Eek! the geek meme

This one’s really got legs – all my US e-mates who don’t even usually do memes are doing this one. Behold, I am a

Modern, Cool Nerd
82% Nerd, 65% Geek, 26% Dork

For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 90% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 93% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 34% on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I want extra nerd points for reformatting the code-block I copied from OK Cupid so that it looked better on the blog, especially for resizing the alarmingly large modern-cool-nerd-winning-a-motza image. I also removed an extraneous space between the numerals and the percent sign on the Nerditude score, which the Geek in me couldn’t help noticing, and the Dork simply couldn’t let lay.

UPDATE: OK, I now need superplus bonus Geek points for knowing how to fix the blog when the “more” tag interacted with the table formatting disastrously and affected every other post on the front page. Because I still really really like only having a para or two on the front page to aid the skimmers.

Categories: fun & hobbies, Meta

8 replies

  1. Pure Nerd.
    I spose I could print that out and file it with my degree. But I haven’t gotten around to buying the filing cabinet yet. And I have no idea where my degree is.

  2. I was Pure Nerd as well, which was kind of depressing, kind of reassuring. (And 39 % dork, which was worrying.)
    I think you’re probably the cool sort of Nerd, tigtog.

  3. Well, it’s what the quiz reckoned. As I was evaluating each answer as I went through for its DGN quotient (geek), I felt that the questions on flirting style, relationship status, fashion sense and movie quoting were probably the one’s determining “coolness” (relative to Napoleon Dynamite, anyway), and the modern bit came from questions about computer geekery.

  4. I found myself not only analysing the questions but cursing at the unsuitability (very broad-brush, I found) of the suggested answers.

    Then I remembered it was probably devised by some spotty oik barely out of nappies and I stopped caring. *laugh*

  5. So what are ya, eh? Nerdalicious? Geektastic? Or Dorkarama?

  6. Oh, *that*. Pure nerd.
    (Now why do I have ‘A friend in need. . .’ going through my head?). Middle-scoring geekoid; I guess none of the questions were about stuff that I’m really geeky about . . . and about 20% dork.

  7. Just call me Joe Average. Though with 47 perrcent nerdishness I probably needed just that little bit to push me over the edge.

    Now i need to find another one of these crappy quizzs to affirm that i have some kind of identity 😦

  8. I think it says a lot that I have come home froma night out and now find myself doing this test.
    Anyway: Pure nerd
    78 % Nerd, 13% Geek, 26% Dork

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