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Greatest. Geek. Video. EVER!


Leave it to Weird Al to sum up the ultimate geek incarnation via hard-core West Coast rap; his "White & Nerdy" is hilarious by audio alone, but the video takes it to a whole new dorktacular level.

For example, you'll note that it's Seth Green--he of Robot Chicken and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame--that is Vanna White-ing Weird Al's action figure collection in the video. Bill Gates, Pee Wee Herman, and Albert Einstein(!) are in his Top 8 MySpace places. There's a cameo by a Star Wars Kid analogue, a load of integral calculus running in the background (if anybody can recognize the equations, I'd love to know), and he makes a backstreet deal for a bootleg of the Star Wars Holiday Special. I can't quite identify the guy in the sportcoat who is Al's backup dancer, but if you know the name, give the guy a shout-out.

Bear in mind, I'm not suggesting that all Geekend readers are white, male, or nerdy, let alone all three. I am suggesting that the uber-geek described in this send-up shares an unusually high number of interests and ideosyncracies with a wide swath of my friends and fans. He is our paragon, and we are but shadows on his dialectic cave wall. Plus, any excuse to embed a YouTube video.

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15 comments
GNX
GNX

First in my class here at MIT Got jock skills, I'm a champion at D&D They see me roll on my Segway I know in my heart they think I'm White and nerdy I'd like to bowl with the gangstas Although it's apparent I'm too White and nerdy This is one of the best videos out in the last 10 years.

portable
portable

My new theme song. About the only difference is I don't like mayonase and Kirk or Picard? No contest! Kirk. :-)

doug.dear
doug.dear

I believe it calculates the area inside a dodecahedron.

Leon Tribe
Leon Tribe

The equation is a quantum physics equation and I think (although not 100% sure) that it describes the ground level energy state for an electron in a hydrogen atom. The 'trident'-like symbol is psi and it represents the wave function of the electron (the electron cloud if you like). 'e' will be the electron charge, 'r' will be the orbital radius, 'h' will be Plancks constant and the inverted triangle is a 'del' sign which is mathematical symbol for differentiating. Its been a while since I studied this ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Can't . . . stop . . . . . . . .laughing . . . Edit: geek error

Bill Elmore
Bill Elmore

This is one of the funniest, geekiest videos I have ever seen. Images of fellow geeks definitely come to mind while watching it. My wife gets an unusually big laugh out of it which makes me strangely self-conscious... By the way, I believe the guy in the sport coat is none other than Donny Osmond; just makes it that much funnier. You can't get much nerdier than Donny O...

h3driver
h3driver

Since a dodecahedron is a solid, I believe the uh "area" inside it would be better described as uh "volume". Your head must be a dodecahedron. Leon Tribe had it right and it's also mentioned in the Wikipedia citation by Zydeco Blue. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_and_nerdy

Susan1979
Susan1979

About that video is that for the rest of the day I walk around singing "White and nerdy" which is pretty annoying to those around me. Not as annoying though as when I first discovered the "Internet is for pr0n" video... then that song was stuck in my head and I got some nasty looks from this poor elderly woman at the DMV.

Dontknowwhatimdoing
Dontknowwhatimdoing

Donny Osmond geeky? I thought he was the keenest singer ever. :D Edited to fix emoticon.

Mark Miller
Mark Miller

Donny Osmond is indeed the backup dancer. He does the dorky dance real good. :D Also curious what the formula in the background represents. Weird Al captures the essence of geekdom, what we care about, so well. When I saw it I couldn't believe it. I felt like, "Somebody out there understands us!" The lady he gives the power strip to as a gift is a standup comedienne who had her 15 minutes of fame some years back. I forget her name. Her schtick used to be she would set up an implausible scenario, pause, and then would deadpan in the horsest voice she could muster, "It could happen!" This video is great. It's a parody of "Ridin' Dirty" by Chamillionaire. It's better than "It's All About the Pentiums" (parody of "It's All About the Benjamins" by P. Diddy). I always like it when some white guy(s) pick up the hip hop sound and do something funny with it, like "Lazy Sunday" done by the SNL crew a while back. That was hilarious! :)

doug.dear
doug.dear

Yes I was totally wrong must be all the points on my head - I had watched the Weird Al interview with Slim Shady where he asks him the question about the dodecahedron - my bad