Today, the 25th of May, is Geek Pride Day and we've got lots of great posts over on the main site celebrating, and questioning, what it means to be a Geek in 2012
And let's not forget that we're also designating Father's Day this year to be National GeekDad Day
An important thread that's common to a lot of these posts is that you can be a Geek about anything. It's your passion for the subject that makes it a geeky activity. However, we don't always share the same passions. The Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate has raged since the beginning of time it seems - and our own Matt Forbeck has even written a book about it.
So, in the spirit of Geek Pride Day we would like to invite you to cleanse your soul, get a few things off your chest, and return to a steady equilibrium by unburdening yourselves of those little secrets you've been keeping from your Geek friends. Maybe you've never seen Star Wars, maybe you think comics are silly, or maybe you have no idea who Wil Wheaton is.
Let us know in this forum and maybe we can convince you to try something new?
I should start the ball rolling really.
I've never played D&D.
Back in the day I was confused, I had two sets of friends. One set were the ones I'd grown up with and we were a little gang, into the same kind of music and our BMXs etc. The other set were what we might stereotypically call Jocks - on the sports teams, not as intelligent, but a hit with the girls. It was this last part that attracted me - I enjoyed playing basketball and made the school team, but it was only a ruse, a means to an end.
Needless to say it didn't work out and I realised pretty quickly what a fool I was, but in that period my true friends had started up the D&D sessions and I'd missed out.
I can relate to the two sets of friends. I had my "friends" that I did rodeo with and my Friends that I hung out with and actually liked. These two sets never understood each other.
Some other #GeekConfessions:
I just don't get the appeal of Steampunk
I've never really liked the Beatles. They seem to me to be pretty much just a boy band - the 60s equivalent of Take That, New Kids On The Block, or anyone of the 'groups' spewed out by the awful 'talent' shows these days. I will however concede that they got interesting once they discovered hard drugs and started experimenting in the studio too.
I was never into Marvel or DC comic books as a kid - I loved 2000AD though
The Beatles are two bands, in my opinion. Pre and Post Sgt. Pepper. I am purely a post-Sgt. Pepper fan.
Yes, The Beatles are the dirty little secret that DARE doesn't want you to know about.
They've got maybe 3 or 4 tunes that I like - Norwegian Wood, Tomorrow Never Knows, Day In The Life and possibly some of the Yellow Submarine stuff (but only cos I like the trippy film!)
Any other good ones I should try out?
Well, to me, Sgt. Pepper is like Pink Floyd's The Wall...I love listening to it beginning to end. However, I'd say "When I'm 64", The title song, and "With a Little Help From My Friends" are top of the heap on that album.
After that, "Blackbird", "Revolution", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Come Together", and "Let It Be" rank right up there among those more popular ones.
"The Fool on the Hill", "Octopus's Garden", "Elanor Rigby" are a little trippy without going down the rabbit hole of "Yellow Submarine" and "I am the Walrus".
That's a pretty good start.
I'm actually partial to the White Album. It was a little bit experimental on some parts, but the ebb and flow of the entire album creates a beautiful story.
Secondly would have to be Sgt. Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour, pretty much on the same level, in fact I think I used to listen to both of those to go to sleep when I was growing up... ah, fond memories.
The Norwegian Wood album is also quite good, I find it's one of my favorite ones to sing/play along with on the Beatle's Rock Band... but that also is due to the fact that my wife swoons everytime I sing Michelle to her.
Now, you see, I'd class when I'm 64 and help from my friends and pretty much pop tunes, good pop, but still pop. Nothing like the experimental epic-ness of Tomorrow Never Knows or Day In The Life.
I've always been much more of a Stones fan - You Can't Always Get What You Want, Paint It Black, Gimme Shelter, Sympathy For The Devil, all much more epic pieces of music in my opinion.
Maybe my views have just been tainted by the like of I Wanna Hold Your Hand etc.?
Here we go. I've had this argument with a friend of mine for years.
He is a Pearl Jam / Stones fan, I am a Nirvana / Zeppelin fan. We can go for days arguing this stuff. He once told me Mick Jagger was a better singer than Robert Plant and Steven Tyler both, so I punched him in the throat.
I think we just found a new conversation for best geeky arguments you've every had, though this is no argument, just amazingness.
Oh yeah, I'm saying that this past conversation would be right at home at that thread.