I write a Christian website but I’m also a geek – and I spent last week with other geeks getting further training on the A/V program I use at the office. It’s fun to do something different for a week and getting together with other nerds who have a common goal is always entertaining.
Here are my observations from Nerdling University:
- Everyone else dresses up. These guys think they are in school and have to dress nicely and ask for permission to use the bathroom. Alternatively, I did not shave all week and had on ugly jeans. I stood out.
- No ladies. They don’t care about A/V – I don’t know why. I think they would be welcome in the field and there’s no reason they couldn’t do it; but, the ladies just don’t take an interest in this sort of thing. I suspect it’s because they know they would have to work with a bunch of geeky men.
- Our work is boring and we know it. Well, most of us know it. There’s always one guy who actually thinks it’s interesting to discuss processor pipeline speeds in comparison to LCD refresh rates or something like that. That guy is boring. That guy sat by me at lunch.
- The teacher can tell us what is on different pages of the health care bill. I don’t think many people in Washington can do that.
- I’m pretty sure Jim Carrey was in this class in disguise. If he comes out with a film where he plays an A/V programmer I’ll know it was true.
- The class was brainstorming how to visually represent programming in a fourth dimension. I recommended a tesseract. No response.
of how my head feels after learning parsing commands.
- I was late Wednesday morning. No repercussions. (See bullet point one.) It may have cemented me as the class rebel.
- A comically large bottle of Aspirin is kept in the room. This is a bad sign. When you are told that the array can exist in five dimension you understand what it is for.
- Each of us learns to program a DVD player through serial interaction and we are given a DVD to use in testing. I was assigned “Lost in Space.” A higher destiny was obviously at work.
- Apparently, I can’t go anywhere. I got into a discussion of soteriology with a Catholic and an Armenian (probably). I ducked out as things were heating up. (Which really wasn’t fair.)