Saturday, January 9, 2010

how to be a nerd

after 19 years of first-hand experience being a nerd, i am finally able to grasp the fundamentals of being one. it isn't as easy as it sounds and not everybody possess the traits to be one. below are the characteristics of a nerd, see if you fit.

being a homely person

first and foremost, you have got to love staying home more than anything else. home is where all your life starts. it is the embarkation of your adventure. your magical yet solitary life could not have been possible elsewhere. the typical life of a nerd is generally as follow: wake up, wash up, go to school without preening yourself, (in fact you consider it your good day if your clothes don't have any crease, which is the case for fbt and dry fit shirts) return home straight after school. going out is almost like a major festive occasion, once a year. when you are out there, you cringe at the sight of the massive size of the crowd on the streets and immediately thought of home. (oh, heaven) you have never heard of curfew and getting grounded cause you would probably only get one in your next lifetime. other than school, you spend 9/10 of your lifetime at home. the other 1/10 is probably use to replenish and acquire the supplies, assets, gizmo or merchandise required to sustain your homely lifestyle.

tremendously vast knowledge on their obsession
we acknowledge that all nerds are unique, with their own obsession and methods of satisfying their own cravings. we see obsession as a plus point. it is actually reported that it takes an average of 10,000 hours to master anything. since we nerds are so obsessed with polishing our knowledge on our obsession, we are able to accomplish it within a shorter days span. remember the 9/10 rule, non-nerds could have the same passion but only spend 1/10 of their time due to their various commitments and lack of obsession. probably the subject of obsession is not limited to one. we strive to establish our standing in various fields. nerds are neither stupid nor goofy, though we appear to be so, we are actually intelligent being. we are so intelligent that normal un-nerds could never grasp our thoughts and the reason behind our actions. we are social deviants and social minority. we are of such a small population that even the news can't be bothered to report about us, that we don't have significance to be filmed into a documentary. coupled with our different way of behaving and intelligence, nobody is willing to trifle with us and daring enough to handle us. this is why so little is really known about us.

being socially awkward
this is what separates a geek from a nerd. a nerd has this extra feature of being socially inept despite their ability to achieve usually unattainable heights in their obsessive hobby. its no surprise since you spend most of your time on your nonsocial hobby, you don't have much time left to socialise. not that you have poor time management, it is just that you are reluctant to be spared a few moments with your friends at the cost of your hobby. that saying if you even have un-nerdy friend in the first place. you know how people of similar character come together as a clique. a nerd have a high tendency to attract a like-minded nerd. if that is the case, you don't have to worry about entertaining anybody at all cause your nerdy friend(s) would probably just stay at home like you. however since we are human, we probably need some form of communication to let people know we are still alive. this communication tool would probably be some online instant messenger. still remember the horrible experience when you blush after talking with your friend face to face, you won't want that to happen again right? due to this fact, most of the people would label you as a weirdo and loner. well, they don't really understand you, neither do they know about your undying passion. it just so un-nerd to be passing judgment (in a bitchy nerd tone).

if after reading this post, you actually discover that you fit the bill, don't panic. nerd is the new cool for you. and you definitely know where you could find similarly nerdy friends. it is normal to feel unsettled initially cause this is a major change and change is never comfortable. however i assure you that you will grow to be proud of your newly found identity (:

pls read
disclaimer: congratulations you just wasted your time reading bullshit. and i don't like to use msn cause i am an unattractive ultimate conversation stopper. thats not the point. the point is i really take great pleasure in writing such stuff despite the torment and possible brain damage due to the lingering in the nonsensical part of the brain for a prolonged period of time. in fact some of my previous blog posts don't have any significant meaning (even if they don't seem so), they are just chain of words that appear in my brain. though so, there is still one undeniably truth in this post that is - i am a decent, homely, obsessive and possessive (with regards to stitch) nerd (:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

sometimes people around my age look at me with the eyes of the adults back at cdac. c'mon, you don't have to be a kid to play, just the love to play.
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