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October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
"Sean Kelly" <sean@f4.ca> wrote in message
news:dj9vur$vd0$1@digitaldaemon.com...
> Walter mentioned piloting and painting as well, which--including
music--are all
> spatial arts to one degree or another.  I wonder if that has anything to
do with
> it.

That's interesting. I have very good visualization abilities, but other
skills are deficient. For example, when people tell me two colors "clash" I
just can't understand it. I also do poorly on those face pictures where
you're supposed to tell what the emotion is.
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
In article <dj90jc$4r0$1@digitaldaemon.com>, Walter Bright says...
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>
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>I have noticed, however, that everyone is good at something. Those that do
>discover and capitalize on it do well. 
<snip>

And some people are good at doing simple things. I heard of one job that most
people could learn in a day or less and would be so board with by the end of the
week that they couldn't avoid screwing up. The best man for the job, as it
turned out, took something like a month to learn the job, but he never got board
at it.
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
On Wed, 19 Oct 2005 03:54:36 +0000 (UTC), Sean Kelly wrote:

> In article <dj4bmh$imt$1@digitaldaemon.com>, Derek Parnell says...
>>
>>In article <dj3kau$30ts$1@digitaldaemon.com>, Walter Bright says...
>>>
>>>The nerd test at http://www.nerdtests.com/ft_nq.php scores me at 90%, or
>>>"Supreme Nerd."
>>
>>What the uck am I doing here? I only got a 34%!
> 
> Better brush up on those periodic tables ;-)

The weird thing is, that's the stuff I scored well on ;-)

-- 
Derek Parnell
Melbourne, Australia
22/10/2005 7:00:35 AM
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
On Wed, 19 Oct 2005 10:33:09 -0700, Walter Bright wrote:

> "Niko Korhonen" <niktheblak@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:dj52d4$1ck8$1@digitaldaemon.com...
>> Walter Bright wrote:
>>> The nerd test at http://www.nerdtests.com/ft_nq.php scores me at 90%, or
>>> "Supreme Nerd."
>>
>> I got 96%, or a SUPREME NERD GOD status. Methinks that this admirably
>> high status is mostly due to my Hewlett-Packard pre-1990 RPN calculator,
>> which usually scores extremely high at these nerd quizes.
> 
> I have my HP-16c on my desk, and use it regularly. I bought it new in the
> 80's, and am shocked at the prices it brings on Ebay. I still have my
> TI-SR-50A, but it no longer works.
> 
>> It also could be that I entered COBOL as "not a real programming
>> language" :)
> 
> That was a no-brainer <g>.

This is one I probably got wrong ... I said C++.

-- 
Derek Parnell
Melbourne, Australia
22/10/2005 7:03:54 AM
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
In article <djbk2b$2moq$1@digitaldaemon.com>, BCS says...
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>In article <dj90jc$4r0$1@digitaldaemon.com>, Walter Bright says...
>>
>>
>>
>>I have noticed, however, that everyone is good at something. Those that do
>>discover and capitalize on it do well. 
><snip>
>
>And some people are good at doing simple things. I heard of one job that most
>people could learn in a day or less and would be so board with by the end of the
>week that they couldn't avoid screwing up. The best man for the job, as it
>turned out, took something like a month to learn the job, but he never got board
>at it.
>
>

And that is why god diddnt make us all smart. :)

Thanks,
Trevor Parscal
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
In article <icujqpfac0s1$.1slmz2su6iy07.dlg@40tude.net>, Derek Parnell says...
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>This is one I probably got wrong ... I said C++.
>

For a second I thought about checking that one, but then I decided that the
author probably didn't know about D yet.

At least those of us here know better! :)

(Anyway, I clicked BASIC instead)

- EricAnderton at yahoo
October 21, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
"BCS" <BCS_member@pathlink.com> wrote in message
news:djbk2b$2moq$1@digitaldaemon.com...
> And some people are good at doing simple things. I heard of one job that
most
> people could learn in a day or less and would be so board with by the end
of the
> week that they couldn't avoid screwing up. The best man for the job, as it
> turned out, took something like a month to learn the job, but he never got
board
> at it.

I read in the paper about an employment agency that specialized in placing
autistic people in jobs. Turns out that autistic traits can be very valuable
for certain types of jobs, autistics fit right in and excel at them, and
employers have a hard time keeping ordinary employees in those jobs. It's an
everybody wins kind of deal.
October 22, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
Walter Bright escribió:
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> Musical talent does correlate with nerdiness attributes in studies I've read
> about. Interestingly, so does being a pilot, and a painter. My relatives all
> seem to be pilots, painters, engineers, professors, etc. No athletes in the
> lot. I'm doomed to be a nerd <g>.
> 
> 

I'm not an athlete either, but I love playing basketball. There are a number of 
reasons why I like it, but I just never was really good at it. But I don't care: 
I have fun playing, so I just go and play.

My dad was a good basketball player, but he chose to focus on his engineering 
career (which was a good decision). But besides him, there're no athletes in my 
family either. All men (me, dad, brother, uncles, cousins...) like to watch 
sports, but not so much playing.

-- 
Carlos Santander Bernal
October 22, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
In article <dj9ac6$d9n$1@digitaldaemon.com>, Kris says...
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>
[...]
>Speaking of which ~ I received a truly outstanding hand-built guitar today 
>[an Ed Roman QuickSilver, for those who know it]. A Cocobolo & Ebony 
>work-of-art that Pragma would probably appreciate.

:)

I made my cocobolo silent practice violin:
http://www.lisdev.com/violin/
for me it's truly outstanding;)

(I am (was) a pianist, not a violinist)

Ant
October 22, 2005
Re: Code of the Nerds
Walter Bright wrote:

> The nerd test at http://www.nerdtests.com/ft_nq.php scores me
> at 90%, or "Supreme Nerd."

I get a 99% or "Nerd God". Hmmm, I always knew it ;-)

-- 
Wolfgang Draxinger
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