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Postby Gelsamel » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:55 am UTC

I can't believe how nerdy I am... like... hell...


I'm so nerdy that I'm UNBELIEVABLy EXCITED about getting into the Applied Physics (3 years) course at RMIT and finnishing that, then doing honors (another year) then doing my Ph.D (3 Years). With the possibility of working on RMIT's research projects!

"Ion Beam Physics

RMIT Applied Physics has collaborative projects with MARC (University of Melbourne) to investigate Ion Beam Nanolithography and Proton Beam Writing. These projects allow the manufacture of very high aspect ratio structures at the nanoscale. The projects are supported by accelerator facilities in Melbourne and Sydney as well as excellent RMTI Microanalytical facilities and other Australian infrastructure."

Oh me yarm I CAN'T WAIT

*Gets all giddy*

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Postby Hawknc » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:39 pm UTC

Daaaaaamn. That's at the city campus, yes? You'll probably get use of the Monash Synchrotron when it's completed.

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Postby Air Gear » Sun Oct 22, 2006 3:28 pm UTC

Gelsamel wrote:I can't believe how nerdy I am... like... hell...


I'm so nerdy that I'm UNBELIEVABLy EXCITED about getting into the Applied Physics (3 years) course at RMIT and finnishing that, then doing honors (another year) then doing my Ph.D (3 Years). With the possibility of working on RMIT's research projects!


Just so you know, in 3 or 4 years, you might be really, really bitter and not want to do another year of physics. I know this one :|

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Postby SpitValve » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:37 pm UTC

Just so you know, in 3 or 4 years, you might be really, really bitter and not want to do another year of physics. I know this one


heck, I've just done 4 years of physics and I'm still keen to do a PhD :)

Having said that, I'm sick of assignments and lectures...

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Postby Frankeinstein » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:09 pm UTC

I breathe in binary.

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Postby Air Gear » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:55 am UTC

Hey, I just realized...since it's turning to the 23rd of October here...write the date as year/month/day.

Yep, 06/10/23.

If you know what I'm referring to, you're almost as geeky as me for noticing it in the first place.

If you don't, it's in scientific notation and there's your clue.

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Postby Teaspoon » Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:13 am UTC

Something to do with avocadoes, yeah?

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Postby Gelsamel » Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:22 am UTC

Nice find Air.

Edit:

Oh me yarm I'm still so excited about Uni!!!

"Professional experience in an industrial, government, hospital, research or other external organisation is a major part of the final year."

YES BABY.

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Postby Qualcuno » Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:14 pm UTC

Here in the UK I worked in Marks and Spencer a couple of years back - a clothing store whose main business came from old upper middle class people. It was really dull, and I had a lot of free time on the shopfloor, so I gradually upped the scale of the geeky things I did.

First was the plastic cards we used for the fitting rooms - they were meant to be cards 1-10, but we'd lost a few cards so started using the corresponding cards in the 11-20 range. They were like punch cards but very solid, so I worked out exactly which holes needed to be covered on which cards to get a full set of 1-10 back again.

Next, there was a unique code on every product, a seven digit number, but not every number was valid. Without any knowledge of the system, I reverse-engineered the checksum (which was multiplying alternating digits by 3 then taking the sum mod 10).

So finally, still bored, I taught myself how to read barcodes by eye! No knowledge of how barcodes worked, no research, just me standing around without any customers trying to work out which sequences represented which numbers. I showed my manager and she just seemed proud of me, but I guess I was leaving in a few days at that point.

Though when I showed one of my colleagues the last thing, he admitted to attempting the same thing, so maybe it was just as much a product of the dull environment as my geeky nature. Guess I need more proof.

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Postby Sonic# » Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:53 am UTC

I'm so nerdy that I'm planning on going to graduate school in English... but I'm also majoring in math 'for the heck of it.'

The classes I'm most excited about next semester are Feminist Criticism and Probability.

I organize an entire Model UN delegation just so I can go to a conference.

When I was 8, I was the Borg for Halloween. I participated in a costume contest for Cub Scouts, and they didn't understand that (TNG) Borg kick arse... if I could've only assimilated Robin Hood.

I bought an SNES not long ago simply so I could play one game... Earthbound... which, when I mention it, most people blank out.

Oh, and I joined this board specifically so I could answer this. ;)

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Postby rlo » Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:01 am UTC

Air Gear wrote:06/10/23.

Apparently I'm not nerdy enough to get this. :wink: Could you please explain?

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Postby Sonic# » Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:06 am UTC

If I remember right, it's a mole. 6.022*10^23 things. XD

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Postby Detritus » Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:22 am UTC

I once turned down a date to play in a Civ 3 tournament.

