I'm looking for a This American Life episode about a bunch of adolescent geeks/nerds hanging out in NYC. They go around pulling simple scams and social engineering pranks.
I tried searching all the titles and descriptions on the TAL website but nothing rings a bell. It might have been a short segment in one of their 3 part episodes
posted by laptolain
on Sep 9, 2012 -
She's not into what she thinks girls her age are "supposed" to be into. How do we show her that what she
likes is what's normal, and maybe encourage her to reach out to find the other kids that like that stuff too? Is that what we should
be doing? [more inside]
posted by kostia
on Jun 11, 2012 -
Help! My husband and I will unexpectedly be spending our rapidly-approaching anniversary in NYC. We need something romantic (for us) to do. Our original plan turned out to be based on a misunderstanding (We mistakenly thought the Museum of Natural History had a nice restaurant, which would have been perfect...food, wine, and a model of a giant prehistoric frog!), and we are now at a loss. [more inside]
posted by Wylla
on Jun 7, 2012 -
Rather than just Runs Batted In, I would like to be able to find out how successful a player is in a given RBI opportunity. Is there a way to discover (for example) what percentage of the time a player drives in the run when there is a runner on third and none out (or one out...or two out). I'm aware of the existence of B-ref, but I wasn't able to figure out how to find this type of data. [more inside]
posted by Carlo
on Jun 10, 2011 -
Balto-Slavic, Germanic, Italic: help me select which Indo-European language(s) I should learn next! [more inside]
posted by vkxmai
on Feb 28, 2011 -
Yet another reading recommendation request. Fellow literature nerds, help me out here. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden
on Jul 26, 2010 -
Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl. What do I do? Nerdy ass literary references, awkward silences, and lots of hot-wild cuddling action ensue! [more inside]
posted by cheberet
on Mar 20, 2010 -
My son, 9, likes math, playing music, computers, video. He's not athletic; he likes Wii Fit better than real sports. He's starting to get shunned by other boys: he seems nice and normal to me but I guess he's a geek to them. What do I do, besides support him in every way I can?
posted by anonymous
on Oct 30, 2008 -
I write software for a living. Assuming this is due to some confluence of skills and interests, what job(s) would I be qualified for if I'd been born in the year 1,000?
posted by sonofslim
on Jul 4, 2008 -
What happens to rank-and-file tech guys after they strike it rich in a tech boom? Do they keep working? How do they spend their money? Do they waste their lives away? [more inside]
posted by vizsla
on May 14, 2008 -
Asking this on behalf of a friend of mine: can you help him out with a quiz that will give him an accurate description of how someone will stand on a DNG/SA scale that he's created--where DNG stands for Dork, Nerd, Geek, and SA stands for Socially Acceptable? (Bear with me for a second, will you?) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Feb 28, 2008 -
I'm trying to find a quality version of this poorly-scanned picture of two atmospheric scientists in zany helmets
. My understanding is the photo was somewhere in a 2007 "Discover" magazine, but I can't find it online. At a minimum, a link to the Discover page would be nice, but if I can get a link to the original, that would be superb!
BTW: the caption reads "Atmospheric scientists in the 1930s, when their kind proudly donned white lab coats and rigorously designed helmets"
Thanks for any help!
posted by mjbraun
on Jan 7, 2008 -
My new lover is one of those lovely geeks. He’s never had a girlfriend. He has no frame of reference for the odd sexual awkwardness, the occasional times of coolness, the unapologetic want to be alone. I’ve had lovers and know this can be worked through, but he doesn’t. Do any former geeks have advice? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot
on Sep 24, 2006 -
Thinking of opening a Gaming store...help...So me and the wife are seriously considering opening a gaming store, (roughly half board/casual type games and half "hobby" type games). I've read a bunch of stuff on opening a retail store in general, including some threads on here, but not much on anything gaming specific. [more inside]
posted by teishu
on Jul 31, 2006 -
At what point in time did computers go from being something the nerds used to something all the cool kids used? I'm asking specifically about high school age and below. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Mar 17, 2006 -
I am having problems with crosstools on OS 10.3.9 - Does anyone have this setup working? Any general advice on crosscompiling on a Mac for ARM is also welcome. [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jul 14, 2005 -
Should I join Phi Kappa Phi?
I recently received some mail informing me of my eligibility for an Honor Society. It costs some money and promises some kind of vague prestige. I'm honestly skeptical, but I'm not against the idea. Any Phi K Phi members here? Did membership seem worth it it?
posted by elwoodwiles
on May 1, 2005 -
Horribly specific somewhat-old videogame question: Is SSX3 on the Playstn2 really that much better than SSX Tricky? Specifically, is SSX Tricky worth keeping for the courses or should I just chunk it in exchange for SSX3. I have come in late to owning a PS2 (just got the new model as a gift) and picked up SSX Tricky, looking for a 1080 fix. But then I find out I have the older version of the game, and that the current installment makes the version I have obsolete. Snowboarding nerds, please advise. I want SSX3 but basically don't know if I should trade in SSX Tricky for it, or keep the older version, too. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Peter H
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Is there a way to gently steer someone away from constant Simpsons or Monty Python quoting? [MI] [more inside]
posted by milovoo
on Sep 8, 2004 -
rent-a-geek: Is there a site/service out there where I can hire someone to do some micro-jobs for me related to running a server? Something like Google Answers but instead of paying someone $10 to find out the history of hemophilia in New Zealand, I would pay someone $10 to fix my WebDav installation, or get mysql working, or some task that would take a Smart Person about 10 minutes of poking around. It's not that I can't figure this stuff out eventually
but I am short on time. Such a site would have to have some sort of reputation management, I suppose.
(Geesh, I sound like I'm writing a business plan)
posted by mecran01
on Aug 6, 2004 -
NERDS, PLEASE ADVISE! ... I have an old (but still treasured) Nintendo 64. I am currently addicted to playing games on my Gameboy SE. A friend tells me you can play Gameboy cartridges on the new Gamecube. I am excited about this, and price a Gamecube with the Gameboy add-on. I find it will be $150 for this. I am only really interested in playing Gameboy cartridges, and not so much interested in Gamecube games. So I have found this gameboy adaptor for the n64
, which I can find all over the place for about $30. This sounds awesome, especially since it's $120 cheaper and since I fear that if I upgrade to the gamecube I'll never play the n64 anymore.
My question is: is the gameboy-to-television image as good on this n64 cartridge? Has anyone actually played with this? Or if I'm just interested in playing Gameboy on the t.v. , is the Gamecube worth the money?
Thank you for your time on this most important discussion topic.
posted by Peter H
on Jul 23, 2004 -