You know you're a nerd when...

You use the speech from the Headless Horseman as your ringtone, but only in October.

Your iPad has SSH on it

Your bookcase is full of Asimov, Clarke and Uncle Orson... with no sign of Danielle Steel or Harold Robbins.

Your kids have never been in football or soccer, but they have been in Lego and GameMaker classes.

You're more likely to ask for a new gaming mouse than a new piece of jewelry.

Your movie room has posters of The Princess Bride and The Fifth Element.

You've been an Amazon shopper since 1998 (possibly longer, that's as far as the records go!)

Web sites ask for feedback about their site and you give it!

So I've been working on my next Transmog post, but I got a bit sidetracked today with this list. Then I had a bit of a situation after supper which played perfectly into my "you know you're a nerd" thing, so you're getting the nerd post first :P

For a few weeks Google has had a link in the Blogger admin for us to try out their new Blogger interface. I've been ignoring it, but today I decided to click and see what it was. In a word - horrible. After a couple of minutes of trying to deal and getting irritated by it, I decide to click back to the old interface. Then they throw a pop-up at me. Would I like to leave feedback? Sure, I'll leave you some feedback =)

So I spend a few minutes writing up my complaints about the UI and then hit the submit button. Oops! There's an error with your form. I click the back button and resubmit. Oops! I try again. Oops! Clearly this feedback form isn't working.

Well I'm in for a good 10 minutes of my time now. They are not getting off that easy. The Oops form has a link to their Help Center, so I click on that. I find a generic feedback form where I can specify that I'm commenting on Blogger. Back in business! I fill that out, paste in my commentary from the other form and hit Submit.

Error! You can only put 500 characters in the text box for feedback. Gah! So I try to trim it down, Error! It's still 1200 characters, down from the 1500 I started with. Trim again. Error! Still too damn long.

Now I'm pissed. They are getting this stupid feedback. I click back to the form and at the top of the text box I write "Why is this form limited to 500 characters?" Then I paste the first paragraph of my feedback and hit submit. I hit the Back button again, delete the previous text and type "Part Two of Blogger Feedback" followed by my second paragraph. Hit the Back button again and give them Part Three. Hit Back again and give them Part Four, which ends with "and by the way your Feedback form is broken, which makes it difficult to receive feedback".

So if you've ever wondered about the kind of person your Crafting Diva is, now you know ;) This isn't even the first time I've done this sort of thing. I am a serial offender. I've sent similar emails complaining about interface or functionality problems to Amazon, QVC, and probably others I can't remember. Any major web site I find that breaks on a critical operation or has a UI that actually inhibits the user will generally get a fully detailed email from me. This is what happens when nerdy girls marry programmers and get drafted to do all the testing. According to my daughter, I am the evil nemesis of web programmers. Muahahahaha!

And just in case you were wondering, every single one of these nerd items is true. Feel free to share your own "nerdisms" in the comments =)


  1. Umm.. Yes to the above, but I actually like the new Blogger interface.

    It took a little getting used to, but having 'in your face' what posts are attracting readers (and what posts are not), is probably the #1 feature for me.

    My biggest gripe about google at the moment is the 'wallet name' requirement of google+ (which I refuse to sign up to). Grrrr.

  2. Most of the web interfaces are so horrible, I try to always CMD-C the text before pressing the Submit & Hope button. My favorite are the forums that log/time you out after a very brief time. So you press submit, then it sends you to a log in page and when you get back the text is gone. CMD-V ftw.

    My nerd moment was I had WoW on the iMac, EVE on the MacBook Pro and listening to a TOR podcast.

    While I strongly approve of the idea, I lack the proper intersection of greed and ambition to be ZOMG excited at RL$ sales from Diablo. But I do hope the TOR crafting is interesting.

  3. Foo: I think it was the "took getting used to" part where they lost me. Any time you add a learning curve to your product, you risk losing people. They lost me before I even discovered any new features they may have added.

