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My Geeky Self

I seem to be making so many book tags. I started the International Book Tag and the Days of the Week Book Tag. Now, I’ve started the Booktube Geek Tag! The questions aren’t necessarily about books, but they are about geeky things. Take a look.

Anything surprising or unusual? Let me know what you think in the comments below, as well as your answers.

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The Future of My YouTube Channel

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with my YouTube channel after we’ve moved to Canada. At the moment, I’m using it to do Japan videos (I know, I know, I need to actually upload some). However, after we’ve moved to Canada, I won’t be able to take more Japan videos until we go on holiday in Japan.

Here’s what I do have planned:

  • A Taste of Japan series
  • Life in Japan series
  • Adjusting to life in Canada series

After that, what do I do? Well, I finally figured out what I could do. It’s not absolutely for sure, but I think I may do it. Originally, I was going to have it as a channel about books and writing. Well, I found it kind of difficult to make many videos about that. So, as I was watching some videos this past weekend, I realised what I have to do.

I’m writing science fiction, and I will write fantasy. I read science fiction and fantasy. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy movies and TV series, as well as superhero movies. I also enjoy astronomy and space exploration. Not only that, I love science in general. So, why not make all things geeky the focus of my channel? I’m pretty much a geek, so it makes sense, right?

What do you think?

What Would Your Youthful Library Record Say About You?

Over at newauthoronline, Kevin Morris posted about his childhood library record as a reaction to this article posted on The Guardian’s website. Well, I have something to say, too.

While the other responses are mainly about fiction, I rarely read fiction as a child. I was always interested in dinosaurs and space, so you could always find me in the non-fiction and science section of the library. The Stony Plain Public Library saw me checking out this one book in particular many times. I don’t remember the title, but it was a very impressive book about dinosaurs that contained diagrams and drawings of skeletons and skulls. I’d spend hours tracing over the bone illustrations to give a fully-fleshed picture of the dinosaurs. I wanted them to match the shape of the skull closely, so I could see what they really looked like. Of course, we now know many theropods had feathers, but back in the late eighties, we had no idea.

That is the book that stands out for me. I don’t recall what else I checked out, but they almost always involved science. This showed how much I loved science, and still do. I was a nerdy little kid, even though I didn’t have the stereotypical look.

So, what does your childhood/teenage library record look like? Leave your comments below!

Share Your Geekiness

I am a geek. I’ll admit that quite honestly. Anyone who knows me knows that I like a few geeky things. Let’s take a look.

Star Trek

I am a big Star Trek fan, and have been since the late 80s. I’ve been to a few conventions, but never dressed up in costume for it. I bought a lot of books, including technical manuals and starship guides. I even have the Klingon Dictionary.

Dinosaurs

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved dinosaurs. Still do. They were more of a mystery back in the 80s, but so much more is known about them that we have come to accept that dinosaurs never disappeared. They’re still with us in the form of birds.

Weather

I keep track of the weather daily. I’m fascinated by the long-term trends, as well as the short-term fluctuations. I keep a record on another blog, 365 Rotations.

Space

Well, considering this was what I studied in university, I’m not so sure if I should include this as being a geek thing. But I love anything to do with space, space exploration, astronomy, and so on.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

This is more of a book thing, but I also love movies and TV series that are sci-fi or fantasy. Love Pern, Shannara, A Song of Ice and Fire, and more. But you should know this, considering what I usually talk about on this blog. I even got goosebumps when I watched the new Star Wars trailers.

Geography

I love maps and geography. I love city planning, how countries use the land, how the landscape shapes countries and towns, how relations with other countries affects the course of history, etc. It’s all very interesting to me.

Computer Games

Many of the games I enjoy are geeky by nature. SimCity 4, The Sims 2, Civilization series, and I am eagerly awaiting No Man’s Sky. I love RPGs and MMORPGs, but found I didn’t have the time required to dedicate to them.

Transformers

I watched the cartoons as a kid, loved the original movie, and then later bought the entire series on DVD as an adult. I will watch it again and again. The live action movies are a travesty, though. It just feels like the whole series was gutted.

There are so many more things I could go into. I have too many interests to ever get bored.

So, now it’s your turn. Share your geeky side in the comments below!

Were You a Stereotype?

