Sunday, October 01, 2006


My inner nerd (as in Gen. JC Christian, Patriot’s Inner Frenchman) thrilled to Weird Al’s new White and Nerdy video. Glad to see he’s still making music after all these years. And yes, that is Donny Osmond dancing in the background.

The definitive deconstruction of the video is here, where we find several errors that slipped past Weird Al’s production team:

Yankovic erroneously claims that his pocket protector is protecting his pens.

The equation in the background of the chorus is Schrödinger's wave equation for the hydrogen atom; however, there is an error in that Planck's constant is displayed in place of Dirac's constant.

The scene with him playing Minesweeper (a game included with the Microsoft Windows operating system dating back to v3.1) is actually being played on a Macintosh. The logged in user is listed as "whitenerdy". The reason that Finder is the currently active application listed in the menu bar is because Minesweeper is running as a Dashboard widget. He incorrectly is shown using the keyboard to play this mouse-controlled game.

Yankovic claims that he graduated "first in [his] class here at MIT"; however, MIT does not assign class rankings nor does it confer traditional Latin honors upon its graduates.

Now that’s nerdy.

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