Monday, June 25, 2012

OMG! I'm a nerd!!

Sometimes the truth hits you like a π in the face. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) I use to think I was kind of cool—a delusion perpetuated by YA author Tera Lynn Childs at a book signing at Blue Willow Bookstore a couple years ago.  That was before I noticed which Facebook photos and links I can’t help sharing. The photo above pretty much illustrates my point.

The truth is, I love nerdy humor and take great delight in figuring out geeky puzzles like Legos cartoon characters. George Takei—the actor who played Sulu in the original Star Trek with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy—regularly posts hilarious pics he gets from fans with captions like: “Use the force, Harry.” –Gandalf. Or advertisements for Viagra altered to ads for Spice (yup, as in Frank Herbert’s DUNE series.) I laughed and shared. I couldn’t help myself.

So what have you learned about yourself from Facebook, the internet, online shopping, SKYPE, i-Anything? What surprises you about the things you find fascinating online that never hit your radar otherwise? 


Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

I would never characterize you as a nerd, Lark. I didn't think it possible for a person to be nerdy AND fashion-forward.

I'm surprised I like rather than resent the taste-preference algorithms (Is that the right word, Ms. Geek?) that allow Netflix and Amazon to suggest movies and/or books I might like. T

Also, despite my mild-mannered appearance and G-rated language, I cackle whenever I read a blog post by the irreverent Chuck Wendig.

(My geekiness comes out at 2,000-year-old Roman acqueducts. Yeah, the Pont du Gard is my idea of a rock star.)

Lark Howard said...

You're very sweet, Pat, but as they say, you can dress up a nerd but she's still a nerd. Wait, I think the actual expression involves painting something....

Loving ancient marvels is not geeky! I cite Indiana Jones and Lara Croft as my proof...which is probably geeky in itself.

Sheila Seabrook said...

Lark, I love that nerdy humour. I also love jokes about men or women bashing the opposite sex. Being a woman, you'd think I'd be offended when it's bashing our sex, but really, we can often be as weird as men can be.

Lark Howard said...

I'm not often offended by the female stereotype jokes either, Sheila, because so many are true. I like the one about the Wizard of Oz being about women fighting over shoes. Some of the humorous cartoons with old-fashion costumed women and captions are brilliant.

Louise Behiel said...

I'm late to this party but I'm glad I didn't miss it -- I am embarrased to admit it but I love potty humor - to a certain point. and the nerdy stuff chokes me up. I have 3 kids who are right into star wars etc etc etc so it's fun to poke fun at them. chuck wendig has me howling most of the time. LOL and I'm with sheila - I love blonde jokes and slams at men and work jokes. yep, another nerd here.