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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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Not as bad as a lot of you but....
1) I correct my own grammar while I'm speaking.
2) I proof-read all my emails, texts and wallposts looking for possible spelling/punctuation/grammatical errors.
3) The fact that my phone doesn't have apostrophes causes my physical pain sometimes.
4) I watch all the extras on my DVD's and when I see a piece of camera equipment that I don't recognise I go on the internet and research what it is/ what is does/ how to use it/ how much it costs etc.
5) I can read and write fluently in Elvish and Dwarvish (as seen in LoTR)
6) I have an elvish translation of Puck's last monologue from "Midsummer Night's Dream" tattooed on my back. Which I translated.
7) I can recite every line that Puck has in "Midsummer Night's Dream" and I've never played him.
8) I got bored of looking at the words to "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" on Mr. Ryfelwyr's wall and not knowing what they mean, so I went online and looked for a translation. Then I taught it to myself, phonetically. And I'm not welsh.
9) I enjoy watching Mr. Ryfelwyr playing WOW, because I secretly want to myself, because it looks cool. (Now that really is geeky).
10) I can link any actor (living or dead) to any other actor through films they have starred in together/ familial bonds/marriages etc. Seriously.
11) I spend at least one hour a day on IMDB. And it's the happiest hour of my day.
12) I can recite most of Wordworth's work. I learned it for fun.
13) I look up random historical periods/events/people (not just online, I go to the library too) and research them until I am satisfied that I know as much as I need to. I sometimes make quizzes for myself about them. At the moment it's Sinn Fein and the roots of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Last week was Hedd Wyn, which led to me reading up about other Welsh poets. I ended up finding translations for all the poems...and then learning them. In Welsh. It got messy.
14) When I can't sleep, I think about steady-cams and how clever they are. But it makes me too excited because I start planning films and then I stay up all night.
15) I wish I'd got into WarHammer. I like the fiddley painting.
16) I took 4 people on at LoTR Trivial Pursuit. And won. Hands Down.
17) I find it a turn-on that Mr. Ryfelwyr did maths at uni, because he knows things about numbers that I don't.
18) I know everything, EVERYTHING, about Harry Potter. Fact.
19) I learned all of Laura's monologues from "Brief Encounter" because they recited it in "The History Boys" and I thought it sounded cool. It doesn't.
20) I love Firefly. I saw a shop in Sheffield that used the same font for it's sign as "Serenity" and I nearly peed my pants with excitement.
21) I wish I had the courage to say 'shiny' in everyday conversation, but don't in case someone asks where it comes from. I know I don't have to explain its origins on here..
28) I did the Firefly quiz on facebook until it ran out of questions to ask me. So I wrote some questions for myself. That's right.

There are so many other reasons, but I feel I should stop...
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 14:56, 36 replies)
Just being pedantic
there are at least six errors in your post. So I think you've broken rule 2 already.

Sorry, I'm just being a bastard. :-)
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:06, closed)
okay then.
3) The fact that my phone doesn't have apostrophes causes my physical pain sometimes.

Causes ME physical pain

10) Bruce willis and charlie chaplin, you have 48 hours.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:09, closed)
chubster: thats easy
Chaplain was in A Countess from Hong Kong with marlon brando.

Brando was in superman 2 with gene hackman

gene hackman was in the mexican with bradd pitt

brad pitt was in oceans 12 with BRUCE WILLIS.

that took 3 minuites.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:18, closed)
game in 10
the basis for this is called 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, where you link any actor to Kevin Bacon in 6 moves or less.

this can be expanded to include any actor to any other.

16) beating 4 people at a game isn't particularly good unless they are really good at it themselves. which they probably weren't.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:19, closed)
Sounds like a challange to me and I'm not particularly LotR fanboyish. I just want to know how I'd fare. I'm competetive that way.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:28, closed)
I'm ashamed
aaaaaaw man, my errors are revealed, I am proved not to be the geek-queen that I was sure I was... it was all I had to cling to, and now it's gone.... :( ha ha

The people in the LoTR game were people from a fansite that I met up with especially to play, so they were quite good...

Good catch on the Ocean's Twelve, but a tenuous link as he appeared as himself surely? much easier to say that Brad Pitt was in Friends, which Willis also starred in. Or, if the TV link isn't satisfactory, there's Twelve Monkeys.... job done... next?
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:33, closed)
I feel like my pedantry has reached new levels in my replies to this QOTW but...
How on earth are you fluent in Dwarvish when Tolkien never developed it as an entire language?
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:34, closed)
Buster Keaton and Henry Thomas (Elliott in ET).

