Revenge of the Nerd

The rising acceptance of nerd culture has been an interesting development of my generation. It used to be that the nerd/geek stereotypes kept such people in hiding. The bad acne, huge glasses, pocket protector and nerd gatherings of D&D all made nerds uncool and on the fringe of acceptable society.

So, imagine my surprise when I’m on my bus ride to school watching Battlestar Galactica on my ipad and someone looks over my shoulder and says, “You like BSG? That’s awesome.”

That’s awesome? Well, yes, of course it is, but since when did people say ‘awesome’ instead of looking at me and snickering?

I can’t pin down when nerdism started to become cool, perhaps it was the rise of Harry Potter or the restart of Doctor Who, i just don’t know. artgeekcutlture624201210-e1340665095107

I love that nerds don’t have to be ashamed of the things they enjoy anymore, they can be proud and accepted for them instead. We shouldn’t be judged for liking men in tights or for living in a realm of fantasy. I’m glad that society is beginning to accept that.

 

A valubal lesson brought to you by: Assassin’s Creed

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I recently decided i need to increase my gaming time from none-existent, to existent.

Having heard an exceptionally high amount of hype about the game Assassin’s Creed, i thought it would be a good place to start. So, i plugged in my console, waited 45 min while it updated (which was thrilling) and then excitedly pressed the ‘new game’ button.

I’ll start by saying, i love this game. Its fraken awesome. I get to run/sneak around assassinating people, saving citizens and pickpocketing people! The story is thicker then i ever thought it could be, and be it I’m not done the game yet i don’t know the ending…but I’m expecting it to be full of twists.

However, there is one resounding flaw with Assassin’s Creed. It’s a biggie.

assassins-creed-logoIt has proven to me…that i will never have the makings of an assassin.

I have always toyed with the idea of becoming  an assassin, ya know, as a plan B if creative writing doesn’t pan out. But, by the looks of this game…i would literally die within two minutes. Either by falling off a giant building or accidentally stabbing myself with a sward.

So, now that my dream is crushed, i have no other choice then to play out the fantasy in this game. Curse you Assassin’s Creed, curse you for ruining my dream.

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THORThor, The Dark World joined the ranks of rare movies where the squeal is on par with the original. It was well done, just as well as the first Thor.

The Marvel Universe has been exploding with awesome since they launched the individual character movies. Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. They threw those characters into a pot and created the Avengers. It was a truly brilliant strategy, focusing a trilogy on each character before combining them.

I thought perhaps Marvel had peeked with the first Avengers movie. I mean, it was new, it was fresh, it was blowing my mind, i thought there was no way for it to keep getting better.

I was wrong.

Thor 2 was funny, cunning, exciting, smart and just as good as the first one. As the first sequel to come out since the Avengers, all my skepticism was thrown out the window when i was swept up in the twists Thor threw at me.

Its a rare moment when a squeal is just as good as the first movie. I’m glad Marvel is getting it right, if anyone could, it would be the Avengers.

Bringing the Super back into Man

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This past year, something beautiful emerged from DC (finally!).

Man of Steel was debated, fought over and probably bled over until the fateful day it finally burst into theaters. All I can say about it is, ‘whoa’ (which let’s face it is far less then my usual word count). The entire 2 hours and something movie, I was literally on the edge of my seat. My partner in crime was actually trying to pull me back, apparently I was becoming obnoxious.

Now, of course there were things about it that I didn’t like, nothing is perfect (except Firefly, may it RIP). I didn’t like that they didn’t make it a 6 hour movie, I didn’t like how one moment Lois and Clark meet and the next they are in love, and I didn’t like that I wasn’t cast as Lois!

Depending on your history with Superman and what you wanted from the movie, you could have felt many things towards it. For instance, if you are a long-time lover of the bullet proof man, then you didn’t want a movie that did a lot of character building because you already know the character of Superman like the back of your hand. Man of Steel didn’t have a lot of character building, it was primarily an action based movie, not like Wolverine…which was 90% character building and 8% train fight (the other 2% is left to your imagination).

If you journeyed to the theater to see Man of Steel not knowing a whole lot about Clark or at least not having saturated yourself with Superman, then you were probably thrown around a bit. You wouldn’t have gotten a deep sense of knowing the character’s character.

As for my superman history…I have had a relatively extensive relationship with the hero. I’ve seen every episode of the Justice League, all of Smallville, all the old movies, etc etc. So with my experience, I was very thankful that 1) they didn’t do a lot of character building and 2) that they mixed up the story telling a bit.

