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Post  Mandi on Tue May 26, 2009 1:32 pm

So, I was thinking that we must all have some pretty great nerd moments from our past. Some mebarassing, some awesome, some both.

Here's one of mine. I may or may not have admitted to this already.

The school bus can be held responsible, at least in part, for me becoming the nerd I am today. It was on the bus that I made friends with the girls who got me into Star Trek, and it was on the bus that this particular nerd tale takes place.

My friend Julie (one of the girls who cried when Kathywhat and I told her that Jonathan Frakes was dying of lung cancer) and her family didn't have a VCR. They had, as a family, decided to have the movie channels and stuff instead. This was a problem for Julie because she couldn't tape TNG like the rest of us could. Nor could she watch any of the episodes that we had taped. Julie, being the resourceful girl that she is, decided to audio tape some episodes. I think she taped 3 in total, and we listened to them, on the bus, over and over again. Now that I think about it, we would have loved to have had a Trek podcast then. Anyway, I think, sitting there on the bus, one ear bud each, is probably one of my nerdiest memories.
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Post  Jakob on Tue May 26, 2009 2:24 pm

I was a card-carrying Jedi Knight member of the SW fan club back before Episode 1 came out.
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Post  ori-STUDFARM on Tue May 26, 2009 3:10 pm

I did the audio cassette thing with the first 2 series of Red Dwarf. I used to listen to them driving my machine at work or on the commute to and from Scunthorpe. They last got an airing in November 2007 when I finally got a machine with a CD player and no cassette. I now have the first 3 series on my ipod and will listen to them occasionally .(its hard to drive and watch at the same time!!)
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Post  Mandi on Tue May 26, 2009 4:03 pm

Scunthorpe is the name of a real place? Awesome.
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Post  Mekka on Tue May 26, 2009 4:25 pm

We have Scunthorpe and Penistone in the UK. Both are great fun when trying to get through email firewalls.
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Tue May 26, 2009 6:09 pm

My embarassingly awesome forearm tattoo.



Nerds all over see it immediately. They do the nerd-twitch and then come over and start yammering. I had it done pre-Episode 1 when the stuff was cool.

It is still cool IMNO (in my nerdy opinion).

Notice the nerdy convo on the monitor.

Notice my nerdy DOnald Duck cup.

That pic is worth billions of nerdy words.
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Post  GAB on Tue May 26, 2009 7:25 pm

For what may have been the 10th anniversary of the Annual Paper Football Classic (back then, it was always on Thanksgiving weekend and dubbed the "Thanksgiving Paper Football Classic"), I did a very strange write-up for the family and a few friends.

Trying to cover the history of the series and laying down the rules of the game, as we play it, I wrote the whole thing as if ABC Sports was doing the coverage that year complete with Keith Jackson and Frank Broyles speaking parts -- slinging the southern slang like you would not believe.

I now realize that it bordered terribly close to straight-laced fan fiction, both of ABC's college football coverage back in the '80s and of my brother and me.

Totally cheesy vanity project that was never really completed -- nothing past a first draft anyway -- and ran somewhere between 10 and 20+ pages long. (Clearly some of my memory here is repressed, or tunnel-visioned. cyclops )
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Post  Mandi on Tue May 26, 2009 7:26 pm

Bordered? Hardly. Awesome? Entirely.
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Post  GAB on Tue May 26, 2009 7:33 pm

Mandi wrote:Bordered? Hardly. Awesome? Entirely.
"Well now, aren't you just as sweet as apple pie on the Fourth of July," Broyles remarked, concluding the interview with Mandi.
"Ahem," Jackson said, pretending to clear his throat. "And now to our sideline reporter with an update on the decision this year over whether to use regular Pledge or Lemon Pledge to slick down the paper football playing surface."
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Post  JonnyBoy on Wed May 27, 2009 10:44 am

At the age of 9, I became a published poet. In other words, my whole class wrote poems, sent them in, and only like 3 didn't get put in the book. If I find it, I'll scan and post the poem I wrote.

It was awful though.
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Post  Mandi on Wed May 27, 2009 11:11 am

Ooo, I can't wait.
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Post  Jakob on Wed May 27, 2009 12:03 pm

mediasaurusrex wrote:My embarassingly awesome forearm tattoo.

I was so hella jealous of that tat when you got it. Though you taking that idea saved me from ever getting a tat.
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Post  Marius on Wed May 27, 2009 12:03 pm

Before I go into this I must state that as far as either of us know, these tapes no longer exist. Back in the very early 80s my friend Dave got a copy of The Art of Star Wars. Included in this book was the entire script of the movie. Dave and I proceeded to record the film onto a series of cassettes with us dividing up the parts based on who could do the closest imitations. He is one of those guys who can whistle with great volume and variation so he did the blasters and Artoo. I was 3P0 and Vader, and I think Luke. I don't recall which of us played Leia or Han, and I'm pretty sure he was Chewie. And this was done long before either of us started drinking, so I can't even blame it on that. Embarassed
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Post  Wilco on Wed May 27, 2009 4:04 pm

That's not even nerdy, that's a whole other level of awesomeness
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Wed May 27, 2009 5:30 pm

Jakob wrote:
mediasaurusrex wrote:My embarassingly awesome forearm tattoo.

I was so hella jealous of that tat when you got it. Though you taking that idea saved me from ever getting a tat.

Yeah, lucky you. I had my epiphany when I was having my stomach done (it is a pretty big piece) that perhaps I should have never gone the tattoo road.
TOO MUCH PAIN No
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Post  Tony on Wed May 27, 2009 5:47 pm

I find the pain is a big part of the tattoo addiction. It's totally cathartic. Love to get me some endorphins. And tattoos are a great hurdle to put up in front of the normies to see just how open-minded they truly are...

