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8 Nerdy Jokes Everyone Needs In Their Lives

1. How do you organize a space party?

You planet

2. At atom walks into a bar. Says to the bartender, “I think I’ve lost an electron.” Bartender asks, “Are you sure?”

The atom replies, “Yes, I’m positive.”

3. How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?

FISH!

4. There are 10 types of people in the world.

Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

5. Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve noble gases here.”

Helium doesn’t react.

6. I would tell another Chemistry joke but…

The good ones argon.

7. Did you hear about the guy who got cooled to Absolute Zero?

He’s 0K now.

And my personal favorite…

8. There are two kinds of people in this world.

Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.


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SandySandy is a writer and maker from Perth, Western Australia. She keeps busy with homesteading, horticulture, football, martial arts, games, code, tinkering, DIY, fussing the cats, and drinking tea. She blogs long things at sanlive.com and tweets short things at @sandysandy.

 


Barb2Barbie O’Havoc has been considered a nerd since the first time she pissed someone off for having a weird opinion. Since then, she’s been spending her time indulging in the surprisingly expensive habits of reading trashy vampire novels and hitting people while playing roller derby. Both of her main hobbies have led to a love of terrible puns, much to everyone’s dismay.

Barbie O’ also loves coffee and local restaurants, and occasionally rambles about both on the Johnstown Food Blog.


Eve2Eve is the founder of Some Nerd Girl and the author of urban fantasy novels Children of the Fallen and Unforgettable as well as science fiction novel Colony One. She has been writing since the age of 13 and has been flying her nerd flag for the past 16 years. Fandoms include Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Basically if it has ‘star’ in it, she’ll give it a shot.

 

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Book Reiew: I Kill Monsters by Dennis Liggio

As an avid reader of Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Charlie Huston, I like to consider myself to be very familiar with the urban monster landscape. I Kill Monsters is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I would label his work as having solid potential. I Kill Monsters isn’t the first of its kind, nor the most original, but it does have its charm.

The book features two brothers Szandor and Mikhail, living on a rougher side of town, who take down the creepy crawlies hiding in the city. They take money as best as they can, but work the daily grind to keep the bills paid (mostly).  When a well-to-do client comes along, they jump at the opportunity to play bodyguard for a few days. Unfortunately for them, something much more nefarious than the boogeyman is afoot, and the boys are launched into a part of the monster industry they didn’t even know existed.

Overall, the writing flows well and it is a good, albeit shallow, read. There are times I found myself genuinely laughing, but also times I found myself cringing at some of the bland writing. The main character describes himself to have a “punk” haircut, which I cannot fathom precisely what that may mean. The main character describes at least two women to be “hot”, with little description as to why. There is a fade-to-black sex scene, with little post-coitus followup. I may be spoiled by the many female writers that I read, but if you’re going to include a sex scene, use it.  An author friend of mine tells me it’s important to “show, not tell”, and I find this book doing a lot of telling. To give away a mild spoiler, Szandor’s brother uses a nickname that he hates, and that’s how he describes it- as a nickname he hates; with no explanation. Why does he hate that nickname? Was there an embarrassing story involved? An awkward teen obsession? What a wasted opportunity to deepen the character.

One of the things I do enjoy is that neither Szandor nor his brother seem to be the Dark Brooding Type. Not every character in monster-themed books need to carry their burdens in every sentence, and it’s refreshing seeing these guys just going about their lives, having the typical brotherly love that also involves wanting to throttle each other at times.

Despite a few missteps in the writing, I Kill Monsters is a light and easy read, great for anyone on their lunch break or riding on the train. I’ll look forward to reading more of Dennis Liggio’s work.

Overall, I give this read a 4/5 star rating.

4outof5


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Barbie O’Havoc has been considered a nerd since the first time she pissed someone off for having a weird opinion. Since then, she’s been spending her time indulging in the surprisingly expensive habits of reading trashy vampire novels and hitting people while playing roller derby. Both of her main hobbies have led to a love of terrible puns, much to everyone’s dismay.

