ASMR

So while this video was made for my ad class, it’s desperately true. I love my headwhisk (or scalp massager).

It’s effects vary from person to person. Some people, like my mother, use it simply to scratch her scalp, while people like me experience spine tingling shivers and and intense relaxing effect.

I’ve often wondered if there’s a connection between whether the headwhisk affects a person and if they experience ASMR.

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It sounds fancy and complicated, but it’s actually fairly simple.

Some people experience a non-sexual tingling sensation when exposed to specific stimuli: including sounds, images, and voices. These stimuli that create the tingles are often called ASMR triggers.

Listening to someone whispering appears to be the most common trigger, but some other common triggers are tapping, writing and personal attention.

The ASMR community is prominent on YouTube, with many men and women posting videos meant to trigger other people who experience ASMR.

Want to check it out? A good place to start would be GentleWhisperings, one of my favourite ASMR YouTubers:

 

Time For Self

Yesterday I played Team Fortress 2 for the first time in two months. I finally reached my 150 hour mark.

I love TF2, it’s my favourite game to play. I’m not amazing at it, but I make up for it with enthusiasm and my impressive number of deaths due to sacrificing myself for the greater good.

But I haven’t really played it since school started because every time I sat down to play I would sit in overwhelming guilt because I should have been doing something productive.

But as the end of the semester draws closer, I need to remind myself that sometimes I’m allowed to unproductively spend a little bit of time.

And so yesterday I did. I say down and played a half hour of TF2 and was extremely rusty, but I enjoyed myself. I missed playing games.

It’s different from procrastinating, I’m in no way condoning games over homework, but when my homework for the day is done, I have to be kinder to myself. I’m allowed to have fun and play video games, even if I’m a full time CreComm student.

My advice for my fellow students this week is this: take a 10 minute break, be kind to yourself and do something that you enjoy.

C4 2015

C4 2015 was amazing.

This is the first year we went both Saturday and Sunday and I would never do anything else.

My Star Wars family also entered the Novice costume contest category, and we won second place.

Star Wars Family

C4 is my favourite event of the year. Since I’m not super into a lot of video games or comic books and I’m not a walking encyclopedia of geek knowledge I tend to forget that I’m a massive nerd, a title I want to wear proudly.

At C4 I can terrify poor Steven Universe cosplayers by being so enthusiastic about their costumes and I can freak about that one guy who looked EXACTLY like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I can drool over lightsabre katanas and no one judges me.

Well maybe the Steven Universe cosplayers thought I was batshit crazy. (I got REALLY excited, okay!) I didn’t see any Steven Universe cosplayers Saturday, so the ones I came across Sunday got the full five of two days worth of pent up excitement.

Ruby and Saphire

But at C4 we all get excited about something. My little sister bought My Little Pony artwork that she fell in love with. My youngest brother just started playing the second Mass Effect game, so every time he saw a Shepard he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. My dad got to meet Pablo Hidalgo, the man partially responsible for Star Wars D6, which is the “style” he DMs for both my siblings and I, with him own party and later this month at JimCon.

You don’t want to hide anything at C4. Because every gasp, every smile, every time you ask someone for a picture or call a friend over to look at something, you make someone’s day.

We made a TF2 Medic’s day. Apparently no one knew who he was, but my family crowded around him oo-ing and ah-ing over his costume, which was amazing, right down to a bloody Archimedes on his shoulder.

TF2 Medic

At C4 (or I assume any other comic con) every time you let your nerdy colours fly, you make someone else’s day brighter (or their wallets fuller).

It’s an amazing ego booster.

Every Time I heard the words “Hey, it’s a female Han Solo.” Even if they didn’t talk to me in person, I felt like I was a part of the big picture.

So relax, don’t hold in that gasp when you see a jaw-dropping Loki helmet or an extremely cute stuffed Princess Bubble Gum or a Big Daddy costume so immense he can’t wear it for more than a couple minutes at a time.

Fangirl. Ask for pictures with your favourite characters, or even just take pictures to show friends. REMEMBER: Cosplay does NOT equal consent: Ask before you touch. I’m talking to YOU creepy Snake guy.

C4 is where you won’t be judged, you’ll be appreciated. Let your inner nerd, no matter how specialized, shine.

Barf and Solo