Tag: Nerds

How the Nerds Took Revenge

 

We were all once nerds, or cool kids, jocks, bullies, dorks, AV cart-pushers, theater geeks, motorheads, preppies, break dancers, valley girls, wastoids, heshers, skaters, surfers, outcasts, and teacher’s pets. Microchip technology was nascent as we learned the term “hacker” from Matthew Broderick changing his grades via modem, while Anthony Michael Hall demonstrated how hyperactive geeks could end up with the Homecoming Queen.

We delighted in watching nerds take revenge. After all, those narcissistic jocks deserved it, which became an oft-repeated trope in many films of the 1980s. The smartest, but most socially awkward would exact vengeance on anyone who previously shunned them, both men and women. While comedic in tone and extremely satisfying to watch at the time, there’s no doubt that said retribution has since morphed into something darker; the entitled psyche of yesterday’s and today’s disenfranchised.

Many eggheads of our youth now run the world’s most valuable technology platforms. With great power came their real-life payback to manipulate people and greater society. As we debate whether the centralized platforms need to be broken up as the FAANGs openly admit to controlling free speech for political purposes, (see Google’s Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020), quietly they have been steadily using their clout and muscle to turn us all, including their own colleagues, into chattel. Not to suggest every executive in Silicon Valley behaves this way, but many do. With more wealth than most people can earn in ten lifetimes, the enlightened ones turn coworkers into prostitutes by attending tech orgies; a gateway for those who want to advance their careers. The titans of Silicon Valley, well-known people, use sex for sport all while publicly advocating #MeToo and other woke platitudes to an enabling media salivating at any opportunity to interview tech icons.

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I recently bought a smartwatch. There are no justifiable, practical reasons for me to do it, I just dig the idea of having a watch whose look I can change when I want.  Besides the ones that come from the factory, there are tens of thousands of watchfaces that can be downloaded from various websites. […]

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That is the name of a page in the Reader’s Digest. It’s full name is “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.” I’m such a word nerd, that I usually find only one or two words each issue that I don’t already know. *(Yes, I read everything, even old issues I find lying around under […]

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Deum et animam scire cupio: I yearn to know God and the soul.  So says the real Augustine in his 386 A. D. Soliloquies, one of four texts in his Cassiciacum Dialogues.  The other three are: Against the Academics, On the Happy Life, and On Order.  In Soliloquies Augustine also gives us this beautiful little prayer: Deus semper idem, noverim me, noverim te: […]

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My friend Kevin C. Neece runs this website The Undiscovered Country Project, where he gives Christian perspectives on Star Trek.  He’s the author of the forthcoming book The Gospel According to Star Trek.  Kevin and I are co-editors of the forthcoming book Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Science Fiction Film […]

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Nerds Got Game?

 

Perhaps those most hurt by a lack of entrenched social conventions are among the least conventional people: nerds. I don’t mean “nerds” as an insult: the most interesting people I know are nerds. I’m one, too. But we lack the social adroitness that comes to others so seemingly effortlessly.

Nerds are very good at games, as long as the rules are made clear. But, for whatever reason – like maybe, lack of clear rules – we’re less skilled at gaming social interactions. Moreover, when it comes to affairs of the heart, many of us are also handicapped by an embarrassingly romantic nature: we’re interested in finding a soulmate, not merely in playing the mating game to “win” (whether measured in number of conquests or in their social status).

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It’s a special time of year!  Not only is it the Holiday season, but the biggest Magic: The Gathering event of the year (in Colorado) is happening this weekend: Grand Prix Denver. Yes, Magically inclined Ricochetti, it’s time to join your socially awkward and hygienically challenged brethren in the pursuit of nerd glory.  And money. […]

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