The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

So my last post was in July. It’s now March, but I’m not even going to address that.

Here’s what I’ve been doing: WORKING a shit ton (and no, I’m not happy about it), hiking (okay, I’ve only  been once since October, but it’s not my fault, winter sucks), yoga-ing (yeah, I know, that’s not a word), reading an insane amount (I don’t really need a parenthesis for this one) and watching an obsessive amount of @midnight (no, my Chris Hardwick obsession has not waned in these past months).

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I’ve also been keeping in pretty close contact with my GISHWHES team (you may vaguely remember I did GISHWHES last year and am anxiously awaiting it’s return). We are totally going to win this year, now that we know the ropes.

But mostly I’ve been setting things up. My plan is to quit my job in 2 years (but reserve the right to push it to 6 years if need be) and live completely off of my crafts/arts/writing and other such things (plus whatever my husband can bring in). This working nonsense is for the birds and I WANT OUT.

Look for lots of upcoming posts about my future endeavors (read as, me whining about a bunch of bullshit that I can totally control but am choosing not to.

Until next time, (Which will be,hopefully, sooner than 8 months)

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Fun Random Facts

This title is self explanatory.

1. I do not think I am a ‘real’ writer unless I have a beverage while typing. My most common drinks of choice are: Lifewater (Blood orange and mango), Crystal Light (Fruit punch- what I am drinking now), coffee, tea, red wine, and of course a martini.

2. The top three search engine terms for my blog are: d&d alignment, Chris Hardwick girlfriend, and doctor who firefly. My comments are as follows: I have one post on pseudo d&d alignment. It’s basically a rip off (although I gave complete credit) of stuff Chris Hardwick wrote about in his book. Chloe Dykstra…you’re famous! A Doctor Who Firefly mashup would be my dream come true.

3. I don’t have a penchant for newer music. I thought I was the coolest person ever a few weeks ago when I found a new band. My cloud was burst quickly when I realized my new band’s album had been released in 2002. Note: This does not make The Libertines any less good. They are mind blowingly (what, I can make up my own words) amazing.

4. If I were to quickly look around the room I’m in (and yes, of course I just did) I could (and did) count 15 ceramic cupcakes. I think I have a problem.

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Here are three random ones. With my Nerdist Way book thrown in.

5. And lastly for today:

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Seeing as this ‘meh’ unicorn, from my Fold Your Own Unicorn calendar, is not in fact, a fact at all, it wins at being most random (and come on, it’s a kick ass unicorn!)

Chris Hardwick; Third Times a Charm

You’re probably getting very, very tired of hearing about Chris Hardwick, but a) I’m not tired of writing about him and b) I promised you a follow-up on the Comedy Central Stand Up Taping.

So I was supposed to go with my girlfriend, but she bailed (with a very solid reason) so I called my go to, my mom.  I’m pretty sure I mentioned in a Gilmore Girls post that my mom really is my BFF.  Anyway, my mom is pretty young, but at 54 was still the oldest person there.  She didn’t mind.

So we wait in a line that wraps completely around the theater (thankfully it was relatively mild for NYC on a winter night- thank you global warming) for about twenty minutes.  Then they start letting us in.  As we got to the door, they simply handed everyone on line tickets and in we went.  Mom and I were towards the end of the line and we had to use the bathroom once we got inside so we ended up in the last row.  It only had two seats so mom and I had the area to ourselves and we were almost dead center.  We couldn’t have lucked out better!

Before the show starts they make you laugh a bunch and clap so they can record it (my mom later informed me that this was her favorite part of the show).  Then the opener, Jonah Ray, came out- mostly everyone knew him- since he co-hosts the podcast with Chris.  He didn’t kill, but he got enough laughs that I don’t think he felt bad.

And then along came Chris.  He came out dressed in a shiny silver suit and looked very much like Doctor Who.  He got a standing ovation as soon as people caught a glimpse of him.  (Who knew there were so many geeks and nerds?)  He was funny, charming and likeable.  It was a great show.  All the jokes worked, and best of all my 54-year-old mom sat there and laughed at every joke.  It was a perfect evening.

