Archive for February, 2011

Stop The All Caps

It’s Monday and it’s time for a good old fashioned rant.  Something in me snapped this morning and I could not contain my anger over this particular topic.

What the hell is up with people who type in all caps?

At first I thought it was due to some intellectual deficiency on the part of the person typing.  Then as I really thought about it and the person in general I am infuriated at, it became clear to me.  Some people do it simply because they are attention whores.  They want what they say to stand out over all others.  There really isn’t anything wrong with that, but when it is done constantly, it becomes annoying.

When you can’t do a simple Facebook status post without the need to do it in all caps, then you are an attention whore.  If what you are saying is so important and it needs to be heard then by all means, shout it out loud.  If you’re telling me about your house salad at Outback, does it really require all caps?

I don’t care that “I’M HEADED TO BED, GOODNIGHT FB!  I LOVE MY BABIES.”  There is no use in that nonsense.  Don’t make me come over there and rip the caps lock key off your keyboard.  People might have a better reaction to what you are saying if you don’t have the need to put it in all caps.  You could also try saying something relevant or heaven forbid actually putting some thought and substance into what you’re saying.

They say it’s all fun until someone gets hurt, then it’s simply hilarious.  Here’s over 8 minutes of FAIL.  Please do not try any of this at home and if you do, for heaven’s sake make a video of it.  Enjoy!

Ok, so this is semi-smutty but incredibly funny.  For all you jerks out there that harass the girls in your online games, I hope you take this to heart.  Or at the very least get a good laugh from it.

I was going to come up with something flashy and memorable for my 100th post.  But as I sat at my desk trying to think up something really great to write about, nothing came to mind.  I could have stolen an idea or two from a few things I read during the day, but I wanted to come up with an original idea.

Then something came to mind and I thought maybe I would go with that.  I did a Google search for my recent review of All Star Superman.  I clicked through page after page looking for my blog.  Behold on page 25 there it was at the top.  My lowly little review I wrote about the new DC Universe animated movie.  It didn’t get a lot of readers, nor does my entire blog for that matter.  I was proud of it as I am about everything I post.

I considered giving up.  I’ve thought about it a lot.  Then I really take time to think about how I would feel if I did.  I would feel like a quitter, that I had given up.  Not really liking that feeling, I press on and I continue to write and post.   Ironically enough, if you Google the term “wet t-shirt” my blog also shows up around page 47 or so.  I still haven’t figured out how that happened.

When I first started this blog in 2007, I pretty much kept it to myself and hoped that people would just start reading it.  Needless to say it didn’t work out too well and only one person even bothered to look at it.  I will admit that at first it wasn’t very good, in fact it was down right dreadful.  It sat unattended for quite a while and I forgot about it.  Then one day I had an idea, that I would write about what I knew best.  That too was a wake up call, but I won’t go into that.

I made a few changes in what and how I posted things and that seemed to do the trick.  I started getting visitors.  Not a lot at first, but it was a beginning.  I bragged to all my friends about this cool new blog I started and how much I’d love it if they would check it out once in a while.  The numbers got better and people left comments here and there.  I felt pretty elite for a moment.  I had a blog.  I was a blogger.  I had something to write about and I was going to share it with everyone…whether they liked it or not.

So things wouldn’t get too chaotic, I made up some ground rules regarding what I wanted the blog to be about.  Core beliefs are a good thing to stick to.  I’ve done a pretty good job sticking with them I believe.  I’ve kept the smut and the political rhetoric to a minimum.  I’ve even done a really good job at keeping the profanity to almost non-existent levels.  For those of you who know me, you know how hard that is.  I wouldn’t go as far to label this “family friendly”, but I think it’s pretty safe for ages 12 and up.

I did some research about bloggers and tried to prepare myself for the pitfalls and disappointments that I was bound to experience.  There are blogs about blogs out there.  Bloggers giving advice on how to blog.  I found that rather amusing and soon came to realize, extremely helpful.  If you’ve done much blogging or writing you already know that ideas of what to write about dry up rather quickly.  I kept a little document that I would update and add to with a list of blogging ideas.  Soon the ideas were getting harder and harder to come up with.  I didn’t let that stop me and I would scour the Internet daily looking for things to post.

