Come and fess up to the ways in which you are really square/bit of a nerd

(417 Posts)
baubleybobbityhat Mon 09-Jan-12 20:42:20

I love a nice big jigsaw, me. Preferably something like a thatched cottage surrounded by flowers.

I am too embarrassed to do them at home because my 80 year old mother and inlaws who are in their 70s share my enthusiasm and I just think if any of my uber-cool London creative/media-type mates came calling and saw a bugger like that on my dining table they would think I was a very sad case and immediately drop me.

pepperrabbit Mon 09-Jan-12 20:45:48

I got a jigsaw out of the library the other day blush that must be doubly nerdy. I just couldn't resist - it had been so long since I had a big enough space to do one!
Dh was hmm

I'm mostly dressed like a goth - head to toe black, trainers, streaks in my hair etc - and I always have my ipod plugged in if i'm walking anywhere or at the gym... but I'm just as likely to be listening to a musical soundtrack instead of some cool metal band.
Not even cool, edgy musicals - on saturday I was rocking out to the sosundtrack of Annie... all together now - 'The sun'll come out TOMORROW!'

baubleybobbityhat Mon 09-Jan-12 20:49:43

Oh crikey Panda! One of our neighbours was having a sort out at the weekend and brought round the dvd of Annie for my 10 year old dd. Have never seen the film myself ... is it nerd-tastic?

Annie is a great film!
I read cookbooks for fun but don't usually cook any of it. I want to be Martha Stewart and am currently knitting DD a scarf. At 22 my life may be over grin

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 20:53:55

tasteslikepanda you sound a bit like my eldest she a bit indie looking but has show tunes blaringgrin

bibbity - I love a good jigsaw; my jig of choice would be a nice Devon scene with some cottages, boats on the shore, trees and not too much fecking sky.

And if there IS sky, some bloody clouds please - preferably with some shite hawks wheeling about and maybe some telegraph lines or a plane.

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Annie = perfect for a 10 year old and not at all nerdy (though maybe nerdy for a Goth ipod!). I often peel vege to the, 'Songs From The Musicals' CDs - my favourite is, 'Spring, Spring, Spring' from, 'Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.'

I often find myself on a Friday or Saturday evening making resources for work because I've got myself all excitied about Shakespeare, or Wilfred Owen or some-such. That must be nerdy, right?

I am an absolute music nerd and will talk about 80s indie bands/lyrics until the cows come home - IF I can find another nerd to talk to, anyway!

I also like to arrange the tin of Caran D'ache pencils by colour, going from lightest to darkest...

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 20:56:30

I have a harry potter tee shirt and i wear it is that nerdy ??

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 20:58:22

I have 101 power ballads CD in my car and bloody love it, I secretly watch Countryfile and love watching old 80s cartoons.

Salmotrutta Mon 09-Jan-12 20:58:25

I wear vests in the winter - does that count?

And I have never owned an iPod, done Facebook or bought leggings.

StrandedBear Mon 09-Jan-12 20:58:38

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peggotty Mon 09-Jan-12 21:00:17

I've got really into astrophysics recently and bore people with it when I'm pissed.

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 21:01:43

I openly watch countryfile grin i also read books about primates and primate behaviour yet im not a scientist , thats gotta count as nerdy grin

I love starwars and harry potter get excited over xmen films ,

And the jigsaw MUST be a photo, not a painting.

My idea of jiggy hell is this range by Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Shite

I'd need a bucket under the table to complete one of those bastards.

pepperrabbit Mon 09-Jan-12 21:05:06

I work in finance, it's very dull grown up with huge numbers. We are always busy, yet I spent a lot of last summer comparing my potato crop with one of my colleagues. We actually took photos.....

Annie is cheesetastic! I also love Grease, Hairspray and the musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and can sing along badly with all the parts!
The film is great - and has Tim Curry in it (bonus) and is almost as old as I am!

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grumpykat Mon 09-Jan-12 21:08:52

I am a nerd in many many ways. Radio 3 anyone?

I like numbers, particularly those that are a palindrome. In fact, I'm quite partial to any palindrome. This is rather odd, but I like numbers on a digital display that are made up out of the correct number of lines. 4,5 and 6 are all GOOD numbers. 2 is dreadful, because it is 5 backwards. And don't get me started on 1, why does that have two lines?

I like planes too, I like to know what country they've arrived from.

Reading this makes me even more sure that I am very very odd. I'll get my coat......

KurriKurri Mon 09-Jan-12 21:12:00

Yes to jigsaws, but like talc I hate too much sky/sea, I have one of Waterloo Station in the forties on the go at the moment.

I have quite a lot of very nerdy knowledge about certain musicians/singers (like specific musical things on recordings etc. very dull to everyone except me grin)

Reading old gardening books, descriptions of plants. latin names etc.

Similarly insects - I'm very keen on moths and butterflies, and birdwatching - but not in a twitchery way.

Remus - my set of Caran D'ache pencils was one of my best ever birthday presents (about 40 years ago!) arranging them by colour shade is incredibly satisfying.

pepperrabbit Mon 09-Jan-12 21:12:07

tasteslikepanda I LOVED the musical episode of Buffy - the phrase "he's taking witness arias" never fails to cheer me up grin
<crawls back under rock>

KurriKurri Mon 09-Jan-12 21:13:51

Oh God the Thomas Kinkade range - why have they all got that strange radio active glow? They are like a pictorial representation of a migraine.

pranma Mon 09-Jan-12 21:14:22

I have a train set smile
I love coloured paper and pencils.
LunaticFringe please can you help with my computer probem?See my new thread in Chat re Acer A500 tablet.

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Mon 09-Jan-12 21:14:59

Hello, my name is MyCatIsA... and it has been 3hrs since my last scific/fantasy novel read..

I just love a swords and demons and sci fi fantasy novel thingy. Also love crappy sci fi films, pure fun escapism

Added to that, I adore sky at night, stuff on quantum physics (don't understand it at all, just want to!), evolution, life... sciency kind of stuff and..

.. I have been known to go to steam engine fairs and ploughing competitions...

So, that's that then, any tiny semblence of respect I may have slightly gained on MN is all gone!

woollyideas Mon 09-Jan-12 21:15:47

Knitting, along with a nice bit of Antiques Roadshow on a Sunday night.

pointythings Mon 09-Jan-12 21:17:27

I hate jigsaws, but I love words - I am the office dictionary.
I too love computers.
My desk in the office is called 'Geek Corner' and I like that.
I insist on correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
I watch science fiction and fantasy shows.
I think mental maths is fun.

I think I'd better stop now.

pointythings Mon 09-Jan-12 21:18:04

MyCat I think you may be my soul mate.

SkivingAgain Mon 09-Jan-12 21:18:37

grin at talc - shite hawks

I love a good look through the huge dictionary at work. In my element if someone asks how to spell something, or wants to know what a word means and the dictionary must live on my desk

ariadneoliver Mon 09-Jan-12 21:19:46

Talc my, those are ... special. grin

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Mon 09-Jan-12 21:20:08

ahh pointythings we can be friends grin

Although I have to say, my grammar is apalling (how the hell do you spell that??)... which is partly why I work in communications (oh, Ok then, marketing!)

tentative123 Mon 09-Jan-12 21:22:22

It's all about the jig board. Then you can hide them under the sofa and pretend to be cool. Been doingit for years.

KurriKurri - Kinkade's effluent output all glows, because he is actually a revolutionary post-apocalyptic visionary artist; he is painting his idea of what life will be like, after North Korea finally lose the plot completely and nuke the shit out of the entire planet.

Oh no, wait - he's just a totally pants painter.

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:23:21

Wow another Countryfile fan. I have never met anyone that watches it, but then I do live in London.

I also love looking at old maps.

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Mon 09-Jan-12 21:24:50

<says in a small voice>

I watch countryfile too

ArtexMonkey Mon 09-Jan-12 21:27:04

omg i love annie! it was the first film i ever went to see morte than once in the cinema. me and my sister had and completed the panini sticker books and we had a doll of her each, with all her different outfits.


i love to knit, can't get enough of the archers and am gutted because we cancelled our virgin subscription before christmas and got a freesat box but we haven't installed it yet, and it has brought it home to me that i have a serious poirot habit.

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 21:27:10

My dh is weather obsessed so he likes the long range forecast , but we like country file i kind of live semi rural , and i love adams farm im pig and sheep mad , i love his rare breeds , i think id like a field with some sheep , grin

ArtexMonkey Mon 09-Jan-12 21:27:46

my mum has a jogboard tentative. sneaky. be square and proud of it say i.

ArtexMonkey Mon 09-Jan-12 21:29:15

Planes. That's my geeky passion. Love watching them, reading about them, and taking photos of them. Not so keen on flying in them though hmm

I'm 22 hmm again

I also like doing online jigsaws as I have no space to do proper ones hmm hmm

peanutbear Mon 09-Jan-12 21:30:42

I love Soundtracks to musicals one of my favourites is my fair lady !!!
I have a thing about mobile phones which when asked I can explain the pros and cons of most brands of.
I also love cooking and was overjoyed to get a kenwood mixer at Christmas
I do know I'm a nerd though

ILovePonyo Mon 09-Jan-12 21:31:23

Kurri I saw an article about Kinkade (who I had never heard of before) which said that a large percentage of homes in America own one of his pictures (can't remember actual figures), and said how they are actually quite creepy as it is as if the homes are all on fire inside - I agree with this!

Oh and I am a nerd as I have just spent a couple of hours playing the new zelda game - I am a geek addicted grin

drummerswife Mon 09-Jan-12 21:31:29

i watched countryfile for the 1st time last week and thoroughly enjoyed it.
i love wordsearches
i had a jigsaw for xmas from my inlaws [my mil's a jigsaw addict] not started it yet but i'm thinking of buying one of those mats that you do jigsaws on so it can be stored out of sight
i love family history
i have numerous colouring books and colour when i'm stressed out

I like reading books about Scott of the Antarctic, whale hunting, terrible shipwrecks etc.

I get into big debates about which Jane Austen book/character/film adaptation is the best and why.

I can recognise the opening notes of a Smiths song at a 1000 paces.

I have an entire cupboard full of Stephen King books which I like to smile at every day.

I play games with myself/dd1 in which I/we try and spot 'characters' from books when walking around town or in paintings when in art galleries.

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:33:37

Online jigsaw?? Lollipop where can I find these, it can be something else I get addicted to.

moondog Mon 09-Jan-12 21:34:33

'rocking out' to Annie

I love work and thing about it all the time.
I read highly technical manuals and research papers for fun.

Cleaning and tidying are two of my most favourite things in the worls to do.

I am gripped by effective administration.

To my horror delight I have learnt that there isn't much that can beat a mug of Earl Grey and yes, a jigsaw.
Have a fiendish Native American dreamcatcher/running deer horror on my kitchen table and am loving every minute of it. Ostensibly it is for my dd and i pretend to grumble at her for not doing it.
Secretly, am delighted.

weevilswobble Mon 09-Jan-12 21:36:02

I might be about to kill the thread.......

I sing along to Songs of Praise AND watch Countryfile.


As well as jigsaws, I also enjoy cross-channel ferries (but not being on them); Type 42 destroyers (only three left now in service - such an elegant ship sad) and...

...cheesy lounge music; the more Hammond organs the better blush

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 21:37:23

I am a complete Tolkien nerd, have just about everything he ever wrote, and must have read LOTR 7-8 times?

And, I do tapestry, I have a proper frame and everything and a twee bag to keep all my wools and needles in [pats tapestry frame lovingly]

And, I like to read really obscure historical stuff. Recently read Rosemary Hawley Jarman's Crispin's Day which is a blow by blow account of Henry II's expedition to France & Agincourt, and it was amazing...explained (okay, it was at some length) to DH how amazing it was, and he ended up leaving the room with me still in mid sentence hmm

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:38:05

Ooo and I have to watch antiques roadshow, dd and I love to have a guess at the value of the stuff and who ever gets the most wrong has to put the kettle on.

I am maybe edging from geeky into sad.

Ambrosius Mon 09-Jan-12 21:38:36

I love Terry Pratchett, Historical fiction, stationary and professional wrestling.

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 21:38:40

I think David attenburgh is a god grin i even watched his life of plants hmm

EqualStevens Mon 09-Jan-12 21:39:01

I'm obsessed with cryptic crosswords. Not in an endearing 25 minutes on the commute kind of way, but I get obsessed until I have completed that day's puzzle.

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 21:39:46

I have no idea what # tag means but i think that is because im old rather than square

naturalbaby Mon 09-Jan-12 21:40:24

online jigsaws?!? this could be the answer to my dreams. i miss my jigsaws and have always resisted temptation to buy one but gaze longingly at them every time i see them in shops. ds1 is 3 so they're almost fun to do!

i too would rather stay home to clean and tidy.

malinois Mon 09-Jan-12 21:41:21

* I do Gauss-Jordan elimination in my head during boring meetings
* My party trick is to demonstrate the relativistic equivalence of electricity and magnetism via the Lorentz transform while drunk. I usually get it wrong, but luckily everyone will have nervously backed away by then.
* I have a tattoo of Dungeons and Dragons dice (d20, d12, d8 etc)
* I read SF and fantasy almost exclusively
* I have a subscription to 2000AD
* I know Linux, UNIX and VMS inside-out but have never used Windows
* I am building an Arduino-powered sound sensitive LED lighting matrix for DS's (14mo) bedroom, that will hopefully respond in different ways to claps, shouts, singing etc. Or possibly explode in a shower of sparks. Could go either way at this point.
* I really like making lists

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 21:41:57

Of course, that should read Henry V hmm

moondog Mon 09-Jan-12 21:43:56

Mal, you sound terrifying. grin

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 21:44:56

And, I have crushes on historical figures particularly William Marshall and Henry II, and read anything/everything them...

mrsjay Mon 09-Jan-12 21:45:07

you all sound really clever blush im a bit geeky but a bit thick grin

Littlepurpleprincess Mon 09-Jan-12 21:45:28

I think Douglas Adams was the most amazing writer who has ever lived.

I also like books with magic and elves. and anything written by Julia Donaldson.

My favourite band is Good Charlotte.

I love Comic book movies (X-men/Spiderman/Watchmen) but I don't actually read comic books (or graphic novels as DH insists I call them wink)

I can spend hours playing with Lego.