But I think the funniest part of the night came as mom and I were walking from the theater to the sushi place.  When mom said:

“Did you get any of that?  I didn’t know about anything he was talking about.”

“What? You laughed through the whole thing.  I thought you enjoyed it”

“I did, but I didn’t know what he was talking about.”

“Then why were you laughing?”

“Well when everyone else laughed I figured he said something funny, so I laughed too…but I loved that part about the ghost hunting.”

Oh and a quick P.S. I have to postpone my ‘only talking in movie and TV quotes for the day’.  I forgot I have a phone meeting this afternoon.  I don’t think it would go over so well.  I’ll keep you posted.

How D&D Changed My Thinking

 

I’m totally not that big of a geek.  I’ve never played D&D.  Hell I’ve never even seen D&D.

This comes from Chris Hardwick’s book: The Nerdist Way. You might recall, I reviewed it some time ago.  He asks that you chose a D&D alignment for your life.  It will, apparently, help you make decisions.  Plus it’s fun!

So here are our choices (all the examples are pulled directly from the book- I’m not that clever):

Lawful good, “Crusader”  EXAMPLES: Batman, Dick Tracey and Indiana Jones.

Neutral Good, “Benefactor”  EXAMPLES: Zorro and Spider-Man.  I’d pitch the Doctor in this pile too, but some Nerds would shout that he’s more the next one down, Chaotic Good.

Chaotic Good, “Rebel”  EXAMPLES: Starbuck from Battlestar Galactic, Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly and Robin Hood. My addition: Dexter Morgan.

Lawful Neutral, “Soldier”  EXAMPLES: James Bond, Odysseus and Kiefer Sutherland’s mush mouthed marine in A Few Good Men.

Neutral, “Undecided”  EXAMPLES: full time stoners or a chicken running around in your yard.

Chaotic Neutral, “Free Spirit”  EXAMPLES: Captain Jack Sparrow, Al Swearengen from Deadwood and Snake Plissen.

Lawful Evil, “Dominator”  EXAMPLES: Boba Fett and Magneto

Neutral Evil, “Malefacator” EXAMPLES: General Zod and Sawyer of the early seasons of Lost and Megatron

Chaotic Evil, “Destroyer” EXAMPLES: Carl Denham from King Kong, Riddick from Pitch Black, Darth Maul  and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings

Here’s where it gets interesting.  I feel I clearly come down in the  Neutral Good, Benefactor alignment.  But if someone asked me which group I wanted to be in, I think it’s kind of a toss-up between Chaotic Good, Rebel (which, FYI, Chris reasons the Doctor would be in) and Chaotic Neutral, Free Spirit.

It seriously made me stop and think.  If I’m currently like Spider-Man, why would I choose to want to be like Malcolm Reynolds or Captain Jack Sparrow?  It certainly would seem that Spider-man does more good than the latter two.

And I’m ashamed of the answer.  If I’m being honest, I’m tired of being good.  I’m bored of doing the right things all the time.  I just want to have some fun.  Malcolm Reynolds will save the girl, sure.  But only because she happens to be handcuffed to the crate of gold he’s busy stealing.

Now, I’ve never stolen anything.  Never went through a teenage angst shoplifting phase.  (Full disclosure: I might have occasionally stolen a cigarette off my mom or a quarter off a table, but I don’t think that’s relevent here).  And I have no plans to start now.  But it does sound exciting.

My day goes like this: get up, write, shower, do chores, run errands, write, go to work, help autistic kids, come home, make dinner, watch hockey, write, drink wine, go to bed. You’ll notice that ‘help autistic kids’ fits in quite nicely with my Neutral Good, Benefactor role.

Short of, maybe, get up, drink wine, go to bed, I’d imagine that Malcolm Reynolds day would be extraordinarily different from mine.  Would it be better? Is this a case of ‘the grass is always greener?’

Sometimes I enjoy my happy little rut.   When someone asks me how things are going, I have a habit of saying, “Fine.  Same. Which is basically how I like it.”

