# David Carr's "Geeks Telling Jokes"

New York Times media columnist David Carr invited some "media geeks" to tell jokes, for a video played during Carr's talk at SXSW yesterday. I have a very brief cameo, at the end. Before you hurl tomatoes, remember: none of us have plans to quit our day jobs. Also, The Aristocrats.

Related: Carr had an interesting column about conversations at SXSW on the NYT's paywall.

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1. rvernon says:

OK, hard act to follow.  My favorite nerd joke is from Dilbert (paraphrased): Does an engineer see the glass half full or half empty?  Neither, the engineer has two redundant glasses in case one spills.

1. Dragonsbreath says:

My variation is that an engineer see’s the glass as being twice as big as it needs to be.

2. bingo says:

thank you.  I loved most of this and have to find an opportune moment to try the last physical prank at home.  no way that works.

3. 8bar says:

My favorite: Why do programmers confuse Christmas and Halloween? Because 31(oct)=25(dec).

1. Nick Hayday says:

Of course it does if you assign it, 31(oct)==25(dec)

1. 8bar says:

You do understand I’m talking about octal and decimal, right?

1. Nick Hayday says:

Yes, but one equals sign is normally assign, and two is a boolean test

1. 8bar says:

I hail from the old FORTRAN days, where = was both an assignment and a logical test! But I like your modernized version better, 31(oct) == 25(dec).

4. jgs says:

I have been liking this one recently:

A mathematician, an engineer, and a physicist are being interviewed for a job. In each case, the interview goes along famously until the last question is asked: “How much is one plus one?”

Each of them suspects a trap, and is hesitant to answer.

The mathematician thinks for a moment, and says “I’m not sure, but I think it converges”.

The physicist says “I’m not sure, but I think it’s on the order of one”

The engineer gets up, closes the door to the office, and says “How much do you want it to be?”.

(scraped from http://jcdverha.home.xs4all.nl/scijokes/6.html since that was the first place I could find it written out)