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This is a question How nerdy are you?

This week Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, died. A whole generation of pasty dice-obsessed nerds owes him big time. Me included.

So, in his honour, how nerdy were you? Are you still sunlight-averse? What are the sad little things you do that nobody else understands?

As an example, a B3ta regular who shall remain nameless told us, "I spent an entire school summer holiday getting my BBC Model B computer to produce filthy stories from an extensive database of names, nouns, adjectives, stock phrases and deviant sexual practices. It revolutionised the porn magazine dirty letter writing industry for ever.

Revel in your own nerdiness.

(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 10:32)
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Breaking my QOTW virginity here UPDATED
...so be gentle.

In one summer holiday while doing a maths degree at university, I took it upon myself to make a rug of the Mandelbrot set.

I programmed my BBC B computer to plot the picture, and got it to calculate how many strands of wool of each colour I needed. I then went to the wool shop and befuddled the shop assistant, who's only comment was "There's a lot of black, isn't there?"

I then set about making the rug, based on a printout from the above program.

The rug itself is about a metre square, and I think it contains 10000 strands of wool, which all had to be stitched by hand, using a special hooked tool.

It took about 10 weeks to complete, and I still have it 18 years later.

EDIT: Link to pic, it's a bit fuzzy, because my phone cam is shite

(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 17:28, 12 replies)
We're going to need a photo of that there rug...

(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 17:37, closed)
piccy please or no clicky ;)
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 17:41, closed)
Click from me, but what is the Mandelbrot set?
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 17:45, closed)

ooh its nice!
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 18:04, closed)
I remember running Mandelbrot programs on my BBC Model B
which I had painstakingly entered in from Microuser or Acornuser magazine, and then waiting AAAAAAGGGGEEESSS for it to calculate and draw it.
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 18:21, closed)
Pictures or your pants are on fire
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 18:25, closed)
...or it didn't happen
(, Thu 6 Mar 2008, 18:34, closed)
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 16:58, closed)
another vote for pics!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 23:57, closed)
(And wouldn't you need infinite amounts of wool of each colour properly to do it justice?)

(, Sat 8 Mar 2008, 9:09, closed)
Pic Added

(, Mon 10 Mar 2008, 11:44, closed)
imageshack :(
Any chance of using photobucket instead of imageshack? Imageshack is blocked by the content filter here at work :o
(, Tue 11 Mar 2008, 14:52, closed)

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