“Ask a Nerd Girl” – 2nd edition (part 1)

Ask a Nerd Girl

I did the first “Ask a Nerd Girl” back in April 2012 for my 100th blog post. I thought that the response was huge then but it paled in comparison to how many questions were submitted this time around. Over 200! And that’s not including the questions that were pretty much the same but asked by different people (which I’ve clumped together and answered at the same time).

I haven’t even finished answering all of the questions yet and already the Word doc where I’ve been working on this is 22 pages long. I promised that every question would get answered so I thought I would break it up into four posts with approximately 50 questions in each post. So if you don’t see your question here then stay tuned because it will be in a future post this week or next.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. Y’all asked some great questions and it’s been a lot of fun answering them. You rock my socks.

Because I was pulling the questions from multiple areas I apologize if I missed any.  I tried to answer all of them.

Maybe I’ll try doing a Reddit AMA session next time…what do you think?

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Jason K: who would win in a race on land only: Superman or The Flash?

The Flash. They keep trying to find out for sure but always get interrupted.

Chuck S: What is the fastest land animal?

Cheetahs. I watch them run at the San Diego Safari Park on a regular basis.

Zen E: Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?

No one, Groucho. They are entombed.

Benji P: Hi Nerd Girl, huge fan. So I have a question for you: Why are you so freaking awesome?

Well, first off, let me just say thank you for thinking that I’m awesome. That’s really sweet 🙂 Second, uhhh…I dunno…I’m just being myself and people can take it or leave it.

Matti C: in regards to the ask HNG session:
Recently I somehow ran into a slightly more nerdy girl than myself, and for some reason, I think that there might be something going on. (perhaps it has something to do with her eagerness to each other soon, after only meeting me once poopfaced drunk). Anyways she wants to travel all the way to where I live, and wants me to take her and her friend out drinking. So question is, what sort of place do I take her to? (I usually do pub crawls and rave’s which probably isn’t her thing). and do I invite friends?

I would say yes to inviting friends just in case she’s a bit on the cray cray, stalker side. I’m a pub girl myself. I pretty much refuse to go to any bar that forbids tennis shoes so that rules out most clubs. Pubs are great because they are low key and y’all can just be yourselves without any crazy high expectations. Plus, chances are you’ll actually be able to hear and maintain a conversation.

Nick F: Which Star Wars movie do you prefer?

I’m a Return of the Jedi girl.

Desireé S: Where can I buy one of your nerd harder t-shirts?

My Nerd BFF Geek Outlaw has some clothing connections because he owns an apparel company called My Active Country so I’m going to see if I can get some HNG Nerd Harder t-shirts made on an as-needed basis for anyone who wants to order one. My friend Brett just designed a logo for me that I love so I’m getting pretty darn close to the point where I can have some made. I’ll announce it on facebook when that’s all in place.

Zeddicus Z: Is your mate a “nerd girlboy” as well?

In some ways, yes. He is a casual fanboy. Does he even remotely approach my level of nerdiness? No. But then, most people don’t.

Grey W: What is the airspeed velocity of a laden swallow?

Don B: What is the air speed velocity of an African Swallow…

Gary A: What is the airspeed of an unladen African Swallow …………..

Airspeed can be predicted using a published formula. By inverting this midpoint Strouhal ratio of 0.3 (fA/U ≈ 0.3), Graham K. Taylor et al. show that as a rule of thumb, the speed of a flying animal is roughly 3 times frequency times amplitude (U ≈ 3fA).5

We now need only plug in the numbers:

U ≈ 3fA
f ≈ 15 (beats per second)
A ≈ 0.22 (meters per beat)
U ≈ 3*15*0.22 ≈ 9.9

… to estimate that the airspeed velocity of an unladen Swallow is 10 meters per second.

You have to know these things when you’re a nerd, you know.

Jason K: do coconuts migrate?

Not at all. They could be carried.

Robby R: Which is a better show for me to start: Battlestar Galactica or Doctor Who?

How much time do you have? If you’re purely talking reboots (and not the original TV shows), Battlestar Galactica has 4 seasons while the new Doctor Who has 7 series. Both have great drama and intensity but Doctor Who is also light-hearted and funny. They’re two of my favorite shows so it’s tough to choose.

