It’s Time To Play: Who’s The Nerdiest?

This week’s Dustinland has a poll! How fun is that? I probably should have figured out how to do it so that the poll’s answers would show right on the site but I got really tired of sitting at the computer all day. It actually starts to physically hurt after a while. IF YOU’RE A NERD!!!! Oh snap. Really though, I think it’s great to be a nerd. It just means you are really obsessive over something and you have a lot of knowledge in one area. What’s wrong with that? I myself can be categorized in more than one of those categories, although the only one I will admit to is music. And maybe a little hobbit action, if you know what I mean.

As for the rest of them, man, I had to do a lot of research for this sucker. It’s all real! Some of the dialogue is almost word-for-word straight out of internet forums (it’s interesting – each nerdom has its own little language). I even looked up T-shirts, so there are some jokes in this strip that I don’t even get. Anyway, it will be fun to see what wins the poll, although it will be disappointing if only like 17 people vote in it. Also I really hope people don’t vote for webcomics just to be “funny.”

P.S. In case you don’t know, LARPing stands for Live Action Role Play (see the movie Darkon).

*Edit – So knitting is winning the poll for the nerdiest of the nerds. I am not the only one who found this a bit suspect, so I dug around a little and found that there was a decent amount of traffic driven to the Dustinland by a site called Ravelry, which is apparently a “knit and crochet community.” You have to be a member to look inside the forums, but oddly enough it appears someone is actually encouraging other  members to vote for knitting. I guess they are embracing their nerdiness, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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7 responses to “It’s Time To Play: Who’s The Nerdiest?

  1. Fighty McLarping

    You forgot Dark Crystal nerds. GELFLING!

  2. You forgot Nerds who post comments on blogs criticizing whatever the OP was about. See? Nerd lingo – “OP.”

  3. In my experience, the nerdiest classical music fans are the ones who are into 20th-century classical (sort of an oxymoron). These are the folks who consider Mahler mainstream pap (never mind Beethoven) and are forever trying to drag you to Philip Glass concertos.

  4. I was actually thinking of going there with those modern composers that play one note for 10 minutes. That’s kind of a classical music nerd subset.

  5. Believe it or not, gun nuts are pretty nerdy too.

    Check out this guy:

    http://www.youtube.com/nutnfancy

    He’s got what seems like 3000 videos, and can discuss the fit and finish of a Kel-tec vs a Ruger for over 20 minutes. It’s already a moot point to being with, Kel-tec is obviously the budget brand of gun, so there’s no contest, but still this gun can rant and nitpick and observe to the point that he takes the fun out of guns.

    Conspiracy theorists can get nerdy too, I like the ones who have completely lost touch with reality and are holed up and prepared for a Waco, Ruby Ridge or Elian Gonzales type Fed action anywhere at any time. They do make pretty convincing arguments about 9/11 though.

    I’d vote for web comics being the least nerdy, as they are sometimes an only distraction during long, boring days working with brain-dead back-stabbing scumbags in smelly stale-air offices. After years in an environment like that, that fat blue bird seems pretty funny.

  6. actually, I take that back about work. My pastor gave a sermon about not having a critical eye, and to worry about the beam in one’s own eye before worrying about the toothpick in someone else’s eye. So, in that spirit, um, the office was very fragrant and the people were like lilacs come to life as humans. 🙂

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