Nerds and Bodice Rippers
I started reading a new book on my Kindle last night. Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them by David Anderegg PhD. It’s funny and well-written and really fascinating. It asks interesting questions about why we teach kids that being smart is a bad thing, and that if you’re good at math you’ll never get laid. Not a great message to give to hormone-addled junior high kids. Maybe this is why the United States is still falling behind other countries in math and science. And what does it say about a country where smart = bad?
In other Kindle news, I was showing off the device to someone I’d just met. Someone who will form instant opinions of me, perhaps based on what books I read. So, as I showed this person how the next page button worked, I was mildly horrified at the title of the book I was reading and the fact that an uninformed person could miscontrue it as a romance novel of some sort. I wanted to say something, but how to explain that it’s basically a history book, and not a bodice-ripper*? It would have been too difficult to explain, and trying to explain it might make me look like a bigger freak than someone who reads romance novels.
*Note: Lads, ‘bodice-ripper’ is a term for soft-core chick porn featuring excruciatingly detailed descriptions of hoop skirts and bonnets while engaging in much euphemistic glossing-over of anything sweaty or sticky.
Anyway, check out the Nerds book. It’s got quite a bit to say about video games.