I love Superman, but the classic Superman story is overdone. It’s always 2 min of him being put into a spaceship as the planet Krypton is imploding all around him. 30 Seconds of little baby Clark flying through space. 7 min of Mr and Mrs Kent finding the cute crashed alien. 1 hour of Kent’s youth where we feel bad that he keeps breaking door handles and isn’t allowed to join any sports teams. Then a final 1 hour of him saving the planet and accepting his destiny as Superman. The classic story we all know/love/are sick of.

BUT! Man of Steel did something miraculous and wonderful! They did Krypton extensively at the beginning! Everything from technology or biochemistry to flying animal things! This is not your father’s Krypton! This is SPARTA…I mean AWESOME! So aside from spending a beautiful amount of time on something most directors never bothered with, they spent a mercifully small amount of time on his youth and character building and skipped straight to the fun stuff. Beating up the baddies.

So kudos to the writers and editors and actors etc etc of Man of Steel, I think you did a bang up job. You pushed past the usual story that we have come to expect from Superman, and entertained us on a whole new ride. If you don’t like Man of Steel, you’re crazy, haha, no, I guess it just wasn’t for you, and that’s ok.

Another good review of Man of Steel can be found at Screenrant.com…http://screenrant.com/man-of-steel-reviews-2013-superman/

Nerds will Prevail

The apocalypse will inevitably fall upon us. Whether it’s in the form of flesh eating zombies, nuclear war, a water crisis and the list goes on. Who do you think is best prepared for the end? Sports heroes? Business persons? Religious fanatics? Politicians (ny of the previous, you are wrong ( , your saward it only a foot away. Your bow is in the other room. We are ner? Celebrities? Honey BooBoo? If you guessed any of the previous, you are wrong. The correct answer is The Nerd. Yes, The Nerd (caps for emphasis).

Now you may be scoffing at me a little bit, but, we will just see who’s is scoffing at whom when a zombie is eating your face and I’m still kicking zombie butt.

I’m going to bang off some reasons why The Nerd is going to be the best prepped to survive doomsday (not Superman’s enemy, if you come up against him, you’re royally screwed no matter who you are). Keep in mind, The Nerd, is a very broad and complex stereotype, we got the bookworm nerd, the gamer nerd, the superhero nerd and so many more. So, these are some generalities that I am allowed to make because I am a nerd:

Nerds have a quick reaction time

It has been proven that gamers have quicker reaction times and are able to make accurate decisions faster than the average Joe. One article in the Telegraph both talks about the bad physical health of a professional gamer…BUT also talks about how they have reaction time on par with pilots.

Nerds tend to like gaming; even just dabbling in gaming will increase your reaction time. With heightened reaction time, we will be more likely to survive the zombies, more likely to dodge bullets and any other thing that might come our way in the apocalypse. A split second could be the difference between life and death, and The Nerd has a higher chance of coming out alive.

Nerds watch/read fantasy/sci-fi

While other people are living their day to day life with their feet firmly on the ground and head out of the clouds, Nerds enjoy floating up into the clouds. We don’t simply live in reality; we absorb ourselves into other realms of possibility thought TV, books and games.

In these other worlds we expect the unexpected, learn new skills and are surrounded by other worlds, some apocalyptic and ancient. Being exposed to other ways of life, be it high fantasy with mythical creatures or sci-fi where you have to somehow make it off a hostile planet. Whatever the story may be, we have been immersed in other worlds. So, when the apocalypse happens we will be ready to adapt. We may even have an extra ability to guess what twists the new world will bring us.

Nerds have in depth conversations about things that “will never happen”

If you are anything like me and my friends then you have sat around the lunch table and hashed out the perfect zombie apocalypse survival strategy. It’s fun! We thoroughly enjoy just rambling on about completely “irrelevant” things. We discuses it from every angle until it either makes sense or we all sit in quiet contemplation, unable to get past the impasse.

These conversations are what are preparing us for the possibly of the end. We have our survival kits packed and our rendezvous point picked out. While other people are discussing Obamacare or HoneyBooBoo, the Nerd is stratagizing. It could be that preemptive thought that gives us the extra advantage when the crap hits the fan.

There is a stash of weapons in their house

The nerd does not go into a store, see Link’s Master Sward and simply walk away. We buy it. I can guarantee a solid chunk of the nerd population has some sort of weapon in their home. If you are like Howard Wolowitz, it’s hanging above your bed.