    Hagu: I love your nerd moment! Triple-tasking is pure win :) I'm intrigued by Diablo but don't know enough about it yet, I'll have to learn more before I dive in. On the other hand, I have a preorder for TOR already in. There will be a crafting review for that one, even if I end up not liking the game itself.

  4. *) You upload Diablo I to your phone, and still try to play it even though it's too dark, and crashes often?
    *) You upload WinMAME to your phone so you can play Ms Pac Man, Galaga, et al.
    *) You insert Latin phrases into a post, and assume people will understand, and then get annoyed when the spellchecker flags "et al."
    *) You buy a second monitor so you can play Oblivion/Morrowind or surf the web while you wait for your raidgroup to get going.
    *) I manage to go for weeks or months without having to see an advertisement, so when an unsolicited program pops one up (impulse/steam) I'm so indignant I actually considered whether it is possible to sue someone for making money at my expense and using up my time.
    *) You actually debate with yourself for even a moment whether it's alright to use the phrase "Cocked up" in a work environment because the phrase doesn't derive from male anatomy, but is a shortened form of cockbill, an old nautical term meaning one of the top spars on a sailing mast is crooked, and therefor can't be considered offensive or sexist.
    *) A manager worried about the Y2K bug tells you to write software manipulating dates that will never need fixing, and you point out that whether the year 2200 is a leapyear depends on if you're using the Gregorian Reform calendar or the Greek Orthodox calendar, and when he asks how this thing is usually handled, you give a brief rundown of the amusing points of the Gregorian and Juliar calendars, Protestants versus Catholics in 18th century England and America, and brief digressions into the French revolutionary calendar, the pre-WWII Japanese calendar, and the actual length of a year. He finally decided he didn't care if my software needed fixing in 2200AD.
    *) You're at an adult party, and attractive, underdressed, young people are being voluntarily attached (one at a time) to a wooden support structure, and you find yourself with 3 other people discussing the construction, stability, and transport of the structure.
    *) Your boss asks you, politely, to stop using words in company emails that he has to look up. And you realize that due to the audiobooks you're listening to on the ride into work, you're using words which were last popular in England during the 1940s or America in the 1840s.
    *) You occasionally forward your boss emails from your brother and father, just to show you're not crazy, and turned out this way due to upbringing.

  5. Wow Anon, that's quite a list! I especially like your "adult party" one. Even some nerds would have trouble ignoring the scantily clad young people :)

    I often wonder what my youngest will be like as an adult. He recently earned the nickname "Monk" thanks to his inability to eat anything that deviates even slightly from his normal repertoire of food. He's also refuses to wear any sock except for one specific brand that I happened to buy three years ago. I feel like you've given me a glimpse into his future, hehe.

  6. Same Anon:

    When I turned 24 I threw out almost all of my socks, and bought 2 dozen identical pairs. That way, when doing laundry, any 2 socks matched, and any sock with a hole could be disposed of without breaking the set.

    Weird, strangely sensible, bizarre; the signs of a nerd :)

  7. You know your a gaming nerd when you prefer a ventrillo server over a cell phone!

  8. I know my whole family is nerdy...
    - My children, ages 4 and 6, think one of the best movies ever is the compilation of the TV episodes of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Followed by Star Wars.

    - We got Netflix and then immediately watched every streaming episode and movie of Dr. Who available. Followed by all Star Trek.

    - My kids pretend any kitchen gadget that looks metal and has moving parts is a robot.

    - My 6 year old wants a lego robotics kit for his next birthday, and pretends every creation he makes with his legos now is a robot anyway.

    - I listen to fantasy, sci-fi, horror audio books while playing games (WoW, Sims, Oblivion, etc).

    - My husband asked me to knit him a Dr. Who scarf for Christmas.

    - Our cats are named after Pokemon (Skitty and Jynx)

    - We plan to create a "kitty condo" for our cats that looks like the Tardis.

  9. I'll bet that Dr. Who scarf would make an excellent nerd detector too!