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Title: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 26, 2008, 07:03:15 pm
You are allowed to vote up to five times in case you're not just one.

For me, I would say Gansta-nerd, computer geek, and Forum homie.

I love Rap. My favorite songs are Hit Em Up (2pac) and Kingston (Sean Kingston).\

I'm on the computer WAY too much.

I'm on forums WAY too much.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: SweetSassyMolassy on December 27, 2008, 02:59:15 am
what? ugh, this thread is awful...


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Elvish Pillager on December 27, 2008, 03:38:20 am
I hope you realize how many types of nerd you left out

or are you not enough of a nerd to know them? :-\


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 27, 2008, 05:56:05 am
I hope you realize how many types of nerd you left out

or are you not enough of a nerd to know them? :-\

I'm not surprised, b/c I'm not enough of a nerd to know them all. Um, what are they?


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Elvish Pillager on December 27, 2008, 12:19:57 pm
Well I won't presume to know all of them :P but at the very least there's a bunch more kinds of music and theatre nerds, and Star Wars nerds, and people who know a lot of science and/or mathematics (I don't know their nerd adjective phrase)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Cattrance on December 27, 2008, 01:44:08 pm
Well theres the "smarty pants nerd",  also known as the know-it-all but usally a bit nicer :) which I think I am. I suppose that could be counted as someone who knows alot of science and mathematics.

I suppose there could be the sci-fi nerds, which would cover the Star Wars nerds. Woo for sci-fi!

Well I'm not really a computer nerd...but I am typing this on top of a stack of 3 laptops, hehe.

Of course it isn't quite an exact science but nerdom is a state of being in which only some hunams can metamorphose into. It consists of us people who may be way too good at something, those of us who can eat a packet of chips in thirty seconds and those of us who decide to shun the norm and be our own little weird self. :P

I'm a nerd and I'm loving it!!

(I'm sorry if I just exploded anyones lame-o-meter)

(oh no! did i really just post that)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 27, 2008, 03:08:40 pm
So here are the stats!

All but one of the voters are computer geeks

Many voters are bookworms (2nd most)

Only half of the voters are forum homies

Someone here is Goth. But no Emo dudes.

I'm surprised by the number of bodybuilders/sporty nerds.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Elvish Pillager on December 27, 2008, 10:29:59 pm
Hmm, how come I can no longer change my vote?


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 27, 2008, 11:34:57 pm
Hmm, how come I can no longer change my vote?

I don't know. I also don't see the option to allow changes if I hit "Edit Poll".


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Tiberian on December 30, 2008, 01:46:34 pm
The most important one that was left out is anime-nerd.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 30, 2008, 04:20:18 pm
The most important one that was left out is anime-nerd.

Oh yeah. ::)

There are a lot of those in my Japanese class (go figure ;D).


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lukipela on December 31, 2008, 12:36:57 pm
Oh yeah. ::)

There are a lot of those in my Japanese class (go figure ;D).

Out of interest, why are you taking Japanese? I had a friend at Uni who took a few courses, and told me that everyone there was either studying the language to go abroad, or to be able to read Manga and whatnot. I have to admit that I find that a bit odd. I mean learning a language is always a good thing, but how is it that Japanese is so popular compared to other exotic cultures/difficult languages out there? At least around my Uni, you never saw people obsessing over the Korean language, only the Japanese.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on December 31, 2008, 09:21:46 pm
Oh yeah. ::)

There are a lot of those in my Japanese class (go figure ;D).

Out of interest, why are you taking Japanese? I had a friend at Uni who took a few courses, and told me that everyone there was either studying the language to go abroad, or to be able to read Manga and whatnot. I have to admit that I find that a bit odd. I mean learning a language is always a good thing, but how is it that Japanese is so popular compared to other exotic cultures/difficult languages out there? At least around my Uni, you never saw people obsessing over the Korean language, only the Japanese.

Think about this for a second.

Japan has always been the primary electronics and videogames country. Most notably, Nintendo and Sony are the main video game competitors. (Microsoft is in there, but nowhere near as successful as Nintendo.)

Japan is also in control of the auto industry, much to the dismay of many of us here in America.

Therefore, Japanese is a very useful language to learn, second only to Chinese (which is WAY to difficult). This is why I take Japanese.

