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where are you, my fellow nerds?

I've lived in Kansas City for about three years, and due to my tendency to be an introvert I really haven't found any friends outside of work. I tend to get along best with nerdy intellectual/perpetual student types, but am open to branching out a bit. I've tried Meetup groups with little success. Anybody have ideas I could check out? KC specific or more general wouldn't hurt either. Thanks!
posted by gilsonal on Aug 20, 2014 - 10 answers

In Need an Nerdy T-Shirt for Tomorrow (3.141592654...)

Okay, I'm in NYC and I need a PI related T-Shirt for Pi-Daytomorrow... Anyone know of any stores where I can get one? (It's too late for an online order)
posted by Stu-Pendous on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Sexism for neckbeards

Please share with me your absolute beginner level resources to foist upon an unexamined sexist. Snowflake level: special needs. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

How do I develop an interest in football?

I'm a dork who's never been interested in any sports at all. I've never played or watched any sport. I don't see why it's so interesting. But sports, especially football, is one of the most-watched type of show on television. The Superbowl is like a national holiday. I feel like I'm missing out on something big. How do I develop an interest in football (or other sports) after a lifetime of disinterest? What makes football exciting that should be obvious?
posted by Sleeper on Nov 21, 2013 - 30 answers

Wuv! Troooo wuv!

Help me add nerd cred to a wedding speech. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Gifts for a Loveable Nerd

Lastminutegiftsfilter: My boyfriend's birthday is coming up soon, and I have no idea what to get him! We're both geeky but his interests run far more deep than mine do in terms of comic books and gaming and things like that. The problem is: he owns everything already! I plan on consulting with his roommate, who shares many of his interests, but I'd love some input from the hivemind on this. For reference, he's 28, works at a video company and we both live in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Sep 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Pick Up Artist giving a "talk" at at Nerds Meetup Group

I'm a long time member of a nerdy Meetup group. What can I do about a pick up artist related event that's going to happen today? [more inside]
posted by FJT on Aug 20, 2013 - 26 answers

Help me get in to the world of cosplay and -cons

At 37 I am discovering my inner sci-fi and TV series/movie fandom. And my nine year old is already there. I am thinking we would probably enjoy comic-cons and other -cons, but have no idea how to research this. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

What's a fun second date around BAM on Sunday evening?

Hello! I'm looking for second date ideas around the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday evening after or before getting ice cream. We're both nerdy literary types and the first date was Despicable Me 2 in the theatre, which was great. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Starfire Against Drugs!

The New Teen Titans, back in the 80's, had an anti-drug comic which was absolutely horrifying/scarring/probably did what it intended to do WRT drugs and NOT DOING THEM. At least for me. [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Feb 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to find tech-friendly fashion

Where can I find tech-friendly fashion that looks good? E.g. sweaters or hoodies that help you with headphone cables, storage for gadgets etc. Shouldn't be too exclusive or pricey. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Dec 28, 2012 - 6 answers

What would be some good rules for a robot golf tournament? And how many years before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro?

What would be some good rules for a Robot Golf tournament? And how many years can we expect to wait before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro? [more inside]
posted by mnop on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Nerd action scenes?

Best nerd action scenes? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 15, 2012 - 25 answers

Hey look a Champion Tee with a Creeper face on it...

Is there any gear out there for Nerds/Geeks/Gamers/Etc who run/cycle/enjoy fitness? [more inside]
posted by snapped on May 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Allons-y, Alonso!

Why yes, this is a question about Doctor Who. [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

What should I buy my brother for his birthday?

What should I buy my brother for his birthday? I have a brother who's impossible to buy gifts for, and it's his birthday soon. I know the following things about him: He's a computer programmer and website designer. He loves Apple products, The Simpsons, Futurama, and XKCD. His heroes are people like Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, and Dawkins style atheists/rationalists. He's a non-smoker and non-drinker. He's asked us not to get him a gift, but he's still my brother and I'd like suggestions for something more thoughtful than an iTunes gift card. My budget is pretty low, and he handles all his own tech shopping. Suggestions for quirky, fun or interesting gifts would be appreciated.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Oct 9, 2011 - 25 answers

An Unromantic Vacation

I need to go on vacation at some point - I've gotten into the habit of working near-full years without much vacation. I've got time and funds, but neither a significant other nor many vacation-time-having friends. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Aug 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Finding Web Nerds in Northern California and Oregon?

I'd like to explore the local web/tech nerd and geek scene in small cities and towns between San Francisco and Portland. How and where do I find the right folks? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Body image and fan culture

I'm looking for books on body image and fan culture, specifically body image among female science-fiction fans who are likely to attend cons and/or actively participate in real-world fan culture. What are some good books or web resources for learning more about this?
posted by pxe2000 on May 11, 2011 - 2 answers

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal?

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal? [more inside]
posted by BadCat! on Mar 24, 2011 - 23 answers

New York, you're perfect Don't please don't change a thing

I <3 NYC. History that is. I would like more books. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Where to participate in studies online?

Back in the day, I really enjoyed popping over to my university's psych department and participating in the studies. I've found a couple of websites where surveys for psych studies are posted online. I'm wondering if there are other such websites, posting surveys for studies in any academic field. [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Mar 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Pie is greater than not pie.

I'm trying to express my love for a certain dessert in a math/logic formula. I have this: π > ∼π , which I take to mean "Pi is greater than not Pi", and this: π > ∞-π, which I take to mean "Pi is greater than Everything but Pi". Do these make any sense or hold up in any legit way?
posted by TheCoug on Mar 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Mefi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope

Help a recovering Star Wars addict with his relapse. That is, update me on what's worth reading the Expanded Universe. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Dec 9, 2010 - 13 answers

This little blue dot is you and that little red dot is me.

