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Geeks Vs Nerds: An Educational Rant! (First Time Ever On the Reel) (Semi-Controversial, apparently)

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holdensaunt avatar holdensaunt
Level 44 : Master Geek
Geek or Nerd? Knowing the difference just might save you from taking an arrow to the knee.

And before too many more people argue with me, I would like to point out that this rant was written because people keep calling me a nerd, and I don't like it. It's just an opinion. Feel free to leave your own (just try not to start flame wars. Word your comments carefully)

If someone says something you can't follow, uses big words you don't understand, and is always talking about the same bland topic, you'll usually consider them a Geek/Nerd, right? Why should it matter to you that there are huge differences in the two? Because your playing Minecraft, a game inhabited by one of the two, that's why!

So I'll start by telling you that Geeks and Nerds alike have feelings (well you knew that but you'll see where I'm going with this). There are some of us who actually like our titles, (like Expert Geek :P) and get offended when being filed into the other category. The rest of us are more reasonable and don't care (why should outcasts care if they are called by the incorrect derogative term?).

Those of us who go above and beyond the call of duty, and actually know the definition of the terms, do care. Here they are. (see if you can spot the difference):

Geek (according to Webster)
an enthusiast or expert, especially in a technological field or activity

Nerd (according to Webster)
an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits

The difference is a nerd looks like this:

and Geeks look like this: (Tony Stark, Not Robert Downy, Jr.)

Ok so maybe this is a little more realistic (David Tennant- Geekus Supreme)

But most of us look more along the lines of this:

That being said let's go on to the more practical side, or what I would like to call "How to tell the difference between a Geek and a Nerd on the Internet"
Symptoms of the Geek
Note I consider bronies geeks, because most people I know aren't obsessive about MLP (very few even watch it). The ones that are bronies usually dabble in other geeky things like Marvel, DC, and Doctor Who. (If I can hold a conversation revolving around more than small talk, ranting, or life in general with you for over 10 minutes, you are a geek).

Symptoms of a Nerd (They aren't just people who are smart!)
Fit absolutely all of these and none of the geek ones.

Degrees of Geekiness
Someone pointed out that people aren't getting that there are different forms of geeks/degrees
So here they are, Descriptions and all:
Mild Geek- owns the basic merchandise of the subject (Ex. The movie, season whatever of the show, all of the books in that series, all of the books on that extremely awesome subject like the Egyptians. Talks about said subject on a regular basis, but likes to discuss normal things like the news and politics.
Level 2- owns more than 2 t-shirts of the subject,obsessed with more than one geeky subject, but no more than 10, talks about said subject most of the time but occasionally talks about something nongeeky.
level 3- Owns action figures, expanded universe books, t-shirts, and other merchandising, but not as much as Ultimate or Uber geeks. Can quote most of the films/episodes of the show, but only major quotes. Rarely talks about other things.
Ultimate Geeks (This is where I stand)- Owns more action figures, expanded universe books, t-shirts, and merchandise than level 3, but not as much as Uber. Dresses up as favorite character on Halloween, and occasionally for film airings and birthday parties. Writes fan fic about most of the many geeky things liked, occasionaly writing crossovers (example Constantine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, and Disturbed crossover ). Doesn't talk about other things unless something is bothering him/her.
Ultimate level 2- Follows all of the ultimate. Has been to at least one Convention (Connnnnnn!!!!! [KHAaaannnn!]). Wears awesome Star Fleet uniform to see Next Gen bluray airing in theaters, gets pulled aside to take pictures.
Uber- Is fan of all forms of Geekdom (or at least all forms for a genre). Goes to annual conventions. Never stops talking about geeky things. You are awesomeness to the geek world.
Geekus Supremus- Fanboy who gets ultra famous for topic of obsession. In other words, David Tennant.

Famous Geeks: Fictional And Real
Ruper Giles (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Feeling like people still aren't getting it I'll over simplify:
Chances are, if you have friends at all, you're a form of geek or a normal person. BEING SMART doesn't make you a nerd. If you do excessive math, as in literally say "Hmm... to start my day I should always do 600 algebraic problems just for fun" you are a nerd. If you say "I hate homework, I like school, and I want to get an A, so I better do my homework" you are not a nerd. You can even be a geek if you're obsessed with a non-mainstream band (I like Pink Floyd and can't go 5 minutes without mentioning The Wall. I understand the story behind most of their stuff. I like albums that most normal people who aren't 50 haven't heard of. Ergo, I'm a Pink Floyd Geek). Geek can be interchanged with Fan or Fanboy where as Nerd's are rare enough that another word isn't necessary.

Just wanted to specify after some of the Comment's I've been getting.

If you play Minecraft, you are a Geek or a Normal person (Depending on how often you play.Ex: once every few months would be a normal person. More than 8 hours a day is an uber Minecraft geek).

Just on a side note, if you actually read and understand the symptoms, you would much rather be called a geek (Nerds are usually annoy people even within their rare groups. Geeks can always divert such by moving on to another topic) If you are reading this, you are either a geek or a regular person. Or a Minecraft Geek who's otherwise a regular person. The whole point of this blog is to basically eradicate the online use of the word 'Nerd' on this site. (Just so that people understand. Been seeing a lot of "I'm a Nerd" comments on here. If you don't interrupt people to argue about the accuracy of their statement and it is unrelated to an obsession (meaning in a "I Know more than the Teacher" kind of way) you are not a nerd. You are either very bright (and need to stop selling yourself short) or you are a Geek and still are getting confused (go back and read through again).

