OT: Pocket protectors and programmable calculators and mechanical pencils, Oh My!...

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What's your score? Be honest now!

-- (Revenge@ofthe.Nerds), March 14, 2000


83.20%! I think I need to make some changes in my lifestyle...

-- (kb8um8@yahoo.com), March 14, 2000.

32.40% -- pretty much smack dab on the stated "average" score (32%).

I work with a lot of folks who'd score at least 50% to 60%. I shudder to think if any would be higher than that. Many of them have children!

-- Brian McLaughlin (brianm@ims.com), March 14, 2000.

I gotta admit that I wish my dad had been a geek, then I wouldn't have been such a disapointment to him. He wanted an All-Star Quarterback, but the closest I ever came was designing a football computer game back in the days when we used punch cards (remember those?)

I don't have any kids, and I'm not going to, but I will try to get out more this spring.

What did everyone else score? C'mon, I'll bet we have some real heavy weights on this forum.

-- (kb8um8@yahoo.com), March 14, 2000.


Your father was just of a different generation, as was mine. C'mon, I'll buy you a cyberbeer over on Tripod. I know that you're home and online because your phone is busy. Why is my mail to you bouncing?

Your 80-something on the Geek Test is Serious. Don't tell anyone.


-- (ladybuckeye_59@yahoo.com), March 14, 2000.

83.20% (416/500)"Revenge of the Nerds" poster-child

There was a reference to a page full of Purity Tests!


There was another page with nert tests and other nerd sites too...


-- Cherri (sams@brigadoon.com), March 14, 2000.

There were many male centric questions that didn't apply to me, but I suspect in the tally it wouldn't have mattered much. I scored 45% "closet nerd". Honestly? That's what I think of myself and proud of it ;-)

-- Chris (!@#$@pond.com), March 14, 2000.


But I figured that mine would be low since I'm such a way cool guy.

-- Uncle Deedah (unkeed@yahoo.com), March 14, 2000.

What a hoot! 42% for me, with nerdity concentration in original Star Trek episodes, old TV themes and technology abbreviations.

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), March 14, 2000.

More important than the nerdity test is the nudity test.

-- Lars (lars@indy.net), March 15, 2000.

I got a 32.6% so I'm just a nerd wannabe. However, if I was a Star Trek fan I could have scored much higher :^)

-- Jim Cooke (JJCooke@yahoo.com), March 15, 2000.

30%, but about 95% in the computer hardware stuff. Though "I have used a modem" and similar questions kinda dates the test. Fun though! Guess I'm not such a nerd as I thought I was.

Another question: Would you consider a week spent writing a program to save 2 minutes a day of tedious data entry, a good use of your time?

-- Debbie (dbspence@usa.net), March 15, 2000.

2 minutes a day of tedious data entry, a good use of your time?

Yes, because I assmme that others must be having the same burdensome task, and I could sell the program to them, so it'd be win/win no matter what. I'd get out of 2 minutes of something that I hated, there's a chance I'd make money, and anything is more interesting than what I'm working on now (don't ask).

-- (kb8um8@yahoo.com), March 15, 2000.

I took this test in 1998. I glanced at it to see if it was the same one. It is, but the format is greatly improved. It's pretty hard to not recall a question regarding whether you've ever tried to raise the dead and the follow-up to that one.

Thanks for the new version, Revenge. I don't recall my score on the test, but I have the new one bookmarked. I'd like to have my kids retake it now that they have Calculus, etc. under their belts.

It's hard for programmers not to score high, even those of us with children. It's also hard for star-trek lovers to score low. [Did anyone see last nite's episode of Voyager, BTW? (grin)]

-- Anita (notgiving@anymore.thingee), March 15, 2000.


I agree with you on the program. One week is NOTHING to eliminate tedious tasks of ANY form or duration. Last year I discussed with a neighbor her inability to computerize the "books" for her cleaning service. *I* have the ability to do the job for her, and really considered making the offer in return for her cleaning skills. Then I thought about it and somewhat decided that if I were a REALLY good neighbor, I'd do her books and ask for nothing in return. I lost all motivation at that point. [grin]

-- Anita (notgiving@anymore.thingee), March 15, 2000.

On second thought. May not be a good question for this particular test. Does not quite fit.

Just was reflecting on the irony of how a unique combination of laziness, and industriousness, motivates a programmer: the dislike of even 2 minutes of tedium, and the joy of moving heaven and earth to find a way to automate it.

I am not a programmer exactly but write little routines to do all kinds of things. As I used to do tedious data conversions from one data format to another, it would give me joy to automate them. It was like having created a money machine. Insert disk, out comes money.

-- Debbie (dbspence@usa.net), March 15, 2000.

Another question: Would you consider a week spent writing a program to save 2 minutes a day of tedious data entry, a good use of your time?

Yes! I spent so much time making the computer do the work for me, I would tell people I was lazy and I do NOT like to do the same thing over and over again, so I created would write a subroutine to do it, then one to tie all of them together, then...then...until it ran itself and I could get on to rolling my chair back and forth between two terminals doing the same thing to other jobs. Talking mainframes here.

-- Cherri (sams@brigadoon.cm), March 15, 2000.

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