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KickHimWhenHe'sDown
01-28-2012, 04:51 PM
Do you guys do anything nerdy to occupy your free time? I know that I am a bit of a nerd. Earlier today I was making a purposeless website using html5. I've also tried to learn to communicate in Morse code and binary before.

I also regularly post comments on my favorite band's website which is kind of nerdy. Unlike most guys, I don't play video games though.

What do you guys do?

Tijs
01-28-2012, 05:16 PM
Yeah the whole website thing. Learning PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS, and of course HTML just for the fun of it.

cool 2 hate 681
01-28-2012, 09:43 PM
collecting vinyl records

Tijs
01-29-2012, 02:24 AM
collecting vinyl recordsOh yeah, I do this too, though on a small scale. But I didn't think that's nerdy, just uncool.

bighead384
01-29-2012, 06:46 AM
A few of my friends and I play Pokemon off and on. Although I haven't gotten anywhere NEAR as hardcore into as they do. I just play and make a modest effort to put together a decent team. They research all these strategies and shit.

There's also a Online Pokemon game where it's nothing but battles, and every detail of your Pokemon's stats is fully customizable. It's really well done and just fucking cool.

yarock
01-29-2012, 08:45 AM
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2680/hehenk.png

Thomas
01-29-2012, 01:09 PM
I used to be WAY into model rocketry. I stopped for years and got back into it again a few months ago only to stop again because of how hectic life became. I have a little bit more free time now so maybe I'll give it another go soon.

Jebus
01-29-2012, 02:19 PM
I'm reminded of Man On Internet Almost Falls Into World Of DIY Mustard Enthusiasts (http://www.theonion.com/articles/man-on-internet-almost-falls-into-world-of-diy-mus,17013/)

I don't have nerdy hobbies as much as I have some nerdy interests. Stuff that I will never use in real life and especially in social situations, but I actively interact with other "enthusiasts" in various online outlets. I keep up with all the latest hardware tech. I keep up with esoteric boxing news. (There's a line you cross between being a manly boxing fan to a boxing nerd) I have a strong interest in monetary theory and policy. And of course I'm a big comic book guy.

nieh
01-29-2012, 02:28 PM
It's been a long time since I've actually done any of these things, but I used to make origami, juggle (I had a set of juggling pins, I have no idea where they are now) and make balloon animals. I also had a unicycle at one point but was never able to figure out how to not die on it, so I had to stop.

Outerspaceman21
01-29-2012, 02:33 PM
I'm really into those classic black and white movie monsters like Frankenstein's monster and the Wolfman. I have a small collection of movie monster action figures that I have on display, including Frankenstein's monster, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, etc.

I also still read comic books. My dad had a friend who had a huge collection of comic books from the 70's, 80's and 90's which he gave to my dad. My dad just sees them as potential money making machines (as if X-Men #1 was hidden somewhere in those stacks) while I liked them because I authentically enjoyed the stories. I still read them, but it's hard for me to keep up on current issues as the closest comic book shop is like an hour long drive, so I make due with what I have and what I can get at Barnes & Noble and online.

I also still play pokemon. I just downloaded some emulators and have been playing the leafgreen remake for the GBA.

Jebus
01-29-2012, 02:38 PM
It's been a long time since I've actually done any of these things, but I used to make origami, juggle (I had a set of juggling pins, I have no idea where they are now) and make balloon animals. I also had a unicycle at one point but was never able to figure out how to not die on it, so I had to stop.
Congrats, you're Demetri Martin (http://youtu.be/98RECgRc5HA?t=5m10s).

Llamas
01-29-2012, 03:22 PM
I used to do a shitload of nerdy things as a kid. I used to collect old containers and toilet paper rolls and stuff and make weird art projects.

I guess I'm still pretty nerdy when it comes to music, science, and English... but I don't have any nerdy hobbies anymore. I guess I somehow got "cooler", hahaha... I stopped sitting in my room and playing my saxophone along with Offspring songs, and started writing my own songs. I stopped spending hours playing Playstation and started watching movies and a few shows. I stopped laming around the house with my friends playing DDR and started going out and doing stuff with friends.

That's weird. I hadn't thought of that before. I kinda miss doing nerdy things...

Retard
01-29-2012, 04:10 PM
I still love comic books granted I haven't read one in months. I read a lot. I collect records/CDs its one of those things where I feel weird when I don't buy some sort of new music every week. Anything can be nerdy if you really think about it.