For your other question, I would have to say that Japan's different, isolated historical culture fascinates some people, while others simply love anime and/or manga (If you've never seen anime, i.e. Dragonball Z, then you should. They're really good).


BTW, I just reset all the votes since a lot has been added and you can't change your vote


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Resh Aleph on January 01, 2009, 12:07:31 am
Japan is also in control of the auto industry, much to the dismay of many of us here in America.

Toyota may be the largest manufacturer, but that doesn't put Japan in control of the industry.

Sales-wise, non-Japanese corporations (GM, Ford, Euro makers, Hyundai, ...) have the majority of the global market.

Quality-wise, German makers usually have the best stuff. No Japanese sports car is as good as the Porsche 911. No Japanese luxury car is as good as the Mercedes S or BMW 7. Toyota's and Honda's semi-automatic transmission is pathetic, while VW/Audi pioneered the awesome twin-clutch gearbox. Many Euro diesel cars are more fuel-efficient than the Prius. And so on and so forth.

(I guess I'm a cars-nerd then?)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 01, 2009, 12:41:16 am
I guess I should have said taking control.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Elvish Pillager on January 01, 2009, 01:08:50 am
But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  :P


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 01, 2009, 02:35:18 am
But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  :P

I can't change that  :'(


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Alvarin on January 01, 2009, 02:57:04 am
I'm a comp.geek , a bookworm , science nerd and a know-it-all


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lukipela on January 01, 2009, 12:06:07 pm
Think about this for a second.

Re-read the question. I'm not asking you why Japanese is a useful language to know. I'm asking why you, specifically are interested in speaking japanese.  Not everyone goes out to learn a language because it is handy in certain industries or fields. Some are fascinated by a certain culture, country or history. So I guess you have aspirations to work in games or cars then?

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I guess I should have said taking control.

Or maybe you should have said "wants to take control". alephresh makes some good car arguments, and with the current business climate it's hard to say who is going to come out on top.

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For your other question, I would have to say that Japan's different, isolated historical culture fascinates some people, while others simply love anime and/or manga (If you've never seen anime, i.e. Dragonball Z, then you should. They're really good).

DragonBall Z used to be on television here, we watched it while drunk in Uni once. I've never seen so little happen during such a long time. Are there no other exotic cultures that produce the same kind of foreign material? Is Japan really the only exotic non-western country with technology and cartoons? This is a pretty foreign subject to me, so I'm curious.

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But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  Tongue

I can't change that   :'(

Man, you just can't win with this. There's always something wrong with the poll.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 01, 2009, 02:50:15 pm
Think about this for a second.

Re-read the question. I'm not asking you why Japanese is a useful language to know. I'm asking why you, specifically are interested in speaking japanese.  Not everyone goes out to learn a language because it is handy in certain industries or fields. Some are fascinated by a certain culture, country or history. So I guess you have aspirations to work in games or cars then?

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I guess I should have said taking control.


Or maybe you should have said "wants to take control". alephresh makes some good car arguments, and with the current business climate it's hard to say who is going to come out on top.

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For your other question, I would have to say that Japan's different, isolated historical culture fascinates some people, while others simply love anime and/or manga (If you've never seen anime, i.e. Dragonball Z, then you should. They're really good).

DragonBall Z used to be on television here, we watched it while drunk in Uni once. I've never seen so little happen during such a long time. Are there no other exotic cultures that produce the same kind of foreign material? Is Japan really the only exotic non-western country with technology and cartoons? This is a pretty foreign subject to me, so I'm curious.

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But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  Tongue

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I can't change that   :'(

Man, you just can't win with this. There's always something wrong with the poll.

I am undone... sort of.

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Re-read the question. I'm not asking you why Japanese is a useful language to know. I'm asking why you, specifically are interested in speaking japanese.

Re-read the answer. I was explaining why I take Japanese.

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So I guess you have aspirations to work in games or cars then?

Games, yes.

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DragonBall Z used to be on television here, we watched it while drunk in Uni once. I've never seen so little happen during such a long time.

How would you know if you were drunk?

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Are there no other exotic cultures that produce the same kind of foreign material? Is Japan really the only exotic non-western country with technology and cartoons? This is a pretty foreign subject to me, so I'm curious.

