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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

OK we have had the a-net mafia.....the A-net grumpy old men's and now lets go after nerds....Who Here is the biggest nerds...

So far I have seen people post entire flight tracking screens on here...talk about schedules and now someone noticed an airplane was at the end of the runway in a satellite image. I have even seen people laugh at the star wars nerds...I Wonder if they are talking about the airplane nerds.

So let your inner nerd out and rejoice...be Proud...

Remember Nerds rule the world.

GS


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

Maybe not necessarily nerds per se, but I've always taken a dim view of these people that go traipsing around the world, spending thousands of dollars on airfare, taxis, hotels, and food and all they do is stand there with a pair of binoculars and a spiral notebook and jot reg #'s down. They don't even have a camera with them. Surely if you can afford to fly from LAX-LHR-HKG and Botswana, surely you can afford $149 for a basic camera.

To me, that always seemed kind of pointless. If I was to go on a trip like that, I'd want to have some kind of visual record of not just the trip for future nostalgia, but pix of the planes as well. Liveries change. Airlines disappear. And so on. I mean anyone can buy a $1.99 spiral notebook and spend an evening jotting numbers down and calling that a "log."

I don't have anything against keeping a log of what planes you see, but geez....take a friggin' camera with you to reflect on or show your friends/kids/family down the road. No one cares about some [to the average Joe] meaningless tail numbers. You never know what you may wish to view or remember 6 months or 20 years down the road.

[Edited 2005-04-17 00:54:12]

User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Wow way to suck the life out of something...well since there was no one responding I guess it had no life to be sucked out.  Smile This was supposed to be fun not make me want to go slit my wrists or something.


Sheesh Take the pole out of your ass for a bit sometimes.

GS....



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1302 times:

Well, you started it.

User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Matt, hows your pussy?


Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

1. Jen is visiting her friends so she isn't home today. 2. The momma cat is doing just fine, although I made the mistake of leaving some pizza out from last night. I got up this morning and found that she ate it-sauce, cheese, meats and all. What was 4 slices of Red Baron Deluxe last night was four triangles of bare and stale crust this morning. The little kittens are all doing just fine.

Hope this answers your question.  Wink


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

Great reply, MattD...classic.  Wink

I've always wondered about those members with 10,000+ (especially over 20,000) posts...I mean, don't you have jobs or something else to do? I like the site, but damn...I gotta step away sometimes.

I also wonder about those who post for the hell of it...constantly perpetuating the Gkirk sheep sex jokes...it gets old...REALLY, REALLY old after a very short period of time.

MattD: Some of those who fly around do have airline benefits, so they wouldn't necessarily be spending thousands on airfare. Plus, I think a lot of them (hopefully) post in the trip report forum and do include detailed pictures, assuming they have a quality website to host their pics.


User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7191 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

I do have to agree with Matt D on this. What's the point of creating a logbook if you aren't going to take a photo of the aircraft you are logging? One picture is worth a thousand regos in a log book.... Smile

User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Quoting Aerorobnz (Reply 7):
What's the point of creating a logbook if you aren't going to take a photo of the aircraft you are logging

I agree, what an odd thing to do. Why not just stay home and write numbers on a sheet of paper?


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):

My family vacations consisted of pretty much just that, except it was my dad writing down bird speces. Don't think any actual wildlife pictures were taken on our ten-day forray in Alaska but god d*mn that 8 hour bus ride through the middle of nowhere surrounded by 80 of the same type of people got very boring very fast.

...my family listens to alot of Niel Young...


User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

For a second I thought I was in the wrong thread. Had to scroll up top to make sure. Funny point, tho
All the nerds I know don't have any particular hobbies or activities... They just are.


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3528 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Airplane Nerds are:

People who can look at a contrail and go: Thats an AA 777 going from LHR-JFK. Registration N200AA and it's at FL370.

People who can look up at a plane and say: "You're going to fast! SLOW DOWN! LOWER THE GEAR!"

hehe  Silly



Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 11):
Airplane Nerds are:

People who can look at a contrail and go: Thats an AA 777 going from LHR-JFK. Registration N200AA and it's at FL370

Hey, I've never been able to guess their registration numbers... Well... except for one time recently... ;-]


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

Southwest logojets are easy to spot...

User currently onlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2007 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1176 times:
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My pet peeve are the dozens of A.nutters who can't seem to contribute anything meaningful to the forums other than: "I can't wait to see XXX aircraft in XX livery". Or the even more pathetic, "Wow, I wish XX would fly the YYYY aircraft to ZZZ city... it would be so cool to see it"


It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.
User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1147 times:

Firstly, why do you have to categorise everyone? Nerds, Geeks, whatever. Sheesh, some people are worse than politicians!

Many people enjoy just logging numbers, it makes them happy and doesn't affect anyone else but themself - apart from some opinionated people on A.net who maybe think they are the be-all and end-all of spotting.

Some people are completely shit at taking pics, some have no storage space and some just plain don't want to.

I suggest if you think this is something wrong or strange then you should examine your own motives first. As far as I knew, most of the people that do this come from a "free" society which allows them to do this. Don't knock it because you don't understand it. There are far too many threads on A.net that criticise without any proper motive or understanding.

As far as I am concerned, if anyone should be classed as something, it's these people who constantly complain and criticise others. I won't say what I think they should be classed as out of respect for the media being used, but I would hope they have enough sense to know what I mean.

So leave basic spotters alone and be grateful you can take good pics, and want to.

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7191 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1123 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
most of the people that do this come from a "free" society which allows them to do this.

The very same society that allows me to cast an opinion/judgement/prejudice on an individual based on their actions. Our minds are designed to make a series of judgements/rationalisations to fit our understanding of our world. That's the way we work..

We're all freaks or geeks to someone. Who honestly cares about what someone we're unlikely to ever meet thinks of our internet persona?


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Nighthawk, Skidmarks, JGPH1A, Usairwys757 can all be classified as Nerds  Wink


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 17):
Nighthawk, Skidmarks, JGPH1A, Usairwys757 can all be classified as Nerds

I resemble that remark ! I have never jotted down aircraft registrations (except those I fly on, which is legitimate historical research). Frankly the need to write down the rego of every BA A319 one sees bewilders me - but WHYYYY ? I love watching planes, and note with interest in my mind ones I haven't seen before, but why keep track, who cares ?

P.S. I am able to tell what aircraft is what, and make an educated guess as to the flight number, the destination (sometimes its obvious) and (if it's one I know) a stab at at least the first part of the rego. But only for my own amusement. But that doesn't make me a nerd (I don't wear a bobblehat).


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
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Hey, while I always bring a camera to airports, I am sitting here on a Sunday night posting on this thread while wearing my Star Trek t-shirt that has a sillouhette of the USS Enterprise-A with the word GEEK right below it that I got after I spent $75 or so to ride the rides and visit the bridge of the Enterprise D at the Vegas Hiltons Star Trek Experience so I could get a photo of myself in the captains chair.....

does that qualify me as a geek or a nerd....or both?  Wink



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1038 times:

We should compile a list of nerds.

NIK'heck, i'm not a nerd!'V69
Airlinerfreak
Trekster
planespotterx
lehpron
KROC
Bravo7e7
KiwiNanday
FLAIRPORT

Superfly ( Big grin)


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Any one who has responded more than once to this is a nerd...

so add to the list he following...

Matt D
DLKPA
AWspicious
Aerorobnz
me..

GS



Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1011 times:

N1120A he posts on almost anything!  Smile

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):
I don't have anything against keeping a log of what planes you see,

I agree..But I think they should use a PDA!!! That way they can get an accurate timestamp as well!!

Quoting Matt D (Reply 1):
show your friends/kids/family down the road

Well, I agree with the intent, but showing non-av(most of the people I know) friends, family, whatever my A/C pics is a SURE path to COMA CITY!!

Quoting TheCoz (Reply 8):
I agree, what an odd thing to do. Why not just stay home and write numbers on a sheet of paper?