XYlophonetreeZ
01-29-2012, 04:14 PM
I study maps and I memorize as many geography factoids as I can. I've done that since I was about 5 years old. I used to be ranked in the double digits out of hundreds of thousands in some geography game on Facebook, but I stopped playing after I mostly quit using a mouse with my laptop, and when I discovered sporcle. Now I just play all of the decent geography quizzes on there until I have a perfect score.

samseby
01-30-2012, 04:53 AM
Restarted studying Latin a couple of months ago ... lots of hard work but a lot of fun and demanding (in a good way).

Tijs
01-30-2012, 05:37 AM
Yesterday, my dad asked me if I'd enjoy a course of bookkeeping with him. And yeah, we're gonna start that soon together. Screw camping with your dad, financial studies is what it's all about.

Isolated Fury
01-30-2012, 05:51 AM
When I'm bored, I'll mash a random number into a calculator and try to divide it down to a prime number. Also, when I can't sleep I'll see how many numbers can divide whatever time is on the clock (10:38 would be 1038).

Oh, and I use proper English. I bet everyone thinks that they do, too. But I mean like PROPER English.

Like on the telephone:

"Hello, may I speak to Andy?"
"This is he."

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
01-30-2012, 12:10 PM
But I mean like PROPER English.


"like" proper English?

Jojan
01-30-2012, 12:52 PM
Not all of these are hobbies.


I do not use a commercial operating system.
I know a hand full of programming languages.
I use software that I have made myself.
I change the settings in software to make it do what I want it to do.
I have seen rms (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Richard_Stallman) in real life twice.
I enjoy natural science.
I am doing mathematics as try to make this list
I knew 115 decimals of π (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Pi). Now I know about 50 of them by heart.
I only manage to read books about real things.
I have kept all of my course literature.
I a lot of CD's and vinyl records.
I can be a bit of a grammar National Socialist.
I use my (physical) dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
I drink a lot of coffee.
I am not a member of Facebook, nor Twitter.
I watch science lectures on-line.

Tijs
01-30-2012, 12:55 PM
I think Jojan's my nerdy hobby.

Isolated Fury
01-30-2012, 01:33 PM
"like" proper English?
Yes, I meant to type as if speaking. I'm sure you don't use "like" in your everyday speech. And pardon me for missing my commas.

If you really want to go toe-to-toe with my grammar, syntax, and usage, I will oblige.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
01-31-2012, 03:26 PM
Yes, I meant to type as if speaking. I'm sure you don't use "like" in your everyday speech. And pardon me for missing my commas.

If you really want to go toe-to-toe with my grammar, syntax, and usage, I will oblige.

Sorry, I wasn't trying to insult you. I just thought it was almost ironic that you were bragging about your good grammar in a poorly constructed sentence.

Also, I actually rarely use "like" (in that incorrect context) in my everyday speech. My grammar isn't that amazing, so I won't bother fighting with you on it (more that I already have).

Llamas
01-31-2012, 03:43 PM
"Hello, may I speak to Andy?"
"This is he."

That's not proper English; that's being a prescriptive linguist :P I find such obnoxious, but to each their own.

"I like pizza."
"I, too."

Do you also say that? Does it annoy you when other people don't prescribe to the old rules? What about those "15 items or less" signs in the grocery store?

Jojan
02-01-2012, 02:51 AM
I think Jojan's my nerdy hobby.

You bastard.

Isolated Fury
02-01-2012, 05:36 AM
"I like pizza."
"I, too."

Do you also say that? Does it annoy you when other people don't prescribe to the old rules? What about those "15 items or less" signs in the grocery store?
I don't necessarily say "I, too." If someone tells me "I like pizza," my usual response is "So do I." I usually just avoid using "me" whenever possible. I prefer "Neither (NIY-t~her) do I" over "Me neither (NEE-t~her)."

And signs are incorrect EVERYWHERE. It makes my eyes hurt. Haha. I saw a sign (Ace of Bass just started playing in my head) the other day that said "PARKING FOR CUSTOMER'S ONLY."

Llamas
02-01-2012, 08:25 AM
I get the feeling that you'd love this page - or if you've seen it before, you may already love it :P http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#o


I don't necessarily say "I, too." If someone tells me "I like pizza," my usual response is "So do I." I usually just avoid using "me" whenever possible. I prefer "Neither (NIY-t~her) do I" over "Me neither (NEE-t~her)."