So when a zombie barges through your door, you have an array of weapons right at your disposal (and I’m not talking your mamas kitchen knife, I’m talking bow and katana. You will prevail, unfortunately your poor non-nerdy neighbor will not…they only had their fits.

p.s. If you are not a nerd but are still interested in surviving the end, i would recommend reading The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. It has a lot of good advice that can be applied to any apocalypses.

Where is the Epic Fantasy?

79_1legend_of_the_seeker_bruce_spence_1 Layout 1 Cara-Mord-Sith-Legend-of-the-Seeker Layout 1Once upon a time, the author Terry Goodkind wrote a series of epic fantasy called The Sword of Truth. Within these 11 books (there are books being added), Goodkind builds an astounding world and weaves his stories around you.

The series has many characters, every one of them leaving a distinct impression. Some appear only briefly and others sticking around long enough to become our friends (this is if you are like me and you become very attached to fictional characters). The two “main” characters, Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell are incredibly deep, constantly growing and blow my mind on a very regular basis. The stories are under the epic fantasy genre, including mythical creatures, medieval like scenery and government.  (There is a reason it’s called epic fantasy).

Goodkind’s ability to build characters, world build and intertwine plots are among his greatest writing skills.

I’m telling you about Goodkind’s books because they were the basis of a show called Legend of the Seeker. The show aired for 2 seasons and to my horror, was cancelled.

Legend of the Seeker was among the rare (even rarer now) epic fantasy shows on TV these days. We have reality shows, sci-fi show, game shows, cartoon shows…but where are the fantasy shows? I’m really not sure why there is so little epic fantasy out in the TV world, I’m even less sure why they would cancel one as good as Legend of the Seeker. It had everything a good fantasy show needs.

I really hate to think that people are more interested in watching crap like Toddlers and Tiaras then in watching enveloping stories that spark imagination and whimsy in the hearts of the watchers. What is the world coming to when reality is watched more than Fiction? We live reality, why watch it again on TV?

Legend of the Seeker might have been cancelled, and that sucks. I can only hope that epic fantasy finds its way back onto television and sticks around.

Why Firefly was… is the greatest show on Earth

For those of you who have not seen the majesty that is Firefly, leave this blog and go watch it right now. Seriously. For those that refuse to leave and watch it, Firefly is a sci-fi show that aired for one season, conjured a massive fan base…and then was wrongly cancelled. Go watch it; you will inevitably join the following.

Now, here are a couple reasons why Firefly is the greatest show on Earth:

For one, it’s a show about pirate cowboys in space…I repeat, pirate cowboys in space! If you don’t already love it, you need to get your priorities straight. Pirates are splendid; they plunder, say ‘Yar’ a lot, ride around on epic ships, storm the seven seas and entertain us in Pirates of the Caribbean. Cowboys are awesome; they say things like “this town ain’t big enough for the two of us,” wear stylish hats, ride around on horses, their boots make funny noises, they visit saloons and they thrive in desolate places.  So logically, when you take two mega amazing things such as pirates and cowboys and put them on a spaceship in space…you have now birthed of one of the greatest things to enter our world. Firefly.

So we have now established Firefly is awesome because of the whole pirate cowboys in space thing, another thing that makes this the greatest show on Earth would be its trueness. Not a word, I’m aware. Firefly is true to space, when the characters are out in the great beyond its silent, there is no beeping or spaceship noises, its silent just like space is. Firefly is true to itself, the show never took a turn for the money grabbing and it never sold itself short by introducing scenes or characters that didn’t fit the show. No, it remained awe-inspiring, funny and brilliant without selling out.

And lastly (well hardly, I just wanted to narrow it down to a few points), the show is completely entrancing in all aspects: from action scenes, character development, setting, plot and every other facet of the show. The action scenes are thrilling, clever and well shot (no crappy CGI boo boos here). The characters are deep with pasts that bring them to life. They stay true to themselves and grow in such a way that allows us to join alongside them. The settings on the show are based in a unique sci-fi world just waiting to be discovered, cities resembling China, 19th Century Europe, western deserts and more. Lastly, plot. My goodness the plot. I still get upset that I will never know the rest of the story. The layers of plots were enough to make me giddy. With so much potential for story arches, this show was just teaming with radiance. It’s not another typically flat show that air these days; it was meaty (and shiny)!

Oh, I lied, this is my last point. Captain Mal Reynolds is played by Nathan Fillion. Nathan Fillion is a fantastic actor, breathing life into Mal. I love Nathan Fillion.