I find Child Development theories fascinating. Seriously, I am doing a degree in Early Years Education and even the other students on my course think I'm way to into this whole 'early years' thing....

moondog Mon 09-Jan-12 21:45:47 for all jigsaw addicts smile

I'm going to do one now, in fact smile

Littlepurpleprincess Mon 09-Jan-12 21:49:15

oooo and I have asthma and eczema. I have zero co-ordination and I am terrified of sport and footballs.

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:50:14

Littleprincess - I am obsessed with binding and attachment theory after studying it and bored my poor poor DB with it when my nephew was about half a day old blush

CMOTDibbler Mon 09-Jan-12 21:50:33

I love physics. Always have, and can talk for far too long about my job.

Big sci fi and fantasy fan, and like nothing more than a good science documentary.

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:51:14

Omfg I mean bonding not binding.

I do not believe in binding small
Children I promise.

I am a massive geek.

I too love dictionaries and insist on correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
I love a jigsaw but will only do them by myself. I can't bear anyone interfering by adding pieces.
I love libraries, but only ones at institutions of learning.
I like to make patchwork cushion covers.
I only listen to radio 4 (I am 30)

Dawndonna Mon 09-Jan-12 21:52:32

We have around 3,000 books. Is it nerdy to have them arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System?


redrubyshoes Mon 09-Jan-12 21:54:49

I write down the names of the Stobart trucks when I see them in a little book.

The names are just above the wheel arch below the driver's door if any one is interested.

<deep shame>

openyerlugholes Mon 09-Jan-12 21:57:37

I'm not much of a nerd, I think. Although I did have a pathological love of physics at school.

I am undoubtedly square though. Love jigsaws, lists, anal about housework, detest slang and swearing (read MN through half closed eyes with permanent distaste etched on my face). That may constitute 'prude' more than 'square' though.

AfternoonNap Mon 09-Jan-12 21:57:39

I go to church - terribly unfashionable.....
weevilswobble, could we be long lost twins? Songs of Praise and Countryfile - Only a nice cuppa and a fig roll can top that.

AttillaTheMum Mon 09-Jan-12 21:58:39

I sew and do cross stitch. I love musicals too <<happy sigh>>

AttillaTheMum Mon 09-Jan-12 21:59:11

Also go church grin

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 21:59:39

Dawn yes it is. I have in excess of 1000 books, and I don't have them arranged by Dewey and I'm an ex-librarian ...

[starts looking at books speculatively...]

JayVazzle Mon 09-Jan-12 21:59:44

Redruby- we have a winner grin

ImpOfThePerverse Mon 09-Jan-12 22:02:00

Jigsaws - love them. I'll also quite happily play solitaire, minesweeper and mah-jong on the computer when the internet stops working.
I really enjoyed some of the maths in a recent OU course, I discovered I find factorising strangely satisfying.
I'm sure there are loads more, I have many nerdy tendencies. blush

timetosmile Mon 09-Jan-12 22:02:50

I also wear a vest in the winter and tuck it snugly into my high-rise jeans
And am obsessive about shutting curtains at dusk 'to keep the heat in'
<sneaks off to listen to Aled Jones CD>

MotherAbigail Mon 09-Jan-12 22:05:07

I like a nice glass of sherry and reading about the Tudors (if I can do both things together. so much the bettter. I excitedly spent 4 hours in the Tower of London saying things like 'ooh, this is where they put Anne Bolyen!' as though it was some glamorous tour of Hollywood blush

You know that everyone is supposed to have a Doppelgänger??
It's either that or me and TastesLikePanda are channelling each other.confused

I'm slightly more skatey/alternative/rock looking and am permanently plugged in an iPod. I do love a good musical. Although I am indulging in cheesy 80's and early 90's right now.
Love Shack anyone??grin

SnapesDoxy Mon 09-Jan-12 22:07:37

I enjoy many dirty fantasies about our lovely Professer Snape.

I have watched all Buffy, all Game of Thrones, all Stargate (SG1, Atlantis and Universe), all Firefly and many other Sci-Fi series. I also read demons, princess, knights and magic type books.

I love showtunes as well as heavy metal. I dress as a goth when away from my job.

I am training to be a teacher because I love my subject and want to stay in it and inspire children in my dreams to become great scholars.

I am a fat ginger nerd girl and so all the nerds love me, enabling me to have been a massive slut for many years before I met lovely DP (who is also a massive nerd)

baubleybobbityhat Mon 09-Jan-12 22:07:56

Oooh Remus, have you got a favourite book about Shackleton? I really want to read the story but I know there have been many published. Do you have an opinion on the best?

MrsChemist Mon 09-Jan-12 22:09:24

Dawndonna, I aspire to have my books ordered using the Dewey decimal system. It would take too long to sort though.

I studied computing at uni (not very successfully, though I can read java and C++)

I enjoy role playing games and board games.

I have more than one World of Warcraft t-shirt.

I still have braces.

I love a good sci-fi B movie.

I used to collect manga novels (expensive hobby though at £6 a book)

I have the characters from Final Fantasy VII lovingly adorning my shelves, joined by Marcus Fenix (Gears of War) Domo-kun, Optimus Spud and the Force FX Mace Windu light sabre.

baubleybobbityhat Mon 09-Jan-12 22:10:45

I'm wondering if redrubyshoes and her Stobart trucks is out-nerding everyone else on the thread so far?

I went to a Star Trek convention and met Gates McFadden and Michael Dorn.

But my books are arranged by colour

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 22:12:10

Mother I'm obsessed with The Plantagenets (although love the Tudors too) and on a recent vjsit to Middleham Castle (it's where Richard III grew up) I bored my friends shitless with my lenghty exciting explanations about the Wars of the Roses smile

ChitChatInChaos Mon 09-Jan-12 22:13:39

I do cross stitch, tapestry and I knit.

I also love jigsaws and SciFi/Fantasy

Do I score a trifecta???!!! grin

bibbity - my DH recommends South, by the man himself.

He read it on his way to South Georgia, the lucky bastard envy

AfternoonNap Mon 09-Jan-12 22:14:26

Redruby certainly gets my vote smile

KurriKurri Mon 09-Jan-12 22:14:43

I love detective stories, and have read hundreds of them (I like looking for old ones in charity/second hand book shops)

Redrubyshoes - I have just shouted to DH 'you are not the only person who is obsessed with the names on Stobart trucks' grin - He has got me joining in, if he is driving and concentrating, I have to look for the name.

Dawndonna Mon 09-Jan-12 22:14:51


timetosmile Mon 09-Jan-12 22:15:35

We need to know if redrubyshoes wears vests.
And redrubyshoes sounds quite glam.
If she was sensiblelowheeledredrubyshoes that would clinch it.

pjani Mon 09-Jan-12 22:24:07

I like word games, and board games, and card games.

I like reading, and am really into politics and economics and demographics (I like reading immigration statistics every now and then - demographics is destiny!)

I had braces. I change into pyjamas as soon as I get home from work.

Am feeling nice and comfy in this thread!

hormonalmum Mon 09-Jan-12 22:26:44

I too am bit obsessed with Eddie Stobart, although I do not write them down in a book... blush
redrubyshoes - did you know there is a Eddie Stobart fan club?

MotherAbigail Mon 09-Jan-12 22:27:30

LeQueen, it's great isn't it? I have a very endearing habit of shouting at the telly to correct historical inaccuracies and explaining the bloodlines to my oh-so--interested DH ('Oh, do you see her there, she was Henry's mistress, while he was married to so-and-so, she was married to whodyamacallit, who was the Duke of somewhere'). Better than Eastenders any day grin

brighthair Mon 09-Jan-12 22:27:37

I read obsessively, and kept a book diary for a year and read 366 blush
I am a fan of a cup of tea, a bath and the new Lakeland catalogue grin

herbietea Mon 09-Jan-12 22:34:21

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Theas18 Mon 09-Jan-12 22:37:16

I knit obsessively and without formal patterns often, almost exclusively seamless too.

I can do cross stitch and embroidery very nicely but the kids have stollen my concentration for fine counted work. Tapestry bores me now.

I listen to radio 4 and radio 7 (it will never be "radio 4 extra" to me really).

Bloody love music in the Anglican Choral tradition.

(But I'm also a paid up apple addict and aldi shopper, where the hell do I fit socially LOL)

ariadneoliver Mon 09-Jan-12 22:43:10

Thanks for that link Lollipop. hmm That'll be hours of my life gone... grin

birdsofshoreandsea Mon 09-Jan-12 22:43:35

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LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 22:43:43

[goes and sits next to mother with a squeak of excitement...]

I think DH oft regrets asking me fairly straight forward questions like 'So, who was Edward IV's queen, then^ and then getting a 15 minute answer...

jollydiane Mon 09-Jan-12 22:47:56

Listening to Radio 4 is normal surely and not at all nerdy. I love Horizon, Private Eye, RI Lectures, Star Trek, Dr Who, QI. I cannot stand the usual Saturday night TV (X-factor and so on).

racingheart Mon 09-Jan-12 22:48:03

I do the easy crossword every day, cos cryptic is too much like hard work. And love country and western music.
<slides cloudy glasses mended with elastoplast up nose and beams at everyone>

SarahStratton Mon 09-Jan-12 22:48:11

I can do linear equations. And I love the documentary channels. Oh and I can do a Rubiks cube.

racingheart Mon 09-Jan-12 22:49:15

Oh yes birdsofshore birdwatching too.

I am very lucky in that my DH is also a massive geek - our best holidays have been spent sitting outside cages in the sun playing endless games of cards (and obviously keeping score). I have notebooks with pages of rummy scores from our honeymoon!

We also sing in the car (have been doing this since way before we had children) and it's often hymns despite the fact that DH is an atheist - but loves a good hymn!

We often do the guardian quick crossword online together and we do all the online only connect walls.

I think if I met me, we wouldn't be friends.

cafes not cages blush

supadupapupascupa Mon 09-Jan-12 22:53:59

I have to have my cds in alphabetical order
I have rules with regards to peg husbandry
I have a jigboard and like jigsawa
I love stationary
I love logic problems
I have worked out the best way to play battleships and my husband now won't play me as its 'boring'
I have a book in which i record the 'details' of all my paperwork. One page per item.
I watch antiques roadshow and countryfile
I have to have 'spares' of everything - down to margerine

I am an accountant grin

there are lots more..........

stressheaderic Mon 09-Jan-12 23:00:44

I am completely non geeky in most aspects of my life. Quite into fashion, do very mainstream things etc.

However, I love looking at pictures of tall or interesting buildings and bridges on the Internet. I love a good tower block and I'm fascinated with their construction and demolition.
I can't tell anyone about this.

fuzzpig Mon 09-Jan-12 23:02:57

A book of squared paper (a la School maths book) or a pattern colouring booj and colouring pens is my idea of heaven, ooh or a compass/ruler so I can make my own

I just watched It's a wonderful life and sobbed my heart out at the end

I get a bit peeved with people saying I must love regular sudoku because I am good at maths hmm when maths is irrelevant and I find sudoku a bit dull. But give me a hanjie/mosaic/hitori/randommadeupname puzzle and I'm happy.

I switched to an open degree instead of maths because I missed reading compulsory texts and writing essays

I love family guy, American dad and Futurama and quote them far too much. Same with Friends.

fuzzpig Mon 09-Jan-12 23:06:31

I once ran downstairs naked giddy with excitement because DH noticed a hedgehog in front of our house.

Seeing finches/tits/wagtails makes me inexplicably happy and I strive to one day take a decent photo of one.

droves Mon 09-Jan-12 23:08:18

I love sci-fi .
Used to wear ulhura type dresses ( star trek)

Tried to learn clingon

Like reading obscure theories
Love computers
Love computer games
Love puzzles

Bored friends and family getting all excited about the hadron collider , and talking about fractals ad infinaty.

Im a geek trapped in a bimbos body ! grin

droves Mon 09-Jan-12 23:11:21

Oh and I taught ds4 (6) equations because I was bored .

Love Lego and mechano.

Used to take things apart as a child , just to see how it was made.

Can fix things now as a result .

Was only girl in the tech class .

droves Mon 09-Jan-12 23:12:32

I think sheldon is normal !

stressheaderic - do you enjoy a nice tower crane? I do.

I asked for a Dymo Label Maker for Christmas, because making labels is fun.

I have a notebook that is used solely for recording our scores at Scrabble in. I pretend that it's just easier to keep some paper with the game, but it's really because I want a record of all the scores. DH used to win more than I did but since I bought 'him' Scrabble Trickster for Christmas I have been kicking his ass.

I have a puzzle book hidden under the bed, so I can do a couple of puzzles before I read a bit of my book and then go to sleep.

I have a secret love of brass bands, military bands especially, and cannot be moved from one if we discover one playing somewhere.

My first crush was on the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. I still have a t-shirt with his picture on it and the words "Heartless...but quite a lover" written underneath him.

MissMogwi Mon 09-Jan-12 23:23:31

I was like this grin today as I am about to start a 5000 word project on Austen. My fellow young and cool students were choosing obscure authors and themes.

Not me. I'm getting my geek on.

LeQueen Mon 09-Jan-12 23:25:40

[so jealous of Miss...]

Matronalia Mon 09-Jan-12 23:31:08

I am interested in virtually everything and can quite happily spend hours tracking down a random piece of information.

I have watched every episode of Babylon 5, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Buffy. Several times.

I love fantasy and sci-fi novels.

I am fascinated by words, especially ones that have fallen out of common parlance (like parlance for example).

I am a huge fan of zombie novels and post-apocalyptic and like nothing better than discussing a good end of the world scenario and possible survival methods. Last week I pointed out a location in town which is on a roundabout with Sainsburys on one corner, a medical centre on another and a petrol station on a third-with a big fuck off barn to hide in. DH and I had a fun hour discussing hiding vs looting and running to the hills.

I love books, unashamedly often more than my DH and I sometimes dream of a house by the sea, all by myself, with a massive fuck off library and a really comfortable sofa. Plus someone to cook me meals...and wash me....and exercise my wasted limbs.

Matronalia Mon 09-Jan-12 23:31:56

Oh and I married a physicist so we cover history nerd and science geek beautifully.

Our children have NO chance.

openyerlugholes Mon 09-Jan-12 23:32:52

I am so happy! I feel like I finally belong!

And yes, despite denying it earlier, I do certainly have many, many geek characteristics. And am proud to do so.

Wow! Embracing my geekdom.

My dd4 is definitely a geek. She is fab. As is dd2. i suddenly understand why I relate so well to them. Truly a lightbulb moment.

JollySergeantJackrum Mon 09-Jan-12 23:33:08

I also still have braces.