Not long after I was literally busting my butt on nearly a daily basis looking for links and other things to post on the blog that I realized I was just passing on other peoples work.  I would write my own comments and thoughts about it, but in the end I was just building on something someone else had already done.  It wasn’t long before I started to get burned out and felt the blog was on auto-pilot.  What I didn’t know is that the course I was on was taking me right into the side of a mountain.  I read other blogs about what not to do in order to have a successful blog.  Even though I wasn’t doing any of that, I was making my own bag of personalized mistakes.

Right about then is when I had a family tragedy.  My brother lost a six month battle with lung cancer.  Time to sit and blog was at a minimum.  I was spending the majority of my time with my family and the blog just wasn’t a priority.  One day while I was sitting in the hospice house where my brother was, I was looking at the blog.  It really wasn’t what I wanted it to be and for a moment felt like a waste of time.  When faced with the death of a loved one, your priorities shift to other things.  To my complete surprise, the blog actually had an upsurge in traffic during my absence.  Sometimes, less is more.

When my brother died my life was changed forever.  At the time I am writing this, it hasn’t even been a month since he died.  I’ve felt very down and discouraged about life in general lately and I’ve often wondered if what I’ve done in my life up to this point has even mattered.  I am not sure what to think about anything right now and I still don’t think if this blog is even worth continuing.  One thing I learned from my brother was not to give up on something you love to do.

In spite of all the despair and sadness that I am experiencing, I am going to press on.  I am not giving up and I refuse to wallow in a pool of self pity.  I may not make millions of dollars with this blog and I never really intended to.  As of today I’ve made a grand total of 79 cents.  I feel very passionately about the reasons I started this and I want to see this through.  Eventually it will come to an end for whatever reason, but it will be on my terms.

A lot of people still do not read this blog on a daily basis and that’s okay with me.  I’ve finally come to terms with that fact and I am not going to let it discourage me one bit.  There are many who find me by chance and they read some of the things I have posted and that is great.  Some even come back from time to time and that is fabulous.  A select and tiny few come back regularly and I am sincerely grateful.  I have big plans for this blog that I will be implementing in the coming weeks.  I might even try my hand at videos.

So Word of the Nerd will continue and with luck and maybe my ever increasing writing skills it will get better.  Happy 100th post to me and I will speak to you all again soon.

In case you were wondering, I am not Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory.  Needless to say, I like the show and I like him in it.  I use a lot of images from the show because I think they capture the true essence of “nerdness”.  If one day CBS comes knocking at my door demanding that I take the images down, then I will.  Until then, they can suck it.

I stumbled on these images on Modelermagic and like most that have seen them were really impressed.  Brian Larsen has started his re-imagined version of the Battlestar Galactica.  From the work in progress it looks like a mash up of the original 1970s version and the Ron Moore remake.  Taking the best of both designs, it looks really superb.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find much on the artist himself with no other web presence that I could find.  But if you know of Brian Larsen there is contact info to pass it along.  Check out the entire batch of pics here.

One of the coolest things about the old Adam West Batman series, and there weren’t many, was the access to the batcave.  Remember the bust of Shakespeare with the hidden switch that opened the bookcase to reveal the fireman’s poles to the batcave?  Well with the help of this nifty instructional video, you can make your own hidden wireless switch.  Check out the video and a parts list here.

I almost passed when I saw this video…but the nerd in me made it impossible.  This is really a nerd fantasy come true.  Starring Alessandra Torressani (Caprica), Chad Vader, Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory) and yes the hot Ghostbuster is Tink from The Guild plus a host of other characters from nerdom.  Enjoy…pervs!

For some reason I love these creepy conspiracy theory movies.  You’re pretty sure they didn’t really happen, but the fact that it could have makes the suspense that much better. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the NASA space program, there was no Apollo 18 mission…or was there?  Check out the trailer below.

New Thor Trailer

A new trailer for Thor was released.  Check it out.  I think it’s going to be much better than Captain America.

There are a lot of skeptics out there including yours truly.  This new Wonder Woman series hasn’t even but put in front of a camera yet and it is catching all kinds of flak due to plot and script issues.  It remains to be seen if this will be another Bionic Woman remake that even though most of the episodes were good, the audience just wasn’t there.

But thanks to the fine folks at Blastr, we have no less than 17 absolutely amazing pictures of the actress chosen to be Wonder Woman, Adrianne Palicki.  I have never seen Friday Night Lights, so I cannot speak to her acting chops.  But after seeing these pics, I am starting to wonder if this will be worth watching after all.

Check out the full gallery here.