May 19, 2011

The nerdiest book

After one week of voting on the nerdiest book owned by a Sadbear writer, the 30 votes have been tallied. Early voting pointed to a likely tie, but a clear winner emerged. The nerdiest Sadbear book belongs to Kyle, and it is: "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region."

This treasure raked in 7 votes (23 percent).

Paired with Kyle's other entry,
"Blade of the Immortal" (Ten installments of Japanese manga), he was the runaway nerd book owning champion. "Blade" landed in a five-way tie for second place. Those in the tie, with 4 votes each, included:

:: "A New Introduction to Modal Logic"
:: "Intro to Logic and the Methodology of the Deductive Sciences" (Goat)
:: "The Road Ahead" (Econ)
:: "The Three Musketeers" (Leonardo di Caprio on cover) (JDunn)

No other book mustered more than one vote. Rounding out the submissions, paired with their owners:

1 vote
"Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century" (Jack)
"Atlas of the World’s Deserts" (JDunn)
"The Many-Splendored Fishes of Hawaii" (revised and updated) (Tony)

0 votes
"The Silva Mind Control Method" (Chase)
"The Writer's Complete Crime Reference Book" (Chase)
"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (Econ)
"2003 Driver License Booklet For the United States and Canada" (Tony)
"Making and Breaking the Grid" (Katie)
"365 Ways to Save the Earth" (Katie)

Stay tuned for more future polls, and perhaps some writings of substance.

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Blogger Chase said...

It is worth noting that I matched each book to the wrong owner in my best guesses.

May 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM 
Blogger Vanessa said...


May 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM 
Blogger Naomi said...

I didn't even realize the DiCaprio was on OUR SHELF! *hangs head in shame*

May 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM 
Blogger Erin said...

How did Econ not win this?

May 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

I must say, as owner of the Sadbear Nerdiest Book, I voted for the DiCaprio cover.
And about the tree book, a little anecdote:
Shortly after I purchased the volume (yes, I went out and bought it), I visited my folks and my sister in Louisville. On her desk, leaning against Audubon Society's North American Birds and a bookend, poised and ready for use, was the very same Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region. "Hey, I just bought that," I said proudly.
So I accepted this award on behalf of my entire nerdy family.

And yeah, how did Econ not win this?

May 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Do you use it in everyday life?

May 24, 2011 at 1:56 AM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

Let me put it this way, Jack: yes.

I know we have two beautiful White Pines in our backyard (currently my favorite tree) and a common Sugar Maple in the front, discovered that certain oddly shaped leaves in our neighborhood belong to a Ginkgo, and found a rather rare Florida Yew on Eastern's campus, which I identified by its berry, which is poisonous.

You can laugh, but next time we're out walking in the woods and I say "Hey, don't eat that," you best mind.

May 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM 
Blogger Margaret Anne said...

Honestly, I don't find those Audubon books nerdy at all. I have a collection of those on my own bookshelf:
The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians, National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures, and my personal favorite, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes.

May 25, 2011 at 3:07 PM 
Anonymous D Bannerman said...

Thiss was a lovely blog post

June 18, 2023 at 6:31 PM 

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