Dion's random ramblings

Friday, February 08, 2008

Don't understand your 'nerd' (husband, wife, friend, child, parent)? Then here's something for YOU!

Every now and then when I am talking to someone about the things that get my pulse up a few beats I can see their eyes glazing over.

Why is it that others don't find massively parallel neural networks as interesting as I do? Why is that some simply don't care that there are equations that Euclidean mathematics simply cannot solve? Why don't my friends understand that it is only right (and in fact God honouring) to be passionate about your Apple Mac!

Well, if you're a wife, a friend, a parent, or a child, of a nerd, then here's a resource that could help you to understand your 'significant [nerdy] other'...

An insightful essay on understanding geeks called "The Nerd Handbook" isn't a life hack for you, it's for your family and friends. If you're reading Lifehacker, chances are you're a nerd, and technologist and software manager Michael Lopp articulates the workings of your psyche to the tee. The Nerd Handbook explains to nerds' loved ones how the geek thinks, the importance of the nerd's "Cave" and our chase for "The High" that comes from solving problems, our finicky attention span and our insatiable appetite for information. If you're a nerd, print this out and give it to your non-nerd spouse to teach 'em "advanced nerd tweakage."
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