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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!

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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?

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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