geeking-out

Happy Birthday Avatar: March 11th 2005-2017

Thanks for 12 years of bending, fan fiction, fanart, originality, cosplay, fan clubs, cons, meetups, and life long relationships. Here’s to many more years of this beautiful little community we like to call Avatar Fans. AVATAR FANS UNITE!


Poster by myself and my friend chrisdog203

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda geek out over Beauty and the Beast in this exclusive clip

“Her favorite book is actually the story [Belle]’s going to live,” Lin-Manuel Miranda added. “So there’s this crazy bit of foreshadowing that’s happening, but it’s also that interrupting your thought to say how excited you are, is the kind of sophisticated, character-revealing lyric writing that [lyricist and Menken collaborator] Howard Ashman was so good at.”

The Truth Behind "Geeking Out"

You know that moment. You’re talking enthusiastically about a topic that you’re passionate about. The words are coming fast and without effort, and every point you make seems to fill you with more energy and confidence.

And then, just as you’re at the apex of momentum, you pause to catch your breath and… you see the other person. They’re staring at you like a deer caught in the headlights. Maybe they’re fidgeting nervously and trying to find a way to change to subject.

And immediately the wind goes out of your sails and the embarrassment and self-doubt set in, and you start wonder what you did wrong. You start to wonder if it’s childish to be so passionate about something so trivial or obscure. You think maybe it’s abnormal to be so excited about the topic since nobody else seems to be.

Here’s something important you should know: Your passion wasn’t the problem.

In general, people enjoy witnessing passion and excitement. Most of us would much rather be part of an enthusiastic conversation than an ambivalent one. In fact, the more energy a discussion has, the more we want to join in!

…and that brings us back to the “deer in the headlights” stare.

What most often makes the other person uncomfortable in this type of situation is that they want to participate in the discussion, but don’t know how to contribute.

Maybe they feel like they don’t know enough about the topic. Maybe they don’t understand it at all. Maybe their opinion is the opposite of yours, and don’t know how to disagree. Or maybe they completely agree and can’t think of anything to add.

Now having said that, does that make this kind of moment any less uncomfortable? Probably not. It can still be a challenge to steer the conversation in a way that helps others feel like they can contribute. It takes effort. But knowing what’s really going on can help.

Bottom line, when this kind of situation comes up, don’t spend your mental and emotional energy apologizing for your passion. Doing that just makes both of you more uncomfortable, and it associates negativity with something you love. Instead, focus your energy where it will do the most good: Encouraging and enabling the other person to engage.

You know you have a problem when you go to a brewery and see a beer named “Archangel” and immediately order it (hell- as long as it isn’t an IPA). Oh with an N7 hoodie on btw.

I also went to a gamestop today and the cashier geeked out with me about Andromeda and I told him about the new multiplayer trailer and watched it on the spot- he was so happy about the headbutting krogan.

I did a little experiment and it turns out lavender essential oil is just as effective, if not more effective than certain antibiotics. The spot with the oil is marked with an ‘x’ and the clear spot around it means it killed the bacteria. On the middle petri dish you can see that lavender was effective against E.coli when even penicillin (p) wasn’t!! I’m geeking out a little bit over here.

Soul Eater: Soul x Maka Week 2015 - Geeking Out

This years SoMa week I’m gonna collaborate with khaleesimaka - who wrote something for the first day here! ♥

For the first day we have Soul and Maka being dorky fangirls about Wadanohara and the great blue sea, they are such big fans that they decided to do a cosplay on a con; they are cosplaying red!Wadanohara (Maka) and Soul is Sal; we know Soul isnt a bad guy but Sal just fit him the best with red eyes and white hair and all. ;v; 

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CSUF’S Mexican Pinguicula, being grown in traditional media (top) and in an experimental set-up (bottom)! I didnt get a chance to pick the greenhouse managers brain about the vertical/hydroponic setup, but it seems quite interesting and like a potentially game changing way to display these wonderful carnivores!