In a landscape of famous fictional nerds, it is difficult to pick one more unique than Booger. Played by Curtis Armstrong in 1984's Revenge of the Nerds, Booger preferred stained T-shirts to pocket protectors, and farts over facts.
This past weekend, I found myself vocalizing in a new way something I've inherently known for a long time: Nerd matters. If you are indeed a nerd, this won't be much of a shocker. But if you have someone in your life you suspect might be a nerd, or if you just don't get this stuff, listen up.
There are plenty of geek conventions every year, but this is the biggest. Over 130,000-attendees, big. What began as a small comic book convention in 1970 has evolved into the largest pop culture event in the world.
Bob Calhoun's got a new book out called Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay, and Conflict on the Expo Floor, and we thought we would pick his brain about the crazy world of fan boys and girls, expos, trade show and conventions.
No degree of social savvy makes someone immune to insecurity, doubt, emotional struggle or even an occasional case of the "nerds." Our faith communities should be the place where each of us is most comfortable exploring that inner nerd.