I'm studying maths at the Open University. In my final year at school I did a high level maths and mechanics course as my 'fun subject'.

I have read Pratchett's Discworld novels at least twice a year since I left school. (Not this year - baby stole my free time)

I love Firefly, Star Wars and Miyazaki.

I correct spelling. I can also spell and define words that I have only read once, often many years ago.

I built my own computer (some years ago now) and taught myself to touch type.

I used to use IRC and I was briefly among the top 1000 Counterstrike players in the world.

I'm not so geeky anymore though as I have no time.

Sookeh Mon 09-Jan-12 23:33:47

I play World of Warcraft blush
Love my Xbox --more than I love DH--grin
Know all the words to various Star Trek Next Generation episodes.
Read fantasy/sci-fi like it's going out of style.
Want to be a Historian
Mainly wear black and have a nose ring --with bright red little mermaid hair--grin
Have a replica Thundercats sword.

Oh dear grin

openyerlugholes Mon 09-Jan-12 23:34:30

Books. My house is drowning in them. What a way to die!

This thread reminds me of a self-catering week in Devon when I was a child. The power had gone off and there was nothing but jigsaws, board games and strange books.

openyerlugholes Mon 09-Jan-12 23:36:03

This is why I am so weird to my family! This explains it all!

"I love Firefly, Star Wars and Miyazaki."

You're confusing nerd with geek. Nothing nerdy about Miyazaki grin

animula Mon 09-Jan-12 23:36:48

I love this thread.

I am no way as geeky/nerdy/neeky as many here but geeky is cool and should be bigged up.

I like researching things and filing. Not über-geeky: just quietly, happily so.

Didn't mean to pick on the one post btw - there's a world of difference between being a Star Wars/Thundercats/Ghibli fan, and liking jigsaws and countryfile.

tethersend Mon 09-Jan-12 23:42:28

I like London underground and local history. I often go to the archives. on the tube.

Sookeh Mon 09-Jan-12 23:44:46

I like countryfile and jigsaws too blush

recall Mon 09-Jan-12 23:47:24

I have a thing for those plastic zip lock bags that you put food in. I have the two different sizes and I always suggest ways in which my friends can use them. They roll their eyes now and go " Oh don't start about those fucking bags "

(very good for storing things like phone chargers in the tat drawer so they don't get tangled up)

(and little playmobil parts)

(and re chargable batteries - the beauty is that you can see your clutter..............sorry)

recall Mon 09-Jan-12 23:48:04

and nail varnishes

recall Mon 09-Jan-12 23:48:22

contact lenses

LeQueen Did you make it through The Silmarillion? I've tried, several times, and sadly failed sad

recall Mon 09-Jan-12 23:50:07

and on a hot day, put a flannel in one and a little water, put it in the kid's bag, can freshen up whilst out if they eat something sticky like ice cream or an orange.

Maybe i'm just resisting jigsaws, countryfile etc for fear of turning into my parents. wink

animula Mon 09-Jan-12 23:51:07

tethersend - there are some lovely websites/blogs about local history, eg. transpontine - have you come across any of those? transpontine is SE London, are there any for E. London?

animula Mon 09-Jan-12 23:52:42

I've read the Silmarillion twice, Jareth. Compared to a lot of my friends, this does not register on the nerd-o-meter. I have one friend whose PhD thesis was on elvish.

recall Mon 09-Jan-12 23:52:51

you could keep jigsaw pieces in them

animula Mon 09-Jan-12 23:53:32

She used to talk to me in elvish sometimes, actually.

Stop hiding in here and get thee to AIBU animula

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animula Mon 09-Jan-12 23:57:30


melodyangel Tue 10-Jan-12 00:02:33

Jigsaws - oh yes please, I have been know time how long it took to do.

I sort my potato crop by size.

Darts - I do like a bit of darts.

Have a collection of old Playmobil catolouges.

Another Linux user here. Have tried many flavours currently settled on ubuntu.

And a vest wearer, a nice warm thermal vest - yum.

Dolcegusto Tue 10-Jan-12 00:06:14

I love buses.

My kids love buses.

I've just got back from a meal out with other like minded bus geeks blush

Oh...I forgot.


Cryptic crosswords for me. Love them, and it gave me enormous pleasure that I could finish them in half the time of ExP who considers himself something of a wordsmith. I think the majority of the pleasure came from the fact that it pissed him off grin

I love to read a dictionary/an atlas/reference book...

Physics was my favourite subject at school. Still is something I love.

Can do a Rubik's Cube in under 90 seconds.

FloydieDoydie Tue 10-Jan-12 00:15:40

I have masses of books on local history, and loads on The Sex Pistols grin

Am a real completist, both in stuff and knowledge. So, i will have loads of books on the same subject, just to read from a different perspective or more details etc.

I have well over 600 DVDs, arranged by genre and sub-genre. Have to watch commentaries and extras. blush Love Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse - Joss is a genius! Also comic-book films, and big Kevin Smith fan too.

Love history and often get lost in internet research for hours and hours. DP gets narked at me spaffing on when he asked me a simple question and I give him a lecture.

Love baking, although that is quite fashionable at the moment <sniff> hmm

Crafting including card making, stamping, jewellery, book making (making covers and binding - not taking bets on horsies!)

Am really good at pub quizzes due to my capacity to remember random shit interesting and useful facts

I highlight my telly watching preferences for the week in my tv magazine (and t always has to be a certain magazine) blush

But I have many (visible) tattoos and piercings, ride a motorbike and love heavy metal and go to festivals. smile

MollyintheMoon Tue 10-Jan-12 00:22:05

I got Star Trek -The Borg Collection- for Christmas. Nuff said. grin

Littlepurpleprincess Tue 10-Jan-12 08:16:35

Littleprincess - I am obsessed with binding and attachment theory after studying it and bored my poor poor DB with it when my nephew was about half a day old

JayVazzle I love attachment theory. It should be taught at ante-natal classes. lol. DO NOT LET YOUR BABY CRY IT OUT!

Ahem....rant over!

Bucharest Tue 10-Jan-12 08:24:56

Jigsaws, musicals, church (and not even my church) garden centres, pots of tea in garden to be in my pyjamas by 6 and spend New Year's Eve clock-watching and thinking "when will this end". I also had to fight back the tears morethan once during the 50 Greatest harry Potter moments (despite having seen it about 50 times already and thinking Daniel Radcliffe could easily be substituted with a fish finger such are his thespian talents) It'sthe bit where JK says there will always be a place for me us at Hogwarts.

Square? Most definitely.

Nerd? Nope. Mobile phone is grey nokia thingy that only makes phone calls. Don't tweet, have no interest in anything remotely scientific or technological. (am a luddite really) Find Professor Invisible Breast like a weirdy pervy looking Jehovah's Witness with that manic grin.

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 08:48:03

"LeQueen Did you make it through The Silmarillion? I've tried, several times, and sadly failed"

Jareth read it several times. I even taught myself a bit of Elvish after buying 'An Introduction to Elvish' by Jim Allan...I knew DH and I would be together for ever when I spotted 'The Complete Guide To Middle Earth' on his bookshelves at university grin

chocolateyclur Tue 10-Jan-12 09:00:58

I am a book geek. Bloody love having my nose in a book. Or, more aptly, my kindle.

I fancy Simon Pegg more than a little bit. In fact, I only really find geek boys attractive.

Acumenoop Tue 10-Jan-12 09:06:11

There's no limit, really, to my nerding. I build my own computers; I am in numerous internet fandoms; I knit; I cut my own hair; I code on OSPs; I wear sensible shoes and big pants and vests and coats with hoods; I buy all my clothes second hand; I am thrilled when I can go to bed at half past seven; I have two different scientific calculators and I know how to program them; I sing opera; I do episode transcription for genre shows.

It's unhidable. I look like a Vulcan. (I can't help that - it's an eyebrows and ear thing.) I've gone right through nerd and out the other side. I have a bewildering number of extremely cool friends who are eternally delighted by it (do they all secretly wish they could throw the drainpipes out and join me in dressing entirely like an Edwardian urchin? They can! Live the dream! hahahah)

redrubyshoes Tue 10-Jan-12 09:08:03

I have seen Rolf Harris in concert three times

I once got very, very angry with DH when we were driving along and there were THREE Eddie Stobart lorries in a layby and he wouldn't stop and turn around so I could get their names. Bastard.

My CD's are in alphabetical order amd my books are by genre and then alphabetical order within the genres.

I keep scrapbooks

I love the gift shops in museums/stately homes/cathedrals/national trust properties etc

I once spent four hours exploring a tin mine and didn't get bored.

baubleybobbityhat Tue 10-Jan-12 09:41:43

Ok recall. Have got two sizes of ziplock sandwich bags on my shopping list for today and am preparing to transform my life with them!

Am also extremely interested in Animula's recommendation of transportine whatever that is, but it sounds right up my street. Dh is embarrassed by me sometimes when I go in to great detail with someone about their bus and tube journeys around London. And he calls me the cabbie because I know loads of shortcuts when driving.

For London Underground fans I'd recommend Barbara Vine's novel King Soloman's Carpet - the tube features heavily, with lots of interesting facts and stats thrown in.

redrubyshoes Tue 10-Jan-12 10:08:18

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TickledOnion Tue 10-Jan-12 10:27:48

I love logic puzzles. This is a great website to while away the hours.
I'd love to do a giant jigsaw but fear DH would laugh at me. He's very cool. wink

festivalwidow Tue 10-Jan-12 11:56:28

Total reggae nerd. There is very little that Lee 'Scratch' Perry has ever produced that I don't recognise and I can usually recognise a reggae tune from the first 10 notes of the intro. This only goes up to 1987ish (not keen on Beenie Man et al).
I read books about grammar. In fact, I asked for one for Christmas.
I do go to church; not particularly nerdy in my book, but possibly being able to drone on about the architecture could be considered nerdy...

BarryStar Tue 10-Jan-12 12:16:37

God, you're all so clever, I don't even understand what half of you are geeky about!

I'm not geeky, but yes, very square. Go to bed as early as I possibly can, always wear a nightie (and, just the other day, in fact, was enquiring if they still sell bed jackets), like nothing better than changing into a nice comfy pair of tracksuit bottoms etc.

And (I have never admitted this to anyone in rl) I have a secret addiction to YouTube videos of present wrapping techniques. blush.

Wow, this thread has cheered me up - now I know I'm not alone in my geeky ways!

I love puzzles, particularly logic ones and cryptic crosswords.

I really enjoy crafts, especially cross-stitch and tapestry. Am currently working on a tapestry Xmas stocking for my DD, and hide it behind the sofa when anyone comes round in case they laugh at me!

My idea of heaven is creating an Excel spreadsheet. A really whizzy one with lots of formulas!

I love putting things in order - I dream of working in a library happily putting the books in alphabetical order.

recall Tue 10-Jan-12 12:41:03

Lunaticfringe My Dad is a Norbert fan, which has rubbed off a bit, I just like saying it NORBERT DENTRASANGLE mmmmmm............. so lovely.

recall Tue 10-Jan-12 12:42:26

I have just put a sewing kit in a ziplock (medium) mmmmmmmm...... can see it...........but no mess..........all smoothy plastic.

recall I love ziplock bags too - just ordered another 200 of them from Amazon! Nice to know I'm not alone in my devotion smile

OneHandWrapping Tue 10-Jan-12 16:25:51

I am a massive Lord of the Rings nerd.

I have even written fanfiction, and posted it on t'interwebs.

Bonsoir Tue 10-Jan-12 16:26:14

I type up DD's homework into separate lists of nouns (with the definite article), infinitive verbs and connectives for spelling, and conjugated verbs. And sometimes I shout at her when she makes mistakes on her practice tests at home blush

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 16:32:31

Off the top of my head, I can list all our monarchs in order since the Norman conquest, and up until 1603 I can list all their close relatives, who married who and why, and quite a few interesting points about each and every one of them. I must own well over 1000 books, and I bet more than a third of them are history related in some way.

There was a History thread on here recently, and it felt like I'd come home smile

AfternoonNap Tue 10-Jan-12 16:32:36

Oh wow Bonsoir - are those French or English nouns? And I thought I was bad as we have lists of "être" and "avoir" verbs stuck to the side of the dresser - blooming French grammar confused

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 16:33:36

[sidles up to Nerd with a shy smile...]

Quenya or Sindarin Nerd ?

Bonsoir Tue 10-Jan-12 16:34:26

This is her French homework! The teacher sends home seemingly random lists in no discernible order with nouns (some of which have the definite and some the indefinite article...), infinitives and connectives all mixed up! Drives me mad!

legallyblond Tue 10-Jan-12 16:34:35

I heart Sean Rafferty.

And I am partial to those reeeally sad cross stitch kits. blush

I also like/love the Lord of the Rings films (but HATE all other sci fi/fantasy).

I would NEVER admit these things in RL!

legallyblond Tue 10-Jan-12 16:36:01

Oh and I am a memeber of National Trust AND English Heritage...

Bonsoir Tue 10-Jan-12 16:36:41

Oh, and the DVDs are in chronological order of whenever the story took place.

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 16:37:14

And, I have hand knitted bed socks and a matching hotwater bottle cover...yes, yes I have, and I'm not ashamed to admit it grin

fuzzpig Tue 10-Jan-12 16:37:41

I bought DH and the DCs a Big City flexible racetrack thing from ELC. I am having so much fun designing my own tracks blush

AfternoonNap Tue 10-Jan-12 16:37:44

Oh Bonsoir - that sounds even worse that our nightly ordeal. (live in Belgium but have a French French teacher - soooo difficult).

legallyblond Tue 10-Jan-12 16:38:36

Oh... Bonsoir, you are reminding me... my CDs are in musically chronological order - Medieval, baroque, classical, romantic etc then alphabetical within each period... blush

santaspunk Tue 10-Jan-12 16:42:19

I really enjoy my job teaching physics. For example, today I was demonstrating a 100 year old experiment using an authentic Crookes tube to demonstrate cathode rays.

Also lots of chat about standard model and super symmetry. Magic!

Bonsoir Tue 10-Jan-12 16:44:07

DD is a bit like me too. This afternoon, after I had picked her up from school and was taking her to her art class, she asked whether she could continue having her tutor next (academic) year. When I said yes, she grinned and said "Great."

Oooh yes, I love a jigsaw too.
I love my local library, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside
I adore making a good list
I am interested in the weather and have a geeky app on my phone about the weather
I was genuinely excited and pleased to get the following things for Christmas: a book about crochet, a thermos and a torch.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 10-Jan-12 16:52:00

Oh goodness where to start?

