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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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Nerdy? i think i'm borderline...
if i can build it myself i will - i've had loads of gadgets that look like an accident in a wire and solder factory. i end up with stuff that would be cheaper and better looking to buy rather than build.

i transplanted the speed control circuits on my decks (which i built) to the top of the case so i could make them go backwards and have access to the master calibration pots.

i have a photo of a cicuit board as my phone wallpaper.

among the commodore +4 games i hacked, one (a pacman clone - ghost something i think) i changed the code so the room completed when you entered it. that was as crap as it reads.

i have a watch with a databank.

as a child (1), i built a (crap) safe out of an old toaster. and tried to burn the asbestos lining.

i'm writing this in notepad before i post.

i am the IT support for my friends and family.

as a child (2), i kept a record of the minimum and maximum daily temperatures for a month.

as a child (3), i would build toilet roll tube/electric motor wierdness mobiles.

i copy interent video content from the temp internet files folder and rename it rather than use a recorder.

music encoding bitrates below 320Kbps should be banned.

i can't understand people who don't know why 1+1=10

i have argued the point that dieters are deluding themselves when they talk about calories when what they should be saying is KILO calories.

if something breaks and is in warranty, i have to restrain myself from opening it up. i know i could fix it in five minutes. honest.

i have never bought a PC. since 2001 the only original part is the case, and one side of that is missing because i've never bothered to put fans in. works fine.

my cat slaughtered a rabbit against my PC case (the side which was on) and left it's dying, bleeding, slowly blinking body for me to find in the morning. i thought the blood streaks looked kind of cool (wait - that's not geek...). i was playing a lot of BF1942.

i regularly use a wifi sniffer just to see how many are round our house.

i renamed our ssid 'packet sniffer'.

i set my mum's laptop to bum off her neighbours unsecured network. she doesn't use the net enough to justify paying.

i only threw my commodore 64 out 4 years ago.

before my wife and i moved in together, i had a cupboard dedicated to 'broken but fixable/salvagable' electronics hardware.

i have more than three toolboxes. and three solder irons.

i have a drawer full of PC boards and cables. and a box of audio/video cables.

my wifes dollhouse is not complete until i fit the UV LED's in the bedroom. or the blue ones. with switches.

i built my own surround sound system in 1992.

i like the noises machines make.

i have a commodore 64 machine code programming manual within reach right now. as well as a dictionary of science and technology.

i am surrounded by hundreds of vynal - ilove it. even though i'm listening to my 500Gb external drive full of music on random. with everything from Manowar to U-Ziq. via 70's classic rock. and classical. and blues originals. and folk.

i have more memory keys than i can count on one hand.

i loaded pictures onto my car stereo display.

i regularly defrag my hard drives - i know they don't need it, but..well, there's gaps in the blue.

i would actually buy a binary display watch - if it had a databank. i realise this could cause problems trying to find a taxi number a few beers in..

when i got lost in Tetris, i actually used to try to imagine shapes which would fit into the horizon. they would ALWAYS have to be rotated first.

i'm edititing this and adding that reading the other posts brings so many more to mind that the length dimension just isn't enough to contain any additions etc
(, Fri 7 Mar 2008, 23:39, 2 replies)
Less nerd...more OCD lol
(, Sat 8 Mar 2008, 0:11, closed)
you threw away an old C64?

(, Sun 9 Mar 2008, 21:52, closed)

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