June 22, 2011

Moderately Geeky - Slightly Nerdy

I'm not sure what the consensus is on the definitions of geek versus nerd, but I perceive a difference.  It's a slight difference, though, because the nerdy often leads to geeky, or perhaps it's the other way around.  My love of reading would be considered nerdy, right?  Yet, when that love of reading transitions into a fascination with RPGs on my PS3 system, I think that takes me over into the realms of geekdom.  My fascination with history and science is nerdy, yet when those interests heavily influence my writing and result in fantasy or science fiction novels, that's geeky, too, right?

So, yes, I'm a bit of a nerd.  I put a lot of time and effort into my schoolwork.  I add documentaries in my Netflix queue (still hoping Waiting for  "Superman" shows up soon).  I seek out articles discussing scientific discoveries.  I add the occasional history or how-to to my bookshelves for research purposes.

Yet, I believe the geek in me far outweighs the nerd.  Here are the reasons why...
  • I love Stars Wars.  Well, I love episodes IV, V, VI.  The first three episodes are pretty to look at, but the story itself failed to live up to my expectations.

  • The SyFy Channel has been known to take over my DVR. Some of my favorite shows have been (and a few continue to be) FireFly, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary, and Caprica.  And I'm hopeful I'll be able to add this one to the list:



  • Also a fan of the following programming..





  • I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. The links to my Goodreads bookshelves is by no means conclusive.  There are many titles I've read but haven't yet added to the site.  (I should, though, as it will prevent me from purchasing books I already own.) 
  • I play video games.  While I'm admittedly bad at first shooters, I'm decent at the RPG games like Final Fantasy, and I enjoy games like PacMan and Little Big Planet. (And, for the record, I'd like to get better at first shooters so I could play games like Duke Nukem Forever and Dead Nation without dying as soon as I take my first step.)
  • I enjoy dressing up for the Renaissance Festival. 
 (I'm in the gown.)
  • Writing conferences provide the perfect excuse to have your picture taken with some favorite fictional characters.  (I'm not sure I'll ever get up the gumption to actually dress as a favorite character, but I suppose it's not completely out of the question.)

I'm sure there are other things that I enjoy reading, watching, or doing that would cause others to label me a nerd or a geek, but I can't think of them off the top of my head, so it looks like the lists stops here.  Feel free to add anything I forgot to mention in the comments section!