Ladies will be sexually aroused to know that I was the Memphis City Junior High Chess Champion of 1983.Another interesting read was The Wired Atlas of the Human Ecosystem.
Nerds get caught up in minutiae, because there is a tremendous and fulfilling sense of control in understanding every single detail of a thing more than any other living creature.
We are hyper-self-aware. We have difficulty “chilling out.”
It’s the nerd’s greatest weakness that is the nerdist’s greatest strength: a laserlike ability to focus on something. Nerdist = obsession + direction.
Nerds tend to spend a lot of time in the past and future, but to achieve happiness you have to cultivate the skill of living in the present.
In short, if you are a nerd and have some time left from other serious things (like optimizing your Civilization IV strategies), go read Wired.
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