Check it out, nerds! You’ve just had another join your ranks.
That’s right, ladies, gentlemen, (and other) Brad Zimmerman is now officially a nerd. Looking back, using that wonderful yet devastating thing known as hindsight, this has actually been a long time coming.
I have been a geek for some time (the differences were brought to my attention by Mr. Nikolai L’Estrange) and I have been teetering on the verge of taking the next step into nerdom (nerddom? nerdness? nerding?) for a while now.
I am an uber-geek when it comes to epic fantasy novels. That’s right, bitches, I just gotta love me some sword & sorcery. My favourites are the big, fat door-stopper books that you could use to kill a co-worker if you so wished. I know you’ve been tempted. I simply can’t get enough of the books filled with morally ambiguous knights, cunning nobelmen, and wizards with hidden agendas.
Ooh yeah, that’s the good stuff. If I could somehow filter fantasy novels into some kind of concentrated liquid, and then inject them into myself using sterilised medical equipment, I would. Actually, I wouldn’t. That’s a bit too far. Drugs are bad, kids.
Also, even now that I am in my mid-twenties, I am still a huge fan of videogames, more specifically videogames with a fantasy-ish theme. Even more specifically than that, fantasy-themed RPG’s (that means Role-Playing Games for all you non-geeks out there). I will happily dedicate hours or days or even weeks of my life to these things… Ya know what? Now that I think about it, I am absolutely schocked I still have a fiancee. She’s a trooper. I should buy her something nice.
So my geekdom is completely transparent and no secret to anybody. But geeks are different from nerds. I won’t go into the differences, but just know they are many and well-defined.
The reason I believe I have crossed this line is that I now am the owner of the tablet computer. And I don’t have this little handheld marvel for the social purposes that many busy people-on-the-go may have theirs. No, no, no. I have mine simply because I wanted one with which to play games, read things, and otherwise kill valuable time. This pushed me right up to the edge of the nerd-cliff, and even dangled me over the side, tempting me with the excitement and wonder of the fall into full-blown nerdliness.
I finally took the plunge and became Captain Nerdface when I learned how to create Apps for my and other handheld devices. Yes, that’s right. I programmed. It actually makes me shudder to think.
And you know what? I liked it. It felt good. I might programme again. Even now, this very moment you are reading, I am thinking and planning what kind of programmes I am going to make. Maybe I’ll make a game. Maybe a useful tool that links your calendar with your dog’s bowel movements or something. I don’t know yet. That’s half the fun.
There is no point to this post, and no comedic content. I just wanted to keep you updated with what’s going on in my life. That’s all. Isn’t that what friends do? Forgive me for thinking you and I were close enough to share our feelings. I guess you don’t feel the same. That’s a bit harsh. I think you should apologise to me or I won’t come to Christmas dinner with you this year. Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t stay mad at you (or that delicious ham you make each year). Give me a hug.