How to Tell the Difference Between Nerds and Geeks

(an article from

One often has heard the term Nerd and Geek. Often these terms are used interchangeably. This is not acceptable in polite society. To avoid further offense here are some fool-proof ways to tell a one from the other.


  1. To determine if the individual in question is a geek or a nerd, first engage the person in converation.
  2. Within in a few minutes, a nerd will be revealed. This individual will be positively gushing with information on a specific topic… and can not wait to talk about it. Often times the subject Nerd will disregard eye contact, and avoid any acknowledgement that they are involved in a two-way conversation.
  3. If within a few minutes the individual is able to steer clear of a dogmatic desire to talk about a specific topic, you may have a geek on you hand. Or perhaps a dork. But this is not about identifing dorks. However, for the sake of science I will make a clarifing statement. A dork is a geek with well developed social skills. A geek on the other hand does not have the dogged determination like a nerd to stay on one topic. They are more rounded than nerds.


  • Other ways to tell a Nerd from a Geek is a simple bedroom or ‘hobby room’ visit. A nerd will have a single theme throughout. It will be right in line with what the person has been talking about the entire walk to their bedroom door. A geek may have a single theme – but it may be completely different than any topic you have discussed up to this point.


  • Nerds are unaware of their nerdom. They may or may not be offended by being considered a nerd. It is best to allow them to talk about their topic without interruption. If you have a question about anything they have said DO NOT ASK IT!! You will become trapped! A question is seen as a sure sign of passion for their topic. In the end the only way to break away is to allow the nerd to talk themselves to the point that they need sleep / food / bathroom break / or a previously arranged unavoidable engagement. Otherwise you will be forced to be rude to them to get away.
  • Geeks are aware of their geekdom, for the most part. Be careful though in discussing their topic. They are more aware of other peoples feelings and body language, but may still be prone to mistaking a look of painful boredom as a hint of interest.
  • Good Luck – Be Strong!

External Links

Hacking a broken thumb drive

Explanation: Ashley’s USB Drive broke when her laptop dropped onto the floor while it was plugged in. The case split apart, and the USB connector ripped off of the circuit board. Other than that the circuit board looked in tact.

The biggest tragedy was that all of her assignments for the whole semester (in one class) were on it and it was due in 3 days! So she called me and I came over. A closer look revealed that the circuit board was truly in tact and the USB connector cleanly broke off the board – only at the solder points. This was good news. So, with a pair of tweezers, and a bit of cotton from a q-tip (to insulate the tweezers from contacting metal on the circuit board) I bent the connectors of the USB to fit where they belong on the circuit board and then held them together with the tweezers.

With careful hands I plugged the hacked USB drive into her laptop, while she stood ready to copy all the filed to her Hard Drive asap… Shortly after plugging it in I heard that beautiful sound (the default sound Windows makes when it recognizes external hardware) and the explorer window popped up. With a quick “Ctrl A,” and one click and drag of the mouse, all here files were saved!!! And Ashley didn’t have to redo all her homework after all.

Homework, Birthdays, and Anasazi

This is a hard week. I have about four projects. One 15 pager I’m going to finish today, a survey research project due Monday (20+ pages), an e-Portfolio, and a final paper that I finished yesterday. I know this week there is not going to be much fun stuff to do.

Yesterday I took a break when Jo came over with Mary and Kori and made 7-layer dip and coconut banana cream pie. We also climbed at Sticks n Stones. Then we made our own iron-on t-shirt quotes. Thanks for the Birthday Party everyone!!!

So it’s back to work today, luckily I have some left-over pie. My parents called and left a message on my phone. It was great to hear both of them singing.

I just made arrangements to go back to Anasazi on January 3rd. It’s hard to leave here. I think it is because I have built friendships that I don’t want to leave behind. I mean I know I will always have certain friendships always, but for the new people I met this semester, we won’t keep in touch; it just happens that way every time. Last time I went to Anasazi I felt much more dedicated about it. I guess I’m getting tired of only getting to know people for four months before having to switch wards or housing. It was fun for a while but perhaps I feel a need for more establishment.

After four months at Anasazi I am coming back to Rexburg to finish my last class on the Meso America Tour. Then I will be officially done with school at BYU-Idaho. Graduated with two Bachelors Degrees. I’m wondering if the past four years was worth it. Academically probably not, but spiritually yes. I think from being in an environment where I share the same religious beliefs I have learned so much about myself. Such as more appreciation for my family and a re-connection with my siblings and parents.

I’ve learned a lot from my jobs on campus and some classes. Other classes were a waste of time and money because of teachers who don’t know how to teach. But overall there are some of the BEST teachers at BYU-I. Well it’s time to return to doing homework.

Bear World

I went to see some bears this morning. They were tame – raised with people. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about bears, considering I’ve never had an up close and personal experience with one before. I posted pictures on Web Albums which will tell the rest of the story… CLICK HERE