Author's Purpose: Teach community to stop referring to the community of Fanboys as "Nerds".
This is my personal Opinion and I approve this message:P

This has been a Public Service Anouncement from HAN (Holden's Aunt's Network)
-Holdensaunt (Pvt. Hudson)
"Game over man! Game Over!"

PS- This is my first blog ever to make the blog reel. (And in under 2 hours !:D)

Thank you guys! Stay awesome! And don't call us nerds :P
By the way, you guys don't realize how much your comments mean (positive or negative). I've gotten so much controversy, fame, even a flag (well I reeaallly didn't want to see that, but that's beside the point). The comments and diamonds tell me that you guys care about this blog, eaither you love it, hate it, stand somewhere in between, or are just someone who is very vocal about not caring. I like that. I don't care about the xp. I care about the blog. This was a topic that has been on my heart for about two weeks now. Until last night, I kept vowing to Blue_Cheetah8 "I'm so going to write that this afternoon". Then I wrote it. Within two hours, a topic near and dear to me hit the popular reel. My other blogs are important, but this was one that I poured my soul into (Though Constantine has taken up more of my precious time as well as my blood, sweat and tears). Thanks guys for showing that you care (like it or hate it, I still love all of you)

And for those of you who want more articles to show classmates and coworker's that your right about this stuff, check out my Zombie Apocalypse educational blog:

And for those who are irritated that the video cuts Lukski off, here is the script for the routine on his web site.

Poor Constantine is sad because he hasn't been in any of my blogs lately. He's also sad that Tony Stark got flaged. So as usual, he want's to say we're sorry if anyone was offended, but this was my opinion and I was getting frustrated. Please forgive me.

Geek and Proud
Bonus points to whoever can get where I came up with this (hint... read my 'About me' under Geeky Factors.) of course your bonus points will be imaginary, so your left with the pride of being a geek :P
CreditDiamonddozen -inspired me to start blogging (sorry I'm just now putting this)/ starting the #Revolution

1 Update Logs

Update #1 : by holdensaunt 09/15/2012 3:42:23 amSep 15th, 2012

Added a better major summary of the difference (felt like people still aren't getting it)

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05/11/2013 11:23 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Miner
Josh8550 avatar
Ew. I hate the term geek. It makes me think of some gross-looking people with acne, glasses, and their pants up to their waist. Nerd makes me think of someone like Tony Stark, to be honest. That's just my two cents.
10/02/2012 9:14 am
Level 29 : Expert Geek
templar_adephean avatar
Really... thank you! I have been screaming to everyone in minecraft, school and other games: I AM NOT A NERD! I am a geek!No one was listening untill i showed them this blog! Oh and another fun thing: first i was a bit shy cause a was like geek level 3 but then i had to make a math test for... yeh... math..... So i made a geek version of it: With: A wild formula appeard and sutch stuff :P Now i even have some geekie friends with me :D Thank you :) #geeknproud
10/02/2012 4:49 pm
Level 44 : Master Geek
holdensaunt avatar
Glad I could help someone like me:D I take math notes in a geeky fashion, too (I draw Constantine, Doctor Who and sometimes Batman to help explain fromulas and such :D)
10/02/2012 5:05 pm
Level 29 : Expert Geek
templar_adephean avatar
OOh so gonna use that idea: I already see the tardis next to a math formula!#geeknproud
10/02/2012 5:25 pm
Level 44 : Master Geek
holdensaunt avatar
:D Me too! I use 10th in most of my classes, but especially in math. Constantine was something I started so that I could "kill Nazi zombies" with equations in algebra to get my "next demon killer rank". It really does keep me invovled :P.
10/02/2012 5:31 pm
Level 29 : Expert Geek
templar_adephean avatar
X) Well... i am personally more a Mat Smith person x) But lets not start about that :P I think the doctor you love the most is the doctor you grow up with :) and in my case, its the 11th. But people have there own opinions :) Again: thank you for this amazing blog, this was truly the best blog i have ever readed!
10/02/2012 5:35 pm
Level 44 : Master Geek
holdensaunt avatar
I like 11,too, it's just that Tennant's faster to draw (I basicly use my constantine template and add brainy specs and a different style suit XP). Once again, your welcome. Thanks for making my day.
09/16/2012 3:43 pm
Level 47 : Master Cowboy
Chron avatar
I'm so glad you made this! i hate being labeled a nerd and am glad i can be called a geek! probably just a lv. 2 regular geek, but an ultimate lv1 minecraft geek! maybe a lv 3 pokemon geek... even though pikachu bothers me.
09/21/2012 8:21 pm
Level 47 : Master Cowboy
Chron avatar
its just so popular and overused and ITS A FREAKING STUPID ELECTRIC MOUSE! Pachirisu is cooler.
11/02/2012 1:09 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Lumberjack
KieKey avatar
he weighs i think 13lbs so the fact ash can hold him on his head for mostof the entirety of the anime series, i take my hat of to him, I prefer Totodile, second Gen lover.
09/21/2012 7:53 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Mage
Xanthoceras avatar
One game I have I can catch a Pikachu almost at any time I need one. The other game I never can find one...
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