For the Love of Language

 

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My recent research in college education has led me, as it has many times, to my one of my biggest passions: Language. Throughout my K-12 years I bounced around with what I wanted to study due to the fact that I have many interests. East Asian studies, art, veterinary medicine, animal behaviorism, graphic design, and English have made up the main bunch.

Even so, I always seem to make a loop and end up at the same conclusion. I love language; particularly English.

Language is what sets us apart. It is a fundamental aspect of our lives. We speak, write, and read language. It is what allows us to express ourselves in the most profound ways. It is interesting how many people might say, “Well, yeah,” as if that’s just a fact of life and there is nothing fascinating or extraordinary about language. Yet when you give it thought, imagine what language means to us.

One facet of language presents to us an escape from our lives by letting us delving into created worlds. That is reading.

My relationship with reading began well enough. I was fascinated by stories, but as a child it was visually appealing. Who didn’t love those picture storybooks?

Late elementary into middle school introduced an entirely new type of reading. No more pictures? I have to use my imagination? As a kid that grew up on Disney movies and vibrant picture storybooks, this was not how I wanted it to go. So, I decided that reading and I didn’t suit each other. Silly me.

It wasn’t until late middle school when I was roaming idly around the library that the spine of a book caught my eye. It depicted a horse, and I’ve always loved horses. As I looked at it, I read the title, “Wild Magic”. Horses, wild, and magic? What was this enticing sorcery? I checked out the book that day and was hooked.

Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic kindled my love for reading. This was the kind of reading that provided that wonderful escape from reality; the type that grips your mind and heart.

Mark Edmundson (The Ideal English Major) described it so well:

“There are people who read to anesthetize themselves—they read to induce a vivid, continuous, and risk-free daydream. They read for the same reason that people grab a glass of chardonnay—to put a light buzz on. The English major reads because, as rich as the one life he has may be, one life is not enough. He reads not to see the world through the eyes of other people but effectively to become other people.”

“Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess.”

It was through these kinds of experiences that I developed a love for language and so a love for writing. After all, the three facets of language are all interlinked.

It’s why I am writing to all of you right now, and why I plan to pursue a degree in English.

I completely geek out over language!

It’s a dream of mine to have a career where I can indulge in my passion for language (reading, writing, speaking), and to reach others through my work. I’d like to publish at least one book if not more, and I will forever to encourage others to love language.

Here are some of my favorite books/series that I recommend:

The Sevenwaters TrilogyJuliet Marillier

Heart’s BloodJuliet Marillier

The Maze Runner trilogyJames Dashner

The Immortals quartetTamora Pierce

Dragonriders of PernAnne McCaffrey

 

Britney

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Fitness Gear for Geeks

I just came back from a work out, and find myself thinking about that geeky tank top that I posted on my Geek Fitness blog. Remember that one? Jigglypuff?

Well, I discovered a website that has an enormous stock of geeky wear, some for fitness and some for everyday wear. They’re not all for women either, plenty of masculine geek wear!

I can’t tell you how many of these tank tops that I want, but I will tell you that I plan to buy at least 5 or so within the next month.

 

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All these tanks and SO MUCH MORE are from:  http://www.lookhuman.com/

Also check out: http://www.activateapparel.com/

Both sites have a massive selection of geeky wear, and I can already hear my wallet sobbing.

Which one do y’all like? — Feel free to link your favorite in the comments if it’s not one the tanks above! 😀

– Britney

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Geek meets Geek. But.. how?

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Online

This is definitely the most common way. It’s the safest easiest way for us geeks to connect with others geeks. Literally. Most of us are techies by nature and are often online quite a bit. This applies not only to the internet in general, but also online gaming.

Pros

– Meets geeks from all over the world

– No judgement over appearances

Cons

– Interaction is limited to online

My Suggestions

Keep up with the good work? 🙂 This is the best way to meet other geeks, in my opinion, so no advice needed.

