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Memeage musings ahead...

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd God.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!

I'm not sure how I managed this, but I'm not complaining. I just think the test was way too easy - I got points for knowing of computer programming languages, for heaven's sake. Just too easy.

I remember the first time I saw a personal computer - my best friend's father was doing computer stuff in the '70s. He apparently did stuff that turned out to be fairly important to computer people, and at their house was this ugly beige box and tv-like "monitor" with a black screen that showed orange words, and basically did nothing that seemed interesting to a 7 year old me.  They seemed rather taken with it, so I assumed it was important.

Now I'm typing words into an 8-gig computer on a flat screen wide monitor, and have a scanner/copier/printer/fax machine next to it, and a high-speed internet conection.  I guess I should have paid a little more attention to the ugly beige box.

Though according to that nerd test, I'm doin' fine.



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Jan. 28th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Clearly I can no longer hang out with you because I am only a Slightly Nerdy Dork Queen (royalty baby!).

Now I'm going to get back to prick-stitching this edge... ;)
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
***Are you currently in the middle of reading a 300+ page book?

Yes, I read for at least an hour before bed, during the afternoon, and/or time off of work

Yes, I read while on the can (what can I say, it can be a long process)

I would be if comics had 300+ pages

I don't have time to read that long of a book


I've said it before, I don't read!

Uh.. bad question. Real nerds are NEVER 'in the middle' of a book. I read 300 page books cover-to-cover. There are three possibilities: Never opened it, actively engaged in reading it right now, and finished.

Jan. 29th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
"Real nerds are NEVER 'in the middle' of a book."

No, I'm 'in the middle' of four books.

There's the book I keep in my purse in case I get stuck in a long line somewhere, chosen for it's portable size. Then there's the book I keep on the nightstand, usually something I've already read at least once so there are no shocking surprises to keep me reading too late. There's a book in the bathroom for tub-reading, usually a nice cozy book, and another book on my computer desk, probably non-fiction.

Sometimes there is a floating book, and this is the book I read cover-to-cover, starting in a chair in the living-room and then migrating to the dinner table, back to the chair, and finishing in the bubble bath.
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
That's how I am too, except there is almost always a floating book in my case.
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm a Cool Nerd Queen. You should have seen my son's expression when I told him that!
My first personal computer exposure was when I worked at The Computer Store in Charleston, WV in the mid-1970's. We sold MITS ALTAIR - in kit form! (I'd already been working as a programmer for three years by then.)
First time I saw a listing was when my cousin's new husband came for our Grandmother's funeral the summer of 1968. It was some sort of assembler, I guess. Just pages of lists of numbers and letters. I was fascinated.
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I am an 'Uber Cool Nerd God'

I think the slide rule pushed me over.
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I can't find my slide rule! My brother seems to remember our Dad putting mine, his, and probably my grandfather's together in a drawer somewhere and no-one can find them.
Jan. 29th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
I don't have a slide rule, so I think that's why I didn't reach "Uber" status. : ( However, I cut my teeth on a TRS-80 Model I with a cassette deck to save and load programs. I thought it was the coolest thing. In high school, we had Model III's. I think I still have some of my disks. They were single sided so we notched them on the opposite side so we could turn them over and double our disk space. Yep . . . Nerds-R-Us.
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
I'm so totally there with you. Cassette tapes and notched disks and all.

I have a terrible time throwing away old computer stuff, even though I'm not really that much of a tech-y.

What I want, desperately, is a data transfer system, that I can plug my current laptop into, and has the necessary hard & software to access my ancient disks, so I can put them on CD's or DVD's. 90% is probably trash, but I've got disks in nearly every size & type - and no way to get the old ones to spill their data.
Jan. 29th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
My Dad was a computer nerd who eventually opened his own shop. My brother was an award-winning programmer even in childhood. I married a programmer, too, and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't even be able to download the latest versions of my anti-virus software without blowing something up.

I don't know how I manage to remain such an ignorant end-user. Willful ignorance?
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Hey, you can always comfort yourself with the fact that you cannot be as dumb with computers as the woman I saw yesterday on Good Morning America who didn't know how to do *anything*, and lost her job because she didn't know how to disable porn pop-ups by turning her computer off.

I think the ultimate stupid was that she was doing personal stuff on a computer networked to all the kids' computers.
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm an Uber Cool Nerd Queen.

We got our first computer when my baby sister was two, so I was... 6 years old.
My sisters and I went to a LAN Party/Computer Convention with our dad when we were 3, 5, and 7 years old (mind you it was a Day Trip because it was local).
I can remember watching our brand new dot matrix printer when I was 8 and we got an IBM with a color monitor!
There is a slide rule in the desk drawer right in front of me. However, I don't remember how to use it.
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