- From The Atlantic: When the Nerds Go Marching In, on how nerdpower worked on Obama’s successful re-election campaign.
- Betabeat’s 2012 tech insurgents.
- Geek masculinity & the myth of the fake geek girl.
- Eleven weirdly spelled words & how they got that way.
- The Oatmeal’s thoughts & musings on making things for the web. Sad & true and it’s The Oatmeal so if you have delicate sensibilities, skip it.
- 10 games Pong is better than.
- Marc Cuban says Facebook is driving way brands starting with his.
- Nine best minimalist print ads.
- Rock Me Archimedes, a cleverly named, smartly packaged board game.
- What stunningly beautiful nerdery is this? An R2D2 engagement ring.
- For nerds who like to collect random trivia: How mint became the default flavor for dental hygiene.
Tag Archives: board games
photo by ginnerobot
The Atlantic has a funny article about how nearly two decades after its creation the board game Settlers of Catan is about to become a mainstream hit. They, of course, credit nerds with being early adopters paving the way for the game’s success (and I’m sure our lunchtime gamers would totally agree):
“Settlers is taking a similar path [ala Green Lantern and X-Men] to popularity. Not long after its inception 16 years ago, Settlers found a welcome home among gamers. “The nerds recognized it first” argues Charlie Cromer, a nerd culture enthusiast who’s been attending gaming conventions for the past decade. “They were the ones willing to take a chance on an obscure foreign board game.” In the case of Settlers, nerds were the early adopters that Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his book The Tipping Point, a necessary component for a product to take off.”
Sure this might look like a crappy cellphone picture of a Scrabble board, but it’s not. No, it’s a crappy screencap of a picture from the Scrabblecam. Even old school Scrabble has a nerdy twist here. At The Nerdery the Scrabble board gets its own webcam and players have to check in every once in awhile to see if it’s their turn (denoted by the Post-it on the side of the board).
Right now I am off to play a triple-letter V.
UPDATE: Now you too can watch the Nerd Scrabble action.