So, it seems I’ve been written up in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, a newspaper whose prestige and journalistic excellence make the Wall Street Journal look like the Shop-Rite coupon book. The article, by Meghan Waters, is about “nerd culture” in Waterloo, and I am the prototypical nerd who Waters found to interview.
A few corrections:
- While I said some very nice things about Mike Lazaridis, I did not compare him to God. (Sorry, Mike!)
- I did not use the phrase “create some nerd capital.” Indeed, if you find a phrase that sounds like I wouldn’t have used it, I probably didn’t use it.
- I did not confidently declare that in the future, “nerdlings will dream about” the University of Waterloo as they now do MIT and Caltech (“just give it some time”). I speculated that something like this might happen, particularly if the US were to continue its descent into medieval theocracy.
Despite these and other minor errors, I’m glad that my plan to increase the number of women in science by “nerdifying the world” has now received the wide public airing it deserves.