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2013-01-28 03:39:31 PM
laughingsquid.com
 
2013-01-28 04:02:41 PM
Nerds: people who are socially inept due to their interests. Geeks: People who are so frigging smart (and/or their minds work really differently) that we just dont understand them and they come off as socially inept.

I really dont think their are nerds anymore. Everyone has a computer, everyone likes comic book heros (in the movies) and everyone likes fantasy (ie:lord of the rings). Guess what! We won and there for destroyed ourselves.

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oh hey she's a nerd! look a comic tshirt!!
 
2013-01-28 04:09:10 PM
Well, if I were to go by that infographic, I'm a mix of both. So what does that make me? A neek? A Gerd?
 
2013-01-28 04:15:42 PM

rickycal78: A neek? A Gerd?


you make my brain hurt.

Nerds envy geeks. Most of the time geeks have jobs or are working on projects that nerds would kill to work on or understand.
 
2013-01-28 04:18:44 PM

rickycal78: Well, if I were to go by that infographic, I'm a mix of both. So what does that make me? A neek? A Gerd?


Me too! I think they arbitrarily separated two things when there is considerable crossover. They aren't two species. They are two co-mingling subspecies.
 
2013-01-28 04:20:57 PM
Subby, you implicitly promised me Firefly. You failed, and are now required to post at least one image of Mrs. Reynolds boobs. Or at least Kaylee, since she was the hot one anyway.

Also, Battlestar Galactica movie? Battlestar Galactica movie where?
 
2013-01-28 04:21:43 PM
laughingsquid.com
 
2013-01-28 04:25:52 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Nerds: people who are socially inept due to their interests. Geeks: People who are so frigging smart (and/or their minds work really differently) that we just dont understand them and they come off as socially inept.

I really dont think their are nerds anymore. Everyone has a computer, everyone likes comic book heros (in the movies) and everyone likes fantasy (ie:lord of the rings). Guess what! We won and there for destroyed ourselves.

[img802.imageshack.us image 400x389]

oh hey she's a nerd! look a comic tshirt!!


The rise in popularity of individual movies means nothing. A normal person could enjoy X-Men Origins: Wolverine. A nerd/comic geek would hate it for how they portrayed Deadpool
 
2013-01-28 04:25:58 PM
According to this, I'm a geek AND a nerd, partially.

// and a MAC IS A PC (personal computer) damnit!

// web designer, graphic designer, computer programmer, it professional.
Not an early adopter, doesn't wear ironic t-shirts, has "living encyclopedia" status in a few areas, introverted.

// interested in almost everything from both sides (but not second life, weirdos).
// and those are all decent movies
 
2013-01-28 04:28:12 PM

Karac: Subby, you implicitly promised me Firefly. You failed, and are now required to post at least one image of Mrs. Reynolds boobs. Or at least Kaylee, since she was the hot one anyway.

Also, Battlestar Galactica movie? Battlestar Galactica movie where?




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here is a mash up for you.

by Karen Hallion
 
2013-01-28 04:30:10 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: rickycal78: A neek? A Gerd?

you make my brain hurt.

Nerds envy geeks. Most of the time geeks have jobs or are working on projects that nerds would kill to work on or understand.


I dunno about that. If I wasn't going by that pic from TFA I'd say a Nerd is the type to be a scientist or have a doctorate in one of the sciences and be generally smart in a number of other subjects. Geeks on the other hand tend to have a niche they specialize in, ie comic books, sci-fi, Hitchcock mysteries etc. Both tend to have their social issues due to their interests. Granted I've also heard that explained the other way around with Nerds being the specialists and Geeks being the all around brains. Personally I don't give a damn, both terms are pretty interchangeable, which is maybe the point the pic from TFA was trying to get across since most nerds/geeks I know tend to fall into both categories the way it was pictured on TFA.
 
2013-01-28 04:32:45 PM
Can't I be both?!
 
2013-01-28 04:34:55 PM
Gotta wonder how old the original graphic is, with a Windows 95 reference.
 
2013-01-28 04:35:43 PM
Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?
 
2013-01-28 04:40:24 PM
"The box said 'Requires Windows 95 or better' so I installed Linux"

Did I just travel back to 1998?
 
2013-01-28 04:41:47 PM

timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?


Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .
 
2013-01-28 04:45:32 PM
They wussed out on the origin of the word "geek". It comes from the carnival (or circus sideshows, but not the performers under the tent). A geek was the lowest, most desperate of acts who was part of -- or the prelude to -- the freak show and was typically deeply disgusting (not "amazing"). The term was popularized in the 1946 book/1947 film Nightmare Alley where the geek [APPETITE SPOILER WARNING] bites the heads off of chickens.

