In what ways are you a nerd?

@TheHorse (51515)
Pleasant Hill, California
March 1, 2017 12:16pm CST
I've been a bit of a nerd all my life. I enjoy reading, but not as much as a true nerd. I'm pretty clueless about cars, but I've changed my own oil and spark plugs, so that doesn't qualify me either. However, I still qualify as a nerd. As a young child, I wanted to be an "astrophysicist," not a fireman. I even knew what an astrophysicist was. As a 10-year-old, I preferred Archie comics to Superman or Spirderman comics. Nerd. My first majors in college were math and physics. Nerdy majors. I knew pi out to about ten digits in my 20s (3.141592654) and can still calculate the depth of a vertical mine shaft by how long it takes for a rock to hit the bottom (d = 1/2at^2). But my nerdiest attribute right now is that I still love stereo gear. That was a nerdy/cool thing in my high school days, and my fascination with it never went away. I still get Stereophile Magazine (for nerdy men only). And I still follow vintage gear on eBay and Craigslist. I'll attach a nerdy picture of my current amplifier (a conrad-johnson MF-80) and turntable (an Acoustic Research ES-1). Seeing them makes me happy. That's nerdy. Oh, and I love gardening (nerdy) and classical music (nerdy). Do you qualify as a nerd, or at least a partial nerd, like me? What are some of your nerdy attributes? By the way, I'm proud of being a nerd.
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@Asylum (46809)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar
My nerd factor is probably my passion for computers, especially since I have often spent hours doing something purely for the experience. In fact, my love of DOS and floppy disks etcetera probably makes me a Dinosaur Nerd.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
Ah dinosaur nerd. I may qualify for that distinction as well. I nerd out over old audio gear, but am not that interested in the new stuff.
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1 Mar
I miss the days of DOS...
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@Asylum (46809)
• Manchester, England
1 Mar
@TheHorse Obviously an appreciator of good quality. No modern stereo system can compare with the classic radiograms. Today practicality is the main feature, whereas at one time a stereogram was a fabulous piece of furniture.
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@Corbin5 (78663)
• United States
1 Mar
I am a reading nerd. Always have a great read at the ready to follow a great read that is nearing its end. I panic if I am book-less. I want to live in our public library, but so far, our public library has denied my request.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
A friend gave me a new book to read last night.
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@Corbin5 (78663)
• United States
1 Mar
@TheHorse Hand it over!!!!!!! Oh, two fabulous books about children who are unique, which you may have read, are Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. Any book about kids and education hooks me.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
@Corbin5 I'm scared to read education-related books that aren't brutally honest. I want to write a book about my efforts in the 'hood, but I'm convinced nobody would believe what I've seen. Angela's Ashes is what I was given.
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@LadyDuck (118393)
• Switzerland
2 Mar
Same as Barry @Asylum I think I am a Dinosaur Nerd due to my passion for old computers and operating systems.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
I've used computers as a tool (word processing; internet searches; data analysis; communication) as long as they've been around. But I never was that curious about their inner workings for some reason.
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@Asylum (46809)
• Manchester, England
2 Mar
Windows 98 is definitely my favourite operating system, but sadly not usable today for a computer with internet access.
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@LadyDuck (118393)
• Switzerland
2 Mar
@Asylum It has been the best of all the Windows systems. It's a shame they completely redesigned the system instead to continue the Windows 98. I hate their new systems.
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@teamfreak16 (35174)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Mar
According to, well, everyone, I'm more of a dork.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
Aha! Now we're into semantics! What's the difference between a nerd and a dork? Am I a nerd for using the word "semantics"?
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@teamfreak16 (35174)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Mar
@TheHorse - Well, I guess I am a hockey/cycling/music geek/nerd/dork. I guess they are interchangeable.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
@teamfreak16 I think of geeks and nerds as being into something really nerdy, like stereo gear or computers. When I think of dork, I think of someone who wears high water pants (unless they're in fashion) or has crusty buggers in his or her nose.
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Mar
I am more of a geek than a nerd, lol
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
Oh oh. How can I distinguish the two? At least you're not a dork.
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• Centralia, Missouri
3 Mar
@TheHorse geek is more fantasy, sci fi, creative, nerd is more math science etc
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
4 Mar
@Jessicalynnt Ah, so I'm more of nerd than a geek.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21264)
• United States
2 Mar
Well , lets see. I was quite a book worm and loved what is called elevator music.......such as The Carpenters or Air Supply and ABBA.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
Nerd! Bona-fide! If you like Jimi Hendrix, you lose nerd points, though.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21264)
• United States
2 Mar
@TheHorse love Hendrix too
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
@Tampa_girl7 if you love Hendrix, you can only be a semi-nerd at best.