I have massive crushes on dead writers, and not even particularly famous or exciting ones.

University Challenge/Only Connect is often the highlight of my week (although I NEVER get anything except the missing vowels on OC, I sometimes do quite well on UC).

I have a poetry section in my bookshelves, and can recite a poem for just about any occasion (a wonder I have not yet been killed by friends and family).

The shipping forecast and "Sailing By" makes me feel happy.

I recently decided to learn the Kings and Queens of England in order, just for fun.

melodyangel Tue 10-Jan-12 16:59:42

Elephants - think you may like this

Gertiegoolash Tue 10-Jan-12 17:00:37

I am a huge film nerd, and love random movie trivia.
I've always wanted to be a librarian
I could spend hours (and lots of money) in Forbidden Planet.
I love video games.

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 10-Jan-12 17:04:43

You use the word square.grin That's a big one.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 10-Jan-12 17:14:18

Oh Melody smile I love it.

They didn't mention Matilda though, I always feel a bit sorry for her being left out <wanders off muttering>

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 10-Jan-12 17:23:43

Marking place while I think of something geeky enough to tell you all ...

LaFilleSurLePont Tue 10-Jan-12 17:34:22

I love pottering around garden centres.

I say 'pottering'.

I love world cinema;particuarly French films.

I'm a science geek,with a particular interest in forensic toxicology.

When on holiday I spend more than half of the time in museums or castles and looking around churches and cathedrals.

I'm a big fan of musicals.

I love studying spiders,and watching wildlife.

I'm a Star Wars geek.

Love heavy metal and classical music.

I hate pubs and clubs and would much rather go to a restaurant,where we can actually have a conversation,or to the theatre.

I get excited about going to coffee shops,and having cake.

I'd rather be home with a cup of tea and a French film or documentary than at a party,or out with friends.I hate parties.

I cannot walk past a deli without going in and checking out their produce,particuarly their range of chutneys and honey.

I want to learn German,French,Latin,Russian,Japanese,Swedish and Ancient Greek.

I'm considering starting a trivia Meetup group.

I read constantly.

I'm a tad obsessed with Buffy and Angel.

I love falconry.

I collect anything to do with 'The Phantom of The Opera'.

I'm 27 but I've been like this for as long as I can remember. I didn't have a wild period as a teenager. I didn't even have a wild moment,but I'm content.

corkythecat Tue 10-Jan-12 17:36:48

Jigsaws, cross stitch, alphabetical CD's, antiques roadshow, making lists - I love them all.
I'm going to throw bird watching into the mix, hmm this was my DH's face when I was telling him about the wren I had seen in our back garden yesterday.

TwistedWitch Tue 10-Jan-12 17:53:15

I knit, with wool I spin myself from sheep I helped to shear. I own thousands of books and a lot of them are sci fi/fantasy. I love a cheesy zombie film and countryfile. Addicted to university challenge and mastermind and sometimes even get the answers right. I am at peace with with my inner (and outer) nerd.

FloydieDoydie Tue 10-Jan-12 17:59:47

I'm still sad that Fifteen To One has been cancelled sad

fuzzpig Tue 10-Jan-12 18:03:42

Not something I do as such, but something that shows my geekitude:

When DD was born my favourite gift was from my college friend - he gave me Donald in Mathemagic Land on DVD, so that I might pass on my love of maths to the next generation smile

The same guy and his GF (also from college) gave us the best wedding present too, far better than vouchers etc - the board game Settlers of Catan! Clearly our love of games is spreading as DSS, 16 at the time, said straight away (in the middle of the posh reception dinner!) "let's play it tonight! You can consummate later" shock blush grin

rhondajean Tue 10-Jan-12 18:07:17

As a child, my great aunt, who had been a teacher, gave me her maths and English books and I used to do them for fun.

I knit, I sew, I crochet, I bake.

I know what the t in James t kirk stands for, and the number on the starship enterprise, though I now get confused as to which one was a, b, c, etc.

sitsyou Tue 10-Jan-12 18:11:56

I love jigsaws and I love maps

ObiWan Tue 10-Jan-12 18:15:18

I am beside myself with excitement, because Lego are releasing Lord of the Rings sets this year.

It goes without saying that I already have loads of Star Wars and Harry Potter Lego, and we're starting on Batman now grin.

waterlego Tue 10-Jan-12 18:17:44

Oh, I am loving all this geekery!

I'm another who loves jigsaws. I also love crosswords/number puzzles and I'm currently addicted to Kakuro. I love maps and will spend time looking at a map just for the joy of looking at a map. I also read about grammar out of interest rather than necessity which probably isn't entirely normal. And I LOVE sacred choral music, despite not really believing any of the lyrics grin

jjkm Tue 10-Jan-12 18:20:38

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JetteOoo Tue 10-Jan-12 18:21:26

I'm a bit anti-jigsaw. I'm told my nursery school teacher commented to my mother that when jigsaws were set out on the tables my face fell, and this has maybe influenced me.

KurriKurri Tue 10-Jan-12 18:23:01

anti-jigsaw?????? <<flings Holy Water at JetteOoo>> grin

jjkm Tue 10-Jan-12 18:23:06

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JetteOoo Tue 10-Jan-12 18:28:36

- flinches - grin

Terpsichore Tue 10-Jan-12 18:29:34

Univ/Only Connect - check.
Cryptic crosswords - check.
Slightly addicted to old British films, preferably B&W, preferably with plenty of location shots so I can work out where it is - check.
Knit, sew, bake, crochet (a bit), generally Make Things - check.
Own far, far, far too many books on too many diverse subjects - check.
Gardening and veg growing - check.
Get enthralled by writers/subjects and then have to read everything by them and in related subjects - check.

Surprisingly, given the above, I also have quite a grown-up job and earn a very decent amount. But I keep thinking that one day I will be unmasked as Super Nerd grin

Loving the general geekery of this thread BUT I don't think how many books one owns is a sign of geekery. I only ever own as many books as fit in the bookcases in our house and we cull regularly but I have read thousands upon thousands of books. I don't think reading books/owning books is geeky in itself - it's to do with what the books are. (Hides multi copies of Austen books which she bought because she felt sorry for them sitting unloved in the charity shop smile )

Terpsichore Tue 10-Jan-12 18:35:05

Remus, I quite agree. I don't believe that reading books is, in itself, geeky; obviously it's the sign of a well-stocked mind wink. However, looking at some of the books I own, I have to admit that some are a little, ahem, recherche....

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 10-Jan-12 18:55:07

StrandedBear, I think you are my long-lost twin.
Physics (PhD), love maths, write computer code for a living (some of it in Fortran, in fact had to maintain some Fortran77 code at one point) and do stats as part of the job, love radio 3 (have multiple recording of Bach's solo violin works- how anorak is that?), read pop science/linguistics books for fun, come out in hives at the mention of woo-ery (though try to be diplomatic with woo-loving friends). Also love DS's railway more than he does, and love maps (am indoctrinating DS - he asked where his best friend's houses were on the map tonight). I'm also almost into double figures with Lord of the Rings (though not for some years now).

Do occasionally engage in non-geekery - I have read serious novels, played football (though that can prove an excuse for geekery - "clear daylight" and "not involved in play" aspects of the offside rule, anyone?), and got talked into buying a Karen Millen dress in the sales!

GeekLove Tue 10-Jan-12 19:18:00

I love physics and get to do it everyday for my job. As for my job I say Microscopist otherwise it tends to make people back away.

I am a fan of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet, Isaac Asimove and decent historical fiction

I have seen all of B5 and the new Battlestar Galactica

I do have an Invader Zimm tshirt mind.

Also a massive fan of Joss Whedon.

I have also married a fellow physicist and have a whole book ase full of board games. We also do Warhammer too.

Have plans to write a toy weather simulation when I get a new laptop.

I also own 2 pairs of high heals which see the light of day about once every 3 years. Most of the time I naturally dress quite goth/greb but it's usually hidden under a grubby lab coat at work.

I also like to sing the theme from Mysterious Cities of Gold when I am alone.
But then you knew that from my name smile

mouldyironingboard Tue 10-Jan-12 19:20:45

What a great thread!

I have subscriptions to 'astronomy now' and 'classical music' smile. I've never told anyone before - I can sing all the main themes from Beethoven's 9 symphonies!

DH and I gave each other several puzzles as Christmas gifts including sudoku, jigsaw, mazes and fiddly wire ones while DC looked on in despair at our geekiness (then wanted to join in and help as we started a jigsaw!).

pranma Tue 10-Jan-12 19:21:03

I love TLotR too and have lost count of number of readings been re-reading since the early 60's smileI love Tolkien including all the bits and bobs-I thought Roverandom was brilliant.The Silmarillion is hard going compared with the rest and I confess to being defeated by The Children of Huron [Christopher doesnt have his father's gift I fear].
I love sci-fi fantasy and have a huge collection.I also love armchair mountaineering and have many climbing books especially relating to the himalayas and the Eiger[Heinrich Harrer-The White Spider set me off].

Maryz Tue 10-Jan-12 19:29:05

I got a 2,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle for Christmas. I am really looking forward to it blush.

I like maths books as well, and puzzles.

And bridge. And books.

And I have a great desire to go out and buy ziplock bags blush.

Slubberdegullion Tue 10-Jan-12 19:34:32

I love tent pegs. I probably have about a dozen different varieties of tent peg. I like cleaning them and sorting them and putting them in their individual bags. I also love mallets.

I win.

OhDoAdmitMrsDeVere Tue 10-Jan-12 19:34:33

I have to play about 10 games of solitare on the computer before going to sleep. I have a 12% win rate and get very upset if I lose a %. I get super happy if I beat my last hight score.

I have some funky earphones and stroll along wearing them. I used to use them in the gym. Little did onlookers realise I wasnt listen to gansta rap but Rumpole of the Bailey or David Copperfield on Radio 7 grin

Slubberdegullion Tue 10-Jan-12 19:35:55

Guy lines too. Have a collection of guys. Guys, pegs, a mallet and a tarp and I am one very happy woman.

Maryz Tue 10-Jan-12 19:39:59

Slubber wins.


I have a selection of tents/tarps/pegs/mallets/camp cookers in my shed, but I don't clean or sort them.

Once a year I haul them all out and curse them roundly because they are all missing bits [disorganised camper emoticon].

happybubblebrain Tue 10-Jan-12 19:44:07

I have a spreadsheet for everything. I have a spreadsheet to keep a record of all my spreadsheets. I love nothing more than creating a new spreadsheet. I sometimes dream about spreadsheets.

I also love science fiction, but not Star Trek - that is step too nerdy for me.

Slubberdegullion Tue 10-Jan-12 19:47:12

<gets the splayed toes at Mary's shed full of disorganised camping kit>

happybubblebrain Tue 10-Jan-12 19:50:33

And I'm always drawing geometric patterns. And I have various collections of things that nobody but me would find interesting. And, if on the rare occasion something is not on a spreadsheet, then it's on a list.

TheParanoidAndroid Tue 10-Jan-12 19:51:12

Star trek isnt nerdy! How very dare you! <ubergeek and proud>snt nerdy!

ISaw3ShipsCatsComeSailingIn Tue 10-Jan-12 19:52:13

I sent off for the latest Prima knitting patterns today - and I'm only 36 < wails>

CrystalQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 19:52:35

Not only have I seen every episode, I own Babylon 5 on DVD. (This is nothing to my DH's Doctor Who obsession. He has an online shop selling gaming stuff based on DW and other scifi progrmas).

I can't wait for DD to be big enough so we can tackle my LotR map jigsaw together.

Knitting is a great way to spend time, and there's so much knitting-related stuff to buy.

University Challenge is the only program that I will specifically turn the TV on to watch.

I like jigsaws, in fact puzzles of any kindgrin
I read manuals for everything (even the hand blender which has but one button!)
I have a collection of interesting rocks I have collected from round the UK, and family holidays invariably involve a trip to a mine and a jaunt on a steam railway.
I have thousands of books on a variety of subjects, arranged by subject and author, with an "outsize" shelf for larger books.
I have several dictionaries, which I consult regularly.
When I went to the Dr Who experience, after exhibiting my encyclopaedic knowledge, I went to the gift shop. My face lit up when I saw a sonic screwdriver wii controller which I immediately bought
I have a physics BSc and an Early Years BA.
I do mad science experiments in school holidays.

trice Tue 10-Jan-12 20:12:30

I am a brown owl.

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 20:19:55

Oh, and one of my top 3 songs of all time is Gaudete by Steeleye Span...and I once spent a happy afternoon researching all their song lyrics on-line smile

JollySergeantJackrum Tue 10-Jan-12 20:20:57

I would love to be a Registrar. All those lists and names; all that perfect organisation. Just thinking about it makes me happy.

And I thought everyone watched Countryfile?

Mirage Tue 10-Jan-12 20:21:06

Lunatic one of my past jobs was importing garden equipment from France and the carrier was always Norbert.grin
I do cross stitch,patchwork and have done tapestry.I make jewellery.I will read anything except romance,chick lit or sci fi,but am especially partial to history and social history.DH rolls his eyes when he sees me reading Mayhew.

I like old agricultural machinery,the Archers,R4,Antiques Roadshow,I grow most of our veg,wear thermal underwear from Nov to March.I reguarly beat the WI at the village craft and produce show.DH and I love architecture and once had a happy holiday visiting Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.I like listening to Johnny Cash.

baubleybobbityhat Tue 10-Jan-12 20:21:25

Oh trice!

Are you really? That is wonderful. Not square, not nerdy, not geeky, just marvellous.

baubleybobbityhat Tue 10-Jan-12 20:22:23

We had a regular poster on here a while back called Norbertdentressangle.

stubbornstains Tue 10-Jan-12 20:44:17

I feel like I have come home. This is even better than the Ordnance Survey thread. (sigh of deep satisfaction).

A roads. I mean, isn't it fascinating that you could be on the Euston Road in the heart of London, and you could carry on along that same road until you hit the sea in Pembrokeshire, and it would always, always be the A40?

Container ships. Winning prizes for my vegetables at village shows.

My particular historical obsession is D- Day.

I, also, have read the Silmarillion twice (dons the high- crowned winged helm of geekdom).