 

Conventions

I only recently went to my first geeky convention. (I know. Shame on me.) That was QuakeCon. I couldn’t have felt more at home surrounded by people that I know wouldn’t judge me, but actually be interested in me. It’s too much fun enjoying everything that a convention has to offer with people just like yourself. You gt to share your excitement with them and vice versa.

Pros

– Meets geeks of the same type as yourself. (I.E.: Otaku, Gamer, Comic Reader)

– Meet local & traveling geeks

Cons

– Conventions are often crowded, busy, and loud

My Suggestions

Get involved in the activities that interest you at the conventions. More often than not, they’re pretty fun and you get to meet other geeks during.

 

Stores

Specialty stores are a really good way to run into geeks with the same interests. Table top game stores, video game stores, card stores, anime stores, ect. You won’t always run into friendly folks at the stores, but occasionally you’ll run into some rarities that don’t mind talking.

Pros

– Meet local geeks

Cons

– Some geeks shop and leave in a hurry

My Suggestions

Stop in at favorite stores more often if possible. You might run into familiar faces. Another way it to follow what I suggested at conventions. Sometimes the local stores will have events and activities that you can join in on.

 

My Personal Experiences

I find that I have a hard time meeting other geeks locally. I think the first reason is the culture of the city that I live in. It’s a south Texas city that is old fashion and culturally driven. There isn’t much going on in regards to the geeky world. There are barely a handful of specialty geeky stores and the conventions are even rarer. People also tend to keep to themselves and I think that makes for a lot of private geeks.

To make matters worse, I’m of the female variety. When I step foot in my local stores, I’m just oogled and not really spoken to except by the guys working there. As for geeky girls in this city, they are like an endangered species. Some rare mythical unicorn type that I can’t seem to locate. Those few that do exist are often incognito and you won’t know they’re geeky unless you can talk to them for a while.

This brings me to my own personal strategy. *Ahem* Wearing my geeky merchandise out and about.

Nothing speaks from geek to geek quite like geeky clothing and accessories. It’s the perfect bait! I’ve noticed that geeks can’t help but compliment or comment on that Bleach shirt or on this Mario mushroom key-chain. People you’d never expect will stop to comment and your mind will officially be blown. Mine has several times over.

So when all else fails, wear your geeky stuff proudly and see who speaks up!

 

Britney

Balancing A Geeky Life

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The diagram above is interesting and kind of cute, but I have a question for everyone. Is anyone else 2 or more of these geeks at the same time? — Thought so.  😉

I hope I’m not the only geek that feels as if I’m being tugged in several different directions when it comes to hobbies, interests, and life in general. I think as geeks we feel strongly about multiple things in life. Sure, some of us have one thing we are intensely passionate about, but geeks are most certainly multifaceted. This makes something as simple as choosing what to do on our day off a tad frustrating.

I.E.: “Should I read my new book or play that video game? Paint or go outside for a walk? Go shopping, or sketch?” – Britney’s Inner Dialogue

Why am I thinking about how to balance my life? Well, my boyfriend made a statement a couple of days ago that has my wheels turning.

He said, “It’s hard — I have to keep up with your geeky side and your girly side.”

I laughed when he said that. It’s most definitely true. The unfortunate thing for him is that those are only two sides of my multifaceted geek personality. It would be insane to try to stereotype me into any one category. In fact, it’d look something like this:

City born, country raised, video game playing, book reading, nature loving, pet addicted, painting, drawing, dancing, social drinking, culture fascinated, card game playing, make up and dress wearing, shopping fanatic, sports watching.. And ok, I give up.

Question is, how in the world does one balance the facets of their geeky personality?

To this day I am trying to figure this one out. Most of the time I end up looking like one of those people that can never stick with one hobby or see one thing through. That’s not the case at all. So far, my interests have been on a constantly revolving wheel. I spin it, pick something, go with it for a while, then spin the wheel again. It’s not as though I will never come back to it or that I’ve lost interest.

Theory #1 – The Revolving Wheel

Like I’ve said, spin the wheel to an interest, take it up, engage it, put it back, and spin again.

This is all I’ve got, folks. I’ve toyed with some other ideas.. like scheduling set times to do certain things on certain days during the week. I suppose if one was more structured that may work out.

