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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pixel Pages

As some of you out there may be aware, in my spare, spare time, I play around with a photoshop like program called GIMP.  I mangle pixels and push the parameters of peculiar paradigms. And other things that start with 'p'. All of my source images are from Google image searches. I make no claim to be the creator of the original pics, only the terrible outcomes.

From time to time I will share some of these images with you, gentle readers.  These three are for a collaborative group project at www.misfitsquirrels.com. Go there and look at the art. Those guys are all awesome. Here is your sneak preview of my humble contribution.  The task was to create three images: a self-portrait, a warning to the world, and a dream.

Monday, July 23, 2012

NeoLog CE2012.07.23

And we’re back with a new entry! This one is actually a secondary definition as the primary, generally known meaning is a genre of music. So, continuing with my meditations on geekiness:

nerdcore - (n.) - Located in the center of the chest cavity slightly below the cockles it is one of the sub-cockles; it tingles when excited. Luckily this excitement is not publicly visible beyond perhaps a slight dilation of the pupils and flushing of the face. (I really don’t want to discuss that other kind and the gym class incident right now.)

e.g. - I just saw a trailer for the new Superman movie and now my nerdcore is tingling; or someone just mentioned polyhedral dice on my facebook timeline; my nerdcore is all hot and bothered at the prospect of a game actually happening soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meditations on Geekhood and Nerdity

Hello! It's been a while. Have you missed me, my darlings? I sure have missed you. Parenthood is like hard and stuff. Anyway, enough with the apologies. I'm back with my brand new invention1.

I've been thinking about the differences between being a geek and being a nerd. I'm sure there is a Venn Diagram which would help me sort it out, but quite frankly I can't draw a circle to save my life, so forgive me for the lack of visuals.  Both terms have found their way into popular culture - from Zach Levi's Nerd Machine and Chris Hardwick's Nerdist empire to Felicia Day's Geek and Sundry and the mere existence of geek-chic. Nerds and geeks are everywhere. There is a lot of crossover here, and we're seeing what was once a marginalized sub-culture becoming assimilated into popular culture. In the 80s, these types were a laughable stereotype (at best) used for comic relief2 in our teen dramas. I think you can just look at Anthony Michael Hall's early career to see what I mean. I often find myself wondering if 'geek' and 'nerd' are even two distinct terms3 anymore.

In many ways, both terms reference a social outcast - be that due to an actual lack of social skills or eccentric personality or a combination of those and other factors. At any rate, I think 'out of the mainstream' is a good way to think of it. But what, then, happens when certain hallmarks and behaviors and even ideologies become socially acceptable or even normal4?

Is, perhaps, 'geek' a sort of substratum of 'nerd'? Vice versa? Are nerds heavily involved with video gaming while geeks are creating the technology to make it happen too? I suggest that the term 'nerd' refers to the overarching sub-culture while 'geek' represents a specific, intense interest in a subject (for example: music geek, comic book geek, film geek, etc...). The tricky question is whether it's possible to be one without falling into the other category as well. Is a fantasy football (or baseball) geek also a nerd? Can you even call that person a geek (if even behind her back)?

I'm at a loss, so I'm sure there will be more posts on this topic. Let me know what you think. That is, after all, what the comment box below is for. I promise not to dole out wedgies if I disagree.

1 - You're welcome.
2 - You will also notice a strong current of the type of anti-intellectualism which is and has long been a dark facet of American life.
3 - I am, of course, neglecting the Carny version of the term geek - which is the original usage referring to someone who bites the heads off of chickens, eats nails and glass, etc..
4 - Everyone knows Han shot first.