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The Nerd/Geek Handbook

I've passed this article along to my wife (as have thousands of others). Here's to hoping she actually reads it.

One of the biggest problems I continually face online is that I prefer to communicate "briskly." I view small talk as even more pointless when it occurs online, and I'm not a fan at all of "flowery" language meant to spare feelings. Mistakes happen - so what - it's learning and adapting and not making the same mistakes again that I care about. Very few other people work this way - they prefer the "flowery" language - and I'm often misinterpreted as rude when I'm simply trying to be efficient.

As for projects, I have two or three ongoing right now, yes. 🙂

3 Responses to "The Nerd/Geek Handbook"

  1. I read the article earlier this week and passed it on to my wife and co-workers. Good stuff--matching the the caliber of everything else on the site.

    There is nothing wrong with being terse, as long as it gets the point across.

  2. I, too, read this article and forwarded it to my wife. As a nerd/geek/world of warcraft player, it made too much sense. I talked with my wife about the difference between "the Zone" and "the Place".

    She laughed...

  3. I now work at a company where direct communication is valued, in fact required. It took me a while to start calling an error "an error", rather than "an unexpected event". Also I can call a bug fix "a bug fix" and not "a modification of program behavior".


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