What Does Being A Geek Mean To You?

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Happy Geek Pride Day! If you’re reading this blog, then you’re probably slightly geeky inclined. You may not know that you’re a geek, but chances are that if you’re passionate about something – you know that excitable, hyperventilating, almost stalker like passion – you’re probably a geek.

Now, that of course is my own personal opinion, because the term Geek mean’s something different to everybody. As someone who was labelled ‘geek’ super young, purely because they were clever, liked to read, and wore glasses to school, I haven’t always been fond of the term.

In fact, I wanted nothing to do with the term. I just couldn’t get my head around the fact that if you looked a certain way, you were called a geek. And that’s still how a lot of people see it. They think that if somebody is smart or different, then they’re a geek.

But I’ve come to realise that being a geek isn’t a label, it’s a feeling. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what being a geek means to me, and I think Simon Pegg described it best:

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.

So what does being a geek mean to me?

It means I can get excited about movies years before they come out. It means I have a library full of amazing books that I can easily teleport in to. It means I can spend hours playing video games and completely forget about the world I actually live in. It means I can collect toys because toys are awesome and anyone who tells you they aren’t obviously hasn’t looked or played with one in about 20 years. It means I live an ordinary life like everyone else – I go to work, and eat, and sleep – but I also have one kick ass imagination that never allows anything to get truly boring.

What does being a geek mean to you? Let me know.

Image of the Day | Jeff Goldblum Machine

  

I’m 98% sure this is the best thing I’ve ever seen. I LOVE Rube Goldberg machines. I think they’re one of the best things ever, but a Jeff Goldblum machine – well that just trumps everything. Firstly, Jeff Goldblum in the man – look at him chilling down at the bottom. Secondly, there’s a dinosaur! I cannot be the only person that wants to see this machine in action? I take my fictional hat off to artist Doug LaRocca because I’ve never seen anything like this, and all I want is more..

Image of the Day | The Little Merman

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I came across this illustration by Luke Flowers, on Gallery 1988 and decided it had to be shared because it’s simply the craziest pop culture mash-up I’ve ever seen – who the hell would think to combine Zoolander with The Little Mermaid? Seriously! Seeing Derek Zoolander as Ariel, and Hansel as Prince Eric is the most bizarre yet beautiful thing in the world.

Image of the Day | What’s That Thing He’s On?

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Happy Back to the Future Day! The 21st October signify’s that all important date that Marty McFly travels to when he’s transported to the future, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite Back to the Future Images, created by Ben the Illustrator.

I love everything about this piece – the vibrant colours, the textures, and most importantly, the reference to McFly’s favourite mode of transport, next to the Delorean of course.

Image of the Day | Baby Lumberjanes

 

Is this not the cutest picture ever? Cartoon Nerwork artist Kassandra Heller has created what I can only think to describe as Baby Lumberjanes. The usually tall and slender teenagers, originally drawn by Brooke Allen, have been transformed into adorable chubby munchkins, and I now find myself wondering why they don’t look like this all the time. I kind of wish someone would turn them into little plushies. I would buy the hell out of those. 

Image of the day | Party on Wayne

What do you get when you put Darth Vader and Bruce Wayne (Batman) in a room together? Wayne’s World! This little graphic is brilliant, and combines not two.. but three of my favourite franchises, that’s why it’s my image of the day. Party on everybody! You can find a few more funny Star Wars related images […]

Image of the day | Legends of Tomorrow

It feels like it was only yesterday that CW announced a Flash / Arrow spin-off, and now they are already revealing the upcoming show’s very first poster. The image shows off seven characters that will undoubtedly make up the assembled team ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ which includes (from the left) Rip Hunter, Hawkgirl, Dr. Martin Stein, White […]