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He sees the world as a system which, given enough time and effort, is completely knowable.

This is a fragile illusion that your nerd has adopted, but it’s a pleasant one that gets your nerd through the day. Whereas everyone else is traipsing around picking dazzling fonts to describe their world, your nerd has carefully selected a monospace typeface, which he avidly uses to manipulate the world deftly via a command line interface while the rest fumble around with a mouse. Grab that seemingly discarded Mac Mini which has been sitting on the floor for two months and hide it.

It’s the word your nerd says when he’s not listening, and it’s always the same.

My word is “Cool,” and when you hear “Cool,” I’m not listening. Those first awkward five minutes when two people are forced to interact.

Even though he’s apt to vanish for hours, has a strange sense of humor, doesn’t like you touching his stuff, and often doesn’t listen when you’re talking directly to him, he’s a keeper. My advice: Map the things he’s bad at to the things he loves.

There are other ways your nerd can create The High, and he does it all the time.

A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff. It’s unlikely that this project is a nerd’s day job because his opinion regarding his job is, “Been there, done that.” We’ll explore the consequences of this seemingly short attention span in a bit, but for now, this project is the other big thing your nerd is building, and I’ve no idea what is, but you should.

That’s the nerd working on his project in his head.

It’s the end of the day, and you and your nerd are hanging out on the couch. There isn’t a computer anywhere nearby, and you’re giving your nerd the daily debrief. Expect active involvement from your nerd when you trip the relevance flag.

“Spent an hour at the post office trying to ship that package to your mom, and then I went down to that bistro — you know — the one next to the flower shop, and it’s closed. If you trip the irrelevance flag, look for verbal punctuation announcing his judgment of irrelevance.

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