The Genius of Klaus Meine and Rudolph Schenker

Working with nerds is a great thing. Working with intellectual nerds into film, literature and music is even better. Why?

Nerd 1: Gotta hand it to the pre-10 AM “Rock You Like a Hurricane” reference.

Nerd 2: That about all the Scorpians produced.

Me: Well, they had that other song with the whistling. Glasnost. The wall came down. I think there were candles in the video.

Nerd 1: Play’s “No One Like You.”

Me: Man, the problem with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” is that its so cliche. “No One Like You” has some hooks.

Nerd 2: You’re crazy.

Comments 12

  1. csh wrote:

    On a side-note at our research department meeting last week we were discussing the differences between geeks and nerds – we were all happy to call ourselves nerds but bristled at geeks. We collectively decided that being nerdy implies having brains whereas being geeky does not.

    What do the rest of you nerds think? Good distinction? Not according to Merriam Webster:

    Nerd: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person ; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

    Geek:
    1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
    2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
    3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity

    Posted 09 Dec 2008 at 9:29 am
  2. theffer wrote:

    Wind of Change is money.
    I’m a contracts geek. I’m cool with it.

    Posted 09 Dec 2008 at 1:45 pm
  3. Mike wrote:

    My assessment of the difference:

    Nerd – generally amiable hamster-like folk who endeavor to better themselves by the pursuit of knowledge, particularly in areas perceived to arcane by the general populace

    Geek – awkward (both socially and physically) hyena-like folk who endeavor to impress others by proving the expanse of knowledge they possess, particularly in areas percieved to be arcane by the general populace.

    Yes theffer, you are a contracts geek. I submit the “I’m cool with it” as evidence, of hyena-like behaviour….

    Posted 09 Dec 2008 at 2:32 pm
  4. Mike wrote:

    And our neighbors love the Scorpions, especially at 10am Saturday mornings. I kid you not.

    Posted 09 Dec 2008 at 2:34 pm
  5. von wrote:

    Is Kansas more or less socially acceptable than The Scorpions? Inquiring minds and all.

    Posted 09 Dec 2008 at 6:09 pm
  6. Vince wrote:

    I’ve been using “geek” as someone who has a somewhat obsessive interest in a subject, who may or may not have turned his interest/obsession into a career.

    Alton Brown is a food geek, who is also a nerd. The owner of Spacca Napoli is a pizza geek. They’re lucky in that their geekiness has translated into lucrative business.

    DaveZ is a bike geek and Terry’s a music geek. No luctative revenue stream from either.

    I thought nerds were the socially awkward ones. They should be ostracized and moved off-campus to make room for the more muscular and attractive football and cheer-leading geeks.

    Posted 10 Dec 2008 at 1:30 pm
  7. Shipdawg wrote:

    I concur with Vince on this one.

    You dan’t call someone who really follow soccer a “Soccer Nerd” you call them a “Soccer Geek”

    Posted 11 Dec 2008 at 12:59 pm
  8. Lara wrote:

    So someone who’s obsessed with (or married to) a geek is a “Geek Geek?”

    Posted 11 Dec 2008 at 2:13 pm
  9. Mike wrote:

    Colloquial usage is not to be confused with etymological distinctions, Mr. Sip-ley…

    We may also have some regional flavor to this debate, which I find interesting from an anthropological perspective.

    Thus casting myself as an anthropology nerd? I certainly didn’t make any money off knowing what a “lunate” is…

    Posted 11 Dec 2008 at 3:25 pm
  10. Shipdawg wrote:

    I will catch up I am still working on Mike’s big words………lunate

    Lunate – hmmmmm

    I picked an apple from the tree on the way to the Lu-n-ate it.

    Posted 12 Dec 2008 at 11:15 am
  11. Mike wrote:

    well played Ship…

    Vince better know, or I’ll send AG after him…

    Posted 12 Dec 2008 at 1:41 pm
  12. Dr. T_Bone wrote:

    Wrist bone?

    Posted 12 Dec 2008 at 2:47 pm