OK, we are indeed, as Steve Randy Waldman says, all dorks, and so are you if you are reading this. What’s more, we’re inarticulate dorks, or so it seems.
Here’s what I think is going on: somehow, Waldman and I are asking different questions. (Another summary of the discussion here.) I agree with him, mostly, on the question I think he’s asking; it’s not clear to me whether he agrees with me on the question(s) I’m asking.