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 20:47:12

stubborn for my 40th I asked DH for one of those gawjuss hand drawn/tinted maps of Middle Earth. He didn't get me one...angry

stubbornstains Tue 10-Jan-12 20:47:39

Also, where is University Challenge in this thread? Am I the only one who has to shout out all the answers (that I know) out loud?

stubbornstains Tue 10-Jan-12 20:48:54

LeQueen did you see the poster upthread who has a Middle earth map jigsaw? That is geek squared.

WetAugust Tue 10-Jan-12 20:53:51

I have a very large collection of photographs of manhole covers I have seen in various countries I have visited.

Some have the name of their city cast into the ironwork.

Nerdy? Moi?

redrubyshoes Tue 10-Jan-12 20:56:51

I have doffed my mantle of nerdness thanks to this thread.


I shall carry on with my Eddie Stobart name collection.

LeQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 21:00:57

Oh feck no I missed it...scampers back off upthread...

pinkbeachchick Tue 10-Jan-12 21:05:09

I'm so pleased to read that I am not alone!
Another Countryfile viewer, and University Challenge. Jigsaws are fab although I think mine and Dhs obsession with Scrabble may top it off for me, we have a book where we have kept the scores from the year dot and yes the scrabble even came on our honeymoon.
Have a spreadsheet for everything. All books in alphabetical order with individual series chronologically.
Grow all our own veg...R4 seems to have become the new R2 for me...
I'm finally happy to be a geek!

radiohelen Tue 10-Jan-12 21:06:23

I love weather. I classify clouds on any journey. I take barometer and temperature readings at home and I spend hours watching rainfall radar on the metoffice website.

I love a good map.

Can't go anywhere without reading up on the history of the area and spewing forth relevant facts as we visit.

I like to know the latin names of the plants I grow on my allotment.

I get childish amounts of excitement playing with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar when cleaning the sink/making hokey pokey.

I use a thermometer to make yoghurt - 48 degrees baby - all the way.

I love to drive at night and use the correct trucker language of light signals to converse with fellow drivers.

I read Pratchet, Eddings and anything else with a goblin, a sword and a girl with a frying pan in it.

I have a friend who, if you give him a postcode, can tell you exactly where in the UK it is for.

My husband once timed himself doing a rubiks cube with his feet.
A match made in heaven. I think so.

carve133 Tue 10-Jan-12 21:07:15

I love maps. My Dad bought me an OS map for Xmas. I poured over it. DH laughed.

I loved history at school and spent 3 hours looking at the Bayeux Tapestry on holiday in Normany (brother VERY bored).

JayVazzle & LittlePurplePrincess - am also an attachment theory geek. I'm doing some research with one of the AAI authors at the moment <smug - although no-one else on the thread will understand what the hell that means>

CrystalQueen Tue 10-Jan-12 21:07:44

I am proud to be described as a geek squared.

LotR jigsaw is this one

eavers Tue 10-Jan-12 21:08:42

I love looking at maps. I could pour over o/s maps or road atlases all day.

I have listened to radio 4 since my teenage years

eavers Tue 10-Jan-12 21:09:36

carve cross posted saying the same thing!

waxlyrical Tue 10-Jan-12 21:10:50

I love this thread!! Passed the jigsaw entry test and can add cryptic crosswords, books, nature programmes, nature books, board games and a one time stamp collection to my geek credentials. Cant find anyone else who watches "all creatures great and small" on here though. I now have several series on DVD please tell me I am not alone in this bizarre obsession! <slopes out for a quick fix of period veterinary drama>

worriermum Tue 10-Jan-12 21:17:48

Come come these are all just pats on the back disguised as nerd confessions...'my intimate knowledge of ancient aramaic and 16th century physics'. Here at last is a true geek:

When the going gets tough... I read Malory Towers....

Mirage Tue 10-Jan-12 21:18:43

Ohh,maps and atlases,how could I forget them.DH and I spent a happy Sunday afternoon working out where all the local bridlepaths went,with the aid of google earth.

I could once also tell you the phone codes and postcodes of just about everywhere from Milton Keynes in the South,up to Sheffield.I'm a bit rusty now as it is 10 years since I last used my knowledge professionally,maybe I should brush it up? Who knows when I might need to know the area code for Corby?

Snapespeare Tue 10-Jan-12 21:19:37

i love you all. i suggest a giant commune. smile

Harry Potter, Doctor Who (DVDs arranged chronologically) knitting, jigsaws, arranging books by author (ficton) and subject matter (non), musicals, sudoku, board games (jenga gets a special mention, not technically a board game, but hilarious fun when drunk) grammar pedantry (even though mine is sometimes sadly lacking) musicals (pre 1967, except annie, sondheim and wicked) & historical accuracy of theatrical costume, props and set.

Mirage Tue 10-Jan-12 21:21:11

waxlyrical ACG&S was one of my all time favourites.Why it is never repeated I don't know.
'Knaw then vitnery'grin

Could we throw in a little blackadder? Red Dwarf (the early series' before they had a big budget)?
I'm with you on the continuity errors and historical accuracy fronts and often shout at the TV for such reasons
Anyone for an obsessive tea ritual?

I am an active member of a G&S society and so are my DCs
I keep buttons from clothes I no longer own, just in case....
I go through drop down menus, to see what all the choices do.
I like old OS maps, and comparing them to new maps to see what's changed and what has remained.

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Tue 10-Jan-12 21:31:01

I have over 90 rubiks puzzles. 54 of them are cubes.

<geek preen>

waxlyrical Tue 10-Jan-12 21:44:10

inmysparetime I do the comparing new maps with historical maps thing too - google earth timeline adds another dimension smile

BarryStar Tue 10-Jan-12 21:45:32

Oh, MrsDeVere, I do that with solitaire too, and I won't let myself go to sleep till I win a game. Sometime, I have very late nights!

normaleggy Tue 10-Jan-12 21:47:25

I love Doctor Who, the original series, not the half-baked crap they make now. I love the dodgy special effects, the suspect acting, the outrageous costumes, the genuinely scary enemies and the genuinely crap enemies, the assistants that didn't know everything and were not smug like the current ones, more than one episode per story, the cliff hangers, the Doctors face appearing in the title sequence, love love LOVE it all.

Matt Smith can do one.

lostmywellies Tue 10-Jan-12 21:49:44

Are they all the same, Avocado? All the cubes, I mean.

Wish I could solve the rubiks cube. <sigh> (would-be-geek)

Mind you, I watch Countryfile.
Am very particular about grammar and spelling.
Love jigsaws, but can't get them out with all these small children around, so endlessly try to engage them in theirs instead. grin
I want to go to a party with the person up-thread who does Gauss-Jordan elimination in her head. So I can ask what Gauss-Jordan elimination IS.

Geek or would-be geek? Not sure...

carve133 Tue 10-Jan-12 21:53:13

We could certainly throw in plenty of Blackadder inmysparetime.

Anyone for Anne of Green Gables? I have the additional two books after Anne of Ingleside - Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside. Not as good as original Anne but score some geek points.

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Tue 10-Jan-12 21:55:21

No, the cubes are not all the same. And that's the exciting thing. The different designs on the cubes make them different mathematically in terms of number of permutations and solving etc. blush

I can also tell you the 11th digit of any ISBN if you tell me the first 10 (drunk party trick I haven't done er, more than once).

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Tue 10-Jan-12 21:56:50

Friends, I think we have found ourselves a geek clique grin grin grin

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:04:01

Stationery....I could sit and play with it all day. I had a pretend stationery shop as a child with cut up pieces of wallpaper, shop bags etc as writing paper and never grew out of it.

Weird geeky Japanese stationery and weird geeky Japanese packaged products. Can be anything inside-just like to display the graphic design.

I collect those squidgy silicon spoons and cooking utensils and go ballistic if anybody uses them. My grown children's favourite 'game' is to use them without me seeing them take them out of the jar then wave them about in my face, covered in stirred bits of food. I can't stand it........

Maryz Tue 10-Jan-12 22:06:12

I got ds a rubiks cube for Christmas.

He had conquered it by January 1st.

And I've forgotten how to do it <weeps>

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:07:28

Oh, and the complete 'The Waltons', 'Little Town On The Prairie' and an old video of the 'What Katy Did' dramatisation. All mine, all watched obsessively together with my 5 'Laura Ingalls Wilder' biographies, tourist guides, pull over pinnies I made for my daughter and one child named after a character......

MrsChemist Tue 10-Jan-12 22:08:59

Oooh! Maps! I love maps. There is something very satisfying about plotting your own map.

Not done it in ages though. The last one was a geological map of a fault line in sedimentary rock. Oh, and mapping a geological feature to reveal what it was (it was a volcano) it made me feel like a Geology Sherlock.

TheSmallClanger Tue 10-Jan-12 22:14:46

I have a thing about supersonic aircraft, thanks to DH. We used to go to air shows. My proudest aircraft geek moment was spotting a Stealth passing soundlessly over my house. I was very excited, although actually seeing an SR-71 "Blackbird" on the ground came close.

A hobby I have when work is slack is to find a song on Youtube and listen to every properly-recorded cover version of it I can find. I then rank them in order of preference.

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:16:31

OMG thesmallclanger-

Think i have a girl crush on you. That cover version ranking is super-geek.

TheSmallClanger Tue 10-Jan-12 22:18:57

A good one to start with is "Angel of the Morning". There are versions of that to suit all tastes grin.

I love maps too!

And jigsaw puzzles, have asked for a puzzle globe every Christmas for the last five years to no avail sad

And I get all the science jokes on the Big Bang. Like Stranded I have my own lab coat.

Spreadsheets are über cool. I also collect books and knit. My friends think I am an archetypical geek. But geek is the new cool.

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 10-Jan-12 22:22:30

radiohelen - if you're still on the thread -some of my fortran code is in the Met Office unified model <preens>!

And aircraft - I watched that bbc documentary about Rolls Royce engines with rapt amazement - the bit where they "inflate" the kind of metal honeycomb that the turbine blades are made from at high temperature and pressure - wow! <geeky whimper of happiness>.

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:26:32

Love it smallclanger. i have a new way to pass my time. Because I have so much of it..grin

Would love to find covers of 'Joy to the world' by Three Dog Night. Love that song but feel that it has potential to be so much more...

I was the founder member of our school's maths club. Actually I was the only member grin and I used to get extra maths homework and view it as a treat. I still remember the pleasure I got from being stuck in my bedroom working out the answer to a particular puzzle (which was something like, "what's the smallest number which, written forwards, is exactly two times the same number written backwards". I couldn't do it now but I spent a long time working out the formula to solve it and it was a punch the air moment. I could have been at the disco with my friends but I was much happier being a nerd. .

I really enjoy Antiques Roadshow and I sometimes buy antiques magazines.

Juaneeze Tue 10-Jan-12 22:32:28

When I was in Australia my cousin and I used to hire jigsaws from the library, the whole flat ended up doing bits of it much to my annoyance it was fun!
I have been known to stay up until the wee hours as I will not be defeated by too much sky and the tackier the jigsaw the better in my opinion.

I also love a good look through a detailed atlas grin

ChippingInLovesEasterEggs Tue 10-Jan-12 22:37:28

Geek Clique grin

<Settles down, very comfortably. Shrugs off 'too cool for school' attitude and pulls out knitting>

<Begs for any links to seemless knitting patterns>

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:37:31

The last time I was in Paris I went mad in Monoprix and came home with 16 French school cahiers-the tall, narrow kind with squared pages for math only I would use them for writing. That's if I could bear to besmirch their pristine check.

I have them arranged on my desk, in sets of four as they came in four different colours, see? I look at them lovingly after a hard day.

bonkersLFDT20 Tue 10-Jan-12 22:41:10

I love jigaws! Can't wait to start the one DH got me for xmas. They have to be Ravensberger though.

Outdoor clothing shops make my heart race. All those lovely technical fabrics to stroke......

I am a bioinformatician by profession. Do I win?

Sookeh Tue 10-Jan-12 22:46:50

I love this thread.

LurcioLovesFrankie Tue 10-Jan-12 22:49:20

Geek clique - do you think we could manage a whole string of these chat threads, only instead of numbering them 1,2, 3, maybe we could do primes?

Also, anyone interested in favourite equations? Mine would be the Lorentz covariant forms of Maxwell's equations and the field equations for general relativity.

nursenic Tue 10-Jan-12 22:52:44

Oh and to top off my posts, I'm loving the ITV2 re-runs of 'Beauty And The Geek'. Loved it the first time, the second time....the third....That show has heart....And geeks.

StrandedBear I too own a lab coat grin
I cobbled together built my own pc with ubuntu on it,it was awsome grin
( have a mac now cos Dh took pity on me,I couldnt find drivers for video,then lost interest )
Im not into mechanical/physics or maths though, its molecular diagnostics here
Oh yeah and I have open office on my mac
I dont have to mental energy to be a nerd now

Letchlady Tue 10-Jan-12 23:06:17

I'm a philosophy teacher, and my husband says I'm a bit pedantic of a philosophy geek... as I just naturally pick up on arguments, say a philosophy quote or something to that effect.

I disagreed with him - until a couple of weeks ago when my 8 year old corrected me and told me off for using a Tu Quoque argument in the car! blush. Hmm, he may have a point grin.

<wanders back in humming 'The sun'll come out tomorrow'>>

I've been 'out-squared'!

Do I get extra points if I mention that I am sort of a childrens librarian... and that I happily spent several hours today putting all the 'easy reader' books in exact order, of publisher, then level of reading (if applicible) or colour... just because it was a quiet day and I knew nobody would be in to mess thm up?

<wanders back out again humming 'I think I'm gonna like it here'>

I like this thread. I cross stitch, quilt and wear a vest in the winter months. DH and I are B5 a holics (even have the feature length episode DVDs). I love a good spreadsheet, adore Radio 4, and I work in a science library (bliss). And I like jigsaw puzzles. I love country music and Wagner.
Because of my former job, I have an obsessive interest in wheelie bins and litter bins, photographing them on holiday (including our honeymoon)and once spent a day on holiday touring the local landfill site.The guy who took me round understood completely and admitted that he too had done this while travelling abroad. If walking down a street, I am known to comment on the make, model and year of a bin, much to the bemusement of my nearest and dearest.

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 10-Jan-12 23:34:51

carve133 Love Anne of Green Gables!!

raspberryroop Wed 11-Jan-12 00:18:04

SiFi/Fantasy reader - cann't sleep now without LotR audio book playing - dc's have become similarly addicted
Used to do Archery and fencing because of above
Ran school dungeons and dragons club
Knit and sew felt thingies to excess - am now also starting to crochet things
Obsessive about 'information', have to research things to the nth degree.
Love maths, science, genetics at the moment in particular as have a child with a Aspergers and see its play through out my family.

lauraloveskitsch Wed 11-Jan-12 00:20:50

I spend a lot of time online coding. HTML, PHP, CSS etc. I do it for fun, not profit.

I belong to the Wholock fandom (fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock).

I love nothing more than a good book and a mug of coffee.

Oh my, I've fallen in love with you all!

Bonkers outdoor clothes shops do that to me too!*

Scuttle I want your job! How do you get to be a science librarian? When I was a teenager my Saturday job was as an assistant in a library. My private collection of books is now ordered in Dewey decimal system or author/chronological for fiction, I get twitchy if a book is in the wrong place!

<thinks 'I've died and gone to geek heaven'>

Oh I'm a Wholock as well!

ThompsonTwins Wed 11-Jan-12 05:18:17

Punctuation. Punctuation? Punctuation!

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 07:39:20


Am intrigued....Just what was your former job?

festivalwidow Wed 11-Jan-12 09:27:46

Oh LeQueen, I get DD to sleep by going through all the monarchs backwards with an interesting fact about each.
Queen Anne - needed special coffin sort of thing.
If we've got to Edward the Confessor and she still isn't asleep I know we're in trouble.

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 09:31:29


My Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens is the best resource for learning all of them!

Becaroooo Wed 11-Jan-12 09:38:57

historical biographies
documentaries on BBC4

I could go on...........

Dlamis Wed 11-Jan-12 10:18:05

I love this thread.

I love Jigsaws. Not keen on photo ones. Love the Thomas Kinkade ones <<hides from Talcandturnips and Kurri>>, especially snowy ones, and have quite a few of the Wasgijs. They have to have at least 1000 pieces, and they live in the portapuzzle under the settee

Stranded I'm love Physics too, particularly the nuclear stuff, did dissertation on Chernobyl disaster.

Just looking to see what else I do that other do smile
Radio 3 -yes
Arranging crayons,felt tips etc by colour - yes
Sci-fi books/films/series - Stargate SG1 is the current favourite, Dh recently bought the box set of Babylon5,
Puzzles, especially Kakuro, Killer Suduko etc (bored with basic suduko) and basically anything that involves numbers and/or logical deduction. <<gets over-excited at Tickedonions puzzlemix link>>
Cross-stitch, more cross stitch, especially big stuff like Dimension/Gold that takes forever to do. Unfortunately I never get round to framing and displaying completed stuff. Willsingforcake - stockings are my next project too, once i finish my Mr Men alphabet blush

CrystalQueen Wed 11-Jan-12 10:37:31

For my Christmas I got a necklace that spells my name. Using amino acids. Outgeek that.

I was a chartered waste manager with specialist qualifications in hazardous waste transfer. Local authority waste management, street cleansing and environmental enforcement. Spent many happy years working on landfill sites and managing recycling. Have visited a number of wheelie bin factories (proud emoticon) and can tell many happy tales of trips to Scandinavia to look at waste transfer stations. I met my husband on a compost heap (literally).

Working in the library is considerably less stressful, but I like stroking books on slopes, landfill engineering, gas turbine management as it reminds me of old times...

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 10:48:06

Oh Scuttlebutter

What an amazing wonderful job! What an impact you must have made upon the planet.

Am a highly skilled (blowing own trumpet emoticon needed) compost heap builder and leaf mould creator both in my garden, allotment and have taught many friends how to do this so highly envious of your experiences. Would love to see pics grin

Snapespeare Wed 11-Jan-12 10:59:51

i forgot tudor history and the Lonndon underground. <proud emoticon>

crystalqueen that sounds fab, like this?

I was used to being a sad geeky loner... Now I have something like a community, how terrifying! wonderful!

TreacleSoda Wed 11-Jan-12 11:15:34

Is there room for one more geek?

I have been known to read books on social and economic history.....just for fun.

I like to crotchet, I like jigsaws. I love watching TV programmes about engineering and building bridges, and skyscrapers. Oh, and university challenge.

I am a nerd and proud to be so.

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 11:23:09

Geeks and nerds are cool. It's cool to be clever. Especially a clever woman.

Terpsichore Wed 11-Jan-12 11:36:33

Can I throw into the general index of geekery an interest (fanatical or otherwise) in the Marlowe novels of Antonia Forest? At Christmas I found a copy of 'The Attic Term' in a charity shop for 80p. More than anything else, that really made my year <swoons>

And my geeky delight was complete when the Mastermind contestant last week picked Forest's novels as her specialist subject grin

CrystalQueen Wed 11-Jan-12 11:36:35

Yes Snapespeare that's the place I got my necklace from. Luckily my name has no J or O.
I was the reserve member on a University Challenge team, but our team wasn't picked to be on the program that year sad.

imaginethat Wed 11-Jan-12 11:47:10

Not really, though I do check spelling, grammar and style for a living.

I think my dd is though, she pores over her solar system book and draws endless pictures of tectonic plates. And she squealed with delight when her new music theory book arrived.

Snapespeare Wed 11-Jan-12 11:54:04

crystal they're lovely! bet it's gorgeous! smile

fuzzpig Wed 11-Jan-12 12:13:56

I got exceedingly excited today because DH told me there is a musical of Swallows and Amazons! grin

I have to do a maths test in an hour, I'm really looking forward to it.

fuzzpig Wed 11-Jan-12 12:15:35

Question for you clever grammar nerds grin

Where can I go to improve my grammar? Can you recommend a book please? Thanks thanks

Slubberdegullion Wed 11-Jan-12 12:19:01

Have just been out walking the dog and every now and again I would snort with laughter all to myself at Scuttle and her wheelie bin obsession.

Wow you so win grin grin grin LOVE you casual references to bin make and models.

Ingles2 Wed 11-Jan-12 12:35:43

oh me too...
I love crossstitch / tapestry, but can't knit.
Complete Harry Potter fan,
I love ziplock bags but got to be the proper ones with zips, not press together.
But my really secret is, I have a thing for Sharpie pens blush
I have a secret stash, in many colours, that my boys would like to liberate but would do so on pain of death grin

Poledra Wed 11-Jan-12 13:05:36

At last, my MN niche!

Jigsaws - yup, DD1 (7yo) had left a puzzle out on the roll one evening. Dh pointed out to his mother and me that if we didn't stop, we'd have finished it before she came back to it the next morning. We were just doing a little bit to help her along... (PS Puzzlerolls - ideal way to hide jigsaw...)

Countryfile/UC/OC - oh yes, Dh and I keep scores during UC and OC and crow when we win

History - am scientist by day, history freak by night. Platagenets a big fave, followed by Tudors. Am struggling with Oliver Cromwell tho'. DH and I looove castles, and regularly drag take the children to visit them, where I tell them stories about what happened, and what their life might have been like, I think my children are the only one who don't want to be princesses...

When in labour with DD3, got annoyed when I had to stop playing cards with DH so the midwife could check on me - didn't she understand I was whupping his sorry ass even when in labour.

DH has and wears a T-shirt saying 'RNA - the other nucleic acid' and was delighted when a 12-yo (roughly!) boy came up to chat to him in a playground and tell him how cool his (DH's) T-shirt was, and that he (the boy) wanted to be a scientist when he grew up.

We went fossil-hunting during our honeymoon.

Read lots of sci-fi, do puzzles (Prof Layton, anyone?). However, I am proud of it all, and don't hide it (or perhaps don't have any cool friends grin)

stubbornstains Wed 11-Jan-12 13:06:54

All together now....

Hmm hmm hmm...GEEK OUT! Le geek clique- c'est chic....hmm hmm hmm..GEEK OUT!

TreacleSoda Wed 11-Jan-12 13:07:59

fuzzpig I read Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss a few years ago on the subject of grammar, as a light read rather than a serious academical study. But, the reviews on Amazon are not particularly favourable, and some of them say that her knowledge is lacking, and that she is very sneering - its so long since I read it that I can't remember to be honest.

Or you could go and live with my elderly parents for a week. My mum is a retired primary school teacher and my dad is a pedantic perfectionist, so although I was not formally taught correct grammar at school (which is shocking, as far as I am concerned) I had it drilled into me at home from day one grin.

stubbornstains Wed 11-Jan-12 13:10:31

Am I alone in finding this thread refreshingly feminist, too? Geekery- which I would define as the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake - is often seen as a male characteristic. As if women were uninterested in "stuff" outside their narrow sphere of existence......

Poledra Wed 11-Jan-12 13:10:52

Oh yes, I forgot pedantry. Parents both retired teachers, so had it beaten drilled into us from our first words.

TrinityRhino Wed 11-Jan-12 13:15:05

I love radio 4 including the archers
I love computer games
I know how a computer works
I've built my own pc before

I now have an overwhelming urge to get a big jigsaw grin

TreacleSoda Wed 11-Jan-12 13:16:34

stubbornstains I think you are right. I was just ranting to discussing with DH the other day that it shocks me that there are still people, male and female, who think it is in some way endearing for a woman to be, or pretend to be, 'a bit thick', for want of a better way of putting it. Mind you, I went into my rant after watching some permatanned loon on Celebrity Mastermind, Stacey someone, making an utter fool of herself and then giggling in a 'little old me' way. I understand that not everyone is academic, or well educated, but a general air of being uninformed and proud of it really depresses me.

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 13:17:43


I've always believed in pursuing knowledge and interests for the sheer pleasure of doing so rather then what material/occupational benefits they might bring.

I am thrilled and proud though, of all the women on here with their eclectic interests, interesting jobs, occupations and brilliant quirky minds.

Spirael Wed 11-Jan-12 13:31:32

[feels at home]

My job is based around heavy duty computer coding,
I have a computer based degree,
I rebuilt my home PC last week because it was going too slowly,
I've accidentally cooked the graphics on my Xbox360 through over use and mourn every day I can't afford to replace it right now,
I tabletop roleplay - DnD, nWOD, L5R, 7S, etc, (Any other roleplayers out there? wink)
When I'm not roleplaying I'm board gaming,
Studied order to understand Anime/Manga/jRPGs,
My computer wallpapers are all Anime/Manga/jRPG characters,
Absorb fantasy novels - LOTR, WoT, etc,
I'm reading DD (18 months) Star Wars as a bedtime story.

Can I stay? grin

massistar Wed 11-Jan-12 13:57:30

Think this may be my favourite ever MN thread!

I recognise so many traits here... I also love science fiction and fantasy books (currently on latest volume of A Song of Ice and Fire and am eking it out as I don't want to finish it too long before the next one comes out!)

I regularly correct historical inaccuracies in films. Eleanor of Aquitaine is my all time hero and I too have a crush on William Marshall.

I'm in IT, not that geeky on it's own but I regularly go out to schools to spread my love of science and engineering to young unsuspecting girls!

Vive la geek!

Sal1980 Wed 11-Jan-12 15:03:33

Hahahah this is a great thread!!!

I used to be very geeky but no so much now, this years poor weather ruined my veg patch and broke my heart.

Also watch Countryfile esp for the Weather for the week ahead. I LOVE weather, and climate studies, but I could honestly spend my time chasing storms, recreating weather or simulating storms.

I dont do any of this for a job, but I do have two of my own lab coats :-)

Becaroooo Wed 11-Jan-12 15:57:05

Massive Sci fi fan;
Star wars

ds1's middle name is Luke in honour of Luke Skywalker blush

I also love;
Tudor history
History of the papacy
Victorian/Edwardian Farm (watched A LOT by me and ds1)
Study humantities, specifically art history.

I am geek and PROUD grin

MooncupGoddess Wed 11-Jan-12 16:13:10

I love railways. I love maps. Particularly I love railway maps.

I can never resist correcting historical errors in popular culture.

I was once overhead at a party discussing the definition of the M4 measure of money supply with another friend. There was mockery.

ProgressivePatriot Wed 11-Jan-12 16:16:28

I'm obsessed with english folk music

I'm about to go into politics

TV wise I rarely watch anything but documentaries on physics on BBC4

Peetle Wed 11-Jan-12 16:44:45

With you on the telly, Progressive - though I add general science docs and anything space related. Our 4.5 year old twins are quite excited about rockets and the planets and I'm proud and supportive but wary of stifling an early interest with over enthusiasm.

Also a big 'plane nerd. If you are and have a smartphone (what nerd hasn't ?), get the Planefinder app - it shows you all the planes in your area and you can find out what they are. Last summer I was forever sitting in the garden, calling out things like "look, that's Lufthansa going from Frankfurt to JFK, it left 15 minutes late".

By the time I die I will probably have read all of Wikipedia.

SmileItsSunny Wed 11-Jan-12 16:47:54

I used to do cross-stitch (in my spare time) now I'm limited to listening (and enjoying) gardener's World on radio 4!

You called?grin

Anna1976 Wed 11-Jan-12 19:52:23

OMG. I totally love you all.

almost as much as I love geological maps, my Hilleberg Akto, my primus omnifuel, Fritjof Nansen, Douglas Mawson, Simon Russell Beale's Sacred Music TV series and everything David Attenborough has ever done but especially Frozen Planet.

CMOTDibbler Wed 11-Jan-12 20:02:40

Anna, I thought the only person who loved geological maps was my DH. We go on holiday, and he shows me geological items of interest.

Scuttlebutter - my best friend is a waste management consultant. She met her partner on a landfill site when he nearly ran her over with his JCB

nursenic Wed 11-Jan-12 20:11:29

Wow Scuttlebutter and CMOTDibbler's friend need to be introduced.

And can I come along with my 'allotment' diary complete with pages of diagrams and drawings of our compost heaps, leaf mould storage areas and comfrey liquid fertiliser watering systems?

butterfliesandladybirds Wed 11-Jan-12 20:18:36

Oh I adore maps, I could read them for hours. Love Tetris, preferably in the original format with the original russian folk music. I also love science fiction and LOTR and The Hobbit. I am a bird watching fan, too also would prefer radio 4 to most tv programmes ( though loving Big Bang Theory just now).

I am also a bit pedantic and love puns, to the annoyance of my family!

