Strangers and acquaintances wouldn’t know it by looking at me, but I’m a geek/nerd. One of my best friends the other day told me I’m, what he’d call, the “stealthy geek.” On the outside I look like the typical girly girl––I don’t wear graphic T-shirts that references a certain video game or anime. I don’t wear geeky jewelry like a Triforce necklace from Legend of Zelda or a replica of Galadriel’s ring from Lord of the Rings. Those who are close to me will only be able to see I’m a true geek through and through when they step into my room and see the mountains of shojo manga I have and the collection of video games I currently own. It won’t stop there. Someday, I dream of moving into a place where I can eventually decorate my future home with personal geeky affects.
- Electric Stimulations could help you control your dreams
- Playstation Now Beta invitations being sent out
- A dinosaur, yes a dinosaur threw out the first pitch at the May 7th Padres Game
- Japanese T-Rex prank
- Disk Read Error blog
- SoBay Paleo – Hannah’s Paleo blog
- Famous Monsters of Filmland
- Big Wow Comic Fest
- Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla
- Pickles in the Microwave on Youtube
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I recently got a new pair of glasses, and I love everything about them. I love the color (purple, my favorite). I love the ever-so-slight cat eye shape. I love the girly fan shapes and “crystals” embedded into the temples (the side “arms” that extend back to wrap behind your ears). I’m pretty sure that these are my most favorite pair of glasses ever.
But I always say that. Every couple of years, when it’s time to get glasses, I pour over dozens of frames searching for the “perfect” ones. And then, sometimes upon recommendation (since I can’t see worth a damn without glasses), I settle on a pair that kinda, sorta, looks alright, and I soon come to adore. It’s a process that been a part of my life for a good long while now, and one that’s become an essential ritual in crafting my own nerddom.
Right? I mean, I’m a nerd because I wear glasses? At least, that’s what everyone told me and that’s what I saw on TV growing up.
The typical geek/nerd is often characterized by the T-shirts they wear, whether it’s a character or logo from their favorite video game to a smart, tongue-in-cheek nerdy saying that maybe only fellow geeks/nerds would think is funny or would get.
My excuses for this cryptic title, but I want to dedicate this week’s post to a quintessential question about our hobbies:
Okay, I think I have to be somewhat more exact: why do you do what you do? Why are you the geek you are, and why do you keep being the geek you are? Am I the only one who asks himself such existential questions?
You see, I believe that many of us are destined to be geeky. No matter if it’s our genetics, our environment or a mix of both: in any social group, there will always be deviants. It’s like nature has given some of us this built-in mechanism, which forces us to perceive situations from another perspective. However, in order to see things differently, we have to immerse ourselves into different things than other members of our society. According to this theory, all geeks are actually a safety mechanism for society, reminding the herd of different approaches to old or new problems. We’re like the black sheep, just with a love for videogames and cosplay.
There’s probably as many reasons for being nerdy and/or geeky as there are people in our wide and interesting subculture, but I’m curious to hear your reasons. What keeps you coming back to those special hobbies of yours?