Barbie O’ also loves coffee and local restaurants, and occasionally rambles about both on the Johnstown Food Blog.

Five Home Made Gifts For Nerds

The holidays are coming, and isn’t that just stressful? Not only do we have to deal with crowds and oddly timed sales, but trying to find the perfect gift can be nearly impossible. Sometimes you just don’t have the budget to afford to get the nerd in your life a thoroughly nerdy gift. Sometimes the Daily Deals are sold out, and let’s be honest here, there are only so many fishing lures you can give your dad before you have to give him something else so he doesn’t realize that you have no idea what else to buy him.

Why not make something that says “I sorta know what you like, and I think you’re worth the effort to make this too”?

Here’s my top 5 Homemade Gifts for Nerds (That pretty much anyone can make).

Booze.

We’re not talking about craft brewing an aggressive IPA, or agonizing over oak chips and yeast for winemaking. Booze can be much simpler, and most people will think you’re a wizard. The fact is that you can take pretty much any quality ingredient, soak it in alcohol for 3 – 12 months, and it will be tasty. The key is to balance fruits and spices. Want something that goes great in creamy drinks? Try blanched almonds and cherries in bourbon.  If you need to economize or give numerous people gifts, a decent vodka or whisky is a great base for home made extracts. Lightly crush coffee beans, add them to vodka, and in about 6 months you’ll have a great coffee extract that is a “must” for any chocolate-based recipe. Coffee adds a depth of flavor and will be great with brownies, cakes, even homemade truffles… but that’s a recipe for a different list.

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Treat yoself!

Does any of that sound like too much work for you? You can always sort a bag of skittles and add separate colors to different bottles. The same will work with Jolly Ranchers too.

Step up the geekiness and tie it in with your favorite books or movies. Adding cinnamon candies to a bottle of whisky? Dame Rosmerta may be mad that you’re stealing her deal, but go ahead and call it FireWhiskey. You’ll like it, I promise.

T-shirts!

Making t-shirts can be surprisingly easy with freezer paper, an iron, ink and a brush. A freezer paper stencil can be ironed on to t-shirts, tote bags, aprons, and so on.

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You can do et!

The most successful projects tend to have a clean and simple logo, and just one color. Cut out your stencil, iron it on to fabric, and dab your ink on. Ribbed fabric like tank tops don’t work well, but regular t-shirts will work great. Make sure to read the ink instructions, many fabric inks will need to be “heat set”, which can usually done by tossing the item in the dryer for a while once the fabric has dried.

Hats and Scarves

Probably the hardest craft on the list, knitting or crocheting items can vary wildly from taking an hour to taking days or weeks. Knitting can lead to some intricate wearable art, but can take a while.

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Observe the severe adorableness! (Thanks to Simple Gifts for lending us this idea).

Crocheting will make for satisfyingly quick gifts that can take a winter’s worth of abuse, and youtube tutorials are plentiful. You can easily make a variety of wearable cartoons, or replicate the head adornments of your favorite characters. Every nerd would love a hat like Jayne’s from Firefly, am I right?

Ornaments

Why cover your tree in boring old ornaments when you can make your own? Painting ornaments is pretty straightforward and simple. Clear, hinged ornaments exist that can be filled with anything you’d like, I like to use vending machine toys, but with some glue and some tinsel to use as filler, you have a lot of options. If you want to punch things up a notch, use geeky cookie cutters to make gingerbread men and use a straw as a hole punch to create an ornament hole. Not into baking? Ornaments are great because if you can drill a hole in it or glue something to it, you can probably hang it on a tree. Legos, board game tiles, action figures, the sky is the limit on this one, and you can make quite a few in a little time- a bonus for someone with lots of friends but not a huge budget.

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THE WHOLE SET!

