Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 123 (or poetic conflicts and the principal’s office)

You were nearly sent to the principal’s office as a high school sophomore.  The reason: You got into a heated argument with your English teacher in front of the entire class, after she told you that your interpretation of an assigned poem was “wrong.”

From one nerd to another: Some interesting blogs

As promised, the following is a list of 15 blogs/ websites that are interesting, and worth a look.
DISCLAIMER: The views and content expressed in these blogs belong to the authors of each blog, respectively.


The Night Manager’s Journey



For Better GENIUS

Gideon Jagged



A Metal State of Mind

Hello Nerds

Nerd Reactor

The Rhapsodist

The Lost Highway



El Gorgo!

Rawful News

Clip Snark

Post It Notes from my Idiot Boss

May you enjoy these blogs, avid readers.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 122 (or cartoons and character building via “Star Trek”)

You’ve decided long ago that if you were a cartoon, you most likely would not have an angel and a devil appear when trying to make a moral or ethical decision.  Instead you’d have a Klingon and a Vulcan on one shoulder with a Romulan and a Ferengi on the other shoulder.

An upside to nerdiness: Nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award

Writing this blog has been a continuous joy since we began this endeavor over a year ago.  It’s an even greater pleasure to know that others actually enjoy the random musings that we post here at Nerd Odyssey.  Thus, being nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, thanks to one of our followers, is a wonderful treat.

Thank you Tippeh, of The Night Manager’s Journey, which is a very clever photo blog from across the pond.

As per the VBA rules, I will share seven things about myself. It also states that I should recommend 15 blogs, which I will do in a later post so that I might give the matter proper consideration. I will have those recommendations posted by Tuesday at the latest.


1. Though I often use the royal “We” when referring to the authorship of this blog, I am but one man without a staff of writers.

2. Every How to tell you’re a nerd posting is based on something that I’ve actually experienced, humiliating or exhilarating alike, in my 28 years of existence.

3. I would often skip a pep rally in high school in favor of reading a book in the school library.

4. I am less than a year away from finishing a Master’s Degree in Library Science.

5. I’m not just a nerd… I’m a physically disabled nerd (one of those scooter-driving folk).

6. I’ve been a John Carpenter movie fan since I was two years old (yep, I said two. Hardcore, I know).

7. I am pro-Batman, and anti-Superman, from a character standpoint.

Thank you, avid readers.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 121 (or single with spellcheck)

While trying an online dating site, you have discovered that one of the first warning signs of incompatibility with a potential match is that you find yourself mentally editing all of the grammatical errors in their personal profile. 

It has also become clear that in addition to cat ownership (as you are allergic) and emotional immaturity, a match not knowing the difference between “there” and “their” is a dating deal breaker for you.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 120 (or The “Monk” of Kings)

You have a dream in which you accompany the characters from the USA Network detective series Monk on case involving a society of people living according to the social customs depicted in the Brandon Sanderson fantasy novel, The Way of Kings.

In the dream, Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is caught reading the lettering on a piece of evidence and is accused of being less than masculine, because reading anything other than glyph pairs is considered a feminine pursuit in that societal structure.  At some point, he insists on wiping someone’s shardplate armor with a moist towelette, because he sees a speck of mud.

Later, Monk and Capt. Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) chase a suspect through a muddy field during a “highstorm,” causing Monk to freak out and proclaim that his shoes are ruined.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 119 (or the Robert Carlyle enhancement theory)

You never imagined that you would be a regular viewer of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, seeing as how it is largely a Disney promotional engine structured loosely in the same storytelling style as Lost.  However, Robert Carlyle’s performance as Rumpelstiltskin is so layered, creepy, and compelling that this one actor is enough to keep you tuning in each week, regardless of what might be occurring with the rest of the show.

Thus, you realize that the following idea must be true: “Robert Carlyle makes everything better.”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 118 (or insert brand name here)

You are made aware of a children’s book series in which the main characters are named Coke and Pepsi McDonald.  This seems so ridiculous and corporate to you that the following annoyance-laden thought occurs:

I’ve spent years trying to come up with a book idea with which I was happy, but apparently, all I needed to do was slap two corporate labels together.  Behold!  I’ve pulled a detective character out of thin air! His name is Ebay Amazon Kindle, a South African ex-patriot who retired to Florida and solves crimes with the help of his chihuahua, Mr. Peanut.

 You then take a deep breath and move on with your day…

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 117 (or Cupid is a couch potato)

You are spending your Valentine’s Day alone, eating leftovers and streaming detective shows on Netflix, taking solace in the thought that while you are not currently dating anyone, at least you saved some money this year by not having to get a gift.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 116 (or a thing from “The Thing”)

While watching the recent prequel film to John Carpenter’s The Thing, you couldn’t get the sound of the alien spacecraft’s distress signal out of your mind.  It then occurs to you that the reason it sounds so familiar is because (as far as you can tell) the same sound is used in Danny Boyle’s 2007 science fiction film Sunshine as the distress beacon for the Icarus I spacecraft.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 115 (or the “Big Bang Theory” character amalgamation)

More than one person has commented that you are like a character from the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, about a group of friends who are nerdy science academics.  Unfortunately, a case can be made for comparison between yourself and more than one of the characters, thanks to examples not unlike the following:

Within the course of two hours, during a Christmas function in December 2011, your “go-to” conversation topics consisted of historical trivia about Theodore Roosevelt, two jokes related to quantum physics, an explanation of issues related to your seasonal allergies, a discussion of a comedy sketch you wrote for an as-yet-to-be-filmed Web-based sketch comedy project for which you were asked to collaborate, and Batman.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 114 (or “Spray it, don’t say it!”)

You log onto the Playstation Network and see an advertisement for Axe Body Spray, which is promoting the product’s first graphic novel.  You then laugh so hard at the sight of this that you knock over your PS3 remote.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 113

Each year, on the day of the Super Bowl, you sit in front of the television with drinks and snacks ready to watch the game.  As the game starts, you say aloud, “I wonder who’s playing this year?”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 112

For years, whenever you’ve watched an episode of the NBC sitcom Frasier, in which the character Niles Crane’s allergies are discussed, you’ve balked at the existence of “parchment mites”.  Therefore, you couldn’t resist asking your Rare Books instructor if parchment mites are a real thing.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 111

You spent your evening reading a textbook, and chances are you’ll spend your Friday night doing the exact same thing…