Posted by: Rob | May 24, 2008

I Will Derive

One of my subscribed feeds on bloglines is Slashdot. Slashdot is “News for nerds, stuff that matters.” It would seem that any industrious nerd or geek can send in submissions for posting on Slashdot. There are a lot of contributors to the site and so, correspondingly, a lot of posts. Most I just gloss over, a few I save as potentially worthy blog topics (if I ever had the time to write an opinion on them – I have the opinions, just have trouble finding the time to write them up…) and the odd one I actually check out.
Today, there was this brief note:

I Will Derive

By CmdrTaco on well-now-isn’t-that-nice

Jamie stumbled upon a very choice video this morning called I Will Derive. To the tune of some song you’ve never heard before, singing about subjects you know nothing about… oh and a a TI-84 cameo. It features the dopiest dancing you’ll see on YouTube today. I promise.

I couldn’t resist. I had to go to the page and watch the video. Before it started playing, I wondered if the tune was I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Well it was. And as the new lyrics started against the backdrop of the geeks actors in the video I knew this was a video for engineers. It took me back, waaaaaaaay back to those early days of engineering calculus. Beyond the applied math weeder courses to the fun courses where we actually applied the stuff: Physics, Dynamics, Reactor Design, Mass Transfer, Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow – my god, the list is endless.

Annie thinks the singing is terrible (she’s right), but if you’ve a geek or nerd bone in your body, then you have to watch this:


  1. *snort* Thank you for this. I’m in love. This is better than porn….

  2. Not being an engineer, I don’t get a lot of it, but I will email it to my sister and her husband, both engineers. I think they may be amused.

  3. “to the tune of some song you’ve never heard before”?

    even nerds have heard this tune before surely.

    whatever. it made me smile….

  4. I found song lyrics:

  5. It was pretty cute, wasn’t it? Hard to believe that nerds can be so talented (well maybe not – as daisyfae has proven with her theatrical work).

    Interestingly, I went back to the slashdot post and the commenting had devolved into a great debate about whether or not posting silly youtube videos on slashdot was not “News for nerds” and did this mean the end of slashdot as we know it?

    Some commenter posted another set of lyrics there lampooning the original poster. They are quite good too.

    And speaking of lyrics, thanks peterlovely01 for the link. And, of course, welcome to the tome.

  6. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Hamilton

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