Monday morning I went to the Medical Center on campus looking like the Elephant Man. I looked absolutely grotesque, and after a long wait I was finally seen by a doctor. She concluded that it was probably a really bad reaction to a bug bite, but wished she could have seen it earlier so she could tell if it had gotten better during the 1.5hrs I'd been in the waiting room.
"Wait," I said, "I took pictures."
"Yay," she said, "I love MIT students, always prepared."
I don't think it's just MIT kids who are always prepared. I see this all the time: people using their smart phones or nDSi's to take pictures of interesting events or of a cool poster they want to google later.
The amount of multimedia texts I receive and send greatly exceeds the standard txts anymore. It's much easier to invite someone to a concert or gaming event by taking a picture of the poster as I walk by it in the hall then to describe it in txt vernacular.
As a nerd, I'm never farther away from the internet than my cellphone. Need the phone number of a restaurant or directions to a bookstore? Google it! Wondering what year the MIR was decommissioned and if it was in response to the Progress 234 crash? Wiki it!
Being a nerd has come to mean always being prepared, because we always have the greatest human resource in our back pocket.
No more memorization of knots or how to use a compass. A youtube search will give you all the info you need in 10 minutes or less. (or better yet, there's an app for that :P)