The Nerd as Hero?

 A brief look at the 'The Nerd Series' of books by Vicki Lewis Thompson that feature nerdish heroes.

A frequent complaint from women is that there are no screen roles for the older lady. There might be an element of truth to that if you neglect actresses like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, and Judi Dench (who, at 74, goes to-to-toe with James Bond). Another neglected demographic is geeks. Pretty much any man in a geeky role is played for laughs. If he is an accountant he will be played as meek and simpering. If he is a computer or engineering type he will be played as a misfit who is socially incompetent. You can be fairly sure the role will not be heroic.

Far worse, from a nerd hero perspective, you would imagine are romance novels. You know those books whose cover features longhaired beauties falling into the arms of buff heroes. If cinema will not feature geeky heroes what hope is there for romance novels?

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is there a romance novel with a nerd hero but an entire series. Yes, an entire series. [… more]

Geeky Guys and Party Girls

 Geeky Guys and Party Girls: The differences between male and female bloggers from a Myers-Briggs perspective.
This article is part of an ad-hoc collection of pieces based on Myers-Briggs temperament typing. At some point I may try and tie them all together into something more coherent. All these articles are filed under Types

Here is a stereotype for you: A guy with a blog is a geek while a girl with a blog is cool. As often happens, the stereotype has some truth. Don’t you hate it when that happens? [… more]

Does Character Still Count?

 Does Character Still Count? A discussion of character and ethics in the modern world.

Merriam Webster describes character as Sense 6: moral excellence and firmness [a man of sound character] I would describe it with the old adage: “Doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”

We live in a world that is ever more electronically connected yet personally disconnected. A world where we make deals over the telephone or by e-mail. A world where we may be no more than a price on a screen. A world where people increasingly come together for a single project and then disband to the far corners of the earth.

In such a world does that thing called character still count?  [… more]

Auto Smilies are Evil


I love conveniences, all those little things that make my life easier. But conveniences are like a big friendly dog in that sometimes they will bite. They do not meant to hurt you, but they end up doing just that. [… more]

Exercise for Philosopher Geeks (Really)

 A simple exercise routine loosely based on Paleo principles.

Just because I am a blogger does not mean that I fear exercise (well maybe a little).  A healthy body is as useful as a healthy mind. Indeed there are strong links between physical fitness and a healthy brain.

Being a geek I want the most efficient routine possible. If the particular routine has some theory behind it so much the better. The routine is based on evolutionary theory (way cool right now) and takes about 40 minutes once or twice a week. That does not include 5 to 20 minutes each day for walking. This routine is not just for geeks (or philosophers), it should be simple for you to create your own version. [… more]

Happy Tax Day

 Happy Tax Day: A Mild Rant About Taxation

Today is the day when we count up our tribute to our master. Today is the day when we get a glimpse at just how much of or life is given over to feeding the beast. [… more]

This Blog Sucks


All things start with great hopes and dreams and that includes this blog. So far I cannot say I am very happy. If it were not my blog, I don’t know that I would bother reading it. Indeed, it is neither very philosophical nor particularly geeky. Maybe I should rename it Boring Nerd.

It is not in my nature to give up to easily, so I will keep trying. Perhaps I will eventually find my blogging voice but for now this blog sucks.

Sadly, this is probably the most worthwhile entry yet.


File this entry under “things I already knew.”

“Blogging Voice” – This is exactly what I was talking about. I mean, who writes this stuff?

Sensors and Intuitors

 The Difference Between Sensors and Intuitives in Myers-Briggs and Jungian Typing
This article is part of an ad-hoc collection of pieces based on Myers-Briggs temperament typing. At some point I may try and tie them all together into something more coherent. All these articles are filed under Types

These two terms describe how a person takes in information from the world. In Jungian terms this is the “perceiving” function. In Myers-Briggs typing, this is the second letter of the four-letter type (Sensor or iNtuitor). [… more]

When Metaphors Attack

 When Metaphors Attack: Bad Corporate Information Dashboard Design
I found the (old) link listed below in my bookmarks. It was filed under “humor.”

The idea of a management dashboard is a useful metaphor.  A dashboard gives you a quick overview of your car’s systems. It alerts you to areas that might need your attention. A management “dashboard” should also give you a quick overview of the enterprise and alert you to areas that might need attention.

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A Small Step Towards Happiness

 Turn Off Your Television, TV Makes You Unhappy

What if I told you there was one thing you could do to increase your happiness? What if I told you it required little effort and little cost? Would you be interested? [… more]