Nerd v Geek vs Dweeb

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day about the definitions of the words geek and nerd. Well, I just stumbled across this recent post on slashdot…

There *is* a clear distinction and a value hierarchy among geeks, nerds, and dweebs, but you’ve got it all wrong.

What follows, I claim, is the one true classification of geekdom. It has stood up to rigorous peer review (loud arguments amongst drunken physics students) for years, and I stand by it.

A dweeb is someone without social skills who either doesn’t recognize or is unable to accept that they are unusual. They constantly *try* to fit in, with disastrous results, and dedicate a significant portion of their daily lives to obsessing over how to pass as normal.

A nerd is someone without social skills or popular interests who recognizes that he or she is unlike most people and feels no shame in it.

A geek is a nerd with technical skills and passionate interests; in particular one who has a myopic dedication to a particular specialty. (This is the subspecies *true geek,* distinct from but related to the *common geek,* or nerd who is generally technically savvy and useful to have around.)

To summarize, the dweeb is the guy wearing a slightly out of fashion hipster shirt who generally creates embarrassing silences at parties by saying awkward things about pop stars or sports teams.

The nerd is the guy who skips the party in order to achieve moderately high scores on a popular video game while eating unheated canned peas with a spoon and listening to recordings of experimental music.

The geek is the guy who skips the party in order to code a popular video game, figure out the angle of repose one might expect for a pile of canned peas, or compose and record some experimental music.

On the college campus, geeks make up virtually the entire population of physics and math majors (as well as a majority in classics, many of the less trendy engineering sub-disciplines, linguistics, physical anthropology, and some of the more obscure languages.)

The nerds are the guys who drop out of school after one semester but stay in a college town working in a bookstore, where they get great discounts on whatever genre books they happen to like and talk to their geek friends about writing their own books yet never seem to actually finish any of them.

The dweebs largely end up in engineering or the quantitative business disciplines, in the hopes that they can earn enough money to buy the respect of powerful and attractive people. Those in engineering have a tough time of it, as they are publicly ignored by the normals whom they so admire while simultaneously earning the scorn and contempt of the geeks in their departments. Those in business do rather well, since they have a good chance at fooling their colleagues into thinking that they are geeks. (Normals may not invite geeks to parties, but they do like to hire them.)

World Cup Soccer

I have never really been into soccer before. Recently have been watching the Australian games late at night on TV. Setting the alarm for 1am, 5am etc… While I think most soccer is a bit of a toss, the World Cup games really make soccer shine.

It probably helps that I am rooting for my team, and that I have a small chance of winning some cash in a pool at work, but I have really enjoyed watching the soccer.

Pity that Australia managed to lose their last game within the last 10 seconds of the match. Real gut wrenching moment that was. Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!

I got a new puppy (Puppy Linux that is)

Cruising the net the other day I saw that Puppy Linux had a two point zero release. I had tried Puppy a long time ago, and whilst inpressed with it power-to-weight-ratio, it just didn’t have enough good stuff to keep me interested.

I fired up Virtual PC and booted a virtual PC from an ISO of the puppy2.0_Opera version. It looked pretty sweet and was quite responsive. I then ran the HDD installer. It was brain dead easy. After a ‘reboot’ – remember this is on VirtualPC – I was running it as a dedicated Puppy installation.

First thing to do was download Firefox 1.5, install IceWM window manager plus some nice themes. All this was done via the DotPup ‘package mgmt system’. Made it very easy. This quick test convinced me that I was ready to take the next step… Install Puppy on my aging laptop. The specs of the laptop:
– Acer TravelMate 512T
– 333 MHz CPU (Pentium II Celeron)
– 64 MB RAM
– 4 GB HDD
– Synaptic touchpad
– Ethernet via PCMIA
– Video 800×600 16 bit colour

I wasn’t holding out much hope for recognition of the touchpad and ethernet adaptor, but everything had been so promising that I thought it was worth the effort. Worst case scenario was that my junk laptop remained a junk laptop. If all worked well my junk laptop would once again be a contributing member of my nerdly pursuits.

Double thumbs up!! I am typing this in my loungeroom while TOWMBO is playing games on the PC in the study. I can’t believe how repsonsive this piece-of-crap laptop is. Granted it’s only being used for web surfing and perhaps emergency work for Word/Excel/Email stuff, but for a laptop that is several generations behind it’s use-by-date I am very impressed.

Only one thing wrong with this install that I have not been able to figure out. When I go to shut down or reboot I get the shell is all blue. The background is blue, the text is blue. Makes it very difficult to see what I am typing. It’s kinda bizarre – after selecting “Start > Logout > Shutdown” I still have to type “poweroff” in the shell to poweroff, and then that stops the HDD and CPU (I think) but I still have to hit the button to REALLY turn the PC off. But I havent really started looking for a solution to that yet, it may be that I have selecteed a dodgy video mode…

Overall I am totally impressed with Puppy Linux 2.00 release. Fantastic stuff. My laptop has a new lease of life and I am thinking of installing on my folks PC when they next ask me to “fix” it.

Mame cabinet – side panels

Here are the plans for my mame cabinet:

Measure twice, cut once:

I’ve cut out the top panels. Here is how they turned out:

I hope they turn out OK once they are painted and trimmed with some t-molding…

Want to buy a house?

Our house is theoretically on the market. Want to purchase a lovely renovated 4 bedroom ensuite home in the Australian Capital? You probably don’t but I sure hope somebody does.

We are just about ready to sign on the dotted line for purchasing a house on five acres, so we signed up an agent this evening to sell our place. Only a few legal hurdles to jump through and it’ll be on for young and old.

We seem to have found ourselves a very good agent. He sold our investment property only a few months ago. His fees are great – only 2.5%. He doesn’t charge for advertising as he believes advertising our house will more-often-than-not just get him contacts for other places he has for sale. Nice bloke – will deal with again 🙂

First Post

I decided to start a blog. Mainly to chronicle my efforts at building a mame cabinet.

I’ll probably also ramble on about:

  • cutting code (I am employed as a web developer – C#.NET at the moment)
  • purchasing a new house – just about to get real serious.
  • my half-arsed handy-man efforts.
  • general nerd stuff.

But for now I can’t be stuffed to write to much. I had some fellow mame enthusiasts over last night and I am a tad tired. My current mame setup got a workout till 2am this morning. It’s functional but definately not pretty.

It’s got 5000+ arcade games, plus all the atari, snes and n64 games. I have recently discovered a game called “Parodius Da!” – bloody awesome game play. I love scroller games like this.

Just yesterday I started cutting out the panels for the arcade cabinet. I have based my cabinet on the “Ultimate Arcade II” design. I have also been heavily influenced by Knievel Kustoms – this guy makes the most professional cabinets. Nice innovations, stunning visuals. I love his blue neon design – fantastic.

At the moment all I have is a crappy TV hooked up to a few old PC parts and a dodgy 2 person control panel that needs to be rebuilt for a pro finish…