Ok My IDEA here (but I have to admit I slightly ripped it off)
There are these guys in Texas who have set up the worlds first internet driven gaming reserve. You log onto your computer, watch the video (you can control the camera/gun), and when bambi comes on the screen: CLICK TO KILL!!!!

My twist: (This would be tough to do, but I think the FAA could be convinced of the evidenciary value of the cameras on field) Have several cameras. Some that have auto tracking, and have the freq of what they cover as audio, Maybe if it gets REALLY fancy; auto loads and displays the flight info of it's subject A/C. Have a few (or more depending on the demmand) that can be cotrolled by remote, with all relevant freq's avail. Have a 'take picture' feature for 'members'  Wink  Wink Then you look at your digital album, and for a nominal fee print/ship your pics.
If the guy who thinks of spotting from home isin't a GEEK, I don't know whay I am!! Big grin

Quoting PA110 (Reply 14):
My pet peeve are the dozens of A.nutters who can't seem to contribute anything meaningful to the forums other than: "I can't wait to see XXX aircraft in XX livery". Or the even more pathetic, "Wow, I wish XX would fly the YYYY aircraft to ZZZ city... it would be so cool to see it"

And one time... at band camp....

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 15):
Some people are completely shit at taking pics, some have no storage space and some just plain don't want to.

I have the $hittiest camera on the planet, ok, maybe not as bad as a 35MM disposable, but close.. I still fill up my paultry 256MB every chance I get!!
I am accepting donations to buy a REAL camera  Smile

Quoting DL021 (Reply 19):
both

No Question


User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 996 times:

Well, i guess i'm a nerd then coz i 'jot down numbers' without taking pics! I've been to airshows/airports/viewing parks all over the place and i think i've only ever used one roll of film on aircraft. Why? Simple, i couldn't give a flying fcuk about taking pics of planes....does that make me sad? In some people's eyes yes, in other's not at all. On the subject of logging numbers, i must admit that i can remember where i saw around 75% of them....nerdy? No. good memory? Yep! Ohh btw, i can take good pictures, so don't think i don't snap away coz i'm crap, it's just i have no desire to. What's sad and nerdy to you is just another thing to me, and vice versa! What is sad is when aviation enthusiasts call each other nerds!!!!  Sad

Cheers  Smile



In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
25 Redngold : I'm a nerd... signed, redngold the silent partner on A.net: A.net mafia A.net "bible thumpers" A.net nerd
26 Post contains images TheCoz : Easy there SkySurfer, that comment came from a guy who spends all his free time writing computer code. If I'm not a nerd, no one is.
27 SkySurfer : Ha, well i'd appreciate it if you could write me a program for my bosses computer, so everytime he looks at porn instead of doing work the screen wou
28 AeroWesty : So exactly how does a planespotter differ from a nerdspotter?
29 TPASXM787 : I sit at work every day and surf the site. I finally joined this year. I had taken many many flights and I have never taken a picture of the plane, or
30 Post contains images Saxdiva : Nerds? On a.net? Lessee here... I hang out at airports and take pictures of planes for no reason other than I think they're cool... I built my own com
31 Planespotterx : Skidmarks Some people are completely shit at taking pics, some have no storage space and some just plain don't want to. Some people try taking pics bu
32 JGPH1A : Oh dear me no ! Those check shirts and sensible shoes - they just scream "Walmart" !
33 Post contains images OYRJA : I'm amazed that NIKV69 hasn't written in this thread yet I'll bet that he has something to say about this. hehehe
34 Post contains images Aloha717200 : Damn! Guess I'm guilty. Whenever I see a contrail, or hear a jet passing over, I stop everything I'm doing to look for the jet. Once I find it, I can
35 Captoveur : Wanna see your respect rating go up? Become a lesbian and offer to tell A.netters about it.
36 AWspicious : Post on here that you're a bi-sexual female and literally watch your respect rating digits flip up into the stratosphere. Damn... I posted again! Wel
37 NYCFlyer : The biggest a.net nerds have got to be those people who write agonizingly long trip reports about boring domestic flights, like BWI to MDW on WN. Seri
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