Monday, April 30, 2012

My Top 10 You Know You're Married to a Nerd When...

In case you weren't sure if you are married to a nerd, here's my top 10 ways to tell.  My nerd is male, so all my references are to a male nerd, but women can definitely be nerds too!

1.  You never have to do an update on your computer or run a virus scan or defrag because he's already done it.

2.  You house is wired with a wifi with heavy encryption and hidden from view.  No hackers here!

3.  You consider the word "nerd" to be a term of endearment.  "That's my nerd!"

4.  When you get a new gadget, you have to get him to back off so that you can set it up by yourself.  We won't talk about the kind of torture it was for my husband to watch me set up my Kobo on my own or how much fun it was to perpetrate.

5.  There are computer books as big as bricks on your bookshelves (mostly for programs that are no longer useful--for new stuff, he just downloads books).  Most parents tease their kids that they need a brick on their head to keep from growing so fast...we threaten computer books.

6.  There's more than one monitor/case/cable/router in your house that is not in use, but will undoubtedly be needed at some point in the near future.

7.  Your family car is one of these:


You wish I was joking about this car, don't you?

8.  You can understand nerd talk and when someone says their computer isn't working, the first thing you ask is, "Did you turn it off and back on?"

9.  You can trouble shoot computer problems and are often right.  Your friends are amazed by this and you realize that you've become a nerd by association.

10.  You may not understand everything he says, but you listen anyway, because there's something damn sexy about a guy who knows what he's doing when it comes to technology.

Monday, April 23, 2012

When Technology Goes Wrong: Texting Mishaps

You're writing an innocent text message to a friend, you miss the auto correction that changes the entire meaning of your text and your message is gone before you realize it.  Enter Damn You Auto Correct!.  Yes, there is really a Web site full of auto corrected mishaps.  You can upload yours to be shared with the world.  In fact there's more than one site of this type!  If you need a laugh, I suggest you check the site out.  If we're going to be slaves to technology, at the very least, we should be able to derive some pleasure out of others' misfortunes in the realm of texting.

For more inappropriate texts, there is Parents Shouldn't Text.  After reading some of these, I'm really glad that my parents do not text.  I'm going to do my best to keep it that way.  Texting can get you in to hot water!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You Know You're Married to a Nerd When...

Star Wars Cookies for Moose's 5th BirthdayYou hear your children playing a game in the backseat of the car.  One is pretending to text message the other. Angel says, "I can't text you because my battery is dead."  Big Kid responds, "Don't worry, I'm writing you the best program ever so that won't happen ever again."

Yes, he's turned them into mini-nerds!  I am in trouble!

Want more proof?  Big Kid went to the book fair at school today.  She made a list of books she'd like to buy.  The first one was the Justin Bieber story, which is to be expected for a 9 year old girl.  The rest of the books?  Star Wars.

It's a really good thing that I love Nerds! There are certainly many other ways to tell that you're married to a Nerd. We'll keep adding to the list.
dia dos namorados - geek way

Thursday, April 12, 2012

When Technology Goes Wrong

City, telephone room My older daughter's school uses a telephone blast to keep parents up to date with information that we need to know. It's a bit annoying some days because it seems like her school calls us at least once a week (in comparison, the little one's school calls maybe once a month).

This morning, for the second time this school year, her school did a call blast to every parent to say that their child was not in school today and to call the school. That's right, every single parent in the school was informed that their child was not in school. It's messy to say the least. To their credit, the school realized what they had done and sent a second call blast to let us know the first was incorrect. Actually, they sent the error message twice, you know, in case we didn't get it the first time.

What happened to the good old fashioned phone call? Actually, I'm guessing that the school doesn't have any volunteers to make the calls as the other school does. There's got to be a better way.