Hey, Things To Do In LA readers! I've compiled a list of the "Best Nerd Books Money Can Buy".
They cover a wide range of topics, but mostly they exist as the coolest things you can leave out to make your friends jealous. Because that's the real point of owning books anymore, jealousy. Not simply jealousy in terms of possession, but in knowledge that others don't have. Like being a elite of yesteryear, looking at the poor ignorant masses, there's nothing more than a nerd wants to do than show they know more than other nerds.
by Daniel Wallace
Listen, my young Padawan,
You"ll be the envy of your friends and they"ll want to keep pushing the protective case release button. It's yours so you decide who can push your button.
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition] $64.97 on Amazon (retail $99.99)
(Star Trek Universe way of dealing with zombies would be to transport them into the sun, just my guess)
Night of the Living Trekkies $10.17 on Amazon
I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook
by Carrie Tucker
If your a nerdy girl looking for love with that other special nerd, pick this up. Nerd girls you've got to make the first move.
I Love Geeks separates the different type of nerd boys and it's also a great way to do a introspective on yourself. It matches the following Geektionary so closely I suggest you pick it up as a companion book. Talking about companions this book is around to land you one.
The book separates the type of nerds out there for easy finding of your potential love nerd. Gamer, sci-fi &; fantasy, comic, Otaku, sports, film &; television nerd all have their own sections for easy field guide use. Each referenced nerd has a diagram that's so accurate it made me laugh out loud more than once.
Subjects for each sub-genre are defined, such as words you should know and what to prepare yourself for. The book was written by a women to tell other women about nerds. Facts, and trivia fill up the book, but it maintains itself as if your talking with a friend over coffee.
Ms. Tucker also brings up something girls could get into in the same genre of their potential man. This is also a nice way for guys to find out how to bring a girl into their likes and social enviorment.
I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook $7.24 on Amazon
Geektionary: From Anime to Zettabyte, An A to Z Guide to All Things Geek
by Gregory Bergman and Josh Lambert
Akin to The Otaku Encyclopedia by Patrick W. Galbraith this books explains every facet of geekdom and nerd talk. While reading you can tell the authors had fun writing it out. What sets it apart is that it split up the different levels of geek just like the previous book in the guide, I Love Geeks. Geektionary's different chapters focus on plain geek speak, sc-fi & fantasy, comics, otaku, computers, sports, gaming, and movies in that order. That's a easy way to find out something without having to look through the entire thing.
Just fun to read through and see what some of your friends are talking about or if you've read about something online and didn't understand. Going through it you'll see they've defined most of what you do and who you are. Filling the book are little tidbits on info called Geek Facts and short Geek Quizzes to test you for the Hell of it.
Here's some of my favorite definitions, that I need to explain to my friends
crap rare (noun)
A game card in Magic: The Gathering that is rare and worth a lot of gaming money but is useless or not at all helpful in a particular game.
Alan Smithee (proper noun)
A pseudonym used by film directors when they want to disown and take their name of the project. First used in 1969, it has been used dozens of time since.
A Japanese term for someone who has a interest or even a attraction to a manga or anime character or type of character. Can also refer to a young female anime/manga character.
Ash (proper noun)
Geektionary: From Anime to Zettabyte, An A to Z Guide to All Things Geek $8.03 on Amazon
The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words
by Alexis Munier
Children get away from the screen, slightly older children get closer. Reference books are filling the middle of the list for good reason, there fun to go through. This one might be my favorite for the reference just because it's so dirty.
Anyone reading this is a guy with a pie, hessian, klismaphiliac whose a puller and goes to lemon parties. No idea what I called you? Get the book. I didn't mean what I wrote about you , I'm just going through some stuff, sorry.
The Big Black Book will be hours of fun with you and your friends. Drinking games that could be thought up with it make it pay for itself in no time. You"ll want to show your friends or even call them some of the things in the book, just to see if they know. Be a clever dick, n. obnoxious know it all. Once again it's reference and knowing something someone doesn't know will always be the main substance of a nerd.
I didn't know what gokkun was (gokkun, n.- porn in which a person drinks semen) , but I'll be sure to ask my friend if he's doing it later. Then I'll tell my friend Sandra to eat my zab (zab, n.-penis) and explore the map of Tasmania (explore the map of Tasmania, v. -to copulate). Fun times await you reading the many, many things you shouldn't say to others.
I know it's just a dictionary, but I enjoy a thesaurus of dirty words the explains the origin of dirty words, which the big black book doesn't have. Fuck is fairly entertaining. Fuck's origin isn't French as so many people say, "Excuse, my French", but is from the Dutch. It has been shortened and meant the copulation of farm animals. Farmers had to give farm animals time to copulate, so they came up with the phrase froken-ze cattle.
