geeking-out

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.

Loving Samurai Jack Season 5!

Two episodes in and I’m just in love with it! They really made the right choice of moving it to Adult Swim because now it could really reach it’s full potential. This isn’t to say that the original four seasons weren’t good, because they were fantastic in their own right. Even though they had to work around the restriction of “Jack cannot kill people, only robots” they still did it in such a stylistic and creative way, sometimes I had to remind myself that “oh yeah, Jack has never really fought any people”. And one thing I really appreciate is the fact that they didn’t just jump straight into having Jack fight people in the fifth season. I know that’s what everyone was really excited for. Looking back now on the first two episodes, the way it’s structured makes sense. (Spoilers ahead)

The first episode establishes the norm: Jack travels around, and he fights robots. Just like any typical Samurai Jack episode. To be honest, when he fought Scaramouch, I originally thought it was weird. Why is Jack fighting this random bounty hunter? It seemed… unnecessary? I guess that’s the word. But it makes sense now after seeing the second episode. We have to establish that Jack has no qualms with slicing up a robot. He’s been doing it for 50 years!

This makes the climax of the second episode all the more impactful. When he takes on one of the “Daughters of Aku”, his instinct tells him to finish her off as he does with all of his other foes: go for the head. IIRC, that’s how he always finishes them off, either slice them in half or take off their heads. Oh man, his reaction when his cut produced red blood and not black oil was so telling.

I loved how they handled that. Before the new season aired, I thought for sure they were just going to jump right into Jack killing people. But to wait, and have it take place during the second episode was so much better. Oh man, I’m so excited to see where they take the show from here.

*Also, I miss Mako. Greg Baldwin does a good voice match, but you can’t truly replace Mako. Mako is Aku.

Things I learned in Deutscheklasse:

Out of context sentence building: “Es hat geregnet. Karen gewollt eine Scheidung.”

There is no direct translation for “guilty pleasure”. The closest my teacher could give me was “heimliches Vergnügen”. (btw, if I have any Deutsch speakers who can give me a better translation, that’d be super cool!)

That “one night stand” is the same in German, apparently. 

That my teach paid less for her tuition in its entirety, for a “Magister Artria” (masters degree), in Germany than most students spend on their books in two semesters in America! Das ist sehr verruckt! 

Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz is an impossible word to say and is shortened to “BAföG. (this is basically a long word that means government subsidized financial aid). 

“der Ohrwurm” means earworm and it’s a cute lil word and I immediately think of, not just earworm songs in general, but also one of the Shai-Hulud from Dune burrowing into your ear. 

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The Adventures of Pete and Pete (and Kerri!) Mike and Danny have a great story about the time they stole Melissa Joan Hart’s wallet and went to Sea World with it.

Soma Week: Geeking out

So I was thinking ‘why the heck not?’ I mean seriously it is 4 am… What the fuck am I doing with my life?

Well, here you go:

“Maka, you don’t get it. THE GUY CAN PLAY THE PIANO WITH HIS FUCKING TOES!” 10 minutes. He has been going off about this for 10 god damned minutes, and it’s ridiculous

“Soul-”

“Like how the FUCK DOES ONE LEARN THAT SHIT?! Maka-”

Soul stopped as soon as she was standing right behind him, where he was watching the toe-pianist on YouTube. That’s when he felt his breath hitch in his throat, fearing that she would slam the book she was currently reading upon his face. What he did not expect, however, was for her to bend down and kiss him on the cheek. He could tell, just by the hot feeling he felt pooling in his face, that he was as red as a tomato.

“Ugh… you[re cute when you geek out.” And with that, she left the room they were in, and him sitting there frustrated and confused. Who in the fuck kisses a guy, and then just leaves? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?

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You’d think that after 2 damn weeks, and being 24 years old, he would be over it, but no. He just had to get confused and flustered and sexually frustrated and… WAIT WHAT?! No, bad Soul. You absolutely do not think of your partner like that. 

His thoughts were interrupted when said  girl knocked at his door. “Hey Soul?” Usually he’d say something like ‘What do you want?’ or ‘I’m busy.’ but this time, something was wrong. He could tell by the tone of her voice, she was really upset right now. So instead of being his usual dickbag self, he got up, and opened the door.

“Maka is everything-”

She had been crying. A lot. “Jeez, what the hell happened?”

“My fav… favorite… ch-character d-died.” She sniffled and tried wiping away her tears, but Soul beat her to it. He chuckled and pulled her into a gentle embrace. 

“Do you want to talk about it over some cocoa?” She sniffled a little more before she nodded her head in agreement, and let Soul drag her into the kitchen. “How do you want it, extra chocolaty or normal?” 

“Chocolaty.” She stood next to him as he made their cocoas, and told him in little sobbed fragments how cruel Fred Weasley’s death was, and how he didn’t deserve it. When Soul was finished making the cocoa, he took her into the living room, where they sat on the couch sharing a blanket.

“Okay, I know it sucks, but you’re going to be alright.” She looked up at him from the spot where she was nuzzled against his chest, and started to cry a little more.

“But you don’t get it! He’s gone! And it’s so sad and-”

“It’s going to be okay.” He tilted her chin up so he could look her in the eyes, and then cupped her cheeks with his hands. He slowly wiped her tears away with his thumbs, and didn’t pay any attention to her moving her cocoa to the table along side his, almost as if she were moving it out of the way. 

Maka took his hands in hers, and rubbed them between her fingers. He was studying her every move, wary of how gentle she was being. He looked to see past her blank expression, trying to reach out to her soul. He still couldn’t tell what she was thinking, but he wanted to test something. Maybe… 

He took a hold of her hands, snapping her back to reality, and kissed them very gently, going from the knuckles to her finger tips. He waited for her response, whether it would be the nastiest Maka Chop he’s ever been through or something else, he didn’t care. He just needed to know how she felt (even though he would prefer the ‘something else’).

She looked at him with her eyes wide, but not angry. She looked at him as if she was was searching for something,making his mind race. Then, she leaned forward and kissed him. It was gentle, but longing. It was slow, but quick. It was strange but… right. 

They pulled apart, and then they both started to laugh. Maka was the first to say something. “Thank you.”

“For what?” She  crawled over to him and sat in his lap, receiving a playful grunt from him, causing her to uncharacteristically giggle. 

“Being good at dealing with other geeks.”

“I am not a geek!’ He puffed out his cheeks and made a puppy dog face, which just led to Maka kissing him again.

“Th toe-pianist?” She raised her eyebrows at him, which was followed by another Soul-pouty face.

