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 Aug 06, 2008 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* Nerdlympics?

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IT World has come up with some "Olympic" games that nerds could do well in:

When you're first hired in an IT department, you're generally on the very, very bottom of the ladder, and you need to be prepared to deal with bottom-of-the-ladder problems, like untangling ethernet and USB cables that have woven around each other to take on lives of their own. Proving your ability to sort out various important wires quickly has developed into its own sport, known as speedcabling.

Speedcabling is a physical competition of sorts -- it requires a steady hand and a good eye. But you also have to be able to think strategically -- will loosening this knot cause another tangle to tighten into complete unworkability?
A bit tongue in cheek, but given how old (and outdated) certain events are (the "pentathlon" simulates cavalry officer skills from 1912), possibly valid someday.

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