Monday, July 11, 2011

Talk Nerdy to Me

I saw a bumper sticker one time that said "Talk Nerdy to Me". I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreeance.

I love, really really love- listening to geek speak, or nerd talk, or whatever you want to call it. The only thing I ask is that people talk about their nerdy stuff naturally, like they're not even trying to sound smart, there's just no other way to explain than to speak that way. It ruins it when I feel like someone is trying to impress me or sounds condescending when they know/think that I have little to no idea of what they are talking about.

To better illustrate my deep and inexplicable love of nerd talk, I'll first provide a graphical respresentation, then I'll provide a couple of examples. I love using examples.
  • Example 1: On Saturday it was my roommate's birthday, and we had a little shindig to celebrate her __ years of life (details omitted to protect the innocent). She had a couple of friends come over that I hadn't met before, and somehow conversation moved to the topic of different forms of energy and how they work, why they're great, or bad, and all sorts of things. I was a giddy little fly on the wall listening to these guys jabber on and on about things that I knew close to nothing about. They were simply talking about what they are passionate about, and interested in, and could talk forever about it. It wasn't boring in the least- I was riveted, and so impressed. 
  • Example 2: I work in sales, and I sell software. This means that I know enough techy lingo to satisfy most IT guys, but sometimes I need to call in the big dogs (whom I affectionately refer to them as the nerd herd) to answer some deeper technical questions. Tech talk is probably my favorite kind of conversation to listen to or (try to) be a part of. For one client recently, I was lucky enough to sit in on a conference call with about four programmers, one of which had an Australian accent (I was d-y-i-n-g). These guys were throwing around words like authenticate and interface and acronyms like SQL and php and API and a slew of others terms that I have no idea what the translations would be. I literally had a huge grin on my face the entire conference call. I was on mute for the most part because, let's face it, a bunch of programmers don't need smooth talking, so I just got to sit and listen. I think I even caught myself giggling with enjoyment at one point. Man I'm so weird. 
I have no idea what that geeky Australian man looked like, but this is what I was envisioning to be on the other side of that phone line:
If you're thinking "Oo la la", you are correct. Crikey!

In both of these cases, I felt like I was getting the privilege of observing these people in their natural habitats. *In Australian accent "And if you look out the side of the jeep here you'll see a herd of nerds. You'll notice the distinct clickity-clacking sound of their keyboards- this is a tell tale indicator of this rare species." That's a little what it was like, Australian accent and all.

Something about people that know so much about something that I know so little of is enthralling to me. If you were ever looking for a way to make me swoon, let me catch you in conversation about the server validation on the hexidecimal firewall at the interfaced MANET. I know that was incoherent babble, so you should probably explain it to me.


    1. I'm so happy I found your blog, Shelly! I work for a tech company and totally am with you on loving the nerd talk! Hahaha.