I AM A NERD….. Sad yet true… Firstly, I would like to ‘finger off’ anyone who mistakes me for a dork or a gerk…. I AM NEITHER of them….
Yeah….yeah I have been told so many times ‘But I dn’t know what the difference is…. why make such a fuss abt it???’
Ok let you enlighten all of you guys about it…..
A Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests that are age inappropriate rather than engaging in more social or popular activities.
Geek – Very knowledgeable of a specific topic (electronics, comic books, etc)
Nerd – Very knowledgeable across a wide variety of subjects (book smart)
Dork – socially awkward and not mutually exclusive of nerd/geek
How about some examples?
Linux dork: posts “open sources rules! Microsoft suxors!” messages regularly on his blog (and everywhere else, too).
Linux nerd: installs Linux and uses it.
Linux geek: fixes the bugs, sends bug fix patches to authors, patches appear in the next version. (That used to be me, right now I am only a Apple user, not a developer just a die hard fan).
Fitness dork: wears lycra, but never breaks a sweat.
Fitness nerd: runs a 5K every now and then, and everybody within earshot hears about it. (That’s me – recall the posting on Gym sessions).
Fitness geek: turns down social events because they conflict with Sunday 8:00 am schedule.
Science dork: watches Star Trek and believes the physics is real
Science nerd: reads Scientific Magazines (That’s me – in my case would be the lastest edition of the Singapore Law Review).
Science geek: works in a lab
So, I hope this would help you guys to understand the differences….Nerds are by far the coolest from all of these categories as the examples do illustrate.
I didn’t always think I was a Nerd. However, reflecting back to my teenager years I should have seen the symptoms – Playing strange and unusual sports (football and cricket for the people who are familar with these) or smoking strange and unusual stuff (weed and mushrooms)??? I was busy trying to figure out the conceptual difference between the Keynesian theory and Neo-Classical Theories on economics . Busy reading Jeffrey Archer or Harry Potter ???? I was juggling General Theory on Employment, Money and Interest and The Critique of Reason. Busy making out with your teenage lover??? I was in the nerd corner(solely occupied by me cos which freaking 13 year old uses a library) writing a thesis on the conceptual misapprehensions with the IS/IM model or a book called ‘Ushan Efficiency’ (a far superior model to Pareto efficiency – which never made it to the market since my teacher lost the only copy).
Even now…. my nerd tendency are abundantly clear…. whether its spending my whole day in the library or reading a textbook when I am taking a ‘break’ from studying… a deep philosophical discussion during lunch or skipping Friday night clubbing to go watch documentary on great historic statesmen. Most people would call my life ‘sad’, ‘miserable’, ’empty’ or ‘a nerd ville’…… Yet, I AM A PROUD NERD
What one great man told about our ‘species’:
…….what they lack in physical strength they make up in brain power. Who writes all the best selling books? Nerds. Who directs the top grossing movies? Nerds. Who creates the highly advanced technology that only they can understand? …Nerds. And who are the people who run for the high office of the Presidency? No one but nerds.
He was Martin Luther King or based on his speech just another ‘NERD’ 🙂
I am an escapist.
I have been for a quite some time.
I long for escape. It is what I do.
Oh sure, I can “go with the flow” and be content. Deep down though, more often than not, there is an escape happening. Even when I am in the moment, it is a form of escape.
Reading a book, to me, is an escape. I read as the images play in my mind like a high definition movie. The world around me fades away as I am immersed in the set of my imagination narrated by the pages before me.
Entering a virtual world, I, once again, escape by blocking out all around. Even though I stare at the monitor before me, I block out the chaos on my desk. I release tension there, I dance there, I fly, I laugh, I shop, I create, I have fun, I blow off steam, I immerse. Escaping fully into another world with others.
Chatting with a friend is even a form of escape. As I sit and listen to them talk, I am entering their world, their life and leaving mine behind. As they speak, I picture what they say, I empathize, I laugh with them, I smile, and nod in understanding. Understanding because I have left my life and entered theirs.
Reading blogs is like chatting with friends in that I, yet again, enter someone else’s world. I see their joy, their pain, their unshielded self. It does not matter if their story is painted with words, with pictures, or a combination of both, for those few moments, I have entered their existence, even if only through the one way looking glass they have provided.
Even if I am pulling someone into my world, my life, I am escaping. I have left my reality to communicate with the visitor. As I share my life through voice, photograph, text, movie, paint, song compilation, I am into the setting. I am into the communication. I am leaving my world to make a window for you to see in.
Yes, it is true. I am an escapist.
Oh well…. on a serious tone…. I dn’t think I can describe myself…… Let me quote you some statements what other people have said about me then u guys can come to your own conclusions:
“<My name>, u arrogant a##hole”
“Argh, do u think the whole world rotates around u, a selfish a##hole”
“F$%&ing lawyers all they care abt is money and ur fat ego…. law school trains u perfectly, u a##hole”
“U mean pig… go to hell u a##hole”
Yeah…. that petty much sums up my personality….
Anywaz I don’t think that I am as bad as most people (actually everyone) portraits me to be…..