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Why Nerds Are Unpopular

By gralfus ·
http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

I thought this article was well written and hit many of the issues common to life in public school. My favorite quote from the article is "Kids are sent off to spend six years memorizing meaningless facts in a world ruled by a caste of giants who run after an oblong brown ball, as if this were the most natural thing in the world. And if they balk at this surreal cocktail, they're called misfits."

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Deprived

by ozi Eagle In reply to No sense of moderation

Hi,

We were "deprived" of such wonderfully social training tools, like Doom and Wolfenstein.

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aww it fits

by Jaqui In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

I got kicked out of english class..for reading.
the football team wanted me to join up. ( not interested thanks, I'll hurt someone )
the bully type stopped bothering me afer I put my head through gymnaseum wall in middle of a game, and just kept on going. [ see why I said I would hurt someone ]

aced tests, yet never studied.
I was one of the best known, and least popular kids in school.
for a three week period, I was also the only person in the school talking with the best looking girl in the school.
[ who cares what religion she is [ jehovah's witness ] she isn't pushing it on me and boy is she hot. ]

on first exposure to polynomial quadratic equations in algebra, I solved the example in my head in 3 minutes, without having even looked at the text on the subject.

I could have fit into any group, just didn't care enough to try to.

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I knew a guy...

by Fonken Monken UK In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

who'd I'd consdier a geek, though my definitions of nerd/geek are a bit blurred. IT equipment isn't conpulsory in one of those definitions.

Anyway, I knew a guy who was a professor of Mathematics. I knew him from Tai Chi class when I was at uni. Total mathematician, maths was his life. He was unpopular, people were'nt to keen to partner up with him. why? Well, because maths was his life, there wasn't much time for simple things like...LIKE WASHING REGULARLY!

Nice guy, but you couldn't get near enough to him to tell him how bad he smelled. And he cycled to class. That just got him warmed up.

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I am not real sure what catergory I fell into...

by anykey??? In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

My school had a very structured clique matrix, but I was kind of a free radical that blurred those lines.The clique matrix foundation was first based on money then popularity.The money came from parents and popularity was directly related to sports performance.

I came from a middle class family,my dad was/is a machinist/industrial machine mechanic mom just took jobs to make money.I didnt fit into the top cliques because of money or popularity,I was kind of a nerd because of the honors classes I took, but I was able to change my standing in the high school community.

I will explain and then see if you guys can tell me where I fit.

Long story short as a freshman I kicked the crap outta 3 of the most popular guys in my highschool while at school.I talked my way out of suspension and convinced the school admins that those 3 needed suspended.After that day I was known as Mr.Anykey??? my most of the admins at the school.

I helped mentor the LD kids on occasion and tried to help them as best I could,I ran with pretty much all the different cliqus at my school for 4 years and no one ever even thought to call me out on it.

I was no longer just a nerd I was a HUGE SCARY A$$ nerd with a don't take **** from ANYBODY attitude and a reputation to back it up, and with this reputation I was able to walk up to the top of the popularity food chain and claim the crown if I felt it necessary to remind everyone of who MR.Anykey was.

I think it is all about attitude, you can go from the bottom to the top it with the right attitude

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Resentment

by mjd420nova In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

I find many non-IT people hate the NERDS is the
simple fact that they can walk into your house,
spend 15 minutes diagnosing and fixing a problem
with their computer that they have to pay the
minimum charges and still have half an hour to
spare.
I get it all the time.
One hour minimum show up at $125. and $105
per hour thereafter. Parts at cost plus 30%.
A total failure can be back up in that hour
but it's still not the same. I get resentment
over the phone. And we have the lowest prices
and the best batting average.

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I was never unpopular

by jck In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

In fact, everyone at my school loved me. I was the big, shy, glasses-wearing, didn't-care-how-I-dressed geek.

Even the girls liked me, although it was never in the way I wanted...hahaha ]:)

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Hey!

by cp7212 In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

I chased that oblong brown ball for two years in high school. Well, guys carrying the oblong brown ball. Defensive tackle, or as I called it, kill the man with the ball. I also chased the one covered with horsehide and stitches for a year.

My first "computer" was an Apple II+ with a whopping 48K of memory. I was a jock but I dabbled in computers, too. I always wondered why 98% of the people that are in computers/IT
are "geeky". It's pretty prevalent in my company too.

When I interned for school, the business I was in took care of a small VPN in a doctor's office. While in school, I bounced for extra money. One night the doctor came into the club and he couldn't believe I was bouncing. He said you don't usually see brain and brawn. I'm sure it wasn't meant to be derogatory, but I couldn't help but feel like it was.

When I introduce myself as IS, people look at me funny because I think they expect a different "profile". It seems like the world views small, geeky people as smart and big, brawny people as dumb. What a world.....Democrat/Republican, corporate/tree hugger, Catholic/Christian, American/Canadian, and that's just some of the ones I've seen on TechRepublic.

Sign me, black sheep of IT

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geek's in high school

by geekmtl In reply to Why Nerds Are Unpopular

in high school i was a techno geek and it was ok in fact all the popular kids always whanted my help in fact since it was a private school there were a lot of rich kids and i made a whole lot of money off of them by charging them for things like backup......it was ok .

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