About the Manual

The Nerd Manual is meant to be both a useful resource for nerds and a guide for the people involved with nerds. If you're a nerd you can find information here that will help you improve your life and perhaps better understand yourself. If you're close friends with, dating, or married to a nerd, I want to give you insight into things nerds do that a lot of people have difficulty understanding.

I hope to avoid offending anyone--either nerd or non-nerd--but please understand that the manual will get into some sensitive topics, stray into contentious territories, and even use stereotypes to illustrate points. It's OK to disagree with something, but keep your comments civil.


The Caped Crusade - A Cheat Manual for Non-Nerds

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains how Batman--the bad ass detective; the campy TV sensation; the grim heart of the urban night--is at his core a nerd. For almost 80 years now Batman has swung from dark to light and back again, throughout it all embodying the values his readers (and viewers) project onto him, but Batman is undeniably a nerd replete with gadgets, obsession, and a complete lack of superpowers (unless you count all Bruce Wayne's money). Hardcore Batman geeks will already be familiar with the facts Weldon weaves into his narrative, but the way he builds on these facts to construct a particularly nerdy view of Batman offers us a fresh and enjoyable perspective of the Caped Crusader. I think, however that this book is even more valuable for non-nerds who could use some help understanding the Dark Knight's nerd appeal. If you've got a nerd friend who's seriously into Batman, you need to pick up The Caped Crusade. This is your new cheat manual. It's your "admit one" ticket to deep conversations on the finer aspects of Batman, Robin, The Joker, and the role comic books play in popular culture.


A Safe Space to Practice Social Skills

I hesitate to call this a Real Life Nerds post, because the Redditors who started this may not be nerds.

A group of users in the SocialSkills subreddit have started an online practice space using Skype and Discord where people can just practice talking with other people. It's an opportunity to practice conversation and social skills with real people in a completely anonymous environment where you can work 1-on-1 or in groups of three or more. There is no judgment, no high stakes, just a safe place to practice talking.

Here is the original Reddit thread.
This is meant to be a safe space for anyone to practice and make mistakes with other people who get it. Whether you're socially awkward, shy, learning to converse in a non-native language, or just want to talk with other people, take a look.

Another Redditor suggested hanging out in r/CasualConversation, which is a similar idea but it's all in text. Talk about any casual topic you want without worrying about someone judging you.