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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.
 
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4 thoughts on “Nerds and Bodice Rippers

  1. I don’t see how "Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them" could be considered the title of a romance novel…
     
    So what was it you were reading, boss?

  2. The rest of Western society carries similar stigmas for nerds..

  3. How are you enjoying the Kindle? I’m thinking of getting one. (Although I think they are sold out right?)

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