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(Daily Mail)   Geek surprises wife with 10th anniversary gift of the nerdy marriage ceremony they wanted but were too poor to afford (pics)   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 57
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2013-12-16 11:50:44 PM

ZeroCorpse: Flappyhead: ZeroCorpse: Wow. That is the definition of "trying too hard."  Not just one nerdy theme, but ALL OF THEM squashed together and then submitted to social media.

You people make me glad I stopped referring to myself as a geek. I'm happy with "weird", thanks. These days, "weird" is still somewhat unique, but "geek" has become so trendy as to be mundane.

He's no geek, though. The word we used for people like this in the 1980s was "spazz."

Here it is folks, the day ZeroCorpse officially crossed over and became a nerd-hipster.

I am not a nerd. I'm an old postpunk who happens to like a few nerdy things, but I have never, ever referred to myself as a nerd, nor do I particularly like being called a geek, either.

The difference is that, while I like some geeky things quite a lot (comic books, science fiction, games, etc.), I do not identify myself  with any of them. I do not typically wear t-shirts displaying my favorite comic book characters or making nerd references (or, in fact, any other words or print on them; I'm not a billboard.) I do not collect anything, anymore; Not action figures, not comics, not posters, not anything.  I do not get in pissing contests about how much better my stupid cosplay is than someone else's (because I mostly loathe cosplay as the biggest attention-whore move of them all). I do not talk to normal people about my geeky media interests.

I consider nerds and geeks decent enough people, but I do not identify myself as one of them. I do not identify with any  clique or tribe anymore. I'm happy to be outside of all that. I'm happy to just be a nice, kinda weird, easy-going guy. I don't even go to conventions anymore because they're such extroverted events now. They rub me the wrong way. I liked them back when it was a bunch of guys at fold-out tables selling comics and signing stuff for fans. No cosplayers. No movie tie-ins. No toy collectors. No video game companies. Smaller, more intimate, less "LOOK AT ME I AM GEEK! HEAR ME ROAR!"

And as I said, these days the title of "geek" seems to be used by everyone  trying to describe the fact that they have a heavy dose of extended adolescence.

I write all this as A New Hope  is playing on my projector screen. Again, I can like Star Wars without needing to wear a Star Wars jacket and decorate my home with lightsabers and other toys. I'm happy to be an adult, and there's nothing wrong with being an adult who enjoys some geeky things from time to time as long as your whole identity isn't wrapped up in your self-titled geekhood.

And I'd say making your wedding a nerd-themed wedding is obsession. When you broadcast it on social media, it's attention-whoring that makes you fair game for FARK debate about the degree of your social awkwardness and desire for middling "nerdier-than-thou" Internet fame.

/I've also been binge-watching Star Trek TOS.
//Space hippies are more tolerable than some self-professed nerds.
///I've decided that it's ridiculous that Kirk doesn't have thousands of descendants by the time of TNG.


Yup.
 
2013-12-16 11:55:47 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: ZeroCorpse: Flappyhead: ZeroCorpse: Wow. That is the definition of "trying too hard."  Not just one nerdy theme, but ALL OF THEM squashed together and then submitted to social media.

You people make me glad I stopped referring to myself as a geek. I'm happy with "weird", thanks. These days, "weird" is still somewhat unique, but "geek" has become so trendy as to be mundane.

He's no geek, though. The word we used for people like this in the 1980s was "spazz."

Here it is folks, the day ZeroCorpse officially crossed over and became a nerd-hipster.

I am not a nerd. I'm an old postpunk who happens to like a few nerdy things, but I have never, ever referred to myself as a nerd, nor do I particularly like being called a geek, either.

The difference is that, while I like some geeky things quite a lot (comic books, science fiction, games, etc.), I do not identify myself  with any of them. I do not typically wear t-shirts displaying my favorite comic book characters or making nerd references (or, in fact, any other words or print on them; I'm not a billboard.) I do not collect anything, anymore; Not action figures, not comics, not posters, not anything.  I do not get in pissing contests about how much better my stupid cosplay is than someone else's (because I mostly loathe cosplay as the biggest attention-whore move of them all). I do not talk to normal people about my geeky media interests.

I consider nerds and geeks decent enough people, but I do not identify myself as one of them. I do not identify with any  clique or tribe anymore. I'm happy to be outside of all that. I'm happy to just be a nice, kinda weird, easy-going guy. I don't even go to conventions anymore because they're such extroverted events now. They rub me the wrong way. I liked them back when it was a bunch of guys at fold-out tables selling comics and signing stuff for fans. No cosplayers. No movie tie-ins. No toy collectors. No video game companies. Smaller, more intimate, less "LOOK AT ME I AM GEEK! HEAR ME ROAR ...

TL,DR version: "I'd normally be considered a geek/dork/nerd but due to a combination of over zealous nerds, the old stigma of the name, and a sort of watering down of what makes a geek, I don't consider myself one."

Rarely do I see such self conflict on Fark. You don't want to consider yourself a geek/nerd/whatever, but you give a shiat enough as to what makes a geek/nerd/whatever to quibble over it and whether others are worthy of it.


No, he means don't be an attention whoring toddler-man.
 
2013-12-17 12:03:04 AM

AspectRatio: No, he means don't be an attention whoring toddler-man.


If that's what he meant he could have said it without giving us the drawn out tale about himself and his opinions on what makes a nerd/geek/whatever and the state of the people that use the name and their worthiness of the name. It's interesting to see him post sometimes. Self absorbed geek/nerd/whatever trying to distance himself from the name as if he's ashamed of it, yet feels the need to let us know who does and doesn't deserve any of those names.
 
2013-12-17 05:30:22 AM
Why didn't they just dress as planets in our solar system?
They have the measurements for it.

and it would also be nerdy.
 
2013-12-17 07:26:20 AM
Good for them. And shame on everyone for picking on them. It was sweet, it was romantic, and it made them happy. Good enough for me.
 
2013-12-17 12:18:19 PM
well, i like 'em
 
2013-12-17 02:34:03 PM

ZeroCorpse: I am not a nerd. I'm an old postpunk who happens to like a few nerdy things, but I have never, ever referred to myself as a nerd, nor do I particularly like being called a geek, either.


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