From the Rands in Repose archives, the ultimate User’s Manual for friends and spouses of nerds everywhere:
The nerd has based his career, maybe his life, on the computer, and as we’ll see, this intimate relationship has altered his view of the world. 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. When the illusion is broken, you are going to discover that…
Your nerd has control issues.
Have you ever found yourself reading something and unconsciously nodding and smiling? That was me, reading this profile of myself.