You've got 3 minutes.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 15:58, closed)
I'd like to chip in with
I shall give no clues to who they are. You have to find that out for yourself if you don't know. Makes it a challange that way.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:08, closed)
the link
Buster Keaton was in "It's a mad mad world" with Mickey Roony, who was in "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller (I think, might need to check that one), who was in "Duplex" with Drew Barrymore, who was in ET with Henry Thomas....

and no, I didn't use imdb
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:09, closed)
The boy that played Billy Elliot
and cheetah the monkey.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:19, closed)
You didn't answer my question about dwarvish either :p
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:25, closed)
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:30, closed)
Alright, calm down!

If you're talking about the monkey who was in the Tarzan films... let's see, he was also in "Dr Dolittle" with Richard Attenborough, who was in "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett, who is in "The Talented Mr Ripley" with Matt Damon who is in "Rounders" with Edward Norton, who is in "The Painted Veil" with Naomi Watts, who appeared with Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) in "King Kong". Also about a monkey, thought you'd enjoy that touch :)

Or you could have Attenborough in "Jurassic Park" with Sam Neill, who's in "Dead Calm" with Nicole Kidman who's Naomi Watt's best mate...

I do not mind admitting how hard that one was..
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:47, closed)
Sorry, I wasn't clear... I can read and write in the symbols/runes etc and know all of the language to the extent that it is shown in the book...

but you're right, fluent was the wrong word :p
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:50, closed)
cheeta to billy idiot deserves some respect
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 16:55, closed)
ai na vedui dunadan mae govannen

translate please
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:00, closed)
Personally, I would appreciate where "shiny" comes from. I'm obviously not as geeky as I thought...
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:02, closed)
In all fairness...
it would only take a quick google search to translate that...

(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:03, closed)
not that hard to cheat, but it means "It is at last the Western Man! Well met" or something like that I think.
Can't remember who said it tho....

And am impressed that you recognised the language :p

and 'shiny' is from Firefly...
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:06, closed)
That's great.

OK, Clark Gable to Kathy Burke.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:09, closed)
Audrée Tatou (or whatever that lass from Amelie is called)
and Steven Segal

Just because I'm impressed at your skills
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:13, closed)
for browser
I hope you know I should be doing my dissertation, but these challenges keep making me check this damn site!

anyway... Clark Gable is in "The Misfits" with Marilyn Monroe, who's in "All About Eve" with Bette Davis, who's in "As Summers Die" with Jamie Lee Curtis, who's in "True Lies" with Bill Paxton, who's in "Titanic" with Leonardo DiCaprio, who's in "The Beach" with Robert Carlyle, who's in "Trainspotting" with Jonny Lee Miller, who's in "Love, Honour and Obey" with Kathy Burke....

(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:25, closed)
slightly easier
Audrey Tatou (or whatever) is in "The Da Vinci Code" with Tom Hanks, who's in "The Green Mile"/"Saving Private Ryan" with Barry Pepper, who's in "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith, who's in "Men In Black" with Tommy Lee Jones, who's in "Under Siege" with Stephen Seagal...
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:33, closed)
I am genuinely impressed!

(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 17:41, closed)
Its weirdly impressive
If I dropped a box of matches on the floor could you instantly tell me how many there were and stuff like that?
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 18:06, closed)
ha ha
no... I just have a weird ability to retain vast quantities of useless information... I decided I'd use my superpower for good and turn myself into a walking talking version of imdb... good for pub quizzes but not that much else!

i memorised half a phonebook once, that was weird, I was eight. Can only remember the first page now though...
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 18:19, closed)
Did you ever used to go to the Dove and Rainbow film quiz on a wednesday night before it became shit?

If so I feel I may have drunkenly hurled abuse at you at some point (I'm a bad loser).

Also impressed with the skills.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 18:56, closed)
how about harold lloyd and the kid out of the toilet paper adverts? :D
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 19:04, closed)
That retarded "all gone" kid? I hate that advert.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 19:12, closed)
'Retarded' is not politically correct. We say 'spacker' these days.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 21:30, closed)
alright then
mark hamil and hugh grant (smaug cunt who represents the british in international films as smarmy dickheads with oversized teeth and foreheads)

Chop chop
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 23:04, closed)
*Deep Breath*
Mark Hamill was in Village of the Damned with Kirstie Alley who was in Look who's Talking with Bruce Willis who was in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" with Drew Barrymore who was in "Music and Lyrics" with Hugh Grant.
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 23:31, closed)
Mark Hamil was in Star Wars with Harrison Ford, who was in Working Girl with Philip Bosco, who was in My Best Friend's Wedding with Julia Roberts, who was in Notting Hill with Hugh Grant...

And no, I've only been to the union in Sheffield, and to be honest, I felt lucky to have escaped with my life....
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 23:35, closed)
Phew, sorry I'm late, traffic was a bugger,
what's been going on? Bruce Willis is in the union in Sheffield with.... errm... what??!?
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 23:56, closed)
god, so do i.. i was thinking of the one who plays the CEO who fires everyone..
(, Wed 12 Mar 2008, 23:58, closed)

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