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The humble nerd returneth (or Disappearing/ Reappearing posts)

This, oh humblest of nerds, hath returned to the Inter-web.  I cry your pardon, avid reader for my absence these past few days.  Some may recall that I am seeking my Master’s Degree in Library Science.  The rigors of a long semester culminated in a blur of sleepless nights as I crafted three research papers together in the course of a few days.  Specifically, I had to create a research paper on the life and works of an early printer in Germany in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (no, not Johannes Gutenberg, but close), an annotated bibliography on the same topic, and a bibliographic description of an ecclesiastical history written in Latin and printed in 1675.

As such, much like a student maester, I found myself engrossed in forging the “Rare Books” link to my chain, leaving no time to leave The Citadel of my home to venture to Oldtown, i.e. this, my blog.  However, I’ve emerged from this pursuit a little wiser, with a longer beard, and with a desire to buy a cassock.  Just kidding about the cassock… mostly.

The bottom line is: I owe you postings.  Thus, after this post, I shall answer thee with postings three… That’s two that I missed last week, plus a bonus post.  Tomorrow shall resume as normal.

Your patience, readership, and laughter (as always) are appreciated.

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 43

You decide to take revenge on someone who insists on talking about historical facts during a war movie, rather than focusing on actually watching the film, by repeatedly interrupting them with the question, “Hey, is that Bob Crane?”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 41

Whenever you think of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, this scene from the film The Cable Guy comes to mind.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 37

Upon hearing someone refer to Tron Legacy as essentially nothing more than a 90 minute Daft Punk music video, part of you wanted to slap them with a glove across their cheek and challenge them to a Victorian duel at ten paces, using water balloons.

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 34

You’ve used the word “nerd-gasm” to describe your enthusiasm regarding historical documents.