adventures in geekdom

The blog of a twentysomething who is finally unleashing her inner geek after stifling it for the majority of her adolescence.

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I wear my nerd on my sleeve. (IMAGE-HEAVY!)

Aaaaahhhhh, finally! It’s taken me forever to get around to it, but I now present to you…my nerdy t-shirts! :D

^ This is a souvenir from The Whomping Willows show I went to a few years ago. This particular print is discontinued, but you can get an updated one from his merch shop. (Ignore my shadow in the lower right corner. That’s not a stain, just my head. xD)

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all caps

This post is half-blog, half-shout out.

Last year, I discovered the glorious existence of wizard rock. I know, I know, I’m totally late to the party since wizard rock has been around for about as long as the Harry Potter books themselves, but now I’m completely 100% addicted.

Anyway, wizard rock led me to an even deeper obsession: nerd rock. How does that correlate? Kristina Horner of The Parselmouths and Luke Conard of Ministry of Magic came together in 2008 to form ALL CAPS. They’re known for such hits as “World of Warcraft Ruined My Life”, “Don’t Unplug Me”, and “Mrs. Nerimon”. (Personal favorites include “Trainers in Love”, “Delete You” and “Summer of 09”.)

Not only are Kristina and Luke immensely talented, they’re also ridiculously adorable both together and apart. *chinhands* So please, check them out at the links below:

YouTube
allcapsband
lukeconard
italktosnakes (aka Kristina)

Twitter
allcapsband
lukeconard
kristinahorner

fiveawesomegirls

Three years ago, five fabulously nerdy and talented girls from all over the United States came together to create a collaboration channel on YouTube. It was the first YouTube channel of its kind: the girls each posted a vlog on their assigned day of the week for an entire year in an attempt to get to know each other better.

This is the story of fiveawesomegirls.

As of January 2011 the project has ended, but it had a remarkable three-year run and a pretty significant impact on the YouTube community. I’ve followed 5AG from almost the very beginning, when the channel was just a few months old, and was truly sad to see the project end and the girls move on with their internet (and real) lives. Of course, I completely understand the girls’ reasons for moving on and will continue to support them and their various internet projects, but because of what the channel has given to me I can’t pretend I’m not sad that this amazing project is actually over.

5AG was one of the first nerdy outlets that I encountered on the internet that hooked me from the minute I found it. After having moved to a new state and not having made many new friends yet, I felt like I’d suddenly made friends with a group of girls who were just like me. In my first post to this blog I explained how I hid my nerdy tendencies in order to “fit in” during high school, and ended up not only failing miserably at fitting in but also missing out on awesome friends and life-changing events. The 5AG were the friends I wish I’d had during those times, going on the adventures I wish I’d gone on. And I realized that I could still have that in my own life, right now. Nothing was stopping me except for me. 5AG helped me to realize that.

It’s been a strange 2011 so far, what with there not being a new 5AG video in my YouTube subscription box reminding me what day of the week it is every weekday. It feels like a closed chapter in not only their lives, but my own as well. However, I’ll never forget the impact that these girls had on my life, and how they helped me to not feel so alone during a very difficult transition in my life. That is something I’ll always be grateful for.

Adieu, 5AG. And thank you for everything. :)

Monday: http://www.youtube.com/italktosnakes

Tuesday: http://www.youtube.com/devilishlypure

Wednesday: http://www.youtube.com/owlssayhooot

Thursday: http://www.youtube.com/hayleyghoover

Friday: http://www.youtube.com/lianeandthemusic

links/affiliates

I wanted to show a few of my favorite blogs some love. :)

+ brave new adventure
+ darling divine
+ the hayleylujah chorus
+ oh, hey kristina
+ karen on
+ lindsay goes to hollywood
+ westlifebunny
+ the bunny hop
+ geek girls ftw

magic: the gathering

Okay, so the weekend before finals probably wasn’t the greatest time to start a new internet project. But who cares about that? I now have a grand total of 8 followers! Most of whom I already know in real life! *throws confetti*

But in all honesty, thanks to everyone who’s following adventures in geekdom so far. I really appreciate it, and it motivates me to continue writing about my geeky exploits. :)

So, onto my first blog topic! I’m really excited about this one. It’s Magic: The Gathering! I was introduced to this game through the nerd band ALL CAPS when they made a vlog about going to a MTG draft. It piqued my interest, so I immediately text The Boyfriend and asked if he’d ever heard of this game. He had (I should have known, *facepalm*), and mentioned that he only had a gazillion cards left from when he used to play with his dad. Score!

After The Boyfriend taught me the basics, we set out to build our decks from all of his cards. I went with a blue deck because I thought the blue looked pretty, which was a very big mistake on my part. (I really need to break my attraction to “shiny things”, it’s probably going to get me into big trouble someday.) However, I found that using a blue deck straight out of the gate was pretty overwhelming because of the specifics of each card. It was difficult for me as a n00b beginner to grasp what I could and couldn’t do and how to make certain combos work, and I was getting frustrated. Fast.

To remedy my frustration, The Boyfriend and I set out to his favorite gaming store to pick me up an Intro Pack. Basically, each Intro Pack contains a ready-to-play 60-card deck featuring a 15-card booster pack. After looking at all of the different options, The Boyfriend and I decided on:

Yes, a red deck with some blue worked into it. The Boyfriend felt that it’d be a little easier for me to learn how to play the basic game with a deck that was 1) meant to be played with straight out of the box, and 2) really good at blowing shit up and dealing damage rather than focusing on counter-attacks and spells, which I can focus on when I’ve got the basics down. (I actually get a small taste of that from the few blue cards I have in this Intro Deck, which is nice.)

Once I opened my Intro Pack and started playing against The Boyfriend, we were both pretty stunned as to how good the deck was. I didn’t think an Intro Pack for any kind of card game would have resulted in such a great deck, and I didn’t get stuck with basic, generalized cards like I initially imagined I would. I also got some pretty awesome cards in the accompanying Booster Pack, so overall I’m pretty stoked.

So far, I’m pretty happy about MTG. Not only is The Boyfriend excited about playing again, but one of his friends has decided to get back into it and bought an Intro Pack himself (I believe he went with the blue and white deck), so I might actually be able to join in with the guys for a gaming session every now and again. :)

That’s it for now. As I mentioned above, I have finals coming up so I wouldn’t expect any new posts until later this week. (If I do post something, I give you all permission to poke and pester me as needed to quit procrastinating and to get back to work!)

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