Are there any good Android apps for connected couples? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Dec 6, 2010 - 15 answers

What is the best gift for an old school DnD geek?

What is the perfect gift for a hardcore, old school Dungeons and Dragons nerd, and where can it be purchased? [more inside]
posted by EvilPRGuy on Dec 2, 2010 - 16 answers

OMG I can't believe they shoved this on me now.

Bachelor party in Edmonton, help! [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Oct 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Nerds Ruminating Upon Nerds

Please recommend some TV shows and other forms of storytelling that are in a very specific and possibly just now emerging genre? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Aug 20, 2010 - 18 answers

I now pronounce you Nerd and Nerd.

Help me come up with a nerdy inscription for my cousin's wedding present. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on May 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Radioactive Tennis, anyone?

I'm heading to Chicago this weekend. What science/geeky/historical places should I check out? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on May 25, 2010 - 16 answers

50 Movies Every Geek Should See

I enjoyed the list 50 Books Every Geek Should Read. If you were to compile a similar list, but for video content, what would be on that list?
posted by Otis on Apr 29, 2010 - 18 answers

A calendar of silly observances

Having once again missed Talk Like a Pirate Day AND Pi Day, help me assemble a full calendar of nerdy observances. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Mar 27, 2010 - 47 answers

Text editor koan.

Looking for the full text to one of those Unix/nerd koans. This one is about text editors. All I've able to find from a half hour of googling is the "punchline" - on someones .sig on a bunch of mailing lists. [more inside]
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] on Feb 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Large, approximate string matching algorithm

I have two large (10k-100k) sets of strings. I want to match the items in the sets up in pairs based on similarity. Levenshtein looks promising but costly. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Feb 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Geeky things to do in Paris?

Geek loose in Paris for a week - What to do? [more inside]
posted by mediamelt on Dec 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Things for math nerds to do in the big apple

This is probably the zillionth question on things to do in New York. But are there any cool things that a complete math nerd can do in the city? I'm more interested in places I can visit than things I could do with people.
posted by Lucubrator on Oct 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Steampunk Lincoln & the Robot Monkey need company

I'm looking for art with a certain geek/nerd aesthetic. So far I like Robot Destruction, Steampunk Lincoln, and various Penny Arcade prints such as this one. My criteria are: [more inside]
posted by braveterry on Aug 24, 2009 - 18 answers

My Subculture Is Becoming Mainstream, Oh No!

What is a geek? Does the term still have meaning? Recently, I've noticed that large groups of people I'd have never considered to be geeks claim the label as their own, citing interest in things like video games and social networking sites which were once the domain of geeks but have now become entirely mainstream. So, what does it mean to be a geek? If you self-identify as such, why?
posted by signalnine on Aug 10, 2009 - 26 answers

Is possession for nouns that end in x indicated by a quotation mark alone or is the quotation mark accompanied by an s?

Genuinely dumb question to waste on the brain trust here but: when nouns end in x, do you indicate possession with just a quotation mark or do you need to include the s? [more inside]
posted by christhelongtimelurker on Jul 13, 2009 - 23 answers

We wanna get Down & Nerdy. Now we need music.

Help me come up with opening theme music/sounds for a geek-oriented radio segment. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 28, 2009 - 19 answers

What's the best game system for Rock Band?

The Beatles: Rock Band - help! [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Jun 5, 2009 - 26 answers

Magic Ring vs. Space Skeleton in the Battle for Sigma 5 or whatnot

Geek Lantern Filter: a half-remembered GL comic from my youth, some sort of mega-event from the era before mega-events. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Where do the nerds hang out in NYC?

I'm looking for some awesome geeky and/or nerdy places to go and things to do in New York City. [more inside]
posted by miskatonic on May 9, 2009 - 27 answers

How to wrap text around a circle

I'm giving a big presentation in a couple of weeks and it has to be impressive. I have a fabulous idea for a graphic, inspired by the facebook friend wheel, where I want to wrap perhaps 100 words around a circle and draw lines to connect them in illustrative ways. The drawing lines part is easy, but the wrapping text around a circle part is hard (without doing it one element at a time, rotating and aligning each one just so). I *know* there's an easy way to do this, but am not quite smart enough to figure it out in omnigraffle or find another program that can do it. I can use Mac or PC. If you point me to a workable solution, you'll get your name in lights (if you wish) in addition to my unending gratitude.
posted by ezola on Apr 21, 2009 - 12 answers

"Getting the girl."

A tricky "getting-a-girl" question. Nothing that might cause trouble, but still worth asking anonymously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Fun birthday ideas for fantasy-sci-fi fan/crafter/science nerd/animal lover?

Ideas for a birthday week of fun for a lover of animals, sci-fi/fantasy and crafting? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jan 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Enter Sandman

Does anyone know where I can read a copy of The Sandman film script by Roger Avary? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jan 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Hey!

I'm looking for songs that have as their first lyric the word 'Hey'. For example there's that kinda-famous Beatles song 'Hey Jude', where the first sung word is 'Hey.' Hey me up! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Nov 14, 2008 - 144 answers

You must be THIS nerdy to enter.

How much does a spaceship weigh? [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Oct 20, 2008 - 16 answers

Reading Rainbow

Help a friend survive in Reading, PA. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Sep 23, 2008 - 8 answers

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