This just be my left upper arm...(note the dog/pyramid from The Church's 1992 "Priest=Aura" CD cover...one of the best CDs ever made). farao



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Post  Tony on Wed May 27, 2009 8:15 pm

OK, here's a few more...sorry about the photo quality, I just did these quick, and it's hard to take a good, focused picture of your own arm, apparently....

First up is actually the favorite of all that I have, a nicely-colored hummingbird, with "Jenny" next to it in script. Jenny was my sister; she passed away last year. I promised her before she died I'd get a bird tattoo to honor her. Luckily, she was able to see it before she passed away. Her nickname was "bird", because she talked so much! http://www.songsforjenny.com
It's on my lower right forearm.


Second is my "Crazy Tony" and my "Crome Yellow" band logo. Being true to myself...i.e. crazy, caffienated guitarist. And Crome Yellow was (is) the best days of my life with my best mates. Rock on! They're on my upper right forearm.


Love these guys...Crome Yellow (that's me in the back with the glasses):
Listen: http://www.last.fm/music/Crome+Yellow/044+-+1992
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Post  Tony on Thu May 28, 2009 11:00 am

So, to get this thread back on topic...

When I was a kid I'd make drawings with little circles, about 2mm across, with different color pens, different shapes with different colors, and so on. What's so nerdy about that? Every 100 circles, I'd make a hatch mark on a separate piece of paper; I was counting the number of circles I drew! It usually amounted to about 20,000 per one letter-sized sheet. Sadly, these were all done on ruled notebook paper, and I don't have any left around. Although I'm tempted to do a new one just for old times sake.

Also, I used to have one of those Mattel (?) handheld (American) football games, the one with three rows of little LED dash lights, and the brightest of the LEDs was the ball carrier...remember those? I used to make up team names, complete with colors and logos, draw up a bracket, and play a whole season until there was a champion.

One more, we had a neighborhood carpentry shop as kids, in my garage. We were so nerdy we'd draw the outline of the tools on the wall, pound in nails for hooks, and then write our names above our stations, i.e. "Tony - President".

More to come....
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Post  Mandi on Thu May 28, 2009 11:02 am

"Crazy Tony" is my favourite.
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Post  Tony on Thu May 28, 2009 11:07 am

Also, and related to the carpentry shop, all the kids on the street made go-karts one year. We took the wheels off of our wagons and attached them to plywood bases and built the carts on top of that. I remember I had two holes coming through the wood with two bits of rope attached to the front wheels...I'd pull back on the left to turn left, etc. The nerdiness comes in here...there were three go-karts built. We all painted them orange. We all named them the "General Lee", and refused to give up that name to any other kid! Thus, we had the General Lee 1, the General Lee 2, and the General Lee 3 (mine). We even painted the "01" on the side, even though our karts were numbered 1,2,3...if you don't know by now, we were obsessed with "The Dukes of Hazard". I wanted to be Bo Duke so bad as a kid. But it was all fun, as my driveway was on a bit of a hill, and we'd race down it. I don't seem to recall winning very often.

One more, the best one, to come...but I'll have to scan something first....
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Post  Tony on Thu May 28, 2009 11:09 am

Is this nerd-like? I'd read so much as a kid, my dad would find me in my bedroom closet as a kid, on a school night, well past midnight and with a towel under the door so no light could leak out. Or I'd be under my covers with a flashlight, reading, listening for the creak of adult footsteps on the stairs. I had to get glasses in the 5th Grade, and I've always felt a reason for that was because I was always reading by poor lighting...
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Post  kumarhk on Thu May 28, 2009 11:37 am

Tony wrote:Is this nerd-like? I'd read so much as a kid, my dad would find me in my bedroom closet as a kid, on a school night, well past midnight and with a towel under the door so no light could leak out. Or I'd be under my covers with a flashlight, reading, listening for the creak of adult footsteps on the stairs. I had to get glasses in the 5th Grade, and I've always felt a reason for that was because I was always reading by poor lighting...
That sounds frighteningly close to my life as a young child.
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Post  GAB on Thu May 28, 2009 2:21 pm

My parents actually started worrying a bit when I was a kid because I preferred playing albums to playing outside. It wasn't just putting on a stack of records and kicking back, either. I'd have a several pulled out of the cabinet and know just the order I wanted to play them in and which tracks from each one to play.

If only they'd had the foresight to add another turntable and a mixer!
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Post  ro karen on Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:18 pm

For some strange reason, after I hit puberty, I became increasingly "neat-freakish." Everything had to have a place: clothes were hung up in my closet according to school versus regular, and then separated out by article type and hung in color-coordinated order; books were stacked on my shelves in chronological order by genre type (which at that point in my life meant "Star Trek" or "Horror"); CDs were organized first by genre, then alphabetically, then chronologically if I had more than one CD by the same artist; don't even get me started on how OCD I was about cataloging my Star Trek tapes...everything had to be neat and dusted, folded, hung up, put away, or whatever. I simply couldn't stand clutter. Around this time, I also developed a "bartender" fetish. I had this strange double shelf in my room; one side was four shelves high, but the other side was only two shelves high. It made for a nice little "bar" area, in my mind. So I lined it with a kitchen towel, got an ice bucket, a pitcher, and some spare glasses from the attic, shined them all up, and set up a little drink area where I would serve drinks to friends and family. My dad told me later that he was concerned I would either become a bartender or a drunk (guess which path I chose? Wink )

Does all this qualify as nerdy? Or just seal my place as the really weird kid that everyone knew in their youth?
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