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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Outnerding the Nerds
But the only "ring" stories I could think of, well mainly Lord of the Rings, the item itself is evil. I didn't want to out-nerd myself by over-thinking this. I don't need to write an allegory at all, let alone riff on a tacky ring's plunge into a fatty Mexican dip.
That reminds me. While in Vegas, during set-up week it's only a smallish crew. Me and four guys (why do so many of my stories begin that way?) went to dinner. We're all five of us geeky in our own way, with a collective arsenal of geekitude that spans Trent Reznor, board games, karaoke, Star Trek, Rush...you know this is a group where the following exchange can, and did, happen.
Nate was in the middle of a discourse on some topic or other, when he declared that the official answer was "Orcs."
With total intensity and a dead-earnest expression, me and Jeff both went, "What KIND of Orcs, the Tolkien orcs or World of Warcraft Orcs?" There was about a five second pause while we two apparent Orc experts gaped at each other with a "did we just say that in unision" look, and Nate coolly regarded each of us in turn. Before soberly declaring, "I have just been way out-nerded. I'm humbled."
Laughter ensued. Then we probably argued about whether Snakes and Arrows was a worthwhile comeback record, and whether or not the next record is going to be as good as Counterparts.
It's nice when people "get" you. By contrast, in a DrawSomething match, I got "spock." I drew the best Spock I could (and I've got a decent pimp hand when it comes to drawing) only to have my opponent miss it, and message "I had no idea who or what 'spock' was, sorry.'"
See now, that just does NOT occur to me, dude.
It's just not logical.
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