“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Old Kingon Proverb.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my very first entry in the already overcrowded series of tubes that is the blogosphere. And thanks again to Kim for letting me share her piece of cyberspace pie that is Nergasmx/Skeptigirl. I hope to live up to her expectations and hopefully entertain or enlighten you folks with my various witty observations and/or serious commentaries.
I share many things with Kim: Food, an apartment, a life. I also share her passionate stance on subjects like the separation of church and state, anti-intellectualism in the media and the discrimination of atheists by mainstream society. In addition, we both share a fondness for video games, science fiction, cartoons and comics. Hopefully Nerdgasmx can provide a small portion of comic relief from the more serious topics devoted to Skeptigirl (to which I may also feel inclined to add from time to time).
As a means of getting to know me better and making a good first impression (sometimes those two are mutually exclusive!), I thought an appropriate topic would be a 581 part series about famous nerds you should respect. People like to say nerds do get a lot of respect these days but we all know we still get made fun of. Hopefully this series will serve to make us all more proud to be nerds!
For the purposes of this series, the following definition of “nerd” will be used. Anyone fitting this definition can be included on this list.
Etymology: perhaps from nerd, a creature in the children’s book If I Ran the Zoo (1950) by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person ; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits
Source: the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
First up, Batman/Bruce Wayne.
Oh yes that’s right. Batman is a huge nerd. Yeah he’s a big, tough, invincible ninja but think about it:
While he is never depicted as unattractive he does run around in tights and a cape which is pretty unstylish. Socially inept also gets a huge check in the box since he never has time to have a real relationship beyond his “ward”, Robin. He is pretty much a psychological mess of a human and doesn’t seem to be interested in the opposite sex in any way. As for the slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits, consider the following:
Computers/Gadgets: As a rule, nerds tend to want to have the most powerful computers on the marketplace and tend to be very skilled with them. Well nothing tops Batman’s computer. (Maybe the Star Trek computer… but I’ll discuss that at a later date). He’s been seen hacking huge databases within about 20 seconds, manipulating encrypted sites, and generally proving to be an expert in all things computers. He’s also pretty dependent on them which is a typical nerd quality. Granted he has Lucius Fox to head up the development of his gadgets but using them/repairing them still requires some kind of devotion to nerd pursuits.
Scientist: “Batman is a scientist.” – Homer Simpson. What’s nerdier than being a scientist? Science = nerd in almost everyone’s mind. I don’t care how many times you can wrestle Killer Croc to the ground, if you are good at chemistry you are a nerd. And Batman is damn good at chemistry.
Genius level IQ: Consider that one of his main enemies is The Riddler whose only real “power” that makes him dangerous is his impressive mental acumen. Unfortunately for Riddler, he set up his base of operations in a city protected by the smartest person in the world. Batman consistently foils the most complicated schemes with good old fashioned smarts. You don’t get that smart overnight. He must have had some impressive learnin’ in between sparring sessions!
So there you have it. Definitive proof that not all nerds are weak or timid like people think. I hope to bring you more examples of respectful nerds in the future but I think Batman serves as a pretty good example of a nerd that has reached respected or even “cool” status while still fitting the definition above.
Hope you like my first article!! Thanks for reading!