Finally, after decades of hiding in the shadows, it's cool to come out and admit to being a nerd. Well, way cooler than it ever used to be. There are even networks for it. You know, besides the SyFy Channel. Which I don't completely count anymore, what with the wrestling and reality shows and other non-geeky felgercrap that's on it.
Two of those networks started in 2010. Must've been steam engine time. One was The Nerd Machine, founded in part by Zachary Levi. The other was Nerdist Industries. The largely responsible party for that one was Chris Hardwick (42 this week).
I didn't watch MTV much after the '80s. But I do vaguely recall the late '90s series they had, Singled Out. Chris was the host, but the long hair and attitude just made him annoying to me.
Fast forward twenty years or so. Older, shorter hair, funny and a self-avowed nerd, and suddenly he's all kinds of cute. I'll be dedicating another day to Mister Hardwick. You can also see more of him at Superherofan and Tumblr.