Sunday, March 23, 2008

speaking 'nerd'

I came across The Nerd Handbook today, just surfed in from who knows where, and enjoyed it so much I had to share it. I suspect that anyone whose IQ is in triple digits can recognize themselves to some extent, but it's the accuracy with which the author has described specific nerd characteristics that's quite remarkable. You can swap out 'computer nerd' for 'art nerd' or whatever your focus is. If you read the comments (do!) there are discussions about the precise definitions of the words 'nerd', 'geek', and 'dork', and even analyses of how nerdism applies to social, intellectual and even psychiatric categories (e.g. Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD). The question is, is it like reading your horoscope? Do all categories apply?

cartoon by Dave Walker

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Got this video clip from Rudy. What struck me most is that, when listening to the accents that are most like mine (and other west coast Canadians), regionalism is more important than citizenship. According to this, I speak more like an American from Seattle than a Canadian from Toronto, though her take on Toronto does seem a tad too T.O. East (i.e. Newfie) to be accurate.

And because I couldn't go without including a little bit of art, check out the Migraine Art Slide Show.


Blogger Casdok said...

The handbook sounds interesting!!
Fasinating art work!

23/3/08 1:25 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I still have no sound card on this toy! But I did look at the "art" and wonder how many aspirin artists like Kandinsky and Klee went through!
That nerd's desk looks embarassingly familiar!

23/3/08 1:48 p.m.  
Blogger Miz K said...

Thanks for your kind comments on the HelloWhatever Illustration Friday posts - and thanks for commenting on my husband's as well as mine - he gets jealous when "his" comments end up on my paintings - lol. ;-) Good luck with the scanner/laptop thing - doesn't sound like fun!

PS Love the nerd thing!

23/3/08 3:52 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting video of accents, She didn't do one from my neck of the woods, so I couldn't guage accuracy, but it was impressive.

23/3/08 8:48 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Well I wasn't born in London but I've a cross between the 1st and 3rd accents... :-) with just a tad of West country which she didn't do... I liked her facial expressions even more than her accents.

And on that desk - it looks the right size but a bit bare to me - though the placing of the books to which I am referring is spot on!

Its missing - a roll of cotton, part of broken earring, a bowl of worry stones, loads of CDs and DVDs (for back-ups), a lamp, photo printing paper, cloths for cleaning the screen and lots of other bits that are attached into or associated with the computer like scanner, external hard drive, card reader, pen and tablet, wrist rest, oh and lots more... :-)

24/3/08 2:31 a.m.  
Blogger chocolate covered musings said...

thanks for the handbook link, looks really interesting


24/3/08 2:54 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I could be part nerd, but I've always considered myself a dork. In fact, one day I told my daughter that I was a dork, and she said, "So am I!" - D.O.R.K = Defense Over Rude Kids.

I laughed so hard...

24/3/08 7:04 a.m.  
Blogger girl work studios said...

I love the nerd handbook. I'm one, I can't even pretend to hide it, but I'm a bit computer illiterate, does that make me a nerd outcast? And if I'm a nerd rejected by nerds, is that not considered the lowest modern social ranking you can have? Pity.
For some strange reason your 'accent' video isn't showing up for me. Hmmm...if I was a proper nerd I would be able to figure why. Oh well, try again later.

24/3/08 11:41 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Wow. You can organize a desk?

Interesting video. I suppose the Toronto one sounds most like the Upper Midwest. I "love" tho how they consider it a twang out here on the east coast. Yo Adrien.

24/3/08 12:05 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I don't think Amy's TO accent sounded quite right. I do agree with you though, that west coast BC, and right through to California is all pretty similar whereas Toronto is definitely less like us than even San Diego is. Anyway, I'm a Cascadia supporter so it works for me.

24/3/08 2:57 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Weirdly, after writing this I got flattened by a 24 hour migraine so haven't managed to respond to comments but did want to point out that the cartoon is by Dave Walker (see link in post), not me.

24/3/08 6:15 p.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

Where do you find this stuff???? Glad you do though, your blog always makes me think or smile!

25/3/08 2:49 a.m.  
Blogger Catnapping said...

Everything there fit me, except that I never know what's wrong with my computer and I do think the little keys are magic. (especially that ctrl+alt+del thing). So, I'm not a nerd.



25/3/08 6:09 a.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

I absolutely love that video. I'll have to check out some of her others when I have time ... ahem, or when I have to procrastinate some more.

26/3/08 3:48 a.m.  
Blogger Donn said...

I love Amy Walker and her audio tour of accents..what fun!
Fortunately living in the heart of the continent whateverpeggers do not any any hint of an accent or twang.

We speak perfect unadulterated modern English free from all idiosyncratic migrational holdovers. I think that this anomaly is due to the fact that we are surrounded by all of those quirky ticks and language is filtered as it migrates here and eventually dies of boredom.

Hello, my name is Donn and I speak perfect Engalush.

26/3/08 6:38 a.m.  
Blogger Molly said...

Hello, my name is Molly and I really liked the Migraine Art, may have to borrow that from you. Es OK? Hey I have a feed now; Robin helped me set it up. The old templates have more steps than the newer ones, more than I could complete. Anyway, it's on my sidebar.
Trying to compute less and engage more. Soon!

26/3/08 9:06 a.m.  
Blogger San said...

I've never known how to differentiate between geeks and nerds and dorks. Does that make me one? If so, which?

I'm afraid to check out the migraine art slide show. I used to have migraines, and once I went to an exhibit of migraine art. And wouldn't you know it? I got a migraine. OH MY ACHING SELF.

26/3/08 4:16 p.m.  
Blogger Bronwyn, said...

Regarding the migraine art: I've seen this kind of thing myself when I thought I was having a stroke from acute stress, & I couldn't see (!) & I saw the curved spiky spiral type thing rotating to the left of my field of vision - so weird!

The first Australian accent sounded like an American trying to do an Australian accent (annoyingly not accurate); & the second Australian accent was really Ocker - there are other Australian accents too, of course - but what a clever impressionist! :-)

2/4/08 3:27 a.m.  

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