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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lego harry potter: years 1-4

So. This has pretty much been my life for the last 24 hours:

Thank goodness I’ve somehow managed to shake my totes awesum procrastination skillz and actually get my schoolwork done ahead of time this semester, because I haven’t been this addicted to a game in a looooong time. I was going to wait until my birthday, which is in May, and ask for it as a gift. However, after Hank Green (and his wife, Katherine) started their own Let’s Play video series for the game and I saw just how fun it was, I started thinking about how much I really didn’t want to wait that long for such an awesome game.

So yesterday The Boyfriend and I were browsing around Target and eventually ended up in the Wii games aisle. When The Boyfriend suggested I go ahead and buy the game if I really want it that badly, I might have said out loud, “EFF THIS, I’M GOING TO HOGWARTS!”

…Um. Yeah. O_o

The Boyfriend left a while ago, but he and I had been playing this since yesterday afternoon and were having way too much fun with it. And as of five minutes ago, I have just completed the rest of year one by myself. \o/ (Yes, I’m slow. I’m the kind of player that has to complete everything in a level before moving on. xD) I can’t wait until Years 5-7 are released, and rumor has it that it’s going to be this summer.

That’s it for now. See you all soon!

PS: When asking the Target rep to get the game for us, I had forgotten to say we wanted the Wii version. However, thanks to ridiculous gamer stereotypes I’m sure he correctly guessed the version we wanted. “You look like a Wii console kind of person,” he said. I wanted to be a smart ass and ask why, but I just said “Thank you” for the game and went on my merry way.

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

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