Friday, August 18, 2006

Bellarossa Interviews Me

Bellarossa was kind enough to include me for her most fascinating “Interview With Bloggers” project. (if there’s a theme, we seem to all be nerds or at least a bit off center. What a shock :}) Bella’s own page is in turns funny, thoughtful, personal and is always well-produced. She also keeps a Chicago comedy updates page at the Bastion.(the graphic at the top here)

by the way, the bike trip was from Los Angeles to New York. Also the most gratifying experience I may have had as a blogger may have been getting a note from a woman whose daughter had passed away who asked to link one of my posts on her daughter's tribute page.



At 8/20/2006 03:38:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Who you calling nerd, nerd? Okay, I'm a nerd.

At 8/20/2006 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

lol.....I think the people online who aren't "nerds" hang out at MYSpace and facebook where there's less to read.

At 8/20/2006 05:41:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

It takes a lot of effort collecting friends on MySpace. Be nice to them.

At 8/21/2006 01:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Datasegment Dict:

[The word itself appears to derive from the lines "And then, just to
show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And Bring Back an It-Kutch, a Preep
and a Proo, / A Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker, too!" in the Dr.
Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo (1950).]

///At least I'm not a nerkle!

At 8/21/2006 07:51:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Being a Nerd is a good thing. Without nerds, there'd be no internet.

At 8/21/2006 10:44:00 AM, Blogger Elizabeth McQuern said...

Oh, my gawd. Bloggers are nerds?!?!

If bloggers are nerds, and I'm a blogger who also interviews other bloggers, what does that make me?

Exalted Chronicler of the Nerds? She Who Walks Among the Nerds? Chief Nerd Facilitor? She Who Lives In Denial of Her Nerdery?

At 8/21/2006 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

How about it makes you someone with an interesting project who also happens to be able to laugh at herself?

At 8/22/2006 08:25:00 PM, Blogger Elizabeth McQuern said...

Okay, I'll go with that. Although, hey, what about The Nerd Whisperer? Stop me now...I could go on like this forever.

At 8/22/2006 09:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bella rossa, Embrace your Inner Nerd and you will pass from endarkenment to de light . . .

At 8/23/2006 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

I guess this raises the whole question of what a "nerd" is anyway. I think the "non-nerd" population has seized the dialogue in this area.

They characterize nerds as
1) socially inappropriate
2) ineffective
3) unlikely to attract friends on Myspace who have more than 3 buddies.
4) bad dressers

I think nerds would understand themselves as

1) people who are unwilling to do things simply in order to fit in and who tend to be suspicious of the latter as a motive for doing anything.

2)Much smarter than non-nerds. (probably not politically correct given that the non-nerds are in the majority, but you have to call it what it is)

3)Individuals who are much more discriminating socially and far less superficial than the norm

4) unlikely to spend large parts of our day trying to make ourselves look exactly like people on MTV reality shows.
A large percentage of the nerd population is physically attractive by any standard though, contrary to the attempt by the "fit in" types who have nothing else to value about themselves to characterize "nerdia" as some kind of fashion hell.


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