I think @pbpope described it best. “The nerdbus means freedom!”
A little back story:
On Sept. 23, 2010 Scott Johnson of Utah twittered a request on how to best ship a Mame Arcade cabinet that was being gifted to him by Chris Pope who lives in Georgia. There was some discussion on Twitter and I told Chris he should send me the cabinet and I would drive it to Utah for Nerdtacular 2011. At this point me and Chris jokingly discussed driving to Utah with the cabinet. Then someone recommended we pick up Scott Fletcher on our journey to Utah. This is when my brain started thinking “Man…that’s a lot of nerds in 1 vehicle. We’ll need a van.” Then a few twitter folks decided they would also like to be picked up during our cross country trek (Some out of our way, some not.) So I decided to ask directly. “If you want to ride the nerd bus tweet ‘I wanna ride the nerdbus’ #nerdbus.” After a few minutes, I was getting requests from all over the world and some were including seating requests. At this point I was afraid I would be annoying people with all my tweets about the #nerdbus so I hopped on over to Godaddy and bought the domain name https://nerdbus.info (because it’s on sale.) I set up a quick forums page and asked people what Nerd Bus meant to them. You can check that out here.
I also asked for sponsors and @maphook was kind enough to volunteer it’s support and to drive the bus.
So that’s the story. From simple idea to a movement.
I think it’s a cultural mindset of nerds wanting to get out and meet more nerds and be part of something hopeful and what better way to do that than to get on a big ole bus and ride it all the way to Nerdtacular with the nerdiest people you can pick up.
UPDATE: There is also a thread on Twitter that has sprung up that is a hybrid of #moviequotes and #nerdbus. Nothing can stop the bus. Ride the bus.
People who are talking about Nerd Bus: