What is a nerd?

The following is a letter from Charles Babbage (1791-1871) to Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), concerning an error in one poem of the latter.

Charles Babbage wrote:

In your otherwise beautiful poem one verse reads,

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born

If this were true the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest that the next edition of your poem should read:

Every moment dies a man
Every moment 1 1/16 is born

Strictly speaking the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.

This letter is a great example, illustrating to us what is a nerd.

The definition of Nerd: who spends all the time worrying about details.

My two cents is that a computer is a machine with heavy emphasis on doing precisely whatever they are told to do. So nerds are perfect candidates for computer operator. On the other side, anyone who works with a computer ends up training hiself to spot minute details that are incorrect or out of place, which means the one tend to become a nerd in the end.

Our age is a computer age, also a nerd age.

(the end)

If you are single, Silicon Village sucks

An English guy got Google’s offer, asked on a public forum if he should accept it and move to the valley.

Someone answered:

(When you accept the offer and move to the valley, …)

“If you are single, you are more likely going to stay single.

If you are in a age (35) that are looking to find a long time partner to form a family, dating in the valley is going to suck.

I mean really really bad. SF is a bit better, still not that great to find a quality life partner.”

(The End)

Six Apart is dead, But Movable Type still alive

Feel quite low these days. Don’t have much thing to share here, just a brief post. =============================== I was shocked by the breaking news this morning: Six Apart Acquired By VideoEgg. Six Apart is a software company who provides blogging platform services — TypePad, Vox, and Movable Type. My blog is powered by Movable Type since 2003, which means I have been a user — a happy user, indeed — of Six Apart for the last 2000+ days. Now, the company is dead, bought by an advertising network. What will happen to MT? Do you really believe someone selling ad would truly support the open source software? I am worried. Continue reading