A real geek used live chickens.

/The difference between carnie and circus is like the difference between nerd and geek...
 
2013-01-28 04:49:26 PM
You know what would be neat? If we didn't have to paster pejorative labels all over everyone who liked the STEM fields.

At this point, given our brain drain, schools are starting to say that STEM is stuff that students should just know.

/nerd
 
2013-01-28 04:58:19 PM
You would not believe your eyes...
 
2013-01-28 04:58:26 PM
So a geek is a nerd without any opinions or creativity of their own. Nerds produce things that geeks consume.

/they're both just meaningless insults that have been numbed with overuse
 
2013-01-28 05:00:50 PM
Article was correct that this is more hipster versus nerd.

Or have geeks morphed into hipsters?

//I was a geeky nerd before it was cool man.
 
2013-01-28 05:03:22 PM

czetie: They wussed out on the origin of the word "geek". It comes from the carnival (or circus sideshows, but not the performers under the tent). A geek was the lowest, most desperate of acts who was part of -- or the prelude to -- the freak show and was typically deeply disgusting (not "amazing"). The term was popularized in the 1946 book/1947 film Nightmare Alley where the geek [APPETITE SPOILER WARNING] bites the heads off of chickens.

A real geek used live chickens.

/The difference between carnie and circus is like the difference between nerd and geek...


Jesus man, every time you post I learn something new. Looks like i need to change my favorite tag for you from "Quantum Physics Genius" to "Quantum Physics Genius and etymology expert"
 
2013-01-28 05:06:44 PM
img1.fark.net

So much bullshiat condensed into such a small area, truly it is impressive.
 
2013-01-28 05:10:53 PM
youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com

GEEKS!!

/Just doesn't have the same ring to it.
//Never really cared what anyone calls me, as long as my paychecks don't bounce
 
2013-01-28 05:11:58 PM
WHERE'S MY FIREFLY TALK!!

AND WHY ARE THE LEGO SETS SO EXPENSIVE!!
 
2013-01-28 05:16:20 PM
fashionablygeek.com
 
2013-01-28 05:19:41 PM
Geeks do NOT like "everything that Will Farrel stars in", what a ridiculous claim. Geeks like things for people with three digits in their IQ.
 
2013-01-28 05:23:49 PM
Too much hipster crap.
 
2013-01-28 05:28:07 PM
Meh, all that shiat mentioned in the article is Neo-Geek. Neo-Geek is that weird space between Geek and Hipster.
 
2013-01-28 05:40:41 PM

draypresct: timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?

Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .


Really? Huh, I've never heard anyone count in binary using anything but "one" and "zero"... The more you know
 
2013-01-28 05:46:40 PM

timujin: draypresct: timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?

Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .

Really? Huh, I've never heard anyone count in binary using anything but "one" and "zero"... The more you know


Yeah, i've always counted it as zero, one, one-zero, one-one, one-zero-zero, etc.

They missed one. Why does Christmas equal Halloween?
 
2013-01-28 05:58:17 PM

meat0918: timujin: draypresct: timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?

Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .

Really? Huh, I've never heard anyone count in binary using anything but "one" and "zero"... The more you know

Yeah, i've always counted it as zero, one, one-zero, one-one, one-zero-zero, etc.

They missed one. Why does Christmas equal Halloween?


that one is fun, but really only funny to math geeks.  At least the binary one is a little more "accessible".  You know the first person it occurred to had to have peed themselves.
 
2013-01-28 06:24:29 PM
After clicking on TFA, I am reminded of this

Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time To Die^
 
2013-01-28 06:29:42 PM

OceanVortex: czetie: They wussed out on the origin of the word "geek". It comes from the carnival (or circus sideshows, but not the performers under the tent). A geek was the lowest, most desperate of acts who was part of -- or the prelude to -- the freak show and was typically deeply disgusting (not "amazing"). The term was popularized in the 1946 book/1947 film Nightmare Alley where the geek [APPETITE SPOILER WARNING] bites the heads off of chickens.

A real geek used live chickens.

/The difference between carnie and circus is like the difference between nerd and geek...

Jesus man, every time you post I learn something new. Looks like i need to change my favorite tag for you from "Quantum Physics Genius" to "Quantum Physics Genius and etymology expert"


Thanks muchly, but the reality is that I don't know that much about quantum physics -- not compared to some Farkers who are actual IRL quantum physicists. If I were to make any boast, it would be that I'm pretty good at translating that stuff into colorful analogies for the lay reader.
 