Wait, so you just speak with British pronunciation all the time? Why /nai/ instead of /ni/? If you consider that pronunciation to be "proper", then it's about British pronunciation. There's no other reason that's proper.


And signs are incorrect EVERYWHERE. It makes my eyes hurt. Haha. I saw a sign (Ace of Bass just started playing in my head) the other day that said "PARKING FOR CUSTOMER'S ONLY."
Haha, well that's just stupid. Misused apostrophes are hilarious as heck, for sure. But that's a long way from "15 items or less". One is just stupid, a total mistake without logic, and bothers anyone with eyes and a brain; the other is just the evolution of language, and only bothers pedantic freaks. ;)

PS:
http://mightyredpen.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/spelling-bee-winners1.gif

Isolated Fury
02-01-2012, 09:08 AM
I get the feeling that you'd love this page - or if you've seen it before, you may already love it :P http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#o
Holy shit... I just came.


Wait, so you just speak with British pronunciation all the time? Why /nai/ instead of /ni/? If you consider that pronunciation to be "proper", then it's about British pronunciation. There's no other reason that's proper.
Oh, no. I wasn't trying to point that out as being proper. I literally just hate the sound of the other pronunciation. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me. I have no idea why I felt the need to point it out.

And I feel as if that picture sums up my entire life. Hahaha

killer_queen
02-07-2012, 01:43 PM
Mine must be arctic life. I used to read anything about the animals from north and south pole when I was a kid. Now I know everything about animals, plants, fungi, insects and water from those regions. Sometimes I spend hours looking at penguin pictures and how the global warming affects The life of polar bears.

And electronics, a new one. Who would have known how much joy you could get from an oscilloscope and a multimeter?

killer_queen
02-11-2012, 08:54 AM
Barenboim must only be allowed to conduct Bruckner and leave other composers alone.

Isolated Fury
02-11-2012, 08:59 AM
If isolated_fury uses "good grammar", then I'm the Queen of England.
Eyes closed and off the top of my head I can point out a few billion mistakes in any posts of his it's been my misfortune to peruse lately.

But then, it's not as though he even HOLDS the record.
If you're going to claim that someone has poor grammar in any (right) of his posts, don't forget your comma.

Your trolling is pathetic.

Isolated Fury
02-11-2012, 09:06 AM
Oh, shut the fuck up already.
About what, exactly?

You're the French cunt that is targeting me. I don't understand why. You (or possibly a mod) seem to have deleted your previous post about wanting to see my wife. You're trolling. It's annoying. To be honest, Maria, I thought you were above that. You always had a scholarly demeanor about you, but this recent activity is proving you otherwise. What little respect I had for you (very little) is gone. And by your own account! I would applaud you, but you're a raging twatbag that needs to "shut the fuck up already."

killer_queen
02-11-2012, 09:06 AM
I like our national treasure Idil Biret when it comes to Beethoven, she's far from academic playing which makes her very hard to listen for uneducated ears so she is not very much loved. You should try her too. I hate listening to only one record of a piece before playing it, I start to imitate it without noticing.

Llamas
02-11-2012, 09:30 AM
If isolated_fury uses "good grammar", then I'm the Queen of England.
Eyes closed and off the top of my head, I can point out a few billion mistakes in any posts of his it's been my misfortune to peruse lately.
Plurality disagreement there, ma'am.

But then, it's not as though he even HOLDS the record.
Never start a sentence with a conjunction! Omg! :eek:

So, nerdy hobbies.
I've had one great hobby since I was 5 and it's almost become professional now. Sort of. I'm in a pro school. But I can drop out anytime because I also have a job and I need the money badly, of course. It's a complicated matter, but I know for sure that I'll never quit playing the piano if I can help it.
And so on Monday, I'm being auditioned on this piece http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsnt072ajHQ

First movement. Sentence fragment!

And I'm stressed out like ALL HELL.

Omg isolated_fury, her grammar is like, so good, amirite? She sure showed you!!

Isolated Fury
02-11-2012, 09:36 AM
Hahahahaha. Oh bloody hell. Cry me a river, darling. *blows kiss*
http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj593/bahraindweller/French.jpg
Pathetic.


If isolated_fury...
"Interesting," said Isolated Fury.

Little_Miss_1565
02-11-2012, 09:53 AM
Fury, don't sweat it, she'll probably just delete these posts as she has everything she's posted over the last several months.

