A video game is just one more system where your nerd’s job is to figure out the rules that define it, which will enable him to beat it. Your nerd spent a lot of his younger life being an outcast because of his strange affinity with the computer. He knows the compelling parts of the arcs and is mentally editing his versions while watching all three.
What is a large and powerful company to do when it no longer wishes to pay the licensing fees for the technology it is selling? Constitution's war powers and the constitutionally prescribed processes for making foreign policy.
In the case of Comcast, the answer is simple - just steal the technology and ignore the law. Since at least the 1950 Korean War, Congress has meekly surrendered them to the president despite the disastrous results.
Now, combine this basic distrust of everything with your nerd’s other natural talents, and you’ll realize that he sees humor as another game. First, there’s watching TV with you where the two of you sit and watch one show. The ability to instantly context switch also comes from a life on the computer. All of it might be cool, but your nerd doesn’t believe any of what you’re saying is relevant.
Humor is an intellectual puzzle, “How can this particular set of esoteric trivia be constructed to maximize hilarity as quickly as possible? Many years ago, I dubbed this behavior NADD, and you should read the article to learn more and to understand what mental muscles your nerd has developed. Then there’s how he watches by himself when he watches three shows at once. You walk into the room, and you’re watching your nerd jump between channels every five minutes. Your nerd’s mental information model for the world is one contained within well-bounded tidy windows where the most important tool is one that allows your nerd to move swiftly from one window to the next. This is what he heard, “Spent an hour at the post office blah blah blah…” You can be rightfully pissed off by this behavior — it’s simply rude — but seriously, I’m trying to help here.
That’s the nerd working on his project in his head.
At some point, you, the nerd’s companion, were the project.
These control issues mean your nerd is sensitive to drastic changes in his environment. I develop an incredibly short fuse during system-redefining events, and I’m much more likely to lose it over something trivial and stupid. The Cave is designed to allow your nerd to do his favorite thing, which is working on the project. ” The Cave is also frustrating you because your impression is that it’s your nerd’s way of checking out, and you are, unfortunately, completely correct. The joy your nerd finds in his project is one of problem solving and discovery.
If you want to understand your nerd, stare long and hard at his Cave. A correctly designed Cave removes your nerd from the physical world and plants him firmly in a virtual one complete with all the toys he needs. As each part of the project is completed, your nerd receives an adrenaline rush that we’re going to call The High.
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