Museum Geek

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During the Cretaceous period, Manitoba was covered in a giant lake, home to toothy beauties like this, as shown at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. /GEHMAN

Not all fandoms are TV shows. Not all geeks are in love with Star Wars.

I mean, I love Star Wars, but I also love museums. I’ve been to The Manitoba Museum more times than I could possibly count since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and I still love it as an almost-20-year-old. There’s something seductive about the mix of history and dioramas and objects that were touched by people who lived hundreds of years ago. I could walk around in museum galleries for hours, just staring at artifacts and harvesting hundreds of non sequitur facts.

On a family vacation to Ottawa we spent a full day at the National Gallery of Canada and I cried when I saw my first real Degas. Like really cried. I was so overwhelmed by the idea that my favourite painter had looked at the piece of canvas that was in front of me and had decided to make it beautiful.

Over the weekend I got the chance to go explore Morden, which may not seem like the most exciting of weekend plans, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, largely due to the community’s two museums: the Manitoba Baseball Hall Of Fame Museum and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

I got to wander around through display cases and exhibit halls taking picture and reading plaques to my heart’s content. I met Bruce, Canada’s largest Mosasaur fossil, I saw baseball jerseys from over a hundred years ago. I was in museum geek heaven: brand new museums.

So yes I’m a Star Wars nerd and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer geek, but I’m also in love with history and museums.

Which means that when I went to Star Wars Identities and saw original props and costumes from the movies,  I hyperventilated myself to a new plane of nerdom.

 

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Fake Geek People

 

who are you

This is a post for my “fake geek” homies.

You know who you are.

You may have been told you’re “not a real geek.”

Or maybe you just feel like you’re not.

It doesn’t matter why. Maybe you’ve never read an X-Men comic, but you love all the X-Men movies, or maybe you’ve only seen the new Star Trek movies and not The Original Series, or maybe your favourite Star Wars movie is the Phantom Menace. Maybe you couldn’t get into Adventure Time even though everyone told you you’d love it, or maybe you’ve only ever played one video game in your life, or maybe you’re a “casual gamer” so it “doesn’t really count”.

If you’ve ever been quizzed by people at cons, or laughed at for liking something different, or scorned for not liking something that “everyone likes.”

This post is for you.

Screw people who say you’re a Fake Geek. They’re wrong.

Same goes with “not a real gamer.”

Once, during a discussion I brought up the statistic indicating that 52% of gamers are female, but I was shot down by someone who said that my statistic was inaccurate because it wasn’t about “real games.” After some digging I found out that in her opinion, the only “true gamers” were people who played online FPSs.

This is total bullshit.

My great aunt is a gamer. She’s played more video games than I have, but it “doesn’t count” because she plays games like Bejeweled.

Screw that.

Do you play a game?

If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a gamer, if you so desire.

The same goes for being a geek.

Do you like a movie/video game/book/comic/something else?

If the answer is yes, congratulations, you have successfully qualified and are now able to identify yourself as a geek, if you so desire.

If you want to be a geek, then your interests and likes and dislikes don’t change that. It’s a choice. It’s your choice and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

I consider myself to be a geek. A pretty hardcore geek, actually. But guess what? I’ve never picked up a comic book. They’re just not my thing.

But I’m still a geek. A hardcore geek. And you can be too.

 

 

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.

Introduction

Hello!

My name is Hannah Gehman. I’m a Creative Communications student at Red River College.
This blog’s ‘theme’ is all things geeky. I’m planning on posting a variety of different things, including some movie reviews, interesting geek news stories, and maybe even some progress reports as I start on my cosplay for Central Canada Comic Con.

Sometimes a few school assignments might creep in as well.

I’m looking forward to connecting with the world through my blog!