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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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Time To Grow Up And Get Married
I could bore you all with thrilling tails of BBC Micro programming, mobile phone USSD commands, obscure Mornington Crescent rules - but I won't. I'll tell you a tale of a small, frightened little nerd...

I was about 3 years old and had been asked to be a page boy at my cousins wedding.
I was under strict instruction that my job was to protect the bride! Under no circumstances was she to come to any harm.

Now we all know that 3 year old boys are prone to wander off, to giggle, to start crying for no particular attention. That's just what kids do.

Not me. I stood straight, I didn't make a peep, I discharged my duty admirably. I protected that bride with all my might.

My parents, quite surprised, asked why I had behaved so well.

I pointed at the vicar - he was dressed in black. Head to toe. I pointed and said...


Something in my tiny, fragile mind convinced me that this bride - in white - was Princess Leia and this old guy - in black - was the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. I, as a wannabe Jedi, summoned all the powers of The Force to protect her.

Skip forward some 25 years....

~~~~~~~~ <- Wavey Dream Lines to indicate passage of time....

Despite being a grade A nerd. I found a woman who loved me. She loved me no matter how many times I tried to switch her PC to Linux. She loved me even when I bought a TARDIS to hold our DVDs. She loved me when I bought old computers home from work so I could play with them.

I asked her to marry me! She said yes!

She even loved me when I suggested a Sci-Fi themed wedding....

I conquered the fear I felt as a three-year-old.

I got married dressed as Darth Vader.

From L-R
My Mother - Doctor Who
My Father-in-law - Obi Wan (he already had the beard)
My Wife - Jedi
Me - Darth Vader
My Mother-in-law - Professor McGonnagle
My Father - Ming the Merciless
My Brother - Londo Mollari.

Nerdiness runs in my blood. I have it, my parents have it.... My wife has it.


(If you're desperate for more - read the article and watch the video or see me misquoted in The Mirror and ridiculed in Romanian.)
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:31, 22 replies)
Bless you Terry
didn't know you were on b3ta
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:33, closed)
winner! AWESOME!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:35, closed)
nd congratulations on what looks like an excellent future union!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:35, closed)
I've been here since late 2000 / early 2001. If only I could find my original login name...

And who, Mr Norman, are you?
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:40, closed)
That's such a sweet story! And well done to the parents for getting involved.

I think mine would disown me if I revealed I wanted to dress like Zelda on my wedding day.
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:41, closed)
I think we have a winner!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:42, closed)
Winner !
You've got great in-laws if they're prepared to do that...
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:47, closed)
Your brother rocks.
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:49, closed)
Great stuff!`
Looks like you had loads of fun, weddings are so bloody tedious sometimes but you look like you really broke the mold!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:51, closed)
Your F/i/L is Adam Hart-Davis. AICMFP.
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:51, closed)
obscure Mornington Crescent rules?!?
obscure in that you've just made them up, same as every one else?
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:53, closed)
You win.

(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:56, closed)
You win in terms of sheer geekery
but tell me, is your brother wearing a hair covered wire coathanger on his head?
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 13:58, closed)
Holy shit!
You got ridiculed in Romulun! Oh, wait... shit.
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 14:01, closed)
You are 17 different kinds of ace!

*Big click*
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 14:10, closed)
It's even better when you consider the plausibility of Obi-Wan letting his daughter marry his ex-apprentice-turned-sith-lord without some sort of epic lightsaber battle in the church halfway through the ceremony.

Nobody ruin the illusion, I can see it now...
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 14:15, closed)
If there was a button that could make you instant winner - I would be bashing it for all its worth.

You are a legend

(Ps - congrats)
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 14:29, closed)
Sunday Turkey - Your Wish Is My Command!

Weetobix - Hair, cardboard, stickytape and hope.

Thanks for all the replies. We had a great time and everyone really got into the spirit of it.

Remember, chaps, it's your wedding too. Don't ask, don't get!
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 14:30, closed)
your father's costume
is quite remarkable. Did he just happen to have a Ming the Merciless costume waiting?
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 15:00, closed)
You probably own the one set of wedding photos on the entire planet that I would ever be interested in seeing.
(, Sat 8 Mar 2008, 9:39, closed)

(, Sat 8 Mar 2008, 11:03, closed)
That's feckin ace that! Londo looks perfect! I loved Babylon!

I knew it was Ming when I saw him. Your families are good sports! I'd hang on to 'em
(, Sun 9 Mar 2008, 0:23, closed)

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