Nerd….yup that’s me!

I’m a computer nerd. There, I’ve said it. I could no longer in good conscience don the garb of a hip Adelaidian, well-worn black shoes concealing the binary truth of my nature. Nope, I’m not the guy who thinks getting fingered on an IRC is pretty damn funny. I’m the one who rolled his eyes during The Net or Sneakers, longing for technological honesty..

One of my jobs places me in constant contact with others of my breed. I work as a Senior Strategic Enterprise Application Manager and Information Architect for a small printing company and deal with fielding questions like “I was trying to repaginate the sole copy of my Quark document on this floppy when I got a death chime and a sad Mac. What should I do?” You should shoot yourself, you technologically illiterate sub-human being. Well, sometimes answering some idiots makes a guy tense.

One of the things I’ve noticed is the relative hierarchy inherent in the nerd species. At the top, there is the Urgeek, the big-daddy grandmaster of trivial knowledge and obscure development terminology. The Urgeek shouldn’t be confused with the Protogeek, which connotes those who attained Urgeek status in the late 70’s or early 80’s. The Protogeeks actually remember what punch cards looked like. They are respected in a manner similar to vigilantes: yeah, I respect what you’ve done, just stay the hell away from me, you coffee ground eating freak. (The author vehemently urges those considering it not to repeat the latter to either a Protogeek or a vigilante.)

Below the Urgeek there are various minor levels of geekness, including the Froshnerd (Featuring parasitic features like knowledge-sucking probisci), the Jadednerd (seen it all, done it all, bitter about it all. Had a date once, supposedly), and the Mid-level Managementnerd, who is scoffed by his brethren for trading the unkempt hair and Goodwill clothes for a small measure of financial stability.

In general, computer nerds are well described by one of my old quips : They’re either crazy or about to get that way. Actually, the original subject was Im a geek…..blah, but we nerds are anything. Well, almost anything.

So, what have we learned today? We know that computer nerds are a new special strain; we know that chivalry still survives in some goofy context; and we know that my articles aren’t so hot when written after 4 hours of diagnostic exams. But then, they were never that hot.

My voice is my passport, baby. Verify me.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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