(If you really want to hit Level 1000, check two items off the list and crochet some ornaments!)

Anything you can smack together with with glue and paper

If your geek is a book or comic book reader, you are in luck, for in this would exists a craft known as Decoupage. It’s probably french for “smacking things together with glue and paper”.  There are numerous products on the market that will work, but Mod Podge is probably the best option for customizing items. Mod Podge has a variety of finishes like glossy, matte, or glittery, and even has system designed to transfer photos onto your craft items.

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Nerdy decoupage by Maurnas!

If you have a hard surface, you can decoupage. Cigar boxes, bookshelves, lampshades, coffee tables, turn ceramic tiles in to coasters… just have a blast and try not to get too much cat hair on your items. Paper choices can include books covers or pages, comic books, magazines, posters, scrapbook paper, even puzzle pieces. You don’t even need paper! There are plenty of licensed fabrics that you can buy at fabric stores that will work really well on glass or ceramic surfaces.  (Protip: I do not recommend printing your own pages, particularly color pictures, it never seems to look right.)


So there you have it, some unique and customizable ways to celebrate the holidays with your favorite nerd. Homemade gifts are a great way to send a special message to someone, and often last much longer than your average Black Friday doorbuster. Get creative, and have fun!

Need some more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Board of DIY Nerdy Gifts!


 

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Barbie O’Havoc has been considered a nerd since the first time she pissed someone off for having a weird opinion. Since then, she’s been spending her time indulging in the surprisingly expensive habits of reading trashy vampire novels and hitting people while playing roller derby. Both of her main hobbies have led to a love of terrible puns, much to everyone’s dismay.

Barbie O’ also loves coffee and local restaurants, and occasionally rambles about both on the Johnstown Food Blog.

Nerd by Association

Thanks to the efforts of Anthony Edwards and Robert Carradine, being a nerd has shifted from a negative connotation to a positive one. Nerds are knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to specific topics and cultures, and almost always happy to share that passion with others. Nerds frequently flock together, both online and in person. Being able to share your passions with others can be an amazing way to gain more knowledge and find an even deeper love of your nerd-love.

Sometimes, though, there’s just one problem.

Sometimes not everyone in a flock is actually part of the nerd-gang. Sometimes folks just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most often these people are the partners of an actual of nerd, sometimes they are friends who are coerced in to involvement because of tangentially related hobbies. Sometimes they just look the part. The end result is the same – Nerd by Association.

Calm down. It's not time to panic. Don't get trigger happy.
Calm down. It’s not time to panic. Don’t get trigger happy.

It starts off innocently enough. You’re sitting with your partner, having drinks with friends or perhaps picking up the goodies in your box at the comic book store. A topic is mentioned. Your partner lights up, this is his time to shine! Your friends begin chatting, discussing their topic and the history and the nuances and how some celebrity is ruining everything, whatever. You try to pay attention, but your mind wanders. You sit there, smiling and nodding politely. You even recognize a name or two. In the end, you still have no idea what’s happening. Next time you spend time with the group, the conversation starts again. Maybe the conversational loop happens a few times more. Time passes, and soon your friends begin to associate you with the conversation about The Thing.

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Then, unexpectedly, your Facebook notification alerts you: someone has shared something on your wall. What could it be? It’s an article! About The Thing! With that one tiny blip on your smartphone, it has begun. All those times thinking about your grocery list while your friends talk about their Nerd item has finally twisted and mutated, and now your friends think that because you’re always around when they’re talking about The Thing, well, surely that means you like The Thing too! Congratulations, you are a Nerd by Association.

So what do you do? There are a few options.

Option #1: Deny it.

Re-enact Shannon Doherty’s rant in the elevator in Mallrats about not giving a shit which characters are crossing over in limited edition foil covers. At the very least, you’ll impress them with your grasp of jargon. The downside of this is that you may make your friends feel bad and awkward that they’ve spent all this time misunderstanding your involvement, that you may not have been enjoying hanging out with them while they discuss The Thing. You may feel that spending time with your friends is great no matter the topic, but they may not.