I really want to know what everyone has to say about this. This is less of a stated piece and more or a, “Tell me what you think!” Please? Lol.

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On a girlier note, I dyed my hair. Due to Autumn rolling around, I went redder which tends to suit my paler skin and green eyes. Can anyone say Scottish? It does run in my blood, peoples. Hope y’all like it!

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Britney

Where to Get the Best Geeky Merch

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I know I know it’s been forever since there’s been a new post I’ve been recovering from my tonsil/adenoidectomy which has been the roughest surgery of my life but I will do a whole post on that once I’m completely better. I wanted to do this post because once I started to make money of my own and could buy the things I wanted I found it difficult to find geeky merch so I’m just going to list the places I frequent for all that nerdy goodness. It’s not a long or in depth post just a short list.

1. thinkgeek.com

Thinkgeek is a great site for gifts when it comes to Christmas or birthdays it is my go to. It has everything from cook books, caffeine products for those late night gamers, tee’s and things for your office or house. Whether you’re a zombie or star wars lover it has everything to suit your taste.

2. Hot Topic

I don’t know about you but Hot Topic really irks me for some reason. It’s not what it was when I was younger and I find it odd that there are one direction items for sale there. Not sure why but it bothers me anyway this is where I get most of my anime shirts. You just have to be on the look out for the  good ones I’ve seen many meh shirts but I have gotten some pretty awesome Naruto shirts that aren’t of the chibi variety not that there is anything wrong with chibi but sometimes I want badass battle scene shirts. Also they have a good variety of Harry Potter, pokemon and some decent gaming shirts. This isn’t geeky but it’s also where I get most of my band shirts for the older original style like rhcp and things like that.

3. Etsy

I have gotten a shirt from etsy but I haven’t bought personally anything geeky from this site but while I’m bored I do like to “window shop” and you can find very unique items and most are handmade. Support small business!

4. Teefury

I have bought so many shirts from teefury that I’ve lost count. For the price you can’t beat it and you won’t usually find another person with the same shirt or I haven’t yet anyway. I’ve gotten many Harry Potter, Zelda, Final Fantasy, pokemon and even the goonies shirts. Sometimes it does take awhile to get your shirt but I mean you’ve lived your whole life without is thus far and it’s incredibly cheap for the quality I don’t mind waiting.

These are all I can think of for now but if I think of any more I will add to this post and I hope you found it helpful.  🙂

 

Kelly

Back from the Dead! ..And QuakeCon 2013

.. And I am back! No really, I am.

First off, I really have to apologize to all of our followers that I haven’t been posting. Serious props go to Kelly for posting even though life has been throwing both of us some crazy curve balls lately. She kept the heart of this blog going, and I appreciate it a million times over!

QuakeCon

I’d like to start off by telling everyone that I did attend QuakeCon 2013 in Dallas earlier this month. It was epic. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my PC with me, but I did get to stay at a gorgeous hotel and enjoy all the other things that come along with going to a gaming convention. I.E.: Free shit, merchandise, video game demo’s, and more free shit.

It was actually a great opportunity for me to get merchandise from PC hardware companies that I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity or go out of my way to get merchandise from. Alienware, GX Gaming, EVGA, ect. all had booths or more set up to go check new things out and get free lanyards, hats, and so on.

It also goes without saying that I absolutely loved being in a hotel filled to the brim with geeky people. Seriously. Loved it. I live in a city that doesn’t have many geeky people, or at least they are not so openly geeky. Having everyone gathering all up in one place really makes a geek feel at home.  😀

In regards to my personal life and to make a long story not so long, I am living now in my own place. Or rather, the place that was mine and my ex’s. *Ahem* It’s a long damn story. Either way, I am settled and ready to drown myself in the world of blogging once more. Look forward to more posts dropping the next few days. Hopefully FFXIV won’t keep me too preoccupied.  😉  No promises though, people. Geeky girl here.

