Damn It Feels Good To Be A Nerd
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 16, 2009 4:30PM
Being a nerd was hard back in the day, but it seems nerddom is becoming popular and trendy. It is now more acceptable to let your nerd hang out.
Three of Chicago's twitterati [Ed. note: SO not a fan of that word, but in this case I suppose it's fitting.] have formed a club for nerds, the Chicago Nerd Social Club. When they realized that each time a Tweetup was planned or someone announced they were out for a beer, about 25-30 people would show up. From that, Rachel Baker, Scott Murphy and Jeff Smith came up with an idea to create a social club for nerds.
"Nerds sometimes get a bad rep - we want to change that," says Murphy. "We also noticed that options for social clubs in Chicago were all sports oriented and we thought we'd create something with a similar feel but none of the sports slant that would typically scare away your standard nerd."
The club announced their kickoff event for May 7 at Risque Cafe. Special guests iFightDragons will perform. The party will be followed by a trip to a midnight screening of the premiere of the Star Trek movie. The Club plans to host regular events some informational, like a discussion on Netbooks helping guide people through the process; and some will be casual gatherings at a bar or a gaming night. Most events will be free or inexpensive.
We want to "create an environment where like minded people can get together in a non-threatening, fun environment," Murphy said.
BY: Pattie Lee