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Question: What type of nerd are you?
Computer Geek   -12 (22.2%)
Bookworm   -6 (11.1%)
Forum Homie   -1 (1.9%)
Open-source helper   -3 (5.6%)
Gangsta-nerd   -1 (1.9%)
Emo-nerd   -2 (3.7%)
Goth-nerd   -1 (1.9%)
Sporty nerd   -4 (7.4%)
Bodybuilder-nerd   -1 (1.9%)
None of the above (or below); Please specify   -0 (0%)
Star Wars nerd   -1 (1.9%)
Know-it-all   -7 (13%)
Science nerd   -6 (11.1%)
Math nerd   -5 (9.3%)
Anime/Manga obsessivist   -4 (7.4%)
Total Voters: 18

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Re: What type of nerd are you?
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2009, 01:08:50 am »

But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2009, 02:35:18 am »

But now 5 options is grossly insufficient  Tongue

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« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2009, 02:57:04 am »

I'm a comp.geek , a bookworm , science nerd and a know-it-all
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Re: What type of nerd are you?
« Reply #18 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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« Reply #19 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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I can't change that   Cry

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.
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« Reply #20 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.
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« Reply #21 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. Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2009, 06:16:20 pm »

This is seriously starting to bore me. Tongue

Huh. I thought we were having an interesting discussion about Japanese and their culture. Oh well, off to do something else then I suppose.
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2009, 07:31:10 pm »

This is seriously starting to bore me. Tongue

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 Roll Eyes)

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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.
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« Reply #24 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.
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« Reply #25 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.
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« Reply #26 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. Tongue


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« Reply #27 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. Tongue


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You're not alone, exactly. I'm the only gangsta-nerd.
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« Reply #28 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 (reads from right to left <-- too difficult for some Americans)
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« Reply #29 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。

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