2013-01-28 06:31:07 PM
So hipsters are trying to claim the title "geek"?

The way I see it, the distinction comes down to a difference in type of obsession. For example, a geek and a nerd might be "obsessed with computers", but for different reasons.

A nerd finds them fascinating in their own right, are interested in how they work. They learn what the hardware does, and the various levels of programing, etc. It's no different than studying some other topic in great depth. It's that kid who read all those insect books, now all grown up.

A geek enjoys various things that can be done with them. They enjoy media, especially if it is thought-provoking and engaging. Computers are a tool to this end. They may be early adopters, but when they are they are motivated by the need to get better hardware to run some media (e.g., a new video game). But, but they don't do it for the status like a hipster would. Some geeks may buy macs, but it's far from a characteristic trait since Windows is clearly the superior gaming platform... and why dual boot? Most won't find iTunes (etc) enough to be worth the hassle. Also, geeks don't care about pop culture per se; rather, some of the things geeks get into get picked up in pop culture.

Of course this way of thinking of it leaves it open that one can be both a geek and a nerd. I am. My nerdiness motivates my Linux use, and my continued graduate study. My geekiness motivates my dual booting for games, and my Discworld collection.
 
2013-01-28 06:31:25 PM

timujin: draypresct: timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?

Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .

Really? Huh, I've never heard anyone count in binary using anything but "one" and "zero"... The more you know


Unless maybe referring to a bit field position is really the key focus, most people just use hex. You're not going to say ten-million, one-hundred and one thousand, one hundred. You're not going to say one, zero, one, zero, one, one, zero, zero. You're going to say AC.
 
2013-01-28 06:35:45 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Karac: Subby, you implicitly promised me Firefly. You failed, and are now required to post at least one image of Mrs. Reynolds boobs. Or at least Kaylee, since she was the hot one anyway.

Also, Battlestar Galactica movie? Battlestar Galactica movie where?

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here is a mash up for you.

by Karen Hallion


Is it some kind of meta? Did the artist really draw Dean Venture as Princess Leia?

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2013-01-28 06:38:06 PM
I saw an article the other day talking about how women now find people like Sheldon from BBT more attractive than Ryan Reynolds. I thought that was cool. Then I went out into the real world.
 
2013-01-28 07:00:01 PM

Karac: Subby, you implicitly promised me Firefly. You failed, and are now required to post at least one image of Mrs. Reynolds boobs. Or at least Kaylee, since she was the hot one anyway.

Also, Battlestar Galactica movie? Battlestar Galactica movie where?


They're probably talking about Blood & Chrome. I'm guessing this infographic may be a tad on the old side.
 
2013-01-28 07:00:19 PM

ProfessorOhki: timujin: draypresct: timujin: Nerds don't "say" "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't", it doesn't make any sense when spoken.

/does that make me a nerd or a geek?

Why doesn't it make sense when spoken?

Verbally counting in binary: zero, one, ten, eleven, one hundred . . .

Really? Huh, I've never heard anyone count in binary using anything but "one" and "zero"... The more you know

Unless maybe referring to a bit field position is really the key focus, most people just use hex. You're not going to say ten-million, one-hundred and one thousand, one hundred. You're not going to say one, zero, one, zero, one, one, zero, zero. You're going to say AC.


I never deal in long strings of binary and haven't actually had to use it since college.  My point was that I've never heard anyone read "10100" in binary as "ten thousand, one hundred", but, instead, "zero, zero, one, zero, one" or, sometimes even, simply "twenty in binary".
Not a programmer, so I don't deal with hexadecimal numbers very frequently.
 
2013-01-28 07:12:01 PM
So geeks are just hipsters? I don't think so ...

Commenting, as rare mix of geek and nerd (like a white lion), I say that the lines have crossed between the two quite heavily in American society. To the point that the average geek/nerd will relate to most of what was listed on both sides chart.
 
2013-01-28 07:36:39 PM
The first bit of that infographic spends time saying things like "nerds only ever marry other nerds" and nerds are "socially inept" and nerds have "impractical skills" -- and then the next part talking about how much people would rather be called "geeks" than "nerds". Gee, ya think? (Bonus points: site called "Geeks are sexy".)
 
2013-01-28 08:05:20 PM
Geeks bite the heads of rats and chickens st the county fair.