Isolated Fury
02-11-2012, 09:59 AM
Fury, don't sweat it, she'll probably just delete these posts as she has everything she's posted over the last several months.
Ain't no thang.

XYlophonetreeZ
02-11-2012, 11:22 AM
Llamas wins.

mrconeman
02-11-2012, 12:42 PM
Omg isolated_fury, her grammar is like, so good, amirite? She sure showed you!!

Teachered.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
02-11-2012, 08:16 PM
Omg isolated_fury, her grammar is like, so good, amirite? She sure showed you!!

In your grammatically correct version of her message, you pointed out mistakes I make in almost all of my posts.

Because of this, I feel like a fool.

The good thing is that I don't claim to have amazing grammar, so it's all good.

fell-destroyed
02-12-2012, 01:19 AM
Nerdy Hobby: I collect atlases, at the moment I have 28 (I think) from a range of different decades and publishing companies. I like geography, I also like art. Sometimes I'll go and be a nerd in art galleries and just stare at one piece for an hour or so.

Llamas
02-12-2012, 04:24 AM
In your grammatically correct version of her message, you pointed out mistakes I make in almost all of my posts.

Because of this, I feel like a fool.

The good thing is that I don't claim to have amazing grammar, so it's all good.

Haha, exactly. Hell, I write with good grammar, but online, I use a lot of sentence fragments and I start sentences with conjunctions. I do so for emphasis and to make what I write less boring. A bbs or a Facebook full of perfectly academic writing would get old really fast.

So that was my point. Isolated Fury may use great grammar, but take some liberties online. Or who knows, maybe he does make legit mistakes. (<--See, that right there was bad grammar, but I used it anyway because it works here :P) Either way, he's not attacking anyone. If you're going to insult someone's grammar, yours had better be sparkling.

Well shit, even if your grammar is perfect, you're still a tool for attacking someone else's grammar out of nowhere. Simply not using perfect grammar all the time is never a crime, though. I haven't found your posts difficult to understand, and you don't type like an idiot, so I have no problem. ;)

yarock
02-12-2012, 05:43 AM
hAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

yarock
02-12-2012, 06:06 AM
Laughing at people, or indeed, any attempt to defuse a highly tense BBS situation through a bout of hilarity offends me immensely.

You would oblige me very much if you stopped laughing right NOW.

I've never felt that insulted in all. my. LIFE.

hihihihihihi.

But I'm glad you're here. You don't have to feel insulted at all. I once more started enjoying here because of you. If you become more consistent contributor, it will do wonders for this place.

Llamas
02-12-2012, 06:29 AM
There was no plurality disagreement.

The sentence without the use of the " 's " contraction would read (quoting myself from memory):

"blah blah blah in any posts of his it has been my misfortune to peruse lately".

For it has been my misfortune to read posts of his, lately.

And now, I'll go back to styling my hair. Thank you for being such an idiot (a chubby one, at that).

One more thing, though:

"On Monday, I'm auditioned." was all right (never mind the missing comma).
Or, if you prefer: "I'm auditioned on Monday."

The use of "being", as in "I'm being auditioned", is redundant. It's also a (rather recent) Americanism. It shows poor culture, a lack of refinement, and in short, is in very bad taste.

Did I mention what an idiot you are? But a highly entertaining one. Attagirl!

Starting a sentence with a coordinating conjunction has been rejected by scholars for years. Subordinate conjunctions can be used at the beginning of a sentence, if done so properly. The basic rule is, either have the sentence stand alone without the conjunction, or actually connect it to the previous clause. If you can't do either of those things, there's a problem.

Your "I'm auditioned on Monday" is wrong because you're using the passive voice of simple present. The active voice of that would be, "They audition me on Monday." You can only use simple present for the future if it's a timetabled/calendar thing that doesn't change, such as the "the sun rises at 6am tomorrow" or "Friday the thirteenth comes this month". You're being auditioned. Use the present continuous to talk about this future situation because, while it's a real plan, something could change. So yeah, you used the wrong tense.

Your missing commas and sentence fragment were definitely mistakes, too. "Posts" should've been singular - not just because of "it's", but also because of "any".

Edit: Why am I bothering? I usually get paid for this shit. lol

Llamas
02-12-2012, 06:47 AM
Lol! "I don't understand tenses, so I just chalk it up to style. It's ugly to use the correct tense!!"

