1. I taught myself to read.
|Courtesy Alejandro Escamilla|
Sorry for this humble brag, but it is kind of a major nerdy accomplishment. I couldn't have done it without Lawyer Mom, either, who read to me and my brother every night when we were young. She also (very patiently) read all of the cards in the Uncle Wiggly game out loud to me every time we played, even though as an adult she admitted it was the most tedious thing ever. If that laser-like focus on words and letters isn't nerdy, I don't know what is.
That said, I wasn't a total super genius. I could read okay but I had problems with writing that persisted for a little while. I had a tough time spelling my own name until I was 5, mostly because I refused to go by "Kate" or "Katy" or any other nickname.
2. My 64-slide Power Point presentation about stars.
|Courtesy Blair Fraser|
3. My commitment to Reading Olympics.
Basically, at the beginning of the school year a list of 50 books comes out at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Teams are encouraged to read all of them and then, in the spring, attend a tournament and answer a bunch of trivia questions about said books. In other words, it was everything I loved, together at last: reading and trivia competitions.
Of course by high school, Reading Olympics was definitely not the cool, fun thing to do anymore; I was one of a handful of students that stuck with the game all the way through their school career.
4. The "power hour" bash script I wrote.
Specifically, it would automatically advance to the next song in an XMMS playlist every 60 seconds, so that we could all relax and just enjoy the beers. Better partying through Linux.for ((i=0;i<=59;i+=1)); dofor ((x=1;x<=60;x+=1)); dosleep 1echo $x "seconds"donexmms --fwddone
5. The entire Kokoba jewelry line.
|Kokoba display at the Da Vinci Science Center|
|DNA double helix maille bracelets|
I don't think it gets much nerdier than STEM jewelry?