“The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.” – Chanakya
So very many things to do today, so unfortunately not a whole lot of time to dedicate to the kind of works of literary art you’ve come to expect from us at PSS, but I want to start a conversation still, because those are fun. Or something.
Geek chic is weird. Now that we’ve been thrust into the limelight, we find ourselves in recent years held under the same kind of scrutinous bullshit tests of nerd purity that other social cliques have been dealing with for years.
We don’t do so well with it, because well, part of what nerd identification is about is counterculture. I’m not talking about going against the grain for the sake of Sticking It To The Man, but the simple fact that ten out of ten times, I’d rather convene with some friends and pretend I’m an elf for a few hours than go to a dance club. And actually, that has exactly fuck-all to do with any of the things you read in my Healthy Gamer pieces. I like socializing, I like music, and yes, I like dancing. This is simply about preference of activities.
Anyway, so being neck deep in the zeitgeist I’m going to go ahead and out myself on some things that will bring my nerd credibility into question.
1. I’ve never seen Blade Runner. It’s one of those things that’s on the list of things I should check out but I’ve never made it happen.
2. I hated The Goonies. To be fair, most Goonies aficionados (read: 95% of my goddamn generation) saw it in their childhood, which is probably a great time to see it and really create some fantastic memories. I saw it at 30. And thought it was painfully stupid. Also: fuck some kids that make the fat kid dance for their entertainment before he can come in.
3. I didn’t think The Matrix: Reloaded was all that bad. Yes, there were some plot holes and some things were amazingly stupid (“You won’t truly know someone until you fight them.” What the fuck?) but I found it to be largely enjoyable. It’s a shame they utterly destroyed whatever potential the trinity had left with a horrendous third film.
4. I don’t do Trek, and I barely do Who. When TNG (regarded by most modern nerds as the best of the various series) was new, it played opposite SNL, and that was back when SNL was still consistently funny. I’ll always choose to laugh. Over just about anything. Yes, I could catch up via Netflix, but if I were doing that, I would have even less time to do the things I am fighting to keep up with. I’d consider a Trek internship under an established master. I’ve watched about halfway through the first season of the new Doctor Who, and whereas I’m digging it, spare time is a luxury I can rarely afford.
5. Not a comics guy. I know enough to get me through any conversation with non-nerds and most surface level conversations with comic nerds, but if it goes any deeper, I go into smile and nod mode. I did thoroughly enjoy the Preacher series though.
So, uh…yeah. Those are some of my deep dark nerd secrets. What are some of yours? Join the conversation below!