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October 8th, 2006, 8:21 am

I have noticed that they have certain chracteristics.First, if you ever take a stroll near the City/Canary Wharf etc and look at cars driven by finance professionals, chances are that Ferraris, Porshce's etc are often driven by very nerdy looking guys.Of course there is the penis extension theory to explain this. I am not so sure - things are never that simple. But from unquantified observation, the more effeminate, the more physically challenged the nerd, the sportier and more bling the car.Second, is choice of film. Nerds tend to prefer gangster films - portraying everything they are not. I once sat next to 5 nerds from an elite French school, with appearances ranging from Mr Bean to PV Hermann, and all they discussed were "Reservoir Dogs" etc. Interestingly, the guy who made those films is nerdy looking himself. I forgot his name - but just looked it up. Tarantino it is.So do nerds try to appear more masculine by investing in 140,000 pound sports cars, and watching/talking gangster films. I have known some internationally accaimed sportsmen - not too badly off financially - but they seemed to have neither set of needs.Now I am not anti-nerd. I think like in most things, there are good nerds, and there are bad nerds. My feeling is that the bad nerds tend to this behaviour the most.Opinions please, as there must be a few nerds here.
 
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October 8th, 2006, 10:26 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: flairplayI have noticed that they have certain chracteristics.First, if you ever take a stroll near the City/Canary Wharf etc and look at cars driven by finance professionals, chances are that Ferraris, Porshce's etc are often driven by very nerdy looking guys.Of course there is the penis extension theory to explain this. I am not so sure - things are never that simple. But from unquantified observation, the more effeminate, the more physically challenged the nerd, the sportier and more bling the car.Second, is choice of film. Nerds tend to prefer gangster films - portraying everything they are not. I once sat next to 5 nerds from an elite French school, with appearances ranging from Mr Bean to PV Hermann, and all they discussed were "Reservoir Dogs" etc. Interestingly, the guy who made those films is nerdy looking himself. I forgot his name - but just looked it up. Tarantino it is.So do nerds try to appear more masculine by investing in 140,000 pound sports cars, and watching/talking gangster films. I have known some internationally accaimed sportsmen - not too badly off financially - but they seemed to have neither set of needs.Now I am not anti-nerd. I think like in most things, there are good nerds, and there are bad nerds. My feeling is that the bad nerds tend to this behaviour the most.Opinions please, as there must be a few nerds here.Are you one of them, and just seeking reassurance?
 
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October 8th, 2006, 1:50 pm

QuoteAre you one of them, and just seeking reassurance? Nope - though in the end it's in the eyes of the beholder.I certainly dont need have too much interest in bling sports cars or gangsters films. As well, to my mind nerds are not just the quanty types - many traders and structurers fit in as well.
 
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October 10th, 2006, 5:22 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: flairplayI have noticed that they have certain chracteristics.First, if you ever take a stroll near the City/Canary Wharf etc and look at cars driven by finance professionals, chances are that Ferraris, Porshce's etc are often driven by very nerdy looking guys.Of course there is the penis extension theory to explain this. I am not so sure - things are never that simple. But from unquantified observation, the more effeminate, the more physically challenged the nerd, the sportier and more bling the car.Second, is choice of film. Nerds tend to prefer gangster films - portraying everything they are not. I once sat next to 5 nerds from an elite French school, with appearances ranging from Mr Bean to PV Hermann, and all they discussed were "Reservoir Dogs" etc. Interestingly, the guy who made those films is nerdy looking himself. I forgot his name - but just looked it up. Tarantino it is.So do nerds try to appear more masculine by investing in 140,000 pound sports cars, and watching/talking gangster films. I have known some internationally accaimed sportsmen - not too badly off financially - but they seemed to have neither set of needs.Now I am not anti-nerd. I think like in most things, there are good nerds, and there are bad nerds. My feeling is that the bad nerds tend to this behaviour the most.Opinions please, as there must be a few nerds here.I interned at a hedge fund where the supposedly non-nerds (sales people including the CEO) drove Ferrari and BMW-5 series. Not sure if you would add BMW/Merc,etc to that list of expensive cars or just the ones that are sporty (to call it as a nerdy behavior). I think majority of the male population likes gangster movies ; tell me who does not enjoy Godfather/Scarface? But, now I feel one could also analyze fund managers in the same lines. The managers who make most money are the ones who had high SAT scores (does that mean they are nerds too....?)
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October 10th, 2006, 5:47 pm

