of them getting wealthy. Of course, that was before we learned that the two had nothing to do with each other, as financial success in life has nothing to do with personal choices.


Why did I miss the sarcasm in this post the first time around? Btw, when *I* do it, I prefer the term 'irony'.

Sorry.

Sometimes I can be reaaaaaaaaally slow.

I'm a dumb nerd, if there can be such a thing. Smile


Gotta keep you on your toes, Stone!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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On 2011-10-29 13:47, stoneunhinged wrote:

(That was too much to put into a Magic Café post. I know. I'm weird right now. Sorry. My sister is dying and I'm just freaking out royally.)



Sorry to hear that my friend. Smile

My prayers for her and you.
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Stone, my deepest sympathies to you for your sister.
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