Over the weekend, me and a couple friends went to Nerd Nite SF. The tagline for Nerd Nite is “be there, be square.” We didn’t really know what to expect, and this was the first Bay Area event. Obviously a night of lectures with beer would go over well in the geeky bay area. There were a lot of people there, and on the whole the lectures were interesting. The crowd? Reminded me of grad student parties at Cal.
So what’s a nerd? In my book, someone who takes it upon themselves to “quench their thirst for knowledge” or is purposely aiming to learn more. I hate to break it to you. But everybody’s a nerd. Video game nerds, computer nerds those are the stereotypes. You can’t tell me that sports nuts who knows every stat on their chosen sport from the first person to pitch a no-hitter or the rookie with the most triple-doubles isn’t a nerd. Or the fashionista who can have 45 minute debates over whether Manolo Blahnik or Christian Louboutin spring collection’s match better with Zac Posen’s dresses. Pretty nerdy.
Most people have topics where they are passionate about and want to spend time learning more. For most of recent history, people have been teased for being nerds or bookworms, but in the 90s it was like “Revenge of the Nerds.” and we had one of the most successful periods in our economic history. It is going to take all of us embracing our inner nerdiness and passion for learning to get come out of this tough economy — and build a stronger foundation for our future.