The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words $11.53 on Amazon
Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour
QR Code embossed on the cover tells you right away Functional Aesthetics is about modern trends. The modern trends are in fashion, exploring new technology, artistic ideas that are theoretical, and some simple ideas you wish you came up with and also had the resources of a graduate student
Theoretical fashion now that's a new field to put into Wired's slang section. Getting lost in the ideas about fashion in this book is a pleasure for anyone. For myself I got lost in ideas of making sci-fi movies based on some of the strange outfits, also the applications of a heated jacket for a trip into cold weather.
Plastic Analogue from Amy Thompson pg.26-29
A plastic covering that looks like armor. Girls dressing like mechs with a simple plastic coating. The material looks very pliable and at worst could be put together in a snap.
BioCouture from Suzanne Lee pg. 96-99
Growing clothing from bacteria. Yeah, clothes grown from bacterial- cellulose, with a goal in mind to make form fitting clothes because the can be grown over a frame for a perfect fit. If a girl feels up your jacket in between her finger and says " What material is this, leather?" , you can say " No, it's Green Tea Bacterial Cellulose."
I wonder if they can use other bacteria and if you get interesting patterns and designs based on the one you use. On a darker idea with no basis, what if some of the bacteria mutated and you'd have a clothing virus? Don't touch my pants, you"ll make them sick!
Fibertronic from HEATwear pg. 188-189
A jacket with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that keeps you warm in the cold, need I say more.
Galaxy Dress from CuteCicuit pg.112
A dress comprised of 24,000 LED's. You could light the party yourself in this stunning constantly changing dress. It makes you think of the other clothes in the future, that might be like screen savers or just changing pictures as LED's get smaller.
These are but a few of thought provoking ideas in fashion. Theses ideas can lead to learning about different sciences and technology, diy, and once again knowing something another person doesn't.
I like that every article of clothing has a QR code and website written at the end of their info. A easy way to follow up or learn more about what your reading. The readers was well thought of in this regard. There even keywords listed at the bottom of the article. Not to mention, the easy to access layout that's like glossing over a Ipad.
This is my second favorite book on the list for how easy it is to pick up and get lost in.
Functional Aesthetics: Visions in Fashionable Technology $43.76 on Amazon
Box Bottle Bag: The World's Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com by Andrew Gibbs
From function into design, a nerd has to understand why something looks cool. Simply put it most be designed well for a nerd to get it.. Why else do you purchase a Imac over a PC. Andrew Gibbs of thedieline.com has put together a book of some of his favorite pieces that show off true love of design.
Comprised of photos that beautifully capture design in modern products, this book is what you leave out on your coffee table.
The company, design firm, designer, art director, font are all layed out so you know exactly who did what. Small quotes and explanations leave you with inspirational ideas for your own work. The packaging design is just another way to lose yourself in ideas and think. You can relax here just in the simple of awe and think to yourself, "I'd buy that."
I think the book is best seen then described, that's really why it exist to show off and if you haven't gotten that theme yet, and your not paying attention.
Box Bottle Bag: The World's Best Package Designs from TheDieline.com $22.86 on Amazon
The Geometry of Pasta
by Caz Hildebrand &Jacob Kenedy
Like Italy from the anime Hetalia I have to say "PASTA!" or really The Geometry of Pasta is a excellent nerd cookbook just from the title alone. There's so much more to this culinary guide and it's flavor is in it's design. The art for this book is simply stunning. Caz Hildebrand's art puts the pasta right in front of you. It seems like you got a letter from the pasta council of some event, if said pasta council did exist. If they did exist they''d ask Caz to do there letterhead and fonts. All pasta are rendered to their basic forms throughout the book. It's like looking into a art book while making a dish.
The Geometry of Pasta $13.63 on Amazon
The BLDGBLOG Book
by Geoff Manaugh
Sadly, the cover changed to something far too busy from this simple minimalistic original idea. So when you see it online or in a store (if book stores exist still) understand it's the same book and there isn't a different edition you can get.
Architecture unbound in this tomb by Geoff Manaugh, once the editor of Dwell Magazine and owner of the same named site BLDGBLOG. I had the pleasure of briefly talking with Geoff at Postopolis! LA(which he was a major figure in creating) a few years ago. He's a clever man, whose taken his blog into a easy to read delight.
The book contains interviews, striking images, and well thought out explanations for theoretical architecture and the real architecture of today. Separated into a few chapters with many broad a different aspects about urban culture, the underground, the sky, sound, the future, and other stuff you should read makes the book heavy filled with so much that it should spring a leak and knowledge should come shooting out. Once again, the book feels your head with new ideas and wonder. It"ll make you think, "Wow, that's cool".
The BLDGBLOG Book $19.77 on Amazon
That's the end of this guide, future guides will be on Otaku books and Zombie gear.