No, we’re not nerds, why do you ask?

Last year, to celebrate successful completion of a project milestone, our group went on a "cultural expedition" to a glass-blowing studio where we were to learn about the craft of glass blowing and even do some of it ourselves. (By the way, it was fun.)

One of the glassblowers had been making a lot of little jokes about Frodo and Mount Doom. Working with molten glass does that to a person, I guess. When it came time to break up into smaller groups, each working with a different glassblower, the Tolkein-obsessed glassblower announced, "Okay, let's do it this way. Lord of the Ring fans on this side of the room, Star Trek on the other."

After a brief pause, a few of us casually crossed to the other side of the room.

Okay, maybe we're nerds. You decide.

Hey, at least nobody asked, "What about Harry Potter?"

Comments (23)
  1. How long before the Star Trek fans broke down into series-based subgroups?

  2. RyanBemrose says:

    False dichotomy.  Middle-Earth is just an undiscovered M-class planet near the galactic core.

  3. Eric says:

    Of course you go with the Trekkies.  Microsoft is the Borg, remember:)

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

  4. ethermal says:

    I guess there was no side for me.  

  5. Jules says:

    "False dichotomy.  Middle-Earth is just an undiscovered M-class planet near the galactic core."

    Why am I now seeing Q as Gandalf?

  6. Cooney says:

    Of course you go with the Trekkies.  Microsoft is the Borg, remember:)

    Having read ‘Microsoft meet the borg’, I’d say no:

  7. I have a friend, who claims to be a programmer, who was watching a Harry Potter movie and then asked "Wait a second.  Where did Gandalf go?"  I’m not sure which side of the room he’d go to.

  8. Timothy B. says:

    That sounds like a neat trip, Raymond. What did it take to arrange?

    — T

    (wondering if there might be a similar studio in Southern California)

    [I suspect that if you asked a small glass studio, “Hey, how much would it cost to give a small group of people an introduction to glass blowing?” they would be willing to negotiate with you. -Raymond]
  9. someone else says:

    What about Twilight?

    Is that a stone coming my w–*ouch*

  10. Brian says:

    Ouch, tough call.  But I think I’d be obligated to follow the Trekkers (or better yet: the Trekkies) – just as long as we can all agree that Deep Space Nine was the best series.

    *cue the flames*

  11. configurator says:

    @Timothy: It’s really not a problem doing that and not very expensive. What you have to do is call them and say "Hi, I’m the trip coordinator (maybe my translation is a bit off, but you know what I mean) for the ____ group. We are organizing a trip to your city and thought we might have an introduction to glass blowing. How much would it cost us to have such an introduction at your studio?"

    The point is, you tell them it’s part of your fun trip and only one option amongst many – I’ve done it successfully a few times as a trip coordinator where I used to work.

  12. configurator says:

    Am I the only Discworld fan? The only fantasy worlds I’m actually a fan off are Discworld, and the world of Warcraft.

  13. Aaargh! says:

    Another Discworld fan over here.  *waves*

    Pratchett’s humor is just brilliant.  

  14. Rick Damiani says:

    @Timothy B:

    Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim has a glass shop with glass blowing demonstrations. I don’t think they let the public try their hand at it though.

  15. porter says:

    > "Wait a second.  Where did Gandalf go?"  

    Perhaps he was referring to a particularly rare Famous Witches and Wizards card.

  16. malloc says:

    They’re not nerds. They’re geeks!

    They would be nerds if they blow their own processor with vacuum tubes.

  17. Rune says:

    Another big Discworld fan here. I’ve read both Tolkien and Harry Potter, but I definitvely prefer Discworld, with Tolkien on a close second. (I’m not a Harry Potter fan at all, but the movies are quite OK)

  18. Brian says:

    "…I don’t think they let the public try their hand at it though."

    That’s because anyone who inhales is likely to get a sharp pane in their chest.

  19. Jon says:

    the Tolkein-obsessed glassblower

    Typo: It’s Tolkien.

  20. someone else says:

    “a sharp pane in their chest.”

    Now THAT sounds painful!


  21. Michael G says:

    Choosing between two different billion dollar movie franchises = mainstream.

    Fan of Discworld = still a nerd.

  22. Jolyon Smith says:

    How many people stood in the middle of the room looking confused or upset that they had to make such an impossible choice?

  23. Timothy Byrd says:

    @Michael G: I know about the Star Trek movies, but are you telling me that Lord of the RIngs isn’t just a book anymore?

    (Okay, okay I’m kidding. But then I was so familiar with the book that the movie cast hasn’t overwritten my mental images of the characters. I also don’t think Peter Jackson’s effort was so perfect that someone won’t try to do a remake some time this century. On the other hand, there were certain bits of the films that I loved – the theme music for Edoras, for example.)

    So if you are a Discworld fan, what do you think of "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" compared to the other books?

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