Every single cartoon that I have seen, to my knowledge, was made either in America or Japan.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lukipela on January 01, 2009, 04:40:51 pm
I am undone... sort of.

Why are you first quoting everything and then doing line by line quotes? It seems a bit excessive.

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Re-read the answer. I was explaining why I take Japanese.

Sorry, with the "think about it for minute" bit in the beginning it just sounded like you explaining why Japanese is handy and that's why you're taking it. But I suppose it could be read as you explaining why you take Japanese as well. My mistake. I don't know how thinking for about it for a minute would allow me to discern your personal reasons for anything though. But I'm probably interpreting it too literally and you're using it in some conversational fashion that I'm not used to.

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Games, yes.

Are there a lot of Westerners working at Japanese gaming companies? I know very little about that culture, but I've always gotten the impression that they are a bit insular.

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How would you know if you were drunk?

Being drunk doesn't really affect my ability to appreciate conversation and action. I just thought it seemed like they didn't really do very much during an episode. But then again, people like different things and I only saw one episode.

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Every single cartoon that I have seen, to my knowledge, was made either in America or Japan.

There are plenty of cartoons from other places, but I'm unfamiliar with anything outside of what I grew up with. But I suppose at the very least no other exotic country has had that kind of breakthrough abroad. It's a bit odd, but I suppose the Japanese are just really good at cartoons.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 01, 2009, 06:06:30 pm
I am undone... sort of.

Why are you first quoting everything and then doing line by line quotes? It seems a bit excessive.

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Re-read the answer. I was explaining why I take Japanese.

Sorry, with the "think about it for minute" bit in the beginning it just sounded like you explaining why Japanese is handy and that's why you're taking it. But I suppose it could be read as you explaining why you take Japanese as well. My mistake. I don't know how thinking for about it for a minute would allow me to discern your personal reasons for anything though. But I'm probably interpreting it too literally and you're using it in some conversational fashion that I'm not used to.

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Games, yes.

Are there a lot of Westerners working at Japanese gaming companies? I know very little about that culture, but I've always gotten the impression that they are a bit insular.

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How would you know if you were drunk?

Being drunk doesn't really affect my ability to appreciate conversation and action. I just thought it seemed like they didn't really do very much during an episode. But then again, people like different things and I only saw one episode.

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Every single cartoon that I have seen, to my knowledge, was made either in America or Japan.

There are plenty of cartoons from other places, but I'm unfamiliar with anything outside of what I grew up with. But I suppose at the very least no other exotic country has had that kind of breakthrough abroad. It's a bit odd, but I suppose the Japanese are just really good at cartoons.

This is seriously starting to bore me. :P


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lukipela on January 01, 2009, 06:16:20 pm
This is seriously starting to bore me. :P

Huh. I thought we were having an interesting discussion about Japanese and their culture. Oh well, off to do something else then I suppose.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 01, 2009, 07:31:10 pm
This is seriously starting to bore me. :P

Huh. I thought we were having an interesting discussion about Japanese and their culture. Oh well, off to do something else then I suppose.

No, the ones about what my original post meant...

But now I'm wider awake, so...

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Are there a lot of Westerners working at Japanese gaming companies? I know very little about that culture, but I've always gotten the impression that they are a bit insular.

I don't know. All I know is most of the manufacturing is done in China (of course ::))

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Being drunk doesn't really affect my ability to appreciate conversation and action. I just thought it seemed like they didn't really do very much during an episode. But then again, people like different things and I only saw one episode.

There's the problem. You need to watch these battles:
Vegeta
Ginyu Force
Frieza
Cell
Majin Buu

To truely appreciate it. They are really good.

BTW have you ever seen Naruto?

It's a lot bigger than DBZ these days.