Think BMW's and Merc dont count. Driven by old guys as well - less flash. No extension there.I disagree over high SAT scores - but the truth is finance is full of nerds from trading and structuring to quant work.Note I exclude people who have original thoughts. They are just thoughtful people. Einstein was not a nerd, nor are some fine quants and traders. Francis Crick wasn't one, neither was TS Elliot, nor Henry Miller.Nerds tend to be desperate to follow the herd, desperate for money,power and status, and seem to have no substance outside their professions. They often tend to rever received dogma.Many MBA types fit in as well. Especially those who are also insecure otherwise.
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October 10th, 2006, 6:01 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: flairplayThink BMW's and Merc dont count. Driven by old guys as well - less flash. No extension there.I disagree over high SAT scores - but the truth is finance is full of nerds from trading and structuring to quant work.Note I exclude people who have original thoughts. They are just thoughtful people. Einstein was not a nerd, nor are some fine quants and traders. Francis Crick wasn't one, neither was TS Elliot, nor Henry Miller.Nerds tend to be desperate to follow the herd, desperate for money,power and status, and seem to have no substance outside their professions. They often tend to rever received dogma.Many MBA types fit in as well. Especially those who are also insecure otherwise.Ah, if that should be the definition of nerds, then I think I will agree to some extent. In that case , I will also say that such nerds are also the most obnoxious people of the rest. My boss's boss incidentally is an Masters in econ. from Chicago and likes to go to disney world a lot, partly because he has kids but he likes it himself. He is kind of a mix between an academic and MBA. But does not enjoy socializing at least in the office. Many times, he has hard time saying hello to people - something that contradicts a typical American style of living. How would you classify him?
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October 25th, 2006, 10:44 pm

Of course there is the penis extension theory to explain thisDo go on.
 
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October 25th, 2006, 10:55 pm

I am no nerd man!!! I am cool!! Just look at my cool shades I am wearing!!
 
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October 26th, 2006, 12:54 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: gardener3I am no nerd man!!! I am cool!! Just look at my cool shades I am wearing!!A veritable Casino Royale, my good man.
 
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October 26th, 2006, 12:55 am

Especially those who are also insecure otherwise. How long have you had this obsessions with other people's insecurity? Do you view this as unhealthy?
 
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October 26th, 2006, 4:53 am

QuoteOriginally posted by: HamiltonEspecially those who are also insecure otherwise. How long have you had this obsessions with other people's insecurity? Do you view this as unhealthy?Long as I have analysed you and your points of view.You are insecure - and dare I say, if we met face to face somewhere, I would soon see why you feel so insecure.
 
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October 26th, 2006, 6:09 am

Hamilton, you've adopted the persona of a shrink.Tell me about yourself...
 
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November 3rd, 2006, 3:14 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: flairplayI have noticed that they have certain chracteristics.First, if you ever take a stroll near the City/Canary Wharf etc and look at cars driven by finance professionals, chances are that Ferraris, Porshce's etc are often driven by very nerdy looking guys.Of course there is the penis extension theory to explain this. I am not so sure - things are never that simple. But from unquantified observation, the more effeminate, the more physically challenged the nerd, the sportier and more bling the car.Second, is choice of film. Nerds tend to prefer gangster films - portraying everything they are not. I once sat next to 5 nerds from an elite French school, with appearances ranging from Mr Bean to PV Hermann, and all they discussed were "Reservoir Dogs" etc. Interestingly, the guy who made those films is nerdy looking himself. I forgot his name - but just looked it up. Tarantino it is.So do nerds try to appear more masculine by investing in 140,000 pound sports cars, and watching/talking gangster films. I have known some internationally accaimed sportsmen - not too badly off financially - but they seemed to have neither set of needs.Now I am not anti-nerd. I think like in most things, there are good nerds, and there are bad nerds. My feeling is that the bad nerds tend to this behaviour the most.Opinions please, as there must be a few nerds here.What is the definition of a nerd?Are you saying nerds have small penises?the internationally acclaimed sportsmen you know are probably not football players then? Ever seen a football player without at least 3 of such cars?
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November 3rd, 2006, 3:33 pm

QuoteOriginally posted by: flairplayQuoteOriginally posted by: HamiltonEspecially those who are also insecure otherwise. How long have you had this obsessions with other people's insecurity? Do you view this as unhealthy?Long as I have analysed you and your points of view.You are insecure - and dare I say, if we met face to face somewhere, I would soon see why you feel so insecure.I'll have to drop in sometime, although I usually send my butler, Alfred, in my place.
 
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November 3rd, 2006, 4:20 pm

I ounce told a girl at work I was a Nerd, she told I only was a Geek. I think her comment must have been a nerdy way to check me out.Insecure?? I think overconfidence, how could so many smart quant-nerds loose so many billions if they where insecure in the first place.I am always over confident, but long experience make me build my portfolio in a way so my overconfident nerd mentality never can take me down.I do not have a sports car, I lost the dream of my red sports car when studying garden plants in the crash of 87. I also know I am a overconfident driver, so car safety first (Hummer is not a bad choice, but too hard to park for my taste, besides Hummers attract too many Nerdy girls, I prefer Geek women) flairplay: "chances are that Ferraris, Porshce's etc are often driven by very nerdy looking guys."what do Nerdy women drive? Private Jets? or is that the Geeks? Growing up in the country side I remember one of my class mates used to come to school on the back of a horse, the women was initially attracted to him, but you need to shower more than once a week if you spend most of your time with horses, he mainly had distant relationships I think.
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