The Nerd Card

Ever wonder if there’s a way to identify a Nerd on sight?
You know, like if they have a Nerd Club Membership Card?
The answer is yes, yes they do. And here’s my husband’s card:
This is the Membership Card for DCI, which is a division of Wizards of the West Coast. DCI keeps track of your player statistics for nerdy tournaments, like Magic: The Gathering tournaments.
Your unique DCI number is related to your International Ranking in MTG tournaments.
We are really low on the International Scale. Ask The Nerd about his experience playing against a seven-year-old girl. It wasn’t pretty.
So, if you ever want to know if someone is a Nerd, ask to see their DCI card. If they have one (or if they even know what you’re talking about), they’re definitely a Nerd.
Oh, and guess who else has one?
I am ashamed. 

Not Me Monday


Happy Monday! I’ve decided to join in with MckMama and post about my
*totally* awesome and productive day!
One of the advantages of working with schools is that I get school holidays off! Well, sorta.
I totally did *not* try to sleep in this morning and fail miserably. I did *not* drag myself out of that warm, cozy bed when The Minions were itching to go out early in the morning.
I then did *not* stumble back into the living room and refuse to catch up on my e-mails. Not me. I’m a faithful employee who promptly returns all of her e-mails.
I then did *not* lounge on the couch all day, watching TV and browsing the Interwebs, wearing my pajamas.
I also did *not* keep my pajamas all day. No, I’m *not* writing a blog post right now wearing my PJs.
And I’m definitely *not* cuddled up next to a beautiful beagle.
With a fluffy Pomeranian at my feet.
What a great day.

The Race

Since so many of you love Firefly, I thought I’d share a comic from xkcd  – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
I don’t get the math and physics references, but when they published this comic about Firefly, I fell in love.
The serious fans always fall for the quotes.
Happy Friday!

Nerdy Things Thursday: Firefly

The Nerd and I had just started dating when he decided to take me to Best Buy in search of a new television. He had worked all summer as an intern and had a significant nest egg, which he decided to blow on a big screen TV.
But I digress.
As we were walking down the aisle of Television Series DVDs, he suddenly stopped. And I wondered what he was doing. (The Nerd doesn’t usually deviate from his intended purchase once we enter the store — he goes right for it and then we leave. No browsing allowed.)
His hand reached out and lovingly caressed a DVD on the shelf: Firefly. He then grabbed a whole stack of them and started putting each copy in front of the other DVDs on display. There were only a few copies, so it didn’t take long.
“There,” he said. “Now people will see the Most Awesome Show ever.”
And he is right — Firefly *is* the most awesome show ever.
It premiered in 2002 on Fox, and only lasted one season, to the chagrin of Nerds around the world. The show takes place, you guessed it, in a faraway galaxy. It chronicles the adventures of the crew of a Firefly-class cargo ship named “Serenity.”
The planets of this universe, though populated by spaceships and laser-gun-carrying agents of the law, are mostly frontier and people still ride horses and shoot with guns you might see in a John Wayne movie.
This juxtaposition of the American Wild West and futuristic technology is extremely interesting and unique.
I think the theme song sums it up:
Take my love, 
Take my land, 
Take me where I cannot stand.

I don’t care,
I’m still free,
You can’t take the sky from me. 

There’s no place
I can be
Since I found Serenity.

You can’t take the sky from me.
And the characters are *real.*
Captain Malcolm Reynolds (who I secretly pine for) leads the crew. There’s Zoe, his right-hand warrior woman; Wash, the pilot who serves and the show’s comic relief and Zoe’s husband; Jayne, the hired gun; Sheperd Book, a preacher who seems to have more to his past; Kaylee (yes, she’s the namesake for our pup!), the ship’s engineer who keeps the ol’ gal runnin'; Inara, a “Companion” who tags along for the ride; Simon, a doctor trying to rescue his sister from the Alliance; and River, Simon’s psycic sister who is a super-genius.
No, our puppy isn’t the only family member named after a Firefly character. You remember River, my niece
Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, please go out and get it (or put it in your Netflix cue). I’m sure the DVD set now only costs about $20. It’s well worth it.
Here are some of my favorite Firefly quotes. Can you name the character(s)?
If you take sexual advantage of her, you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.”

“And what does that make us?” “Big damn heroes, sir!” 

“My food is problematic.”

“Mercy is the mark of a great man.” (stab) 
“Guess I’m just a good man.” (stab) 
“Well, I’m alright.”

On a final note, I’d like to thank all of you who commented on my Facebook status with suggestions for Nerdy Things Thursday topics. I took them all to heart and I promise to cover each of them in due time. If you have anything you’d like to see covered in Nerdy Things Thursday, just leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for looking!


As the wife of a Nerd, I understand that my future children will have their challenges.
While their classmates are pining over Hannah Montana, I’m sure my future son will wish that all girls could be like Princess Leia. And I know that my future daughter will probably be an expert video gamer.
These are just things that I have accepted.
But there are some things that I did not anticipate. Like my dear husband planning to teach our future nerdlings that 2+2=5. Yes, that’s right. 2+2=5
Now, I’m no math genius (thank *God* for the liberal arts!), but I’m pretty sure that one of the easiest math problems is 2+2=4.
But not in our household.
See, there’s this thing in mathematics called Significant Digits. Basically, you assign a number a certain number of Significant Digits, or numbers that matter. In the problem 2+2=?, the numbers have only one Significant Digit.
But they could represent any of the following numbers: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, and so on and so forth.
For example, if you have 2.4 and you are asked to round it to one Significant Digit, you would get the number 2.
Clear as mud?
Anyway, what it boils down to is that 2.4+2.4=4.8 and if you round that to only one Significant Digit for each number, what do you get?
Our children are *so* screwed. Protection Status