I’m not sure that that’s true anymore.  When does the time come to do something that’s just for you?  And how do you determine whether or not it’s selfish to act that way?  If you’re so busy saving other people, who saves you?

 

 

Our Nerdist: Chris Hardwick…Again

I’ve already written about Chris Hardwick in the ‘My Favorite Geek’ category.  But I just scored some free (yes free as in zero money) tickets to the taping of his stand up special, so that totally warrants another mention.

He’d been saying on his podcast that he was doing was doing this show and he needed to fill an 800 seat theater. And since, apparently, it’s easier to perform for people who like you, he wanted the fill the place with fans…and I’m one of them!

I’ll do a write-up of it next week.  I’m so super excited!  Wait. How do the British claim excitement?  Gobsmacked is more amazed than excited, I think. Brits!  Help! (You realize that now my next post will about my love affair with all things British, right?)

 

Finding the Geeky

I was (as usual) listening to an older episode of the Nerdist Podcast on my way home from work recently.  Chris (Hardwick, our nerdy host and one of our geek gods, remember?) was trying to explain to his co-host that baseball stats aren’t nerdy.  In fact nothing about sports is nerdy.  The conversation ensued a bit.  Ultimately Chris decided he was wrong.  Stats were in facts nerdy and obsessive.  He hasn’t come around on sports, but he’s solidly on the stats=geeky side.

Why am I telling you this?

The geek is everywhere.

In the everyday mundane-ness of needing (no, no, I really, really  do need) exactly five perfectly rounded tablespoons of coffee for ten cups; to the ‘sounds way geekier’ (and of course super awesome to me), ‘You don’t understand.  I tried not to play 18 hours of Skyrim, but I just couldn’t stop.’

The way you may geek out over video games or British sci-fi shows about a Time Lord who can travel through space and time in a blue police box, is the same way your neighbor is geeking out about his 4 barrel carburetor with a .357 magnum.  (Can you tell where my geekiness does not lie?)

Embrace it.  Accept yourself.  Be happier.

And of course be geekier.

My Favorite Geek

The next selection in the My Favorite Geek series is a special one for me.  He’s the reason I started calling myself a geek aloud.  Within earshot of other people.  He not only made it okay to be different, he encouraged it.  He created a safe space for geeks (and in his words, nerds) to happily coexist.  I am forever in his debt.  Ladies and gentlemen, the smashingly brilliant:

Mr. Chris Hardwick

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For my non geeky readers (i.e. my husband), Chris Hardwick has done more good to the nerd name in the past five years than we could have ever dreamed.  We live in a time when it’s almost cool, to be a geek.  And if it’s not full-on cool, it’s at least socially acceptable.  And I know a big part of that is because of Chris.

A quick rundown of the more notable geek related Chris Hardwick ventures: The Nerdist Podcast, Hard ‘n Phirm (musical comedy duo), host of Web Soup (which he also writes for), host of The Talking Dead, writer for Wired, ComiCon panel moderator and stand up comedian, who runs the Nerdist Theater.

And those are only the things he’s doing currently.  He’s a busy, busy nerd.

I admit, I was originally drawn to him because he was a voracious Whovian. (Full disclosure: If you tell me you watch Doctor Who, I will immediately follow you around like a lost puppy- or since I am a non animal lover, I suppose I will follow you around like a rain cloud on bad day).  I soon became a loyal podcast listener anxiously awaiting my bi-weekly fix.

If you aren’t familiar with Chris Hardwick, I encourage you to check out the Nerdist Podcast.  It’s free on iTunes.  Pick one with a guest you enjoy (there are TONS of awesome guest to choose from: Will Wheaton, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Patton Oswalt, JJ Abrams and Dave Attell, just to name a few) or check out a hostful episode, where it’s just Chris and his two co-hosts, Matt Mirah and Jonah Ray.  Personally, the hostful episodes are my favorites.  I love to listen to them just geek about stupid stuff for an hour.

And if my husband is reading this: There is a live Nerdist Podcast in Philly on March 23rd.  You never know what to get me for Valentine’s Day.