To be fair, I wasn't interested in her.
Then I thought, "Man, I should have just said 'yeah.' "

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Postby Peshmerga » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:18 am UTC

I would most definitely turn down a date of any magnitude in order to play TF2 or Supreme Commander.

Unless she had the games too, and a good computer to play it on.
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Postby muffintop » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:39 am UTC

Kas wrote:My friend and I used to have a running contest going to see who can make the longest words from the letters for elements on the periodic table, without using the same element twice.


Wow ... I spent all year of AP chemistry doing exactly that. I never, uh, came across PoRn. I did manage Xenon-Nitrogen-Oxygen-Phosphorus-Hydrogen-Oxygen-Beryllium though, that was my favorite. I suppose the time might have been better spent studying chemistry, though.

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Postby rachel » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:30 am UTC

Frankeinstein wrote:I breathe in binary.


This reminded me of a song that is some sort of hardcore song called My Heart Beats in Breakdowns. Or maybe that is just a lyric? I don't know, really. It is a kind of alright song.

Anyway, I am not sure if this would be classified as 'nerdy' or 'strange and kind of OCD', but I have to do things in numbers divisible by two or five. Like counting things out, having money, folding stuff at work, making equal stacks of things, pretty much anything involving organising/sorting/things ot that nature. I also have all sorts of other weird things that I have to do all the time, but those are not nerdy. They are ... weird and maybe kind of OCD.

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Postby aran » Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:37 am UTC

I started a webcomic entitled "Penguin vs. Barbeque" in the style of "Wrench Farm".

It involved Al Gore's creation and was approximately 20 comics long.

Unfortunately, I no longer have the comics. I'd love to see them again, though.

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Postby kira » Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:44 pm UTC

Air Gear wrote:Yep, 06/10/23.

If you know what I'm referring to, you're almost as geeky as me for noticing it in the first place.



It's an entire celebration!

http://www.techweb.com/wire/ebiz/193401528

And to attest to my own nerdiness, yes, I found this story by googling "math" under the news tab.

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Postby GotoLoop » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:01 pm UTC

/me's first post.

Sad, reading through this, I realized I didn't think many of these posts were nerdy.

My top nerd moment: I was on travel. My bed was uncomfortable. While dreaming, I decided my best course of action to my situation would be to program myself a comfortable bed. I woke up to realize even in my sleep, I'm a nerd.

I wrote the program in java. :)

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Postby SpitValve » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:31 pm UTC

GotoLoop wrote:I wrote the program in java. :)


A real nerd would use Fortran :)

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Postby Linoc » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:25 am UTC

I'm so nerdy that I blew 100 bucks of spending money on Feynman's lectures on physics for pleasure reading

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Postby narpas » Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:52 am UTC

I can one up shine...

I leaned Dvorak, but went back when it screwed me up too much when playing Starcraft.

It was really nice... I picked it up in a coupla weeks, and on a good day, I was typing more quickly and using my fingers more properly while using it. I should go back.

Also, I insist that the difference between geekiness and nerdiness is not whether jocks think it's cool. Forget jocks. The difference is an interest and expertise in a "classical" subject or in a less standard subject. For instance, there are math nerds, literature nerds, history nerds, and science nerds.Alternatively, there are chess geeks, computer geeks, comic book geeks, DDR geeks, and band geeks.

And making up definitions and then insisting on them is neither geeky nor nerdy. It's dorky. But gosh darn it, there needs to be a universal definition, and that's the best one I've ever heard that I made up!

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Postby Appleswitch » Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:36 am UTC

I stayed after school once to do some extra work and bring my grade up and in the next room the teachers were being tought some photoshop tricks, the person teaching said that they did not need to know alot about png becouse It was not supported among browsers...

It drove me nuts for at least an hour, I poped every joint in my body and coulden't stop shaking, at that point I grabed a highlighter and an envelope and told the teacher I would be right back.

I explained the differences between transparency and translucency (showing transparency around the envelope and the translucency of the highlighter on the clear plastic, and how you can still see through the translucent plastic/highlighter to my hand), the evils of internet explorer and its many shortcomings compared with more modern browsers, and the benefits of png, even provideding an example of the benefits over gif using the schools homepage (they had an dropshadow to white... on a now purple background).

Anyways, they actually started clapping, it was one of the most fun things I've ever done (even though my legs shook even more during the impormptu speach), I think that warrents some nerdy.
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Postby Bluebottle » Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:54 am UTC

I am the president of a Uni Sci-Fi club. Surely that's enough.

Also, I wrote a program to test a number for primes in Piet. It's in the sample programs.

I also major in maths and chemistry and economics and hope to take a computer science paper as an interest paper next year.
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Postby Jesse » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:52 am UTC

I am buying a second-hand bookstore and converting the upstairs to sell Trade paperbacks.

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Postby rlo » Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:06 am UTC

Jesster wrote:I am buying a second-hand bookstore and converting the upstairs to sell Trade paperbacks.

Very cool, yes. But why nerdy?

Where's your bookstore?

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Postby Jesse » Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:28 am UTC

Nerdy because I will then be running a comic-book store. (Trade paperbacks being the collection of comic books into story arcs)

And it will be in Cleveleys, near England.

Sure, it's not math nerdy, but I always figured comic books to be in that realm.

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Postby rlo » Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:51 am UTC

Jesster wrote:(Trade paperbacks being the collection of comic books into story arcs)

Ah. In the US "trade paperbacks" are just large-format paperbacks. Which isn't particularly nerdy.

Anyway. That sounds real fun. I have a fantasy of working in a bookstore or owning a bookstore one day. One time I was in a bookstore here and someone came up to me asking me questions about the books, thinking I worked there, and I unexpectedly felt quite proud. Like wow, they think I work here, how cool is that?!?

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Postby Kalten » Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:23 am UTC

I'm so nerdy I'm doing a PhD with String Theory and Black Holes in the title!

Ok, i'm not that nerdy really. But I felt the need to boast.
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Postby fjafjan » Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:52 pm UTC

Kalten wrote:I'm so nerdy I'm doing a PhD with String Theory and Black Holes in the title!

Ok, i'm not that nerdy really. But I felt the need to boast.


String theory, black holes, and other cool sounding words in the physics dictionary, who made them up?

Or some other way of putting cool words into a title without actually doing anything about them :D
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Postby Corvin » Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:57 pm UTC

im so nerdy...

that i got beaten up regularly in middle school.

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Postby Peshmerga » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:07 pm UTC

Corvin wrote:im so nerdy...

that i got beaten up regularly in middle school.

Corvin


:( :( :(

I'm so nerdy... I've only dated band geeks.
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Re: PNG

Postby Charodei » Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:59 pm UTC

Appleswitch wrote:...
Anyways, they actually started clapping, it was one of the most fun things I've ever done (even though my legs shook even more during the impromptu speech), I think that warrants some nerdy.


That's nerdy, but also cool. It would be worth working on that, maybe take a class on public speaking, so you can do it more comfortably. Speaking off the cuff is not easy for many people; being able to communicate clearly is always a useful skill. Sounds like you have both already, so make use of your abilities. Geeks are frequently poor at communicating verbally, though they can be eloquent when writing; ones who are good at it are hard to find.

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Postby DigitalMeatball » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:10 am UTC

I'm so nerdy, I spent a month this past summer doing string theory/ GR research in the middle of nowhere for no credit or pay.
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Postby svk1325 » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:22 am UTC

I read books about Quantum Mechanics, Information Theory, and Calculus...

But I'm only a Freshman in High School :?

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Postby Ephphatha » Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:30 am UTC

On the speeches thing.

We had to give a speech as part of this TAFE course. It could be on any subject you wanted.

Everyone else chose something like rollerblading, coffee, cooking and things like that. My topic? Watercooling computers. I got the highest mark for knowing my shit, but also got the least interesting topic vote :P
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Postby Corvin » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:44 pm UTC

Peshmerga wrote:I'm so nerdy... I've only dated band geeks.


my first girlfriend was a band geek.

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Postby Jerf » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:02 pm UTC

I learned Dvorak.

I did it because I was worried about my wrists because they started to hurt. I later figured out that it was something else entirely, but by then I'd pretty much learned Dvorak.

I'm not sure I can recommend it because it takes a while to come up to speed.

But it definitely does involve less movement and that can't be all bad. Tying in QWERTY is pretty spastic by comparision and I've had a couple of people ask me out of the blue why my typing isn't as spastic as most people's. Having switched I don't intend to go back.

Modern OS's can usually be set up to switch back and forth with one keypress, and in situations where you didn't really learn "a key" but "a keypress", like in games (where you don't really learn that F is Fire, but that the key labelled F is also the Fire key), I switch back. I still play Angband in QWERTY for that reason, because it's not really letters but actions, and there's no reason to relearn the layout.

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Postby Narsil » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:16 pm UTC

Ooh, I was really bored while volunteering in the Indiana State Museum the other day (nerdy in itself), so I began doubling numbers. 1,2,4,8.....eventually to the billions. BILLIONS. Oh, i also painted a USB drive with zelda symbols. I'll post pics if anyone's interested.

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Postby svk1325 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:56 am UTC

I memorized pi to 30 decimal places and the square root of 2 to 20 decimal places... out of boredom.

I find my Math class (Honors Geometry :cry: ) so easy that I never study and I still get an "A". Everyone else in the class says "it's so hard! How the hell do you get an A without studying?" Sometimes I nearly fall asleep in class and can still answer a question the teacher gives me.


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