@besweet (7340)
• Greece
1 Mar
I like sto study a lot, and reach to the highest knowledge that I can about the chosen subject. When I was writing my dissertation a few years ago, I had read every paper available online on my subject and also every book in the library. I also like computers, I enjoy learning new software. I know it is nerdy because I rarely find people to talk about this stuff!
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
Just having an advanced degree is nerdy. I actually like to study too. Now I'm on the other side, grading papers. But I still enjoy it.
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@besweet (7340)
• Greece
1 Mar
@TheHorse It is, I agree. But it is interesting to be a nerd!
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
@besweet To me, it makes life more fulfilling.
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@sallypup (20700)
• Moses Lake, Washington
1 Mar
My Mom called me the absent minded professor since I was a kid. Guess that qualifies me.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
I am fast becoming an absent minded professor!
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@sallypup (20700)
• Moses Lake, Washington
1 Mar
@TheHorse I miss not being near a library- the drawbacks of living near a town but not in a town.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
@sallypup I tend to sit at my computer and buy used books on Amazon.
1 Mar
That's an interesting subject. As a female nerd, I was always into computers, I can find my way around software, no matter how much they evolve, and I always wanted to be a programmer, and a web designer, and a graphic designer. Because of my father I ended up being a computer technician instead. The nerdy part was I really enjoyed repairing computers and printers, swapping motherboards, replacing hardware parts, and carrying a bunch of tools in my purse every time I went out instead of a makeup kit. I love reading, especially educational books, not much of a fiction person. I was also a stereophile like you, and a music composer (my music is still on soundcloud). And I homeschool my children because I love teaching. I also paid my distance learning tuition by teaching computers (tutoring) to students and adults. Is all that nerdy enough?
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
Oh, that sounds delightfully nerdy! Hearing about tools in your purse, instead of makeup, made me fall in love just a little bit. Did you recognize my amplifier as conrad-johnson? My tubed Fisher X-100B needs a bit of work.
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1 Mar
@TheHorse They're nice, I'm more of a Yamaha fan, on amplifiers, equalizers (oh the days of physical equalizers!), musical instruments, audio workstations... If it's Yamaha I want it!
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Mar
@thehousewife The digital piano I'm thinking of getting is a Yamaha. Their guitars aren't quite up there with Martin, Larrivee, and Collings.
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@reskyyandi (3841)
• Indonesia
3 Mar
I don't think I have nerd.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Mar
I have nerd genes that express themselves regularly.
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• Indonesia
8 Mar
@TheHorse I get it now. I am nerd in books and technology
@Daljinder (19767)
• India
2 Mar
I don;t know what a proper definition of nerd is. So, you be the judge: I blurt out facts or stories I ever read or heard about a certain topic. I read a LOT and has always been a studious person. I love and had played series of many games. You can;t take me away from it if I am in the middle of playing.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
Oh, I think we'll allow you into the Nerd Club.
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@Daljinder (19767)
• India
3 Mar
@TheHorse Thank you!
@JudyEv (96812)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar
I suppose I'm a nerd in some ways but what I want to say is yay to all the lovely little cars in front of your nerdy gear. Are these all your little friend's that you're allowed to look after? You don't have them parked very well. :)
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@JudyEv (96812)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar
@TheHorse Was he shaking his head at the carnage?
@celticeagle (114184)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Mar
I don't think I qualify as a nerd. I never did real well in school. I enjoy writing and thing I am rather good at it. My ex always told me he felt I was very smart. But nerd? I don't know.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Mar
Hmm. Do you have any hobbies that most others would find boring or just plain weird?
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@celticeagle (114184)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Mar
@TheHorse .....TV and internet. Things I collect. I collect a lot of pictures of my favorite Victorian homes. The ones I like.
@LoriAMoore (9663)
• United States
3 Mar
Compared to you I lack any nerdiness.
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@TheHorse (51515)
• Pleasant Hill, California
3 Mar
I am PROUD of my nerdiness!
@CoralLevang (39793)
• United States
3 Apr
Let's see.... I could spell antidisestablishmentarianism at 5-yo and did so for all the big kids; I read the dictionary "for fun"; I wanted to go into African tribal areas and sit and eat off of leaves with the people; I was fascinated to learn how to speak a few phrases in languages from every person I knew from a different country. I like reading academic journals for certain knowledge. I enjoy judging speech and debate tournaments. My favorite board game is Scrabble and I have memorized all the two-letter OSPD acceptable words. Does this make me a nerd?