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 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Look in a mirror, and ask yourself, "Am I a nerd?"

I'm not a nerd, but that guy in the mirror sure is!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   no1maestro   (Member)

Let me try my hand at this.

I hate to see you folks beat up on yourselves and each other. Forget names and labels and just try to see yourselves as others might see you. I read in here a lot and see that many of you know and collect almost everything on a certain composer or genre, Its your choice to do that but knowing each and every detail of a cue, including the SMPTE timing, seems to some a bit much.

Having said that I must confess that in my job as a conductor I always memorized my scores and conducted without a score for over twenty years; that wasn't really my choice but my job.

Let me give you another example. I had a friend, a jazz lover, who could tell you what size reed Stan Getz was playing on his concert in Oslo on a wednesday in October, 1956. Personally I thought that a bit over the top; love the music and soft-pedal the intimate details please.

Knowing minute details about your chosen profession is to be applauded; knowing "everything" about your hobby is something else. I think some folks find that off-putting.

I wouldn't call you folks nerds but I do have to smile to myself, at times, when reading certain posts in the room. Please be a little less harsh or each other.....okay!!!

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

No, not nerds; Geeks, and "Geek is chic!" Never forget that.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

"Geek is chic!"

I'll bet a geek came up with that one. razz

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I started out a nerd, and ended up a geek. That transition entails getting laid, having outside interests, taking care of your physical appearance and being able to somewhat socialize with people.

[sigh] frown

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The way I see it, nerds were simply born that way. It's like a genetic predisposition. In order to become a geek, though, one has to work really hard at it.

So, my answer to the OP's question would be: not necessarily.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

I am a Holly. I Yam What I Yam. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that!

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   ScoreDude   (Member)

I can say that I'm not. I have far too many interests.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   franz_conrad   (Member)

I'm not a nerd or a geek. Thank heavens my eyes are good enough to not need glasses, otherwise I'd be in danger of being categorised as one just because of a fine mind and a melancholy temperament.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   Dan J. Schulte   (Member)

yes

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

Aren't "geeks" circus sideshow attractions?

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

I’d say we definitely are geeks. But that is okay because we are winning the culture wars. With the ascension of video gaming, computer use, SF and Fantasy, anime and comics, all former nerdy pursuits, there isn’t much room for anything else.

Of the top 100 grossing movies of all time 49 of them (adjusted for inflation) are all from this category. Of those 49 films only 8 were released before 1977 (These 8 were all Disney animated films). So that means that 41 of the all time grossing films (adjusted for inflation) are SF, Comic, Fantasy or Animated.

With Stars Wars proving that SF could make HUGE money and with the dominance of the computer and the net, life in popular culture has changed dramatically. Even 4H (agriculture) kids are computer users and are exposed the geeky side of life (They probably even sneer at the idea midiclhroians).

Being a geek is not only socially acceptable but supergeeks are almost revered. When I was in school, I was an outcast. At 47, suddenly I have dozens of 20-30 year old friends who love to hear about all the geeky stuff I saw and did. I told one guy that I saw Star Trek when it was first broadcast and he was excited and wanted to know what it was like. (As if he hadn’t seen the damn things a dozen times himself.) One went so far as to say that if I was in high school now, I would actually be popular!

Even film music is considered quasi-cool. "Who composed the music for…" is a favorite game with an argument developing over whether Billy Corrigan or Elia Cimral should be considered composer for Stigmata.

Geek culture is simply everwhere.

Consider this: I was at an art museum with a few of my friends (all geeks of one sort or another) and two attractive girls walked by (Early to mid 20s). All we caught was a snippet of conversation:

“Granted, if Cthulhu was alive and living in Colorado…”

This would never have happened 20 years ago. They weren’t indulging their geeky boyfriends and they weren’t geeky looky, emo or goth wanabees, they were two normal looking girls talking about a formally obscure, dead misogynist’s most famous creation (available in 3 different sizes of plush and various styles).

Greatest time in history to be a geek.

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

At 47, suddenly I have dozens of 20-30 year old friends who love to hear about all the geeky stuff I saw and did. I told one guy that I saw Star Trek when it was first broadcast and he was excited and wanted to know what it was like. (As if he hadn’t seen the damn things a dozen times himself.) One went so far as to say that if I was in high school now, I would actually be popular!

The Latin name for this phenomena is nerdus envius.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 10:32 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The fact that you have to ask should give you the answer.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   The Man-Eating Cow   (Member)

Greatest time in history to be a geek.

I enjoy being a geek!

I hear so many people complain about how boring their lives are...but I NEVER hear geeks having that particular complaint. If you're a geek, there's ALWAYS something that will keep you interested and engaged.

Especially now that we've essentially taken over the world.

(I went to a high school reunion about 10 years ago, and ran into some of my old non-geeky rivals. I wouldn't trade my life for any of theirs. Their lives have become so robotic, so...boring. So, essentially, I won.)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It is interesting that we use the terms 'nerd' and 'geek' completely opposite here in Norway. Here, 'nerd' is more "normal" or has fewer negative connotations than "geek", which is almost exclusively anti-social.

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

If you think you might be a nerd, you are.

Leave the rest of us out of it, because it doesn't have anything to do with soundtrack music collecting.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

If you think you might be a nerd, you are.

Leave the rest of us out of it, because it doesn't have anything to do with soundtrack music collecting.


Well, I would think it has VERY much to do with soundtrack music collecting. That is almost by definition a nerdish activity. The question is what the term captures or excludes beyond that, if anything.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   follow me   (Member)

http://ask.yahoo.com/20060818.html

...and by the way: I am what I am. cool

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2008 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Sean   (Member)

I love all geeks, nerds and fanboys, and I wave my particular banner proud.

Hell, at least it shows that you're passionate about something.

Now step away from my Link!

cool

 
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