I just realized, our group is missing coders.... Unless your all secretly php wizards....
Originally Posted by Aragorn
I know only small bits of php, sadly, but I am familiar with other languages. I am currently in the process of learning C++ (on the job, so to speak, because I need to have a project written in it handed in in a few weeks).
You should do what the rest of us cool kids do: learn Attic Greek, try to read Homer, realize that he's writing in a different dialect for which you don't have the right dictionary, and then give up and read Xenophon.
I never had that problem. I did have a theory about Homer's long-winded metaphors, though: I can say from personal experience it's an easy way to get a sentence into your meter that doesn't quite fit, as you have considerably more words to replace and shift around until it does work.
As for any geeky upbringing... Sci-fi was very mainstream for my parents, so I was given and read a lot of Harrisson, Asimov, the Strugatskis, Clarke and such in my youth, but getting introduced to DnD that way is downright laughable: I think they still don't know something like DnD exists and wonder what I spend my friday nights on.
Other than LoTR (and obviously, the Hobbit and part of the Silmarillion) and the first few Drizzt books, my history of reading fantasy is pretty much non-existent.