- @davidwynne Never. Happy. Moon on a stick! #
- I am betting that only a tiny percent – under 10 – of the people at Nerd Prom are ACTUALLY nerds. Pretty sure it's mostly geeks. #
- (A lot of nerds ARE geeks, sure, but I always think of nerds as people with fewer social skills, but deeper ACTUAL skills. UNNERVING deep.) #
- @davidwynne They don't… I HATE those guys! #
- @OnlyStephan Hah! I like that, but don't think it's all there. Intelligence isn't a factor in being a geek. @davidwynne #
- @OnlyStephan Hmm. But words HAVE to have meaning. Easiest argument against "geek" as a pejorative is that sports fandom is often geek. #
- @OnlyStephan Well, that's HIS problem. But I don't think fandom is necessary to nerdiness, either. #
- YAY MONDAY! #
- Photo: angry-candy: I have been looking forward to this for literally years. If you’re at Bristol, GET A… http://t.co/spSSx2Dg #
- @OnlyStephan Hm. I definitely think there's a giving over of oneself to a topic, but I don't think the "niche" bit is required… #
- @OnlyStephan Sport fandom is definitely a familiar behaviour to anyone who's been on a comic forum. Comics just weren't mainstream is all. #
- @OnlyStephan Merriam-Webster seems focussed on the verifiable etymology of the word, but I definitely knew it as a fan thing 20 years back. #
- @OnlyStephan Good question – although again, I think "geek" or "fan" are individual behaviours, whereas "tribe" is a social one… #
- @OnlyStephan …people seperating into tribes is an innate human behaviour. #
- @OnlyStephan For sure. People, when around other people, fall into similar patterns ALWAYS. #
- Ok, I admit, I'm kinda proud of our students for this: http://t.co/T9wQ8WSX #
- …People who know me will know that the point at which I stopped looking down my nose was realisation of their attention to detail. #
- @MhairiMcF Exactly right on Homeland. The great performances all round mask so much. #
- @MhairiMcF This morning you are my TV commentary goddess. #
- @MhairiMcF GOT thing is particularly irritating – the lazy digging up of male-virgin-audience completely at odds with actual observation… #
- @MhairiMcF The only people we personally know who don't watch that show as a couple are female, but that's an awkward truth, innit? #
- @MhairiMcF If I was a male virgin, I'd be seriously fucking dissapointed with all the manipulation & character stuff. Half the action… #
- @MhairiMcF …in the 1st series revolves around grim childrens adventure, most of the rest on political wrangling. #
- Video: Akira The Don – Lemmings Oh, Akira! I do love you… The second verse in particular is golden. http://t.co/cUUvK5Um #
- @jhewlett Fucksake, what are we doing again? You around for lunch today, or whats? #
- @DanSlott Plus @JMDeMatteis is also one of the most generous writers with his time that I've met on Twitter. A legend. #
- @JMDeMatteis Thank YOU! For his part, @DanSlott is getting embarrassing amounts of love on #MOMBcast recently otherwise I'd gush there, too. #
- @kierongillen I decided to brainwash @JamesMOMB into sending kisses in our communication couple weeks ago. I HAVE ACHIEVED IT! #
- @kierongillen (It's all about persistence.) #
- @jamiesmart I definitely write for the sort of reader I am, or try to. (Problem with that is I'm a lazy reader). #
- @jhewlett Sounds good! #
- @jamiesmart Yeah, that sounds almost exactly like how I write. #
- @jhewlett did I already tell you this sounds good? #
- MOMBquestion – What does the word "continuity" mean to you right now? – mombcast: We also want to hear from… http://t.co/kmQ89hUC #
- @davidwynne That isn't entirely right, though, is it? Dork as a behaviour set doesn't really have positive connotations or… @OnlyStephan #
- @davidwynne …sense of agency attached. There's crossover between nerd & geek, but they tend to refer to different behaviours. @OnlyStephan #
- @davidwynne Just like with any group of similar but different words, there ARE differences. @OnlyStephan #
- @davidwynne It's similar to why we've got so many different words for "not traditionally religious." @OnlyStephan #
- @davidwynne Can't that be said of most groups/groupings sets/subsets that aren't mainstream, or the one the speaker is in? @OnlyStephan #
- @davidwynne Anyway, doesn't matter. Don't really have any skin in this – didn't take any abuse growing up for geekier pursuits. @OnlyStephan #
- @Clarkythecruel Oh, alright… So what is estuary? @StacebobT #
- @Clarkythecruel That's as I understood it – definitely spoken in parts of Soton & Peterboro @davidwynne @JamesMOMB @StacebobT #
- @LeeRevDouglas Are you really focussed on area of study/expertise? Or do you just really like an area or two of entertainment? @davidwynne #
- @LeeRevDouglas It's possible that you aren't either thing by my definition, then. I can identify as geek, cos my memory works to it, but… #
- @LeeRevDouglas Also something innately male about the "debate finer points till early hours" thing. It's an utterly impractical trait. #
- @Clarkythecruel Look, I don't fucking know, I was totally hypnotised by @StacebobT's charms. & her accent baffled me. #
- @LeeRevDouglas Mother fixation… That's also a very male trait… Wait, what? #
- @Clarkythecruel I've seen all of them! Jesus! It was just a slip! Fucking blimey flipping blast it all! @StacebobT #
- @LeeRevDouglas God, I wish it actually was. I wish it was. #
- @steevbishop Yes! Exactly! How was I supposed to focus with that? It was awesome! @Clarkythecruel @StacebobT #
- @StacebobT lol! @steevbishop @Clarkythecruel #
- @Clarkythecruel I got that, innit? @StacebobT #
- Huh… Love the names of the senators in this first ep. http://t.co/ljSPypcA @GetGlue #Veep #
He said Star Trek is too “philosophical”? Screw that noise.
I don’t know when this interview happened but I AM SAD AND ANGRY NOW
The philosophies in Star Trek are kinda part of the actual setting. If you don’t get that, why are you allowed to make Star Trek movies.
Sigh. The whole point of Star Trek is that it’s philosophical. If you don’t want philosophical Science Fiction, there’s plenty of that for you to enjoy, but Star Trek is philosophical. Philosophy is part of Star Trek’s DNA, and if you’re given the captain’s chair, you’d better damn well respect that.
While you characters unbunch your panties, here’s a thing to consider: Abrams as a kid didn’t like Star Trek for being too philosophical. That’s an entirely legitimate reason for never having watched Star Trek as a kid. Abrams as an adult made a massively successful - both commercially and critically - Star Trek movie, which was both a sequel and a prequel and a reboot of a franchise dying on its arse.
I submit that the two are not entirely unrelated.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that much - if not most - of the success, on every level, of J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek is precisely down to him not being a lifelong fan of the show.
When you cry and complain that Abrams shouldn’t have been allowed to make Star Trek films because he isn’t ‘one of us’; when you mock or criticise someone because their worldview isn’t yours, and you say it shouldn’t be allowed to intersect with yours; when you denigrate, rather than celebrate, diversity; when you desperately try to keep your part of the world clean and safe for yourself and don’t let the outsider and the alien in…
Then maybe the philosophy of Star Trek hasn’t taught you as much as you like to think it has.
I’m a pretty arrogant guy, so it isn’t often that someone says exactly what I was thinking, when I didn’t know it was exactly what I was thinking, and I can’t think of a single way to improve on it or amend it.
Oh, but for more rumination on fandom, you should definitely listen to Unanswered episode 11 - http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/show-11/
Space Jam: ‘I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)’ - Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, two great tastes that taste great together.
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