I love (and indeed perform in) G&S
I subscribe to 2 knitting magazines
I also enjoy crochet, patchwork, quilting, dressmaking, cross-stitch...
I know pretty much every episode of the X Files by name
My favourite things to iron along to are the Firth/Ehle Pride & Prejudice, Thompson/Winslet Sense & Sensibility and Star Trek Next Generation
I'm currently re-reading all the Harry Potters
I have long arguments with the creative manager of Classic FM about why the station never plays any of Sullivan's music
I can tell which episode of Tom & Jerry my daughter's watching from the music and sound effects alone. She is only allowed to watch the Hanna & Barbera ones.
I love jigsaws (just wish I could do one without the risk of DD2 eating the pieces)
I love solving sudoku problems with my FIL
I have a book of logic problems in my bedside drawer

That's probably enough to be going on with grin

singingmum Wed 11-Jan-12 20:19:33

My all time fav pressies over the years have been
star trek dvds/vhs
box full of books and sci-fi/fantasy books
a collection of the works of shakespeare thats very old and first pocket edition
a book called the metaphysics of star trek(sort of ironic title)
a writing pad and excellent branded pens
I am a nerd and a geek blush

Oh yes, and I adore Ruth Goodman and would love to do an Edwardian Farm type programme with her :D

Exogenesis Wed 11-Jan-12 20:27:02

I work in a library.
I love spreadsheets.
radio four is amazing.
radio surrey is also rather cool.
I get called a Geek at work all the time.
I love being a geek.
Geek is the new sexy. I care not what anyone says.

DazR Wed 11-Jan-12 20:29:50

Wife of a geek - he can't resist jigsaws, sudoku puzzles, number puzzles, crosswords - mathematical problems, computer programming, plus recording his physical prowess by using a satnav thingy when he goes running/cycling and then bores me silly showing me the route, stats, heart-rate, undulation, speed, calories burned etc. etc. etc. ...........
Unfortunately the genes seem to have been passed on to daughter - DD1 studying Mechanical Engineering, loves maths, physics and is home at present playing Mario on an old NES games console - also loves F1 racing (along with her dad).


inkyfingers Wed 11-Jan-12 20:44:09

I made marmalade on Sunday. So excited about it... blush

Carmenthebarman Wed 11-Jan-12 20:54:18

I am a geocacher.

I am a morris dancer.

I go to folk festivals.

I am 34 and love my life.

Buriedundernappies Wed 11-Jan-12 21:31:21

I play World of warcraft. I love playing it.
I can recite a fair few Buffy Episodes, and me and my brother regularly have conversations just using quotes from Buffy/Angel/Bones.
I'm an Eddie Stobart spotter too!
My DP also plays world of warcraft, warhammer and can take apart and build an entire PC. And can tell you what every little bit in the computer does.

Primrose123 Wed 11-Jan-12 22:07:32

I think I have found my soul mates in this thread!

I love jigsaws, sewing, maths especially algebra and calculus, making cakes, reading maps, putting flat pack furniture together, languages (I speak French and German), computer games, especially Zelda, killer sudoku, papercraft, digital scrapbooking and the Waltons. I have kept a diary every day for the last 20 years.

Oh, and I make lots of lists and tend to overplan things. DH thinks I'm mad - in a good way I hope!

LeQueen Wed 11-Jan-12 22:19:00

We stayed in a NT cottage a while back, and it had a brilliant NT ordanance survey map of the locality - with all the nice walks/pubs/views neatly written on it it pen.

DH thought this a brilliant idea, and is going to do something similar for our home area And, I quite agree with him - and have suggested we frame itblush

EauRouge Wed 11-Jan-12 22:27:51

Hail, fellow geeks.

Anyone who has ventured into the fishnet topic of MN (yes, there is one) will know all about my geeky obsession with aquarium fish.

I am also geeky about motor racing and if you figured that out from my username then you probably are too grin

CMOTDibbler - that's so exciting! Like me she probably gets hugely excited about waste analyses (where you wade through tonnes of waste sampling its different constituents) or modelling waste arisings. And how romantic to meet her DH at work. No woman can be resisted in her rigger boots, hiviz jacket and hard hat - I am a goddess in mine. grin

And did I mention that I used to give compost clinics where I'd talk to people about carbon/nitrogen ratios until they fell asleep?

EricNorthmansFangBanger Thu 12-Jan-12 00:44:57

I am a World of Warcraft convert and may now even be a bit of an addict blush
I would choose reading a book over going on a night out
I love puzzles and mysteries
I am a massive Severus Snape Harry Potter Fan
I love watching Bones, CSI and Criminal Minds
I am coming more and more geekier every day thanks to my even geekier husband grin

EricNorthmansFangBanger Thu 12-Jan-12 00:45:42

That should say becoming, not coming blush

Oubliette0292 Thu 12-Jan-12 00:59:52

I'm currently reading 'The Annotated European Patent Convention' and I love killer sudoku and knitting.

liveinazoo Thu 12-Jan-12 06:01:27

may i sidle in?
i love countdown/only connect/university challenge
i knit and crochet
love a good jigsaw(agree it has to be a photo.partial to cottages too)
musicals-esp rogers and hammerstein
freaking teen dd playing metallica/aerosmith guitar hero on wii
sudoku and crosswords(except cryptic)
reading cookery books
extensive recipe collection,mainly loving taken from mags etc and placed in plastic wallets abd filed in a4 binders

PrancingPony Thu 12-Jan-12 06:09:28

I spent yesterday evening cutting recipes out of my pile of good food magazines and sticking them into a scrap book with a proper pritstick and everything. Was feeling very proud of myself for being so organised until dp walked in and said it was the saddest thing he had ever seen.

liveinazoo Thu 12-Jan-12 06:13:58

oh prancing pony i feel your pain.<sighs contentedly at you and wanders of,no longer a lonely soul in the nerdy plains of the universe>

I keep my recipes in a flip photo album, so I don't need glue, I can flick through them easily, and the plastic photo sleeves protect the recipes from spillssmile

gazzalw Thu 12-Jan-12 07:09:38

Yes, think we have turned into the type of geeky family that I would have derided in younger years:

Lord of the Rings fans
Watch every episode of Dr Who and DW knows more about it than the DCs...
We have lots of computers
DS and DD are mega into their Lego
I like Pink Floyd
I do all the DCs 500-1000 piece jigsaw puzzles that they can't be bothered to do...
Using the word 'mega'
DW is keen on tapestries and cross-stitch....
Oh and we love watching University Challenge!

Oh dear, no marks in this house for being cool

Carmenthebarman Thu 12-Jan-12 08:27:08

Oh I forgot one... I love steam trains. Have been known to stand in the rain and cold waiting for one to pass under a local bridge.

LeQueen Thu 12-Jan-12 09:10:25

Prancing Oh, I feel your pain. We bought the DDs scrapbooks for Xmas, and they've spent many a contented hour sticking stuff in I've looked on enviously envy

Was in Paperchase at the weekend, drooling over one for me, while DH looked on in horror (and this is the guy who annotated his copy of 'The Complete Guide to Middle Earth' when he felt it hadn't gone into enough detail hmm )

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 09:16:44


Your DD sounds magnificent! A true woman-to-be of our times and antidote to the orange hair extended brigade.

Spent a wonderful time a few nights ago talking to a young woman (mid twenties) who had finished her masters in experimental psychology and was commencing a PHD looking into neuroplasticity. A real rocking role model.

I crochet
I have a sound knowledge of the healing properties of most herbs
An alphaebtised aromatherapy box
Love jigsaws
I adore cookery books
My copies of delicious magazine some of which are 7 yrs old are in date order on a shelf and I cannot bear to part with them.
Huge computer game fan. Skyrim anyone?

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 09:23:38

Scuttlebutter my (and DH's) will not be complete until we have been to a compost clinic....sigh

As for your work gear....I have to be very careful in the vicinity of our allotment shed packing away the equipment when DH is around. He does so love an earth covered woman....

liveinazoo I have every copy of US 'Gourmet' and 'Bon Appetit' magazine from 2002 until a year and a half or so ago-'Gourmet' sadly no longer printed. I have them all catalogued and sticky strips indicating my favourite recipes. Have also compiled recipe/cooking books for each of our blended 5 children. Each one contains all the basic recipes, techniques, weight charts, nutritional stuff plus economy shopping guides, info on local eating (in respective uni towns)....I could happily go on...

LOVE , love love, this thread, i will be sharing it with Geeky DD1 later she'll love it too, we'll feel right at home! grin

Harry Potter
Doctor Who
Star Trek

to name but a few.....

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 10:07:02

My DH thinks you are all wonderful BTW after I asked him to read this thread. He adores clever, interesting women.

LeQueen Thu 12-Jan-12 10:16:47

It looks like our DDs have inhertited our geeky traits. Both love tapestry and scrap books, and DD2's favourite program is Newsround, and she likes to sit and watch the 6 O'clock news with DH. DD1 spends hours in the garden perfecting her overarm bowling technique (she plays for a local cricket team).

They've been begging for DH to teach them golf, so he's taking them to get their clubs this weekend, and they are beside themselves with excitement. They've seen the little tartan golf tank-tops they want to wear, and the knee high socks smile

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 10:20:46

That is adorable, LeQueen.

cumbria81 Thu 12-Jan-12 10:22:21

I am obsessed with cycling. I think about cycling ALL THE TIME. I dream about bikes. I look at sprockets on the internet. I bore on and on and on about bikes until the other person has fallen into a coma.

LeQueen Thu 12-Jan-12 10:30:14

Nursenic I will be taking photos of them of course, in their golf regalia, just so I can torture them with them when they're achingly too cool for school teenagers...except I don't think they're going to be somehow grin

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 10:33:33


Long may they not care what others think regarding what they wear and enjoy doing.

Geeks are cool.

LeQueen Thu 12-Jan-12 10:38:48

I'm sure they'll get teased for loving tapestry (starting them on knitting soon) and golf...but I'm very happy for them to be doing these things, there's much worse stuff they could get involved in...

swangirl Thu 12-Jan-12 10:39:35

I love watching pro wrestling The Undertaker is my favourite Kane is cool and I think C.M. Punk is sexy.
I play table top D&D
I love Star Trek TNG
I like Doctor Who
I listen to Radio 4
I like CSI, NCSI, QI and Mock the Week
I like computer games
I love the PS3
I enjoy reading most Agatha Christie books except miss Marple
Its nice to know I am not alone in being a geek

EqualStevens Thu 12-Jan-12 10:49:43

DD1 has one poster of the French rugby team and 8 posters conjugating irregular verbs in French and Spanish. I love that she's wordy like me.

DD2 and DS are sciencey like DP - whenever I need malt vinegar and/or bicarb I check their room before the cupboard because they'll likely be being used in an experiment in progress.

Matronalia Thu 12-Jan-12 10:56:56

DD (6) raced into school this morning after chivvying us all out of the house ten minutes earlier than usual.

The reason?

We got a letter home from school yesterday about a new science club which was offering places on a first come first served basis.

She was the first to get her form in grin.

She does maths workbooks for fun.

She took in pictures of her daddy in the instrument hall of this place for show and tell in school last year.

She also loves Star Wars and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of female Jedi and a passion for K9 and Doctor Who.

She loves reading, words/language and history.

I'm so proud grin

KurriKurri Thu 12-Jan-12 11:00:12

All this talk of maps reminds me that my parents had this Reader's Digest Atlas when I was a child - I loved it, It was enormous - my dad would put it up on the table for me to browse through. And joy of joys IIRC it also had maps of the moon in it!

Also, - I lost my Dad fairly recently, and when we were sorting through his study we came across his collection of Ordinance Survey maps from the 1940's [not to mention every copy of Scientific American printed in the 1960's]. He was a physicist like several people on this thread - bless his heart smile

AbsofCroissant Thu 12-Jan-12 11:03:35

I reached a new level of Geekdom yesterday, which was bad, even for me.

About three weeks ago, I was talking to someone who, in retrospect, has probably been permanently stoned for about 15 years, so not the most reliable. Anyways, during our conversation this person said that Tobago is a third world country "but we're coming up for review in 2020, and hopefully we will no longer had third world status". I was all "that doesn't sound right" and spent three weeks wondering about this. Last night, I checked on google (I finally remembered to do it) and was all " I KNEW it" and gave DP a long lecture about how the terms first, second and third world originated in the 1970s to describe the Capitalist/Communist divisions and you can't be "reviewed" to get out of third world status, as it's an informal term. Possibly stoned dude was referring to an OECD review. I LAWYERED stoned dudes ass.

DP was hmm

FourThousandHoles Thu 12-Jan-12 11:03:58

maps being cool - tick - i taught dd1 (7) how to read a tube map when we were in london at the weekend and now she's hooked too.

scifi/fantasy/elves/magic/swords - tick

science geek - tick - almost wet myself with excitement on seeing watson & crick's model of dna in the science museum last weekend. the actual model they actually made their actual selves.

usually welded to a computer - tick

knitting/crochet etc - tick

AbsofCroissant Thu 12-Jan-12 11:04:49

I was also too embarassed to tell my colleague that I know that 40% of Russia is covered in birch forest because, on Friday evening, I spent a happy hour reading an atlas.


nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 11:13:13


You are like me. I am nitpicking over certain things..

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 11:13:47

Not that i am saying what you did was nitpicking, Abs.

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 11:14:45


A perfect geek legacy from father to daughter.

ragged Thu 12-Jan-12 11:20:21

Crocheting was very big when I was a teenager, actually, a lot of us were keen on it!

Age ~13-17 I had a monthly subscription to a puzzles magazine: wordsearches, crosswords, number games, all that. I still think Sudoku is very obvious & nothing new.

I started programming in 1982 (age 15)

I first got on the Internet in 1987; Good ol BBSs. That's when I started hanging out with Geeks, but I know I don't merit that title at all. Just not geeky enough.

I have Butterfly map, Peters projection map, Transverse Mercator map and a Hobo-Dyer South-at-top equal area map (custom-made, cost me $200) map adorning walls of my home (I can tell you what those words mean, too).

In my 20s I made Cross-stitch things as gifts for friends & colleagues (science dept. at Uni), and bemoaned my lack of time to take up Morris Dancing.

I'm just learning to do Patchwork, the youngest by about 15 years in the class.

I can do very basic bike maintenance which flabberghasts all the other schoolgate mummies "I wouldn't have a clue!" sad

Maid of Honour from my wedding trumps you all, though. She did GM before anybody knew what GM was, programmes for a MMORPG for a living, carries spanners with her at all times & dressed up as a Darlek for last Halloween. Works in a male-dominated industry & gloats about the non-existent queues for the Ladies toilets at conferences.

dreamalittle Thu 12-Jan-12 11:21:55

I have an engineering degree.

I used to watch OU programmes when I was a child.