Option #2: Say nothing.

Continue to smile and nod and think about your grocery list when the topic comes up, maybe with less enthusiasm but still grinning and bearing it the whole time. Probably the least effective option, but also the least amount of effort. I take this path when it comes to zombies. I love horror movies, I love indie movies. I have done Special Effects makeup for various friends. My name is Barbara. You would think I would love zombies. I actually hate them. I hate that no matter how hopeful the characters are, eventually they’re totally boned. Even if they escape whatever shack they’re holed up in, they’re still outnumbered by zombies and chances are pretty darned slim that the hordes are ever going to go away. Zombie stories are awful. The only two zombie movies I own are Shawn of the Dead, and The Undead.: the only zombie movies I can think of that have mostly-happy endings. When people start with the whole “They’re going to get you, Barbara…” I take the path of least resistiance. I nod. I grin. I bear it. The effort to change the image of me as a zombie fan is too much for me to even try.

Option #3: Embrace the Nerddom

The third option, of course, is to embrace the Nerddom. You may not love The Thing, you may never watch more than one episode in a year. The key is to find something in it that you do find interesting, and work with it. Let’s use an example of another Nerd by Association. My darling boyfriend enjoys WWE Wrestling. He and my friends can talk for hours about how the story writers can spin this character, how this one is going to have to win in order to set up this other guy, the insanity of some guy being able to lift up the 450 lb monster and throw him over his shoulder. It’s rather interesting to see him study all the possibilities and the strategy of making celebrities out of people who do nothing but flop around on the ground. Somehow, I got tied up in this. I knew enough about wrestling from when I was a kid to chime in on occasion, just to keep involved in conversations so that people wouldn’t start asking me “What’s wrong?” because I wasn’t talking (If you’re a chatty-cathy like me, you get asked this a LOT). I didn’t much pay attention to wrestling until my fella surprised me with tickets to the WWE Raw filming in Pittsburgh. “Oh cool, how fun,” I said, willing to grin and bear it. We’re partners. I drag him to stuff all the time. Turnabout is only fair play.

Committed to a night of checking my phone and ignoring the action, off we went. Once we got through the merchandise sales area, waited far too long for an overpriced soda and popcorn, and met the hilariously drunk Yinzer-girl sitting beside us, we settled in. The action started…and within a few minutes I finally found an angle I could agree with. Wrestling plotlines, various degrees of acting and athleticism, none of that really hit with me.

What did hit with me, however, was watching mostly naked and ripped dudes running around for 3 hours. Ok. Now I get this. Now this makes sense. Suddenly plotlines mean a little more – they mean the guys I like are coming on soon. Plotlines mean that the moron who will never cease his yammering, is going to get beaten up by one of the attractive ones. It even turns out that occasionally you actually do get to see some impressive stuff, like a 450 pound dude getting flung over a shoulder like a sack of laundry. All of it means I get to see topless dudes for 3 hours every Monday night, and my boyfriend approves. And that? That I can get behind.

Shiny!
Shiny!

It turns out that being a Nerd by Association can be a pretty interesting chance to broaden your horizons. You may never enjoy some things, or you may never be able to escape some associations no matter how much you protest. Every now and then, though, you’ll be exposed to something that really does interest you. Then it will be your turn to make someone else a Nerd by Association.


Barb2Barbie O’Havoc has been considered a nerd since the first time she pissed someone off for having a weird opinion. Since then, she’s been spending her time indulging in the surprisingly expensive habits of reading trashy vampire novels and hitting people while playing roller derby. Both of her main hobbies have led to a love of terrible puns, much to everyone’s dismay.

Barbie O’ also loves coffee and local restaurants, and occasionally rambles about both on the Johnstown Food Blog.

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