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How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 261 (or “Neil Gaiman, I invoke thee!”

When asked, during a library job interview, to discuss the relevance of libraries in today’s society, your response included the following quote, which you enthusiastically credited to Neil Gaiman: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”

A new year, new look…

It has been awhile since my last post to ye, oh followers.  A new year has begun, and I have completed my educational pursuits with a shiny, new Master’s degree to show for it (well, it doesn’t actually shine).  As I have now begun my career as a library science professional, I have had many new items to tackle this month.  However, we will be experimenting with a new look for this, our site.  There will be new content coming very soon for all to enjoy as well.

More to follow in the coming week…

Back from the nether-regions of academic inquiry (or “Are you smarter than a fifth grader… from the planet Vulcan?”)

Fear not, I have returned to you, my loyal readers!  I had not planned to leave you as I did, and for that verily, I cry your pardon.

As you may recall, I (your benevolent nerd-guide) have been working toward my Master’s degree in Library Information Science.  This past month, I took my End of Program Exam, which is one of the last hurdles to leap in order to be approved for graduation.  It was rather involved and ended up necessitating blog-related “radio silence” in order to complete it on time.  Had I better anticipated this unexpected communication blackout, I surely would have let you know in advance.

Though less than a month has gone by since my last posting, in the research paper-soaked corners of my mind, it seems as though decades have passed.  Now, much like the character Kyle Reese (portrayed by Michael Biehn) in The Terminator, I feel as though I have emerged through a time portal into an unfamiliar alleyway, unclothed and disoriented, screaming, “What’s the date?! The year! What’s the year?!”

I owe you penance, my readers.  For the next two weeks, I shall strive to bring you thrice the number of postings each day.  There shall be two more on this day, three tomorrow and Saturday, etc.

As the false head worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed before exploding (in the original Total Recall film), “Get ready for a surprise!”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 205 (or Sagan’s sayings)

During a graduate school course in which Carl Sagan is discussed as part of the coursework, you gleefully anticipate a possible opportunity to mention your favorite Carl Sagan quote:

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 94

While streaming an episode of The X-Files on Netflix, you become annoyed with an archeological graduate student character who brings her dog to the museum where she works because as a student in a special collections library science course, you know that bringing animals into a museum (which is a type of special collection) is about as reasonable as a carpenter breeding termites as a hobby and then releasing them in his workshop.

It’s at this point when you realize that you have raised no objections  to the extraterrestrial plots, supernatural encounters, and government conspiracies presented in The X-Files.  Only when a character brings a dog into a museum (an action that would be considered incompetent among those in your professional field) do you find yourself saying, “Oh come on! That would never happen!”

How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 82

When asked to introduce yourself to the rest of your special collections course classmates on the first day of the new semester for your library science graduate degree, you proceed to try out untested stand-up comedy material that you’ve been working on, in anticipation of the mythical day when you get to perform at a real venue.