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Am I a geek or a nerd?

UPDATED 7/13/11: Some of the below has changed so I thought I’d update it and then pass the question along to folks again and see what kind of responses I get!

Perhaps you can help me out and determining something: am I a geek or am I a nerd (or both). Quite often, I have people call me a geek. Equally as often, I have people calling me a nerd too. And it seems that both hold slightly different meanings in society today – although I’ve yet to really figure out exactly how.

Here are a few characteristics of mine to help answer this question:

  • I love to build my own PCs (desktop PCs not laptops of course!).
  • I love to blog (duh?).
  • I hate math.
  • I used to draw and paint a lot as a kid. As I grew older, I did less drawing and painting and got into writing stories and eventually movie screenplays/scripts that my friend and I were shoot (high school).
  • I am reverse engineering the theme on my blog from scratch – barrowing code from the default WordPress theme to make things work. As you can tell – it’s a work-in-progress.
  • I love doing things to make people laugh. Ask my co-workers. Sometimes I do so at inconvenient times.
  • I do have a blunt sense of humor.
  • I am a huge Star Trek fan – mostly Star Trek: The Next Generation and on (and 2009 Star Trek movie).
  • I own many Star Trek “technical manuals” and can tell you where Captain Picard’s quarters are on the Enterprise-D.
  • I randomly quote movie lines from such classics as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and *many* others.
  • I like listening to music soundtracks – e.g. The Dark Knight soundtrack is one of my favorites, so is Tron: Legacy.
  • I recently pulled up to a stop light next to a car with 2 nice looking women blasting the E.T. theme. Yes – I smiled and waved.
  • I recently discovered I could almost sing the entire song “Can you feel the love tonight” from The Lion King from memory. Why am I admitting this?
  • I dislike most Disney movies except for The Lion King and the Toy Story Trilogy. They better make a 4th Toy Story.
  • My music tastes are very eccentric – my favorite band is The Beatles, but have a huge 80’s music collection (remember the song “The Flame” by Cheap Trick?) and like a lot of the modern rock of today (Weezer, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Ear World, Linkin Park are some of my favorites to name a few.). Check out my Zune profile to see what I’ve listened to recently.
  • I enjoy going on long walks while listening to my music or long drives.
  • I love photography and taking photos. I like taking photos of landscapes and scenery. While I like taking photos I hate being in them and finding a good photo of me in it is, well, pretty rare.
  • I collect these “mini-figures” called Minimates from Diamond Select Toys. No they aren’t “LEGO people”. They are better!
  • Over the last 2 years, I’ve really gotten into Batman comics (Bruce Wayne returns!). Dick Grayson has grown on me as Batman and I’m disappointed he won’t remain as Batman when DC Comics re-launches all their comic titles this fall.
  • New software releases excite me.
  • My favorite animal is the Velociraptor. Oh sure, they are extinct now. But they were a real animal at one point!
  • Cats despise me.
  • I try to be a gamer. My Gamerscore on Xbox LIVE is 1020 1470 and it has taken me a while to get there. I tend to lean toward playing classic games like Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc. available as an Arcade game title on the Xbox LIVE Game Marketplace. Yet I spent $149.99 on the Halo Reach Legendary Edition. UPDATE – Improvement in my Gamerscore is due to Kinect Sports and bowling. I rock at that.
  • I like reading “Making of…” books on movies that show production art and talk about the making of the movie. In a different life I would have loved to have been a director/producer/production designer for movies. I just love this stuff.
  • I love sushi. I eat too much of it.
  • I did not like Avatar. Effects were good but the storyline was boring and felt ripped off from Fern Gully: The Last Rain Forrest.
  • While I did not like Avatar, I HATED Transformers 3. Worst. Movie. Ever.
  • I’m not a fan of 3D. Love HD though!
  • I love Family Guy. I equally love American Dad.
  • I really enjoy Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson is a hoot. Those guys get themselves into crazy situations doing messed up things with cars and its hilarious. They’ve had me laughing so hard I was crying (such as when Jeremy capsized his Toyboata).
  • Getting into I love Fringe. I jumped in at end of Season 2. Enjoying the “over there” storyline. UPDATE: I loved everything about Season 3 and can’t wait for Season 4 this fall.
  • I heavily support manned spaceflight and believe we should return to the moon and look at going to Mars (I hope to see us reach Mars in my lifetime however recent events have casted doubt this will be achievable).
  • I like to bowl. I am quite good at bowling on Kinect Sports and like to of course bowl outside my living room in a real bowling alley too.
  • I love movies about history or historical events or people (e.g. The Aviator, Tombstone, etc.).
  • I also find myself “socially backward” in that I’m not very good at “socializing”. I tend to be shy.
  • I don’t like large groups/crowds.

So am I a geek or a nerd? Would love to hear what people think! No – dork is not one of the options.

Interesting changes for FeedDemon, more to come?

Steven Hodson did a interview recently with the creator of FeedDemon Nick Bradbury. In that interview, a few things of interest were revealed for the first time. Mainly, that Nick is no longer with NewsGator:

What we haven’t mentioned before (yes, you’re reading it here first) is that I’m no longer employed by NewsGator.  FeedDemon remains a NewsGator-branded product, but I’m 100% in charge of it now, and I’m once again an indie developer.  FeedDemon is my sole focus – and my sole source of income. Given that so many people find the idea of paying for software to be alien, having ads ensures that I can earn a living.

Those who have followed me for a while know I used to be a heavy FeedDemon user for a long time. However, because I use multiple PCs and need quick access to the same feeds and their read/unread states – I was forced to ditch FeedDemon as it just wasn’t cutting it. I kept getting into a state where some feeds were not updating weeks at a time and never knew it. I couldn’t tell what feeds I was missing out on. I ended up using Google Reader as many of my fellow geeks recommended that as the best route to take for an online RSS reader I can access anywhere.

Based off Steven’s interview today, I learned a few things about FeedDemon that I didn’t know since FeedDemon sort of fell off my radar. First off – FeedDemon is now ad-supported. Last time I used FeedDemon, it simply was free without ads. What do I think about this? Not sure yet. I’m currently giving FeedDemon 3.0 (the latest version out) a try. If I don’t like the ads, I can purchase a ad-free copy of FeedDemon for $14.95. Depending on the level of intrusion the ads have within the app, I may end up just paying the ad-free version. We’ll see. Secondly, FeedDemon no longer syncs with NewsGator Online since NewsGator killed the service. I knew they killed the service but did not know of the heavy effort on Nick’s part to integrate Google Reader sync into the heart of FeedDemon. My biggest concern about using FeedDemon is that its hard to tell what’ is updating and what hasn’t updated. When I was using it before, I had so many issues with “sync” and seeing the same feeds updated with the same content over and over again it just wasn’t worth it. Will it behave the same way with Google Reader sync?

After a few days with FeedDemon, I’ll post back how I feel about using the app again.

Read Steven’s above mentioned interview! Nick does hint out some interesting changes coming to FeedDemon. Could FeedDemon become more like a TweetDeck-like app? One thing I will say right off the bat – Nick, please give FeedDemon a much needed UI overhaul!