A quick message to all those who’re playing, going to play, or trying to play FFXIV: A.R.R.:

What the hell were they thinking not creating enough room per server and then not enough servers that they had to cancel character creation on all but one North American server?!

.. Ok, I’m done ranting. But seriously, WTF, Square Enix?

On a completely different note, here are some photo’s from QuakeCon!

Thanks everyone!

Britney

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Childhood T.V. Geeks of the 90’s

Any 90’s kid will tell you everything was better when we were growing up especially the television shows. So for today’s Flashback Friday post I’m listing 10 of my favorite TV geeks in no particular order of the 90’s and if you’re anything like me by the end you will be wishing you were back on your living room floor drinking a can of surge watching all of these great shows.

Dexter

10. Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory 1996

I absolutely loved this show and of course the character Dexter. He made you want to have your own secret laboratory and do all sorts of crazy experiments. He had very tight security over the laboratory but somehow Dee Dee always managed to find her way inside and wreak havoc.

“Omelette du fromage”

Phoebe

9. Phoebe of Hey Arnold 1996

Phoebe is the best friend of Helga Pataki in the show she is just like any other geeky/nerdy girl always having to be right and first hand to shoot up in the air.

“Coming Helga!”

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8.  Ginger Foutley, Dodie Bishop, and Macie Lightfoot of As Told by Ginger 2000

This is a three for one and technically it aired in 2000 but I’m still going to count it. These girls were basically just like my friends and I when we were younger and I’m sure a lot of other girls can relate. It’s the classic story of geeks trying to make it.

“And if time teaches us anything in this crazy world it’s that nothing worth having ever comes easy.”

Smart guy

7. T.J. Henderson of Smart guy 1997

T.J. is a kid genius he goes to high school along with his older brother Marcus and sister Yvette. My favorite thing about this show were the exchanges with T.J. and Mo. It was filled with many morality type stories from what I remember and it was over all very good and even though T.J. was so incredibly smart he was still very much a kid in many aspects.

“I’ll try to be more sensitive to the fact that you’re dumber than me.”

Filburt

6. Filburt of Rocko’s Modern Life 1993

Filburt is the epitome of stereotypical nerds. He’s always nervous introverted and has many fears. He manages to let go of it all in one episode though where he reaches puberty. He also gets into many hijinks with Rocko and Hefer.

“I’m nauseous.”

Gretchen

5. Gretchen of Recess 1997

Gretchen is very intelligent and unlike some nerds that are depicted she has many friends. They’re always supporting each other in all that they do. Every time some plot comes along for the troupe she is of course the brains of the operation.

“A-?! My life is flashing before my eyes!”

Velma

4. Velma of Scooby Doo 1969

Although Scooby Doo aired well before the 90’s I grew up watching it and I’m sure you all did as well. Velma always seemed a bit downplayed by the always shining Daphne but her character, smarts and charm make me like her most 🙂

“Jinkies!”

Squid

3. Sam aka The Squid of Rocket Power 1999

In every group of kids there’s the brain like some that I’ve already listed and Sam is definitely one of them. His character grows with him and as the show goes on he becomes more and more brave and athletic like the rest.

“They got sand in the potato salad!”

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2. Lisa of The Simpsons 1989

I couldn’t do this list without the most known nerd girl of them all Lisa Simpson. She loves to read and play her sax. Always the overachiever in everything she does. She’s simply brilliant and this world could do with more girls like her.

“Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”

Minkus

1. Stuart Minkus of Boy Meets World 1993

And last but not least Minkus. Though he was only on the show for a little while he was one of my favorite characters with his witty quips and he was overall just very funny.

“Why should I help you? You made fun of Mr. Feeny and said he gets paid too much.”

 

In the times we’re living in where it’s cool to be stupid I like to think there are still kids just like these characters. Even though they are scripted and fictional they speak to me. We need shows like this again for the generations to come. They taught me about being a friend and not being afraid to be who I am. Even though I’ve failed at that many times I like to look back at these shows and remember these characters and all that they taught me. If I’ve left out any of your favorites just let me know in the comments below thank you so much for reading 🙂

Kelly