So I talk a lot about writing here and it tends to be the general focus on the blog. Which…y’know…neat and all, but I really have a lot of other things that distract me beyond writing so I figure I might start sharing some of those shiny items on a (hopefully) weekly basis. And I’ve deemed it the Nerd Round-up. Because of reasons.
In this case, we are decidedly embracing John Scalzi’s definition of nerd/geek wherein it’s not about How Well You Know the Right Sort of Nerd ThingsTM and more about being passionate about things and then delighting in sharing them.
When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”
Any jerk can love a thing. It’s the sharing that makes geekdom awesome.
And we have now started the round-up! Because you really ought to read that article.
How about a follow-up to that with Feminspire.com’s amazing deconstruction and reappropriation of the Idiot Nerd Girl meme. As someone who likes but is not good at playing video games and therefore is not-at-all interested in being both destroyed online as a n00b AND being sexually harrassed while doing it, the whole topic of gender equality, acceptance and not being a fuckwit in the nerd kingdom is one I feel strongly about. I found this article via The Mary Sue, which is one of my favorite sites because it’s sassy and nerdy and great at being accepting of however nerd girls want to nerd just play nice in the sandbox etc.
Continuing the topic of women and nerdery and media and all that, remember when I outlined all that I learned from Buffy? Well, now there is scientific justification for why you should marathon the crap out of it. The Atlantic had an article covering a university study that looked at positive female role models in the media and demonstrated that we benefit from watching strong, powerful women in our media. OMG YOU GUISE TOTAL SHOCKER! Look, on the one hand, I’m glad that people are paying attention to this kind of thing and racking up some solid evidence that strong, layered women are a boon, not a detriment, to stories. I also kind of wish we lived in a society where a study such as this wouldn’t be necessary because it would such a “DUH! OF COURSE THEY ARE!” conclusion. Instead, we get “legitimate rape.”
Other things making me smile this week:
The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light,” which I just rewatched last night and was struck again by how sad/beautiful it is. YouTuber funfastonelover made an awesome music video compilation for it.
Oh, Patrick Stewart. I have loved you for so very, very long.
Gawker has a video with hands-down some of the best Olympic commentary you’ve ever heard. I’ve watched it multiple times for a good giggle.
I’m wearing my new Battlestar: Galactica t-shirt from TeeFury.com today. I tried to take a photo of me with it on, but it’s very awkward to try to do at work without scaring my office mates, so I’ll just show you their picture:
I’m busy. Very busy. Less than two months till The Man and I get hitched, and we’re having a big shower weekend with a bunch of family, so I won’t be online that much. In my spare time, I’m working on a super-awesome, top-secret project with Brenda Drake, and it turns out we work off one another really well. Which is extremely helpful for said project. I’ve got an editing job to fill in the gaps, and after that, I’ll have revisions on PD that The Man and I are slowly plotting.
And it’s almost fall! Yay fall! C’mon cool, cool weather and Octoberfest beers and pumpkin-y baked goods!
This got kind of lengthy. I’m chatty today. But it’s your turn now, folks, because I have a question: What are you nerdy about?