Monday, January 10, 2011

The ultimate nerd badge

There ought to be a special badge for nerds who have completed an agreed set of nerdy activities awarded by some central nerd committee. Here's my list:

1. Large amount of role-playing games experience: ✓

2. Memorized long sequence of digits of pi: ✓

3. Degree in computer science or similar: ✓

4. Poor choice of eye-glasses: ✓

5. Can recite large sections of WarGames or Star Wars or others: ✓

6. Amateur radio license: ✓

7. Interest in science fiction or speculative fiction: ✓

What am I missing? I haven't included specific computer experience (such as compiled your own kernel, wrote your own compiler) because there are lots of non-computer nerds.

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