Posts Tagged ‘nerd’

Correlation

March 6, 2009

CorrelationSource: xkcd.com

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The(Girl) Geek Stands Alone

December 11, 2008

Imagine this scene from a comedy: a group of female friends sit around smoking a bowl and working on the Wikipedia page for Lord of the Rings. Their fashion sense is decidedly iconoclastic and several sport thick-rimmed glasses. Without a trace of self-consciousness, they have a hilariously ribald discussion on the relative traits of elves and orcs.

Awesome as it is, you’ll never see this scene onscreen. No mainstream movie or TV series would dare group so many female nerds together, or celebrate them so unabashedly.

The story is not the same for dorks with Y chromosomes, who are have recently ascended to It-boy status thanks to the success of a clutch of slacker-themed movies and the TV series Beauty and the Geek. Two new TV shows, Chuck and The Big Bang Theory, also feature geek-boy main characters paired (platonically, for the time being) with hot women. More than ever before, a man with an mind for useless trivia and a socially inept posse can charm nubile women and audiences alike.

A essay criticizing the role of geek women in media and in real world. Focusing on the reasons why geek men are getting fame and female geeks aren’t that popular.

Source: Sarah Seltzer

Insecurity

June 25, 2008

Insecurity is “an Australian-made independently-funded feature film” with a ‘hacker’ plot line at its core. As “everyone involved in [Insecurity‘s] creation are, to one degree or another, involved in the IT industry or some other nerd subculture”, the film aims to be as technically accurate as possible. Released under a CC BY-NC-ND licence, you can stream the film live or download it for free here.

Source: CreativeCommons.org

Math lessons: Futurama style

January 14, 2008

Do you like Futurama? Are you geekish enough to have fun with the math and IT jokes in the futurama episodes?
Them maybe this is something for youFuturama Math

Dr. Sarah’s Futurama Math: Mathematics in the Year 3000:
Futurama is a rare exception in broadcast television – a satirical science fiction cartoon that aims its jokes squarely at the top of the brow. Futurama is especially fun to watch because math, science, or programming references seem to appear in almost every episode.
For example, Ken Keeler, who has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University (…) was asked whether his education paid off, he responded: “Well, sure. For example, Bender’s serial number is 1729, a historically significant integer to mathematicians everywhere; that “joke” alone is worth six years of grad school, I’d say.”