Nerdiest achievement?

first post in slashdot   2 votes - 8 %
in an article on slashdot   0 votes - 0 %
being in band, in high school   4 votes - 16 %
$thousands in long distance bbs calls   1 vote - 4 %
hacking Ma Bell to make long distance bbs calls   3 votes - 12 %
writing something open source   3 votes - 12 %
bragging about writing something open source   4 votes - 16 %
contributing to the Lunix kernel   2 votes - 8 %
writing a computer book   1 vote - 4 %
getting ISDN for your first broadband   5 votes - 20 %
still having your first greenbar output   1 vote - 4 %
raising the next generation of nerds   4 votes - 16 %
wipo   4 votes - 16 %
get an article on k5   1 vote - 4 %
win a major spelling bee   0 votes - 0 %
attend a science fiction con   7 votes - 29 %
run a science fiction con   1 vote - 4 %
write science fiction   1 vote - 4 %
write Kirk/Spock slash   0 votes - 0 %
wrote a language   2 votes - 8 %
wrote an emacs module for your own language   0 votes - 0 %
one digit husi id   0 votes - 0 %
24 Total Votes
wipo by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 05:29:00 PM EST
Had an article on K5.

Seconded nt by Phage (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 11:44:03 PM EST

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Poll should be multiselect. (nt) by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 05:29:49 PM EST

[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Multi select would be good but by johnny (4.00 / 3) #3 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 07:11:31 PM EST

I was going to say that breaking into the local high school (which I did not even attend) on Friday nights in the 60's in order to steal cyber 6000 cycles to run a FORTRAN 66 program to solve SOMA cubes (an early Rubic's cube kind of thing) -- instead of cruising around trying to get laid like you're supposed to do on Friday nights when you're in high shcool -- was my nerdiest accomplishment.

But, alas, I can top that. On a fine Saturday last year, a beautiful sunny day in Silicon Valley, I spent 9 hours inside a building on the AOL campus participating in the Dojo hackathon. I did this voluntarily, as a grown man -- cannot claim teenage confusion or hormonal imbalance. It's so fucking pathetic I could cry.  Oh well.
... this is dreamworld after all... it isn't? Shit.

I have been named my team's by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 07:55:08 PM EST
"Nerd's Nerd" for the following reason:

I told them I had talked to Captain Crunch during my college days. Which is true. In my freshman year, I found one of his old webpages. Never amounted to anything other than a short back and forth of: "You're really the real Captain?", "Yes, yes I am.", "That is so cool!", "If you wish to continue this conversation, may I suggest you start using PGP?".

Now, to top this, I had to first explain why the good Captain was named such. And then had to explain that explanation. At which point all of the rest of the people on the team simply gave up attempting to out-nerd me.

Which brings us to Sunday night.

The leader of the Sunday night gaming group was telling everyone how great his new .gif animating software was and how stoked it make him now that he can do that easily and simply.

My brain's first response?

"If I were having to design that sort of functionality, how would I "animate" an image file?"

At which point it went about attempting to design the process for animating a .gif file.

Until I stopped it from going through with it.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

WIPO: by ammoniacal (4.00 / 4) #5 Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 09:04:27 PM EST
Wining a majer speeling be.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Major Spelling Bee? by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 04:09:15 AM EST
Were you on ESPN?

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Running a TLD by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 12:28:11 AM EST
And having a four-letter email address was pretty nerdy kool, innit geezar

I HAD A 3-FIGURE ID ON HUSI /NT by fleece (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 12:46:12 AM EST

I have a 3 digit UID on K5 by Greener (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 08:12:42 AM EST
but I'm not the only HuSi'ite that does.

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nerd confession by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 12:55:21 AM EST
I ran a (unsuccessful) science fiction convention.

Ah... by bob6 (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 03:33:13 AM EST
Wrote a toy language... wait a minute... and wrote an emacs mode for the said language.

Also I corrected a CS teacher. She had said that the etymology of "algorithm" was algos, which meant other in greek and rythm. I'm serious, no further explanation. I've never seen someone so wrong and so pompous at the same time.

wipo: One digit UID on HuSi by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 03:38:45 AM EST
Had first post in slashdot stories a few times.

Haven't had $thousands in long distance bbs calls, mainly because I stuck with local BBS's.

I managed to get several articles to FP on k5.

Attended several science fiction cons. Highly recommend reading "Bimbos of the Death Sun" to anyone who's been to cons.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

7? by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 04:07:56 AM EST




Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Yeah, well, you're an Old Fart in the online world by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 04:30:33 AM EST
Which means that you probably find Britney to be too young for you. Unlike people like me and Hulver, who think she's a hottie.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Britney is sooooo 2003 by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 08:40:56 AM EST
I've moved on long ago - Frankly Jessica Alba has always been 10 times hotter and doesn't have all the emotional baggage.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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True, true. by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 08:50:07 AM EST
She's no Alyson Hannigan but...

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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The nerdiest things I've ever done by lm (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 04:12:42 AM EST
In order from greater nerdiness to lesser nerdiness:
  1. Participated in `live action' role playing games where you dress up like your character and beat each other up with padded weapons. While far short of the SCA ...
  2. Used the word `concatenate' in a natural conversation unrelated to anything IT.
  3. Bragged about #2.
  4. Had the person I was bragging to about #2 say to me that the word `concatenate' just happens to be in the academic text she's currently reading and now she doesn't have to look up the word because I've told her what it means.
  5. Browse through unabridged dictionaries for fun.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
WIPO by barooo (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 05:41:08 AM EST

I was the captain of my high school Scholastic Bowl team.  :) And we missed prom to go to the state championships (not that I'd have had a date anyway).

man, i need a beefy taco now.
Hex Edited Red Baron II by cam (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:09:55 AM EST
to add the Australian Flying Corps (and the Belgian, French and German Navies too IIRC).

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

I sort of did that with Capture the Flag by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #18 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:14:43 AM EST
from Carr software, I forgot my password. I didn't edit anything, I just read it.

I have hex edited PCL files.

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nerdi-EST? by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:22:56 AM EST
geez, i wouldn't even know where to begin.

going to sf cons to meet guys? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #20 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 06:38:58 AM EST
Wonder woman cosplay?

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Also by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #24 Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 10:10:51 AM EST
Read all the appendices in LotR several times.

WIPO: Had a USENET group named after me by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #25 Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 11:19:18 AM EST

Or maybe "Have my own psychotic blogosphere stalker" or "mentioned in the New York Times over some internet bullshit that no one cares about except the vain target of my derision, and 'her' 'blog buddies'". Hard to choose, really.

You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
It's frickin sad by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #26 Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 11:32:16 AM EST
nowadays just knowing about USENET makes you a nerd.

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