This is possibly the nerdiest thing I did in residency:
So I had been outlining our orthopedic physical exam textbook in order to not appear like a complete idiot in sports med clinic (which, sadly, was unavoidable). After finishing the book, I decided to turn all my notes into a little guide that I could use in clinic.
So I reduced the font size to 9 point, bolded key points, turned it into columns, and printed the whole thing out. Then I cut all 18 pages of it into quarters and stapled together little guides for each different system:
The whole thing took me about an hour. I was so proud of myself as I nerdily splayed out my little books and photographed them. My husband offered to help, but I didn't want him to be a part of my little nerd sweatshop, because then every time I looked at the guides, I'd feel guilty.
I could have been worse. I could have used a ruler to make sure that the pages were totally aligned and cut perfectly. (Notice that the heading on the page sticking out due to being misaligned is actually "Alignment"... how ironic.)
I haven't done anything this nerdy in a long time, but I've definitely been guilty of such offenses in the past:
--Remember the problems in the back of the chapters of math/science textbooks? Before my math/science exams, I used to do every single problem in the back of those chapters twice. Even if it was a really easy topic and I knew the answers cold. Because 98 wasn't good enough... I had to get that 100.
--In history class, I read and made a detailed outline of every single page of our huge textbooks.
--I've done this since high school and as recently as med school: I used to outline the textbook, then make a briefer outline of that outline, then make an even briefer outline of that, which would act as my final "cheat sheet".
OK, your turn: What's the nerdiest thing you've ever done?