And so is Avatar, but I think Avatar is made in the U.S.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Dabir on January 01, 2009, 08:48:52 pm
There are a lot of games not released outside Japan that haven't been translated yet, or that have been released and translated badly (see: most recent releases aargh) or with excessive censorship (a lot of older releases). Understanding Japanese would allow someone to interpret the original dialogue themelves, and not be forced to endure the HIDEOUS attempts at banter that translators and writers attempting to be "cool" will come up with. On the downside, fighting techniques whose names are shouted as they are performed (see: Street Fighter) will sound less bitchin' if you know what they mean. Kamehameha, to revert to DBZ, sounds freakin' amazing, but there's a rumour that it means some sort of Hawaiian princess and if that's true it sounds more like Japanese people being zany.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lukipela on January 01, 2009, 09:31:00 pm
There are a lot of games not released outside Japan that haven't been translated yet, or that have been released and translated badly (see: most recent releases aargh) or with excessive censorship (a lot of older releases). Understanding Japanese would allow someone to interpret the original dialogue themelves, and not be forced to endure the HIDEOUS attempts at banter that translators and writers attempting to be "cool" will come up with. On the downside, fighting techniques whose names are shouted as they are performed (see: Street Fighter) will sound less bitchin' if you know what they mean. Kamehameha, to revert to DBZ, sounds freakin' amazing, but there's a rumour that it means some sort of Hawaiian princess and if that's true it sounds more like Japanese people being zany.

That's a reason I didn't think of. Like wanting to read books in their original language.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Lachie Dazdarian on January 05, 2009, 10:09:42 pm
What? I'm the only emo-nerd? Oh, well.

And I'm glad you used the word nerd and not geek. Because I really can't call myself a geek. Too lazy for that. :P


The Killers rule! :P


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 10, 2009, 01:45:33 am
What? I'm the only emo-nerd? Oh, well.

And I'm glad you used the word nerd and not geek. Because I really can't call myself a geek. Too lazy for that. :P


The Killers rule! :P

You're not alone, exactly. I'm the only gangsta-nerd.


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Tiberian on January 10, 2009, 12:38:15 pm
Not to poke at an ant hive, but Dragon Ball Z is supposed to be a children's anime. There are lots of anime and manga series for every age group. 18+ series are not all just porn. I have often heard the phrase "I don't like anime" which actually doesn't mean anything. Saying it is the same as saying "I don't like movies". (ok, there really are people who don't like movies). In addition, there are lots of anime geeks who like anime just because it is anime.

There is a huge amount of series where school girls with big eyes pilot giant robots. (Some of them are actually really good.)

What I like about anime and manga: They can tell a story about anything. For example one of my favorite manga-series is about baking bread.

I have studied Japanese mainly because I like anime and manga, but while studying the language, I also got interested in the culture.

I can't end this post without a link, so here's a scene from the baking manga: http://koti.mbnet.fi/tibe9mm/manga/Brad_Kidd_02.jpg (http://koti.mbnet.fi/tibe9mm/manga/Brad_Kidd_02.jpg) (reads from right to left <-- too difficult for some Americans)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 10, 2009, 02:41:43 pm
You can speak Japanese, Tiberian?

How good are you?

わたし の にほんご は ・・・ ええと にほんご で、 bad は なん と いいますか。

;)

P.S. I only use spaces because I'm not using kanji (because I don't know kanji ;D)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: Tiberian on January 10, 2009, 02:52:25 pm
I studied for two years. I can understand normal speech fairly well. I know around 200 kanji.

日本語を二年間ぐらい勉強していました。簡単話を分かります。漢字は二百ごろ知っています。

(not perfect)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: jaychant on January 10, 2009, 03:11:13 pm
I studied for two years. I can understand normal speech fairly well. I know around 200 kanji.

日本語を二年間ぐらい勉強していました。簡単話を分かります。漢字は二百ごろ知っています。

(not perfect)

That's a whole lot better than me. I can't even write kanji. ;D

わたし は かんじ を かきません。
(I don't write kanji)

Well, I know the numbers 1-10 and 100... but that's not much. Mostly because they're never used.
一、二、三、四、五、六、七、八、九、十、百。
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 100 respectively)

わたし は 十五さい です。
(I am 15 years old)


Title: Re: What type of nerd are you?
Post by: lakota.james on February 08, 2009, 12:37:37 pm
Hrmmm... I think I saw that manga before.  I recognize the face of that guy, and remember the drying a cat in  a microwave.  But that's it.  Is that a famous panel, or something?  Or am I more insane than I thought?  And I think I know some more categories you forgot:  Paranormal (UFO, Bigfoot, etc.) Geek, /b/tard (yeah, I guess I am braking rules 1 and 2, don't yell at me), Apple Geek.  I almost said Linux geek, but I guess that falls under Open Source.