Web Crush Wednesdays: Nerdy Nummies

I watch a lot of people on YouTube. Really, in this day and age I think I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t occasionally lose themselves to the black hole of a video site. However, while I was watching one of the talk shows I enjoy (which may be a WCW for another day) I was introduced to another geeky baking aficionado. And, well, long-time readers know I have a weakness for gaming eats and treats. So today I bring to you, readers, Rosanna Pansino and her Nerdy Nummies show.

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An Ounce of Encouragement

This is a particularly tough time of year for many of us because it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, if for some reason you don’t know that). You’re trying to make something good and actually write 50,000 words in a month. You’re behind deadline, and there’s no way that you’re going to get to fifty grand by the end of the month. Being in many ways a stereotypical “nerd” with my comical knowledge of Star Trek and my ability to list all the gods in the Deities and Demigods or all the times and ways that a Grey or Summers has died, for me, part of really enjoying a thing is delving as deep as I can into knowledge about the thing. By the same token, as someone who works in and loves the performing arts, I believe strongly in the power of an individual to create something that moves people, and so always want to create the best, most moving things possible. I don’t think that nerds are excluded from the second quality or that artists are excluded from the first. I do know that it creates a maddening obsession with well-informed perfectionism. Surely you know that feeling, too. Continue reading

Web Crush Wednesdays: Adam Warrock—Pop Culture Hip-Hop

web crush wednesdaysI love music and it has often been a comfort to me; I’ve also found value and comfort in nerdy things. So, mixing these two concepts together is the perfect product for me. This week’s Web Crush Wednesday, Adam Warrock, makes self-proclaimed “Overly Enthusiastic Hip-Hop” about pop culture and general nerdy media.

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Nerdcore Nostalgia

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I tend to have a very personal relationship with the music I listen to. While I’m constantly consuming new music in new styles, after a time, songs start to build up nostalgia and meaning for me and I can sort of trace the musical history of my liking various genres. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about nerdcore. I appreciate the genre a lot, because I came to terms with being a giant nerd at about the time I really started to get into hip-hop. Nerdcore also questions a lot of assumptions that most people make about hip-hop music, and that hip-hop music makes about itself. If hip-hop music or nerdcore aren’t your things, then I’d get off the ride now.

Anyway, for the sake of this post I’m going to use a very broad definition of nerdcore, inclusive not only of original music produced in that genre, but also of mashups that engage with both hip-hop culture and nerd culture. That is to say, I’m including this: Continue reading

Nerd-ify Your Exercise

weight 2Being nerdy sometimes doesn’t lend itself to be physically active. Watching a movie, reading a comic book, and playing video games aren’t exactly considered exercise. And I know for me (since I gained 10+ pounds in the past year after coming home from college), not exercising is not an option. So I’ve figured out a couple ways to keep myself active while incorporating nerdy things.

1. Treadmill near a TV is your best friend. You can watch whatever you want to watch while walking or running. I found the Food Network bizarrely addicting while working out, but you can put on anything. Put on The Avengers and walk. I’m not saying bust a gut and run as fast as you can, but walk on a hella slow setting for the entire movie and you’ll probably have walked a couple of miles. That’s a couple more miles than you would have walked sitting and watching. And you can do this with any sort of gym equipment, not just a treadmill.

2. Don’t have access to gym things? You can still do something while TV watching. If you’re watching something with commercials, do sit-ups or stretches. You could make a game out of it too if you want. Instead of competitively drinking with your friends during The Avengers, you can do five sit-ups every time someone screws up a line.

3. Listen to your iPod/other portable music device. I like going for walks. I can’t listen to any of my J-Pop in the house without someone yelling “turn that shit off”, so going for a walk gives me the opportunity to listen to the music I want to listen to. I have some J and K-Pop, some movie scores, some MLP remixes that I incorporated into a workout playlist so I always have something to listen to. I know that if I go too long without listening to my music, I tend to get depressed. So walking and listening to my favorite tunes is really great for me.