/gooble gobble
 
2013-01-28 08:36:21 PM
Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who said, "When you label me, you negate me?"
 
2013-01-28 08:37:29 PM

HellRaisingHoosier: So geeks are just hipsters? I don't think so ...

Commenting, as rare mix of geek and nerd (like a white lion), I say that the lines have crossed between the two quite heavily in American society. To the point that the average geek/nerd will relate to most of what was listed on both sides chart.


What's in a name? That which we call a Geek/Nerd by any other name would squee as passionately.
 
2013-01-28 08:41:48 PM
I don't understand this fascination with self-identifying as a geek OR a nerd. They're both derogatory terms. It's like dweebs all over the nation decided that if Black people can "take back" n♠gger and make it an empowering term they use for themselves, then nerd and geek were fair game, too.

I am not a nerd. I am not a geek. I'm a guy who likes science fiction, comic books, and video games... But I also like lots of other things, too. I'm not obsessive about anything (except maybe my fiancee) and if anyone calls me a nerd they're asking for a dirty look, at the very least.

I find it especially insulting now when there are so many "Uncle Eugenes" out there giving nerds and geeks a bad name, and they're mixed in among the pseudo-geeks who are-- let's face it-- just people who are wearing a geek costume because it's chic at the moment.

But I don't identify as a geek... Not anymore, anyway. I stopped because I realized that everyone else calling themselves "geeks" or "nerds" were also creeping me out or pissing me off. I'm not a geek or nerd because, unlike many of these people, I actually have the ability to socially interact with people outside my areas of interest without looking like a weird, awkward tool. I'm also not faking it like the other half of the "geeks" out there.

I'm just a guy who likes geeky stuff, but I am not a geek... And I don't see why anyone would want to be one-- Just like I don't see why any self-respecting African American would want to call themselves a "n♠gger". It only drags you down and pigeonholes you into a stereotype that doesn't necessarily describe who you are as an individual.
And you know what really pisses me off? That they're making a reality/contest show which has a bunch of self-described nerds competing to prove they're the biggest nerd of them all. As if that's a point of pride.

I'm a person, not a geek. I refuse to be typecast into a role in this life.
 
2013-01-28 08:47:06 PM

untaken_name: Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who said, "When you label me, you negate me?"


I think Dick Van Patten said "Let me make you a sandwich."
 
2013-01-28 08:50:20 PM

ZeroCorpse: I don't understand this fascination with self-identifying as a geek OR a nerd. They're both derogatory terms. It's like dweebs all over the nation decided that if Black people can "take back" n♠gger and make it an empowering term they use for themselves, then nerd and geek were fair game, too.

I am not a nerd. I am not a geek. I'm a guy who likes science fiction, comic books, and video games... But I also like lots of other things, too. I'm not obsessive about anything (except maybe my fiancee) and if anyone calls me a nerd they're asking for a dirty look, at the very least.

I find it especially insulting now when there are so many "Uncle Eugenes" out there giving nerds and geeks a bad name, and they're mixed in among the pseudo-geeks who are-- let's face it-- just people who are wearing a geek costume because it's chic at the moment.

But I don't identify as a geek... Not anymore, anyway. I stopped because I realized that everyone else calling themselves "geeks" or "nerds" were also creeping me out or pissing me off. I'm not a geek or nerd because, unlike many of these people, I actually have the ability to socially interact with people outside my areas of interest without looking like a weird, awkward tool. I'm also not faking it like the other half of the "geeks" out there.

I'm just a guy who likes geeky stuff, but I am not a geek... And I don't see why anyone would want to be one-- Just like I don't see why any self-respecting African American would want to call themselves a "n♠gger". It only drags you down and pigeonholes you into a stereotype that doesn't necessarily describe who you are as an individual.
And you know what really pisses me off? That they're making a reality/contest show which has a bunch of self-described nerds competing to prove they're the biggest nerd of them all. As if that's a point of pride.

I'm a person, not a geek. I refuse to be typecast into a role in this life.


Go on with your bad self you rebel you.

/don't really care too much one way or the other, but if the shoe fits...Besides, what does it matter what other folks think of whatever label you end up with.
 
2013-01-28 09:06:45 PM
cf.geekdo-images.com

/hot
 
2013-01-28 09:11:59 PM
Why does every discussion of "geek" or "nerd' and the continuing erosion of those terms seem to be based on the same "how-a-non-geek/nerd-thinks-geeks/nerds-talk-and-act" formula as Big Bang Theory?
 
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