Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 101


You have a conversation with someone, which begins with you stating, “I need to buy a new winter coat,” and ends with the other person exclaiming, “For the last time, get a real coat… video game apparel doesn’t count!”

In an alternate universe: Event 10


In an alternate universe, Americans do not eat turkey on Thanksgiving, as the United Sates adopted Benjamin Franklin’s suggestion of making the turkey the national bird.  They know not what they are missing in that sad, lonely universe.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 100


You are compiling an annotated bibliography for a graduate school course, and just as you are about to check out a stack of book from your university library, you find yourself staring at those books thinking, “Now there’s a thing of beauty.”

In an alternate universe: Event 9


In an alternate universe, the late 1990s Jenna Elfman/ Thomas Gibson sitcom Dharma & Greg, about a free-spirited woman and her well-to-do husband, never existed.

Instead, ABC aired a sitcom called DARPA & Greg, starring Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, about “Greg” the newest employee at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  It went on to be the highest rated sitcom in American television history.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 99


During a special collections course lecture you somehow found yourself defending the cinematic importance of the 1992 Sam Raimi film, Army of Darkness.  How the class discussion ended up turning toward Army of Darkness, you are still unsure, but you do know that you could not sit by and have the film besmirched in favor of Disney’s 1993 film, Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.  You’re too much of a Bruce Campbell fan to not have spoken up in defense of Army of Darkness.