4. Get inspired! There are (in my opinion) a plethora of sports-related manga. Like Prince of Tennis? Maybe you’ll like real tennis. Grab a friend and go give it a try. You don’t have to be good or take a class. I guess for tennis you would need a court and things. But take Kuroko no Basket (a basketball manga). All you need is a court with hoops (easily accessible at a local park) and a ball. That’s not too hard.

5. Give yourself a reward. Set reasonable goals and then reward yourself with nerdy things if that’s what it takes to get motivated. That’s what I do for myself too. Exercise every day for ten days? Get a comic book. Don’t say “I’ll get myself X if I lose thirty pounds by next week”. That’s incorrect; goals need to be realistic. I also prefer to use the word “when” as opposed to “if”. My goal right now is when I exercise for two weeks straight I can get myself a pretty notebook. It’s a very subtle difference, but I feel “when” is much more enabling than “if”. And don’t just set one goal. If you need to continue to motivate yourself, make more goals. For example, every week you exercise five times, buy yourself a comic book. Additionally, every goal doesn’t have to be “buy something”. Work out for an hour, watch an hour of anime. Make it work for yourself, whatever floats your boat.

All of these are easier with friends. Make a game out of it, get competitive, or do whatever will get you going!

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Adventures in Geekdom or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Comics

xkcd knows what’s up.

In my fifteen or so years of participation in geekdom, I’ve learned that there are two universal truths.

1. There are infinite shades of nerdity on the geek spectrum.
2. There are many people out there who still don’t get it.

Being a nerd was always part of my core identity, though I took pride in calling myself a “nerd” over “geek.” Geeks were socially awkward, not smart, like me (doesn’t that sentence just radiate hypocrisy?). I prided myself on being some kind of upper echelon of social outcast, defining myself through criticizing others. It didn’t matter that I never actually envisioned who that social outcast was who sat on the lower rung of the social ladder. I wasn’t like “those” weirdos, whoever they were.

So it really wasn’t a surprise when similar feelings resurfaced when I was invited to go check out Free Comic Book Day.

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New ‘Shortpacked’ Arc Hits Close to Home

I’ve been noticing a trend not only on my Tumblr dash, but in the general consensus of the net and its denizens on what the hot topic issue to discuss this season is: sexism! But when is it not sexism, honestly? At least this time there’s a figurehead for our discussions: Tony Harris. Harris, a comic author that has worked for both Marvel and DC, recently has come out saying a whole slew of offensive things that boil down to “hey girls, you can’t actually like nerdy things because you’re a Fake-y McFakerson and I’m on to you and your tricky lying skank ways.”

Okay, it was better thought out than that (barely), but it brings up a point that we’ve already brought up here once, and will probably do so again: is it possible to be a fake nerd or geek?

More importantly though, does it even matter?  Let’s, for the sake of argument, say that yes, there are fake nerds and geeks that want in this super special club of fandoms and feels and whatever else there is. Who’s going to care or notice? For one, if they’re attending cons, they’re essentially giving money to support other nerds and geeks. If they’re watching shows, they’re adding viewership ratings that may help keep the show on the air. Literally, the only problem I can see with this is that the lack of knowledge they may have on your fandom of choice may be slightly annoying. If that’s the case, either teach them and help them understand—who knows, you may make a nerd/geek of them yet!—or ignore them and go on your way. It’s. Not. That. Hard.

But, I’ve completely veered from what I wanted to bring to light for today. This morning, I checked out the webcomic Shortpacked (which we’ve already praised for one of author David Willis’s previous strips) and was completely sick to my stomach, but in a good way, I’m hoping. It seems as though in his latest arc he’s going to tackle this new, unapologetically geeky girl generation through the eyes of Lucy, the newest addition to the Shortpacked line-up and also an unapologetically geeky chick, and her being harassed by someone that looks freakishly like Mr. Harris. Although it’s only on its first page, it’s already uncomfortably hitting close to home. I’m interested to see where he takes it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hope it ended in a cosmic dick punch.