Your example of using "any" with a plural noun works because it's a question. It's rare to use "some" in a question, so "any" gets more freedom in such cases. You were referring to finding tons of mistakes in any given post. One post, lots of mistakes.

Novel authors take liberties. That doesn't make it scholarly.

I have no problem with taking liberties in favor of style, as long as a person understands that they're breaking grammar rules and isn't judging others' grammar in the process. You broke grammar rules because you think it's prettier, and that's fine. It doesn't give you grounds, however, to attack someone else's grammar.

I feel the same about lyrics in music, actually. It doesn't bother me when Snow Patrol sings, "If I lay here, if I just lay here," when it should be, "If I lie here..." That would just sound silly. However, what does bother me is that I doubt Snow Patrol realizes it's wrong. Haha.

Llamas
02-12-2012, 07:27 AM
Actually, you're right about that one. I never looked up the full lyrics to that song until just now, and I see now that it's the second conditional. I always thought it was in first conditional. Of course, in first conditional, that line would have to be "If I lie here... will you lie with me..." I never realized he says "would".

Cool, I'm glad that it's grammatically sound, because that always kind of bugged me.

There are many songs with much worse grammar, though.

Some that misuse "lay"... Bob Dylan's gets a pass because "Lie, Lady, Lie" wouldn't sound cool. But Clapton has no excuse.

Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally: "Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms." Unless he thinks he's being clever, with that "rest you in my arms" line... like she's resting herself as an object? Big fail, either way.
And Bob Dylan - Lay, Lady, Lay: "Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed, whatever colors you have in your mind, I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine"

And a couple examples of other bad grammar that really bother me:

Hungry Eyes: "I feel the magic between you and I." It's not even stylish, considering the word he's rhyming with is "eyes"... lame.
Fergie even spelled a simple word wrong in a song... "T to the A to the S-T-E-Y. Girl, you’re tasty." Seriously.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
02-12-2012, 10:43 AM
lol
I'm with llamas on this one

Llamas
02-12-2012, 11:08 AM
lol
I'm with llamas on this one

Could it possibly be due to the "Not gonna bother correcting you this time" edit? Or maybe the "I write properly, baby" response? Haha. Or maybe just that I explained the grammar logically :P

XYlophonetreeZ
02-12-2012, 11:57 AM
That, I'll never be.

For those who missed a wagon, I posted something after my "since when?" post. This is the missing post, which I managed to retrieve, and which triggered yarock's hilarity. I felt offended at being made a laughing-stock, but yarock was quick to reassure me that everything was all right.



[ There was no plurality disagreement.

The sentence without the use of the " 's " contraction would read (quoting myself from memory):

"blah blah blah in any posts of his it has been my misfortune to peruse lately".

For it has been my misfortune to read posts of his, lately.

And now, I'll go back to styling my hair. Thank you for being such an idiot (a chubby one, at that).

One more thing, though:

"On Monday, I'm auditioned." was all right (never mind the missing comma).
Or, if you prefer: "I'm auditioned on Monday."

The use of "being", as in "I'm being auditioned", is redundant. It's also a (rather recent) Americanism. It shows poor culture, a lack of refinement, and in short, is in very bad taste.

Did I mention what an idiot you are? But a highly entertaining one. Attagirl! ]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozx_f0a0ZDI

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
02-12-2012, 07:28 PM
Could it possibly be due to the "Not gonna bother correcting you this time" edit? Or maybe the "I write properly, baby" response? Haha. Or maybe just that I explained the grammar logically :P
Maybe a little bit of all those. Mainly because you make sense and just have a stronger argument in general.

Llamas
02-12-2012, 07:35 PM
...and of course, all her posts have been deleted again. There's something seriously wrong with that girl.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
02-12-2012, 07:56 PM
I noticed that as well

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
02-13-2012, 05:39 PM
Back on topic, perhaps?
Anyone else have any strange nerdy obsessions?
Sometimes I duel an imaginary enemy with whatever stick-like object I'm holding. Also known as a lightsaber.
Is that something I should keep to myself?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU
I am this guy, mentally.

fell-destroyed
02-13-2012, 08:14 PM
I only read Non-fiction books. Fiction books are just like tv, but take longer.

BagOfShenanigans
02-14-2012, 06:32 AM
I play minecraft... I also read books (Which, to my dismay, is considered 'nerdy' by the current generation.)