Episode 58: Geek Chic

March 26, 2010

They say the clothes make the man. Do the clothes also make the nerd?

Yes. More than anything clothing is what separates the nerd wheat from the normie chaff. Or is it vice versa? Depends on which side of the wheat and chaff you fall, I suppose.

Above is the traditional popular conception of a nerd. You can buy this costume at Value Village at Halloween. The package will say something like “Authentic Nerd Costume.”

You can buy that costume, but you won’t be a nerd. You’ll be a typical hipster. If you want to be a nerd, you have to buy a Darth Maul T-shirt and some stained sweatpants. You can also buy these at Value Village, but on the regular racks and not just at Halloween.


Mandi, Kathie and Jakob in their egg smoking den.
Photo: Makito Inomatamakito.ca

 


Episode 37 – Dead Zombies Walking (Halloween part 2)

October 30, 2009

Far and away the search-term that lands the most people at Nerd Hurdles is “zombies.” It’s well into the hundreds and the next highest non-zombie related search-term is “borg queen” at 22. And I’d argue the Borg are just space zombies so “data star trek” at a count of 14 is the real runner-up. Since until this latest episode we’d only talked about zombies once (episode 21), this is a clear indication the public has gone rabid for zombies. And it’s not just googling nerds who have a hunger for the dead flesh, last weekend we walked amongst hundreds of punk, goth and hipster wannabe ghouls at the Toronto Zombie Walk 2009.

But why have the undead sprung to life? Something about shuffling brains-hungry corpses clearly resonates with the living population at a near universal level. I believe for the most part it’s due to the following three points: Read the rest of this entry »


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