Antonio B: What do you think of the Battlestar Galactica series on Machinima Prime?

Edward M: I’ve seen the first two episodes of Galactica Blood and Chrome and I like it. What’s your opinion of the show? Its on Machinima prime.

I’ve watched all of the episodes that are available. I think it’s through 7 & 8. It’s pretty frakking awesome. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but it’s neat to go back and see Bill Adama as a young man and how he handled various situations. I look forward to watching the finale.

For those who are wondering:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT79x4qM4FE]

Hank P: Boxers or briefs?

No preference.

Michael W: Commando or thong?

For me? Bikini cut.

Andrew P: Is Star Wars Episode VII going to be good?

Ian B: What hopes/expectations do you have for Star Wars Episode VII knowing Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay?

Gower_Power ‏@Gower_Power00: @hot_nerd_girl Not sure if anyone has asked you this yet, but any thoughts about SW Ep. 7? What direction would you like to see the saga go?

Ray G: Who do you think should direct the next Star Wars saga?

Austin D: What is your opinion on Star Wars Episode 7? Just curious. I honestly can’t wait and hope it’s phenomenal.

Greg C: Do you think Disney will do justice to the Star Wars legacy or do you think they’ll just “family it up” to sell theater seats?

I have faith that it will be just fine. Disney has done good by Marvel and I’m hopeful that they’ll do good things for the Star Wars franchise. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried a little but I’m reserving judgment until I see Episode 7.

David C: Will you audition for Star Wars Episode 7?

Oh man, I would love to but I’m not really in the entertainment world so I don’t know how I would get in front of the casting directors. If you know someone who wants to give me an audition, you just let me know lol 😉

Luis S: Who would win in a fight, the dough boy or the Cookie Monster? Eating the enemy is allowed.

Cookie Monster.

Jerry M: How do I raise my daughter to also be a “hot nerd girl”?

Kids are going to turn out however they want, no matter what. My Aunt learned that when she gave me a Barbie for Christmas every year for 3 years straight until she realized that I was using them for dinosaur bait until GI Joe or the Ninja Turtles could rescue them. Then she gave up trying to make me girlie. The best thing you can do is encourage them to be who they are meant to be. I encourage my 4 year old nephew’s budding nerdiness in every way that I can but if he ever gets to the point where it just doesn’t interest him anymore, I’m not going to try and force (heehee) it on him. I’ll be sad but I’ll adjust and adapt. Same goes for if and when I ever have kids. But Lord help me if I ever have a daughter who likes princesses and easy bake ovens and shit. I would be so out of my element; I don’t know what I would do.

Justin V: My 14yo daughter has memorized 3000+ digits of pi, runs marathons, dressed up as the Doctor for Halloween (nice fez!), and has earned her black belt … any words of advice for a pretty girl following in your footsteps?

I used to love running cross country! It’s how I messed up my knees 🙁 But hey, I can tell when it’s going to rain 😉

Just tell her to be herself, which should be easy because she sounds pretty frakking awesome. Teach her to be confident about who she is and to ignore the haters. And there will be haters, no matter how nice you are. There are always going to be people who can’t handle the fact that a pretty girl is just as nerdy (if not more so) than they are. There have been moments when I’ve had to thicken my skin a bit but ultimately, I’m not doing this for anyone but myself. I just needed a place to vent my nerdiness and I never thought anyone outside of my family and friends would ever care about it. I’m just being me and you can either come along for the ride or you can get off at the next spaceport.

Condi M: Are you planning on doing Playboy this year?

No, and to be honest, I probably never would. I like Playboy well enough and even subscribed to it for a year but I’m a prude and could never pose sans clothes. I could see doing something like Maxim though. But no one has asked me so it’s a moot point 😉

Martin G: What’s a Nubian?

An ethnic person from Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt and/or someone from the planet Nubia, makers of excellent hyperdrives and various other starship parts.

Jason I: Are you hyped for Doctor Who Season 7 coming out soon and what did you think of A Game of Thrones books vs Season episodes thus far?

DW: I’m assuming you mean the Christmas Special and the 2nd half of Series 7 and the answer is YES!!! The new Companion seems pretty cool and I’m looking forward to getting to know her better even though I’ll miss the Pond’s and I’m a little miffed that I’m not the next Companion 😉
GOT: I think that the show is fantastic but I’m a little bummed that season 2 strayed from the book so much. Season 1 followed the first book so closely, it was very satisfying to watch. It makes me both nervous and excited for season 3.

Jared F: Have you ever skipped school?

Yes, but in true nerd-style, I only ever ditched with my Mom’s permission and there was usually a good reason for it.

Jacob P: Did Jabba let Han out to change shirts before he put him on the wall?

No…

Chris S: What in your opinion is the single best seasoning when cooking the perfect Balut?

I don’t cook (especially not Balut, no offense) and, trust me, you don’t want any cooking advice that I could possibly offer lol

Matthew P: How much time do you spend playing video games? (Honest question)

Not much, unfortunately. I used to all the time and I can still kick some serious butt on my old Nintendo and SEGA games because the systems have smaller controllers. I have ridiculously small hands and bad wrist problems. Those two things combined make it very physically painful for me to use the larger PS3 and Xbox controllers after more than a few minutes. It really, really, really sucks. I like watching other people play though and I can play games that come out on Wii. My friend Meghan, who participated in the Babe Lincoln photoshoot with me, is a serious gamer girl. She rocks it.

Pete S: What have I got in my pocket?

Not fair! not fair! It isn’t fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it’s got in it’s nassty little pocketsess?

Michael D: How to win a “nerd girls” heart? Feel free to tell me to improve my look or what not I’m in need of assistance.

I can only really give myself as an example…I don’t care about things like gifts and I’m more of a potted plant person than a flower person, but I’m a sucker for cards, especially hand-made ones. Something that demonstrates that a lot of thought and caring went into it.

As far as your look…for me, a guy’s look has never been all that important so long as their personal hygiene is up to snuff, I don’t care what they wear or how they cut their hair (hey, that rhymed). I’m Obsessive Compulsive so the hygiene thing is a deal breaker for me.  There’s bad apples in every demographic but, as a rule, nerd girls tend to be very sweet and accepting.

Peter R: Where are all the nerd girls hiding out??

I get asked this a lot. The obvious answer is conventions and comic book stores but not everyone can get to either so I’m leaning towards looking for them online. Specify that you’re a nerd and you’re looking for a fellow nerd. I know there’s a new dating site for Trekkers. I’ve never done online dating myself but my NBFF Geek Outlaw has. He might have some further advice in that regard.

Chris M: Is the social acceptance of geekyness making it easier or harder being a geek girl? Are the social expectations getting tougher?

Easier, definitely. 10 years I would walk into a Star Trek Convention and get strange looks, sometimes downright dirty looks. People assumed I was there with a boyfriend (including the always awesome Manu Intrayami – we’ve laughed about that incident since then). One convention worker in San Francisco stamped my hand and straight up asked me what I was doing there because people who look like me don’t go to Star Trek Conventions. I was kind of offended at first when stuff like that would happen, then I just started giving them a “I can’t believe you just said that” look. Nothing like that has happened for at least 3 or 4 years now. It’s been pretty awesome. I’m thrilled that nerd girls are letting their geek flag fly.

Greg W: Holy crap how excited are you about The Hobbit movie?

So excited that I have a nerdgasm every time I see a poster or a trailer, or even just think about it.

John B: Is ‘The Guardian of Forever‘ Team Edward or Team Jacob?

I have a feeling that both of them would be spit out.

Ray G: Are you a robot?

Not the last time I checked.

Daniel S: How did you go about starting the HNG posts?

I get asked this question quite a bit. And the truth is, I kind of stumbled into it. I talked about it when I was interviewed for The Man Sphere.

Brandon L: What’s your cup size? I kid, I kid… but seriously, do you play MechWarrior Online: Mercenaries?

34DD and no.

Daniel S: Doctor Who or Inspector Spacetime?

The Doctor.

Tom W: If you ever make it to Montana, would you sign an old nerdy man’s Harley windshield or jacket??? (you have bit of a following here btw)

Sure 🙂

Nat W: Hey. First off, love your page. It’s awesome, never fails to make me chuckle, and sometimes go wow lol. Anyway my actual question is this. I’m thinking of doing a comic con next year, but as I’m coming over from the UK and have to arrange time off of stupid work, I don’t want to go to the wrong one. As it’ll be my first, which do you recommend? Thanks. 🙂

There are a lot of good ones, so let me ask you a couple of questions:

  1. What time of year are you coming? Do you know the exact dates? Or at least which month?
  2. Is there a particular city you want to visit and/or are you visiting people in a certain city during this trip?
  3. Are you more interested in seeing big movie and TV show panels or Comic Book artists and artwork?

If you don’t have answers to these questions and you want to plan your trip around a con, then there are several big ones like San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con (in Seattle). Medium sized ones like WonderCon (Anaheim) and APE Con (San Francisco). And a ton of small ones. It all depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. Send me more specifics and I’ll be able to narrow it down for you a bit better.

Jason H: Where is my pie?

Ask Sam, he was supposed to get it.

Brent A: cake… .or pie….

Like Dean, I prefer pie. I like looking at amazingly decorated cakes but I’m not a huge fan of cake itself. Pie on the other hand….nom nom nom…I can eat pie all day. Especially rhubarb. The only pie I won’t eat is Blueberry because I’m horribly allergic to blueberries.

Bruce F: Can you please come to Toronto?

I’d love to! One of these days I’ll make it up there.

Todd M: Who’s your favorite Doctor?

The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. I know that there will be a lot of Tom Baker fans out there who will be pissed at me but I just love David Tennant. And not just cause he’s cute, but because I love his facial expressions and his emotional range. He’s brilliant.

Shannon L: Would you like to go for a ride in my Tardis?

Hold on while I grab my suitcase and my hat box.

Christopher B: Do you like Captain America?

Of course!

Kevin L: Did you vote Red or Blue?

I plead the fifth. I won’t discuss politics on here but I will admit that, to my knowledge, I have voted in every possible election since I turned 18. I seriously love to vote.

Kristi R: Do you believe in a parallel universe? And when were you born? 🙂

I believe that anything is possible. I think that it would be amazing to see it if it exists. I’m a Groundhog baby. We have a club.

Alvin B: Would Nathan Fillion have made an awesome Han Solo???

I think that certain people are fated for certain roles. Harrison Ford was destined to be Han Solo and Nathan Fillion was destined to be Malcolm Reynolds. I think that if anyone other than Harrison had to take over the role of Han, Nathan would make a viable alternative.

Brian M: Favorite Transformer?

The older I get, the more I appreciate Optimus and his role as a leader. As a kid I was totally obsessed with Bumblebee.

Brad L: What is your favorite character to cosplay?

So far, Thor. The most comfortable was Babe Lincoln because there was no corset involved.

Pete C: HNG Question: Do you ever have days, weeks or months where you just say “fuck it” and don’t want to have anything to do with being a nerd anymore, don’t want to watch anymore Star Trek/Wars, no more books, figurines etc…..what do you do when/if that happens? What does a Hot Nerd Girl do when she doesn’t want to Nerd anymore?

I don’t understand the question…?

LOL, just kidding, I get what you mean but the answer is no. If anything, it’s the opposite. I feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin all of the time because there’s so much that I want to absorb. I will go through sci-fi phases or fantasy phases or comic book phases, but it’s not because I’m tired of one of the other genres, it’s just an organic cycle.

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TO BE CONTINUED…

Comments

  1. Great questions, great answers. And I totally agree with not getting political. There’s no better way for a blogger to make themselves a target for the Internet’s bottomless supply of hate – and also potentially alienate about half their audience – than to take their politics public. Who you vote for is no one’s business but your own, and you’re wise to keep it that way.

    Looking forward to parts two, three, and four!

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      Agreed. If I wanted to talk politics I’d start a blog about it. For me, it’s just important that people get out and vote. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain imho.

  2. Very cool, especially the advice for girls in the modern world. As the Dad of three daughters (Dr Who Maniac, Star Wars Fangirl and Harry Potter lover respectively) it’s good to hear things are improving.

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      Sounds like you’re a great Dad with 3 fantastic daughters 😉

      1. You know me so well, and I’ve only commented a couple of times….
        The big test for us will be in February, when we try to get to the Vancouver FanExpo and actually get in. I have my Mandalorian Costume up and running, and the girls all have outfits planned. Last year wasn’t so successful:
        http://dtrasler.com/2012/04/21/the-best-convention-i-never-got-to-vancouver-fanexpo-2012/

  3. Dan says:

    Just a random person who found your blog and decided to stay. Cheers.

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      Awesome, welcome aboard!

  4. Todd McConnell says:

    I totally agree, the 10th Doctor was the best. Even though Tom Baker was my first Doctor, David Tennant just made the role iconic. I think I may have had a heterosexual man-crush on him. Very cool idea with the questions. Thanks.

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      And that’s perfectly acceptable 🙂

      Thanks! It’s a fun way to interact with fellow nerds.

  5. ditchthebun says:

    I loved your response to the last question. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the things I want to look at, do, watch, read, try, photograph and what not. I admit I do get cranky when I have to do Uni work, but am far more interested in reading say for instance this post LOL. Not at all procrastinating right now 🙂 With Uni and full time work I do sometimes feel like I don’t spend enough time/have enough time to truly unleash the real me as much as I would like to. I am always true to myself on the inside 🙂 and let her out as soon as I clock off hahaha

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      Thanks! Glad I could help distract you for a bit 😉

  6. Yep, totally agree with Greg! Let’s leave politics to the politicians! I love your blog, and anxiously await part 2!

    1. hotnerdgirl says:

      Thanks! I’ll try to get Part 2 up later this week.

  7. Bryan - Lord of.... ooh, cookies. says:

    Hi, fan of the page, generally not one to comment (not really my style), I just figured I’d share on the “raising a nerd child” aspect and shoot for some sympathy 🙂 The set up: I’m a lifelong super-nerd (philosophy, history, theology, mythology, fantasy… name it and I can jabber about it for hours), gamer (I don’t LARP anymore, not a cheap hobby) paintball, fencing, the whole shebang. Read NERD, right? About the only thing I don’t do is cosplay, although I have done that. I’m also a single father (don’t sympathize, or empathize, it’s a good thing) of two girls (it’s okay to start going aw, now), with custody (building it up) of my delightful girls… who are into… PRINCESSES *soft sobbing* and MAKEOVERS… (Feel free to kick actually laugh at me, it’s okay 😀 ) In answer to the person that asked about “raising a hot nerd girl” is, encouraging nerdiness is easy. The key is, be INTERESTED in what they’re talking about, ask questions, push them to find more answers. Being a nerd isn’t about being obsessed with a subject… that merely helps. It’s about loving a subject (I was so pleased to start getting my kids into gaming… my oldest will be allowed to play D&D in another year or two) and absorbing it. Also remember, if you’re into cosplay, for instance, dress-up games as “pretty princesses” is merely the beginning of cosplay, like Halloween. That just takes encouragement and patience and acceptance. Yes, they will become who they wish to be, but it’s not an all or nothing thing, either.

  8. tamosaer says:

    Hi, HNG, fan of your page, generally not one to make lengthy comments, I just figured I’d share on the “raising a nerd child” aspect and shoot for some sympathy 🙂 The set up: I’m a lifelong super-nerd (philosophy, history, theology, mythology, fantasy… name it and I can jabber about it for hours), gamer (I don’t LARP anymore, not a cheap hobby) paintball, fencing, the whole shebang. Read NERD, right? About the only thing I don’t do is cosplay, although I have done that. I’m also a single father (don’t sympathize, or empathize, it’s a good thing) of two girls (it’s okay to start going aw, now), with custody (building it up) of my delightful girls… who are into… PRINCESSES *soft sobbing* and MAKEOVERS… (Feel free to actually laugh at me, it’s okay 😀 ) In answer to the person that asked about “raising a hot nerd girl” is, encouraging nerdiness is easy. The key is, be INTERESTED in what they’re talking about, ask questions, push them to find more answers. Being a nerd isn’t about being obsessed with a subject… that merely helps. It’s about loving learning about a subject (I was so pleased to start getting my kids into gaming… my oldest will be allowed to play D&D in another year or two) and absorbing it. Also remember, if you’re into cosplay, for instance, dress-up games as “pretty princesses” is merely the beginning of cosplay, like Halloween. That just takes encouragement and patience and acceptance. Yes, they will become who they wish to be, but it’s not an all or nothing thing, either.

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