I love a good factory production line - my favourite bit of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' was always the opening titles, and I genuinely enjoyed visiting the Keswick Pencil Museum.

I stare longingly at the jigsaws in WHSmith/charity shops, and wish I had the time and space to get stuck in to a good 1000-piecer.

I love Only Connect (and indeed all of BBC4), and would like Victoria Coren to be my BFF.

AbsofCroissant Thu 12-Jan-12 11:32:10

Oh, I was nitpicking. I know I was.

bilblio Thu 12-Jan-12 13:24:10

Love jigsaws
Have built my own PC (then found a stick to turn it on with Just In Case.) grin
Love Joss Whedon
Can code HTML & CSS
Have a huge stack of D&D books and can't wait till the kids are old enough to have family games.
Take crochet projects to the pub
Have 2 Spinning Wheels
Love maps. We've just recovered the belongings from our car that was stolen at Christmas. I'm very pleased they left my annotated Anglesey map in the glove box.

And lastly, the one my computer geek friends say even out geeks them.... I still use Telnet chat groups

bilblio Thu 12-Jan-12 13:25:58

Oh, and my 12 week old DS is currently wearing a "Newbie" vest grin I'll put a pic on my profile.

KurriKurri Thu 12-Jan-12 14:07:45

Aw - cute in his vest (love his big bobbled hat too grin) - gorgeous kids, - gorgeous names [smiles]

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 20:53:12

He is gorgeous, Biblio.

spiderslegs Thu 12-Jan-12 21:43:26

I only buy DS large Star Wars Lego sets so I can do them for him help.

I set myself a project last Christmas of reading the entire Science Fiction Masterworks series, I have nearly completed my project.

DH & I are going to an AI conference in San-Francisco next year.

DH is a software developer, DF is a Cosmologist, the most fun the three of us have after a family supper (everyone else clears off for some reason) is to strap DF's blood pressure monitor on & take it in turns to give the wearer an entry from the encyclopedia or dictionary to describe - the winner is the one who maintains the lowest BP & heart-rate whilst either being completely correct or emphatically bull-shitting (I tend to get more excited WHEN I KNOW I'M RIGHT). (Scoring is not an exact science however).

I sat down with a pack of cards over Christmas to work out how many combinations of hands were possible in a game of Texas Hold 'em (it was a lot).

I do however look completely normal.

fuzzpig Thu 12-Jan-12 21:46:45

I bought a classical music compilation (100 tracks) for a car trip with my parents, specifically so we could avoid the god-awful plays they have on radio 3 of an evening we could play a guessing game to see who could guess the title/composer!

Despite being classical music nuts we did quite badly though blush

TreacleSoda Thu 12-Jan-12 21:55:32

I am rarely happier than when cataloguing and ordering things.

I recently spent several days devising a filing system and cataloguing my elderly father's digital photos on his computer, as he had managed to save many of them several times over. It was unbelievably satisfying.

Also a fan of lists, and naturally, spreadsheets.

I would truly rather organise things in my pyjamas than go out for the night. The 20 year old me would have recoiled in horror at the 36 year old me.....!

DreamsOfSteam Thu 12-Jan-12 22:00:12

I know more about steam engines than a 28 year old girl ever should.

FayKnights Thu 12-Jan-12 22:19:32

I love playing point and click games on the Ipad, the ones where you have to find hidden objects and solve puzzles. I also secretly play Harry Potter Lego on the DS and last but not least I love downloading library books onto my EReader.
My name is FayKnights and I am a geek.

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 22:21:23

How did you come up with the idea for your parlour/after dinner game, Spiderslegs?

I really need to know the thought processes involved.

I think you are a really strong contender, BTW.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Thu 12-Jan-12 22:24:24

Oh. Now I need a necklace with my name in amino acids. Damn.

fuzzpig Thu 12-Jan-12 22:27:17

I have over 500 apps on my iPhone blush mostly logic puzzles. I do need to weed a lot out though.

I can solve a Rubik's cube in 2 minutes. Not only that, but I solve it at least ten times a day.

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 12-Jan-12 22:37:39

I love you lot!

Love jigsaws but no time/space to do them (feel a purchase of a jigroll coming on)
I love Terry Pratchett and Robin Hobb (although the one about the soldiers was pants hence why I cannot remember its name) and if the book has elves, swords and magic in I'll probably love it.
I used to knit, I love to do Batik and I am teaching myself to crochet.
I once phoned OH from a carpark so he could listen to the sound of a car engine as it was a bit Phwoaar!
My 'thing' is religions, I am currently reading lots about Judaism.....
I go to church and I like to sing.
Felt tips and coloured pencils should always be arranged in colour order......
Our Honeymoon was to St Nazaire so that we could visit the submarine pens.....
If I had the money I would wear dresses akin to an imaginary medieval princess.....

neverputasockinatoaster Thu 12-Jan-12 22:42:32

Forgot to say that I endured years of torment at school for finding Shakespeare funny. As in laugh out loud funny. As in jumper stuffed in mouth so that awful bully who said I looked like a womble wouldn't hear me and add it to the ammunition he already had to make my life miserable.

I forgot, as well as the cube obsession, I run my computer on Ubuntu, and DS's computer too.

I can take apart and fix my washing machine when it breaks.

I have lots of stationary. And all coloured pencils and felt tips are arranged by colour order. According to the rainbow.

Not nerdy, just obsessive, but all my books and CDs are arranged by colour order too, because it looks nice.

spiderslegs Thu 12-Jan-12 22:51:07

Nursenic, we had wine, we had a blood pressure monitor, we had reference material, we had exhausted the 'it's just words though, what does it actually mean' game (another favourite), it was a natural progression...

spiderslegs Thu 12-Jan-12 22:52:33

Overmy you know it's wrong to order your books by spine-shade don't you?

nursenic Thu 12-Jan-12 22:54:49

Respect, Spiderslegs to the owners of minds/brains which can devise such an excellent after dinner game. Total respect.

bilblio Thu 12-Jan-12 23:09:11

overmy I'd love to order my books by spine colour but DH has forbidden it. sad
I also love a good spreadsheet.
Used to morris dance and really want to take it up again.
Went to a folk festival for my honeymoon, and stayed in a tipi. grin
Also love musicals which I've passed on to 4yo DD. She'll often be caught singing "meet me in St Louis"

DD1 is (as I mentioned) a geek & spent a happy hour reading this thread and chortling with delight.

Her favourite apparel at the moment is a rainbow coloured jacket with a fleece lining & a hood. Her BF nicknamed it her "Happy Dementor Coat", I shall try & post a piccie tomorrow.

Her happiness was complete when DD2 reported back that when they were walking to the bus this week 2 midget (Y7's-boys) were overheard to say

"see that girl in the stripy jacket-she's on our bus.She's well weird just sits there knitting " grin

That's my girl, proud to be different, my job is done!

spiderslegs Thu 12-Jan-12 23:31:42

Thank you nursenic as you probably have access to the equipment, I invite you to try it, you won't regret it.

Snapespeare Fri 13-Jan-12 09:17:32

bilblio 12 year old DS2 has just discovered 'meet me in st Louie' and has also perfected the 'all i do the whole day through, is dream of you' song and dance routine from 'singin' in the rain'

I love how our geeky bits are passed through generations ( He knits as well...and loves classic doctor who, he knows more than me, his knowledge is encyclopedic!)

nursenic Fri 13-Jan-12 09:29:11

I do have the equipment and lots more! Will try your game out and get back to you, Spiderslegs. What a great combination of mind enrichment and fun! You should think of a name for your game...

stubbornstains Fri 13-Jan-12 13:18:50

Spiderslegs: What about attaching yourself to the BP monitor and then shouting out all the answers on University Challenge?

Oh yes spiderlegs, I know it's wrong to many people, on many levels, but I don't care, as it looks pretty.

I have just spent the last hour re-organising all the cds so they are in colour order too. My friday night is complete.

I spent today reclassifying and reshelving all the non fiction books, and arranging all the fiction alphabetically (ours and the childrens), to take account of all the books we got at Christmas.
I keep looking at the shelves and feeling proud!

Tee2072 Sat 14-Jan-12 16:43:50

I haven't read the whole thread but droves it's Klingon, not clingon.

And Littlepurpleprincess comic book is the correct term for the individual issues, Graphic Novel is all of them bound together in one book. Although technically they are graphic trade paperbacks.

Also, once had this conversation in a meeting (I worked for a large business park management company)

Facilities Manager: What shall we call the new canteen?
Me: Bob.

If you don't get that? You aren't truly a scifi geek. <gavel>

I also do jigsaws, watch all scifi, love libraries and own nearly 2,000 books, although they are not currently classified or filed because we just moved and I am still sorting them out.

Tee sort the books out, it feels good to see them sitting there on the shelves in the right order <looks proudly at lovely ordered shelves>

Tee2072 Sat 14-Jan-12 17:09:06

My goal is by the end of January, inmysparetime!

fuzzpig Sat 14-Jan-12 17:16:46

I got really excited the other day in a supermarket when I saw a "nerd gift card"

I was imagining all the geeky things one could buy with it.

Until I realised it was actually a Cafe NERO gift card blush

alistron1 Sat 14-Jan-12 17:37:44

Crosswords - tick
Completism - tick ( I collect ladybird books and chalet school books)
Anne of Green Gables - tick (have got all of the Anne books inc. rainbow valley and rilla of ingleside)
I am a massive Doors fan and know EVERYTHING about Jim Morrison and can talk at length about them/him to anyone at any time.
I am a weather geek and model watcher. I know my GFS from my ECM.
I am obsessed with helicopters and know what kind of helicopter is flying over me just by the sound of it.
We have squillions of books, and one shelf is dedicated to my Stephen King library and another to my patricia cornwell collection. We have 5 sets of shelves overflowing with books.

The dewey decimal idea is calling to me. I know what I'm doing tomorrow.

DP is a physicist by degree, when he was a teen he used to solve the rubiks cube in a local toy shop and people used to come and watch him. He can speed cube as can DD1 (he has just disputed this fact because he can't solve it in 30 seconds - he can do it in less than a minute though). He has watched every episode of the twilight zone ever made. He wants to build a steam engine.

Our home computer runs ubuntu.

And to top it off, my youngest son wants to spend his eighth birthday in a few weeks time riding the Number 11 bus route. if you are a brummie you will know that this is a 'famous' bus route grin

PigeonPie Sat 14-Jan-12 20:37:38

Gosh, I've finally got to the end as I've had no time over the last few days (and won't have MN on my work laptop or I'll not get any work done!). I think I should join.

Both DH and I do so many of these things, although he's not too keen on jigsaws, but I think that's because he hurts his back doing them!

I have probably forgotten more about ecclesiastical embroidery than most people are even remotely interested in. I'm not able to do gold work (yet), but it's something I'd like to do in the next few years. I cross stitch, sew clothes (when I have time), and do wool work - it's NOT tapestry - that's woven. So sorry all of you previously who do tapestry, you don't smile

I'm also a pedant!

I'm reading The Etymologicon on my Kindle. We both enjoy University Challenge and Only Connect and know that we also can't ring my parents then as they'll be watching too.

I have a large stationery cupboard at home with lots of labelled boxes of things from fountain pen ink, to cables, to 'things that stick'.

I have probably killed the thread smile

nursenic Sun 15-Jan-12 11:58:34


There was a book about the Doors' lyrics reviewed in yesterdays papers (either Guardian review or the Times). The author says something haunting in his comments about 'The End' and 'LA Woman' when he says that the lyrics kind of 'retrospectively' predict the Manson events via the 'climate' in LA and the darkness of the times....Think it's 'The Doors' by Greil Marcus.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 17-Jan-12 11:20:42

HOW is this thread not in Classics?

Salteena Tue 17-Jan-12 14:05:11

grin at fuzzpig

Winetta Wed 18-Jan-12 04:06:03

I love books, card games, word games, politics, planes, language and anything to do with Ancient Greece and Rome.

But my biggest obsession would have to be ... cricket.

Great thread, OP: loving us all getting our geek on!

mummy2maisie Wed 18-Jan-12 06:14:36

I do embroidery most nights after lo has gone to bed as it helps me relax.
I've given knitting a go a few times as well.
I wouldnt mind having a go at one of those rug making kits at some point too.

mummy2maisie Wed 18-Jan-12 06:15:14

Love a game of scrabble too.

mumwithdice Thu 19-Jan-12 19:08:57

I play D&D and Pathfinder hence username

I have a massive crush on Henry II.

I own pretty much the whole L.M. Montgomery ouevre (sp?).

I fancied Lt. Cmdr. Data when pregnant and am extremely envious of the poster who met Gates McFadden and Michael Dorn.

Geek fact: Gates McFadden was the choreographer for many of the dances in Labyrinth.

Cupawoman Thu 19-Jan-12 19:16:24

DH is a massive music nerd - lots of people are I know - but he really is. Everything in alphabetical order, six versions of the same song, etc. I, myself, have always loved baking, gardening and reading. Not unusual in my 40s but I loved these things in my early 20s too blush. I also found education in my early 20s so after 5 years or so clubbing, spent Saturday nights in revising and writing essays alongside knitting, baking and gardening. I think in my head I've always been old grin

droves Fri 20-Jan-12 21:12:57

TEE ..... blush , i know , my spelling is awful isnt it ? .

<reapeats x 100 K l I N G O N>

Spirael Tue 24-Jan-12 15:57:09

But which version of D&D, mumwithdice? grin Original? AD&D? 3/3.5/4? I'm more of a roll and keep fan myself, but I do love a good dungeon bash now and then!

wizbitwaffle Tue 24-Jan-12 16:48:53

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wizbitwaffle Tue 24-Jan-12 16:50:47

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I have achieved ultimate nerd-domsmile
On a thread about bizarre knowledge, I was accused of setting up sock puppets as "nobody knows that much". What's more, my alleged puppet is my RL friendgrin. I called her "sooty" when I saw her the next day.

Facelikeafriendlyapple Mon 03-Dec-12 10:38:47

I know this thread has been inactive for months but this is, without doubt, one of my favorite threads on MN ever. Just reading it makes me feel happy.

I offer up that I am quite obsessed - obsessed I tell you - with Desert Island Discs. So soothing! Does that count as geeky?

Eliza22 Sun 27-Jan-13 14:41:11

I yearn for the return of the liberty bodice I wore as a child. A bit like a vest but not a vest IYKWIM.

I like peace and quiet in a way I couldn't tolerate 20 years ago but then.....I am OLD!!

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