Monthly Archives: December 2012

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 232 (or flame-related miracles, messiahs, and a gift-giving home invader)


You’ve decided that the best way to celebrate the holiday season in all it’s forms is to give yourself the gift of a regrown, luxurious beard…

In an alternate universe: Event 18 (or “Hey, kid… read the fine print.”)


In an alternate universe, the much-beloved story, Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, which was Francis P. Church’s response to a girl’s 1897 query to the The New York Sun concerning the existence of Santa Claus, did not gain popularity as a Christmas classic.  This was caused by the much darker tone in Church’s alternate universe response, which was titled, Hey, Virginia, Just Who The Hell Have You Been Talking to, Young Lady?

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 231 (or “The Sleeper Has Awakened!”)


As it is the holiday season once again, you have begun making references to the alternate universe Christmas figure you created last year, who lives in Antarctica,  known as Guraknok the Christmas Golem, in the presence of various people around you (though only to your friends, rather than your new work colleagues).  You are also considering the creation of a Guraknok costume for Halloween 2013.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 230 (or musical “nesting dolls” of the mind…)


While on your lunch break at work, you come to a startling realization.  You not only have one song in your head, but several at the same time.  These multiple tunes, competing for musical dominance, have blended into a single amalgamated “mega song” consisting of the following source material:

Rush’s Fly By Night; the original Mario Bros. video game theme; Stuck in the Middle With You by Gerry Rafferty (Stealers Wheel); and Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 229 (or Those are fighting words, sai.)


During a long phone conversation with an old friend, who often takes the opposing view to yours in a discussion, you find yourself defending the legitimacy of Skyfall as a Bond film, in which you go so far as to list reasons why it is perhaps one of the best Bond films, the talks break down when you make the mistake of mentioning the now-defunct Stephen King Dark Tower film adaptation.  The impetus of the Dark Tower entering the conversation was your reaction to seeing two actors working side-by-side who were rumored to be considered for the role of Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, at various times.

The final insult was when he refused to believe you (as he will not read the series, though you have and love each book) as to why Javier Bardem’s Spanish accent doesn’t fit the role of Deschain (the content of Wizard and Glass serving as that reason, in your opinion), and he kept calling the series’ protagonist by a long list of incorrect names just to annoy you even though you had said “The Gunslinger” at least six times.

It was a then that you realized that you react the same way to people making negative comments about The Dark Tower series, when they haven’t even read any of the books, as Marty McFly reacts to being called a chicken in the Back to the Future films

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 228 (or mental trains of thought and articulate conductors)


While watching the film Lincoln a few weeks ago, you relished the many anecdotes that Daniel Day-Lewis tells during several scenes, and have to resist the urge to turn to the people you were seeing the film with and say the following:

“You see… that’s what I’m going for when I tell ‘random’ stories! Witness the art of well-told anecdotes!  I am humbled and shall strive to improve my technique, this I declare, lest it be said that I have forgotten the face of my father.”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 227 (or “A science fantasy franchise is sold to a company founded by a crogenically frozen cartoonist…”)


Upon discovering that George Lucas sold the rights to the Star Wars franchise to the Walt Disney Co., to “ensure” the future of the franchise, as Lucas looks toward retirement, you have the following response:

“Well, this might lead to interesting improvements because as far as I’m concerned, the worst thing to happen to the legacy of Star Wars was George Lucas, himself.”