Professional nerd, Wil Wheaton said “being a nerd or a geek… is not about what you love, it’s about how you love it.”
The things nerds love have the beautiful tendency to bring likeminded people together. We are drawn to things that matter. Things that are interesting or exciting to us. Nerds love to share what they love with other people and drag their friends kicking and screaming into their fandom’s until their friends love their fandom as much as they do. It’s so exciting to find people who love something as much as you do. To share that love and excitement and all of the inside jokes, feelings, and fears. And the best thing of all is that it doesn’t matter what the thing is that you love. Hey football fans, you know what I’m talking about. Whovians and Sherlockians know too.
So, it is with great enthusiasm that I share with you a couple things that I am totally geeking out about right now!
Thing One: Game of Thrones (the books)
Oh man… where do I even begin? I am almost through the first book and it’s amazing! George RR Martin is a fantastic writer. At first I was intimidated by the sheer size and number of books in the series (and it isn’t even done being written yet!) as well as the huge number of characters to keep track of. I wasn’t sure if it would be tedious or awesome.
Spoiler: It’s awesome.
I don’t find it hard to keep track of the characters at all. The way this book is put together is so well done that I know who is who and where we’re going in the story for the vast majority of the time. And when I do forget who someone is, there are lists of characters in the back for reference. Easy!
I can honestly say that I haven’t been this jump-up-and-down-squealing-and-never-put-it-down excited about a book since Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read a lot of books since HP7 and most of them were really good… just not that good.
The hardest part of being a little late to the Game of Thrones party is avoiding spoilers. I already know every character I ever dare to love is probably going to die a horrible death. I think I’m ready for that. And I have a few hunches about some other stuff… but I’m trying not to let too much outside knowledge in so I can sit back and really enjoy the book for what it is.
Thing Two: The Nexus 10
Guess who saved up all her allowance for 6 months and bought a shiny new tablet (yes, my husband and I still have allowances. And the only debt we have is our mortgage and a student loan. So there)! It was only delivered this week, so I haven’t figured out all of the little nuances and tricks yet, but whoa… so shiny!
So far, it’s super intuitive and easy to figure out. I have a Kindle Fire, but tend to neglect its tablet-like abilities because it just isn’t very intuitive to me. But the Nexus… I barely have to think about how to get where I’m going and what I need from it because it’s all right there waiting for me.
I’m also loving the 300ppi display. Colors show up brilliantly and lines are crisp. Watching videos has been flawless so far and even the speakers are good enough that I don’t need headphones to hear. The only thing I need now is a separate little keyboard so I can work on these blog posts from anywhere! Who knows, maybe that will help me get things done before its last minute. Like tonight.
Don’t judge me. At least I managed to tear myself away from my geekyness to share my geekyness. And now you want to try it too. Right?
Spoiler: It’s awesome.