When reading a book or watching a movie or TV show, I’ve often noticed the typical stereotypes. You know, like the jock, the nerd, the cheerleader, the goth, and so on. Were you a stereotype when you were a kid or teenager? How about now?

I was a nerd. I was always good at math and science, as well as computers. I was programming when I was 7, reading science books and encyclopedias, and I was very quiet. In high school, I moved into the geek category. Still a nerd, but I became a big Star Trek fan. Now, I’m still a geek. I still love science and Star Trek. But I’m also a big sci-fi and fantasy fan.

However, in school, I never wore a pocket protector or glasses. I played hockey. I was a strong skater. I loved skiing. My classmates in school thought I couldn’t do sports because I was a nerd, so always kept me as a goalkeeper. I hated that. Now, I’m not as quiet, I am often talking, and I love the outdoors and hiking. I guess I don’t fit the stereotypes 100%.

How about you?

My Daughter Has Science Fiction in Her Blood

My daughter is 2 years and 4 months old now, and hasn’t seen one bit of science fiction.  Well, maybe she has in the form of Little Einsteins, because in what world do young children have a rocket?

Well, she did something incredibly impressive.  Although she has never seen Star Trek, she very accurately reproduced a model of the USS Enterprise with giant Lego blocks.  I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the full-sized Enterprise, but probably a baby Enterprise.  Check it out.

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Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Baby Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new playgrounds, to seek out new children and new nurseries, to boldly go where no toddler has gone before.

Isn’t it an amazing reproduction?  I must get her to watch some with me.  Time to create a Star Trek fan!

I am a Geek

There’s a Venn Diagram that’s been going around on the Internet for quite some time now, so I’m sure you’ve all seen it:

Intelligence, social ineptitude, and obsession are the prerequisites for a nerd.  Until university, I was a nerd.  I did very well in school, I was quite shy, and I was a big Star Trek fan.  Now, I’m not socially inept, as I teach for a living, and have had a decent social life.  That leaves me with geek.  I am a geek!  And I’m proud of it!

Nerds and geeks are very important people in the world, especially in the fields of science and engineering.  Many of the electronics and devices that you use everyday were developed by intelligent people who were most likely obsessed with the very things that they worked on.  You know Arthur C. Clarke, the author of 2001?  Not only was he a science fiction author, but he was also the inventor of the communications satellite.  Not bad!

I mentioned that I was obsessed with Star Trek.  I still am, though not as much as I used to be.  I’ve branched out a bit.  However, I do have a goal of owning every episode and movie on DVD or Blu-ray, as well as wanting to read many of the novels.  But that’s not my only obsession.  I’m also obsessed about fantasy novels.  It’s my favourite genre at the moment.  I also love science fiction, which was my first literary love.  I’m even writing science fiction.

Back in my childhood, I was obsessed with knowledge in general.  I enjoyed reading encyclopedias, and I couldn’t get enough of dinosaurs and astronomy.  Soon after, my obsession with Star Trek started.  Around the mid-80s, I played around with BASIC programming on my Apple IIe computer, which resulted in my obsession with computers.  I breezed through my computer classes in junior high school and high school, as I’d already known all about the topics we studied.  For a while, I was very interested in cars, and much to the surprise of my classmates in high school, I even took an automotives class.  The auto class was basically a kind of applied science, or engineering.  It really shouldn’t be surprising that I was interested in it.

But these days, my obsessions include more than just the classic geeky things.  I also really enjoy nature, history, and architecture.  I like to take pictures of buildings, old and new.  Living in Japan makes this easy for me, as Japan has some amazing modern buildings, as well as a huge number of historical sites.  I love walking long distance, though I haven’t had a chance to do much of that recently.  I walked 35 km in one day two years ago.  I discovered Instagram last year, and have taken more than 500 pictures with it.

On the more brainy side of things, I love maps and geography.  I can picture them in my mind quite easily, and I usually know exactly where I am and how to get somewhere.  I also love statistics.  I’m always watching how many views my blogs get, where the people live, which pages are popular, and so on.  I read all about sports stats, especially for hockey and sumo.  How’s that for an odd pairing?  Population of countries and cities is  a very interesting topic for me, as well.  I’ve used both geography and statistics to develop the world I’m basing my writing on.  Obsessions can be very useful!

I’m very happy to be a geek.  Life is more interesting this way.  There’s something interesting everywhere I look.

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