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top 10 nerdy hobbies that jeremy might be doing

Scatter readers know that Jeremy has taken up a hobby so nerdy that he won’t tell us what it is. Some guesses:

  1. Evanston Esperanto Club
  2. Klingon Language Institute.
  3. World of Warcraft.
  4. Second Life.
  5. Turtle Racing
  6. Vampire LARP, maybe Jeremy started his own.
  7. Sociology blogging.
  8. Chess-boxing.
  9. Feminist guerrilla performance art.
  10. 43-man squamish team.

Add your own guesses in the comments.

Written by fabiorojas

May 22, 2008 at 12:17 am

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  1. Maybe he spends his evening searching for the perfect photos to photoshop and post on http://manbabies.com/

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    Ann

    May 22, 2008 at 12:41 am

  2. That’s twisted, Ann.

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    fabiorojas

    May 22, 2008 at 12:50 am

  3. Kieran

    May 22, 2008 at 1:41 am

  4. I’m pretty sure he’s become a dungeon master for some online D&D league.

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    shakha

    May 22, 2008 at 1:51 am

  5. I am rolling and laughing out loud (wife annoyed)…..ferret legging (sounds like an Irish sport)…manbabies (plain weird)…too funny!

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    tf

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 am

  6. No ferrets in Ireland. St Patrick drove them out with the snakes.

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    Kieran

    May 22, 2008 at 3:17 am

  7. Jeremy, buddy, if you are reaidng this blog, please tell us what you are doing so we can end the madness!!

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    fabiorojas

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 am

  8. Man, I want to play in a D&D game run by Jeremy “Expletive Deleted” Freese! We should add a gaming schedule to ASA, with special Sociology Celebrity DMs!

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    Dan Hirschman

    May 22, 2008 at 3:42 am

  9. He’s ruled out Second Life, although apparantly I may have been wrong about my assumption (based on CSI and Law and Order, how I get most of my trends filtered) that it’s only for cheating spouses, stalkers, and serial killers. Apparently it’s for wannabe superheroes.

    I think it has to do with coding, programming, or hacking. It is nerdy, not spazzy. I have to do a post on nerd hierarchy next.

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    belle lettre

    May 22, 2008 at 3:54 am

  10. @belle This nerd hierarchy? Or a more generic one?

    Also, re: Second Life, I think the real action is elsewhere. Second Life may be a preview of things to come, but it’s not ready yet. World of Warcraft with its millions and millions of dedicated players is the more interesting one. Last I heard, there were twice as many WoW players in the US as farmers (4 vs. 2 million)…

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    Dan Hirschman

    May 22, 2008 at 3:59 am

  11. Dan: haha! I have to use this. No, just that there’s an explosion of “obvious but revelatory” posts/books on nerdishness lately. I’ll post it on Scatter. Where I belong only because I am a nerd.

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    belle lettre

    May 22, 2008 at 4:50 am

  12. Fantasy baseball? Online euchre?

    Wait, those are my nerdy ex-hobbies.

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    brayden

    May 22, 2008 at 4:53 am

  13. I posted a brief reply to all this on Scatterplot. In a miraculous moment of self-restraint, I did not needle Brayden at all about online euchre.

    I have never actually played D&D, so I don’t think I would be a good sociology celebrity DM. The soc shrine folks have made several references to it, so I think they might spend a lot of time rolling the 20 sided die out behind the dumpster.

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    jeremy

    May 22, 2008 at 6:40 am

  14. Mi persona voĉdonas por la Esperanto-klubo – almenaŭ ĝi estas multe pli pragmata ideo ol la Klingona Instituto! Legu nur la 7 punktojn de la Manifesto de Prago kaj konvinkiĝu mem: http://lingvo.org/

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    mankso

    May 22, 2008 at 10:53 am

  15. Online euchre? Geez, Brayden, you are giant dork.

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    fabiorojas

    May 22, 2008 at 12:46 pm

  16. Yes, online euchre. My grandparents taught me the game when I was a kid, and there was a time during grad school when I played a lot of late night euchre with people from Canada.

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    brayden

    May 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  17. Euchre sounds like a respiratory disease that commonly afflicted Victorian chimney sweeps and matchbook sellers.

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    Kieran

    May 22, 2008 at 1:37 pm

  18. Tresling: Arm-wrestling + tetris.
    http://tresling.org/

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    brubineau

    May 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

  19. I think Battlestar Galactica has to figure in this somehow.

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    Omar

    May 22, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  20. Online euchre with … Canadians?!?! Have you no shame!!!

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    fabiorojas

    May 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

  21. I have to back up Brayden here! Euchre is pretty fun. My grandparents taught me when I was a kid too; they needed a fourth player.

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    muleer

    May 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm

  22. Hey! There’s nothing nerdy about Esperanto. It’s rather cool!

    Take a look at http://www.esperanto.net

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    Bill Chapman

    May 22, 2008 at 5:38 pm

  23. I thought Euchre was a Michigan thing, but I guess Canada is close enough. I learned it in a middle school math class, and have been playing ever since. But online? Then again, I come from a family of Bridge players, so maybe I’m not one to talk.

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    Dan Hirschman

    May 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

  24. “There is nothing nerdy about Esperanto.” Come on! It may well be cool, but if so it’s nerd-cool. Although I bet in high schools the Esperanto kids are always shoving the Klingon kids into lockers and such.

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    jeremy

    May 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  25. “There is nothing nerdy about Esperanto.”

    Look, my dad did esperanto and it was so cool… in 1948!!!

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    fabiorojas

    May 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm

  26. Some other things:

    1.) Making costumes for his approaching participation in a historical re-enactment of “X.” (Insert something here, either a civil war battle, the invention of the first computer, etc.).

    2.) Constructing numerous miniature figurines of famous demographers. Painstakingly painting them.

    3.) Working on a sociology board game.

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    shakha

    May 22, 2008 at 6:21 pm

  27. shakha,

    what would the board to a sociology board game look like? i’m imagining a slightly cartoony version of a small-world social network, a structural equation model, or — god help us — the AGIL map of social theory.
    i guess we’ll just have to wait and see what jeremy comes up with.

    gabriel

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    Gabriel

    May 22, 2008 at 7:48 pm

  28. A sociological board game would surely be made up of concentric circles, a la Chicago school.

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    Omar

    May 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  29. i think i’ve got it:
    being a sci-fi fanfic reviewer for a con…

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    brubineau

    May 23, 2008 at 1:56 am

  30. This post is convincing me what a nerd I must be. Not only am I a fan of a card game that old people routinely teach their grandchildren, but a lot of these hobbies sound reasonably fun to me (especially the tresling, thanks Brian!).

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    brayden

    May 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm

  31. I think tresling would be WAY MORE AWESOME if it was thumb wrestling instead of arm wrestling.

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    jeremy

    May 24, 2008 at 2:23 am

  32. Interesting!
    Just to let you know that eight British MP’s have nominated Esperanto for the Nobel Peace Prize 2008.
    Question!
    Are British MP’s nerds?

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    Brian Barker

    May 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

  33. well, MPs certainly aren’t as nerdy as guys who spend all day on google checking whether their invented language has been dissed by obscure social science blogs

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    Gabriel

    May 26, 2008 at 9:49 pm

  34. Hey, I taught my daughter euchre last week. (All right, her grandmother was visiting…)

    Esperanto is the language of the Greatest William Shatner Film of All Time. How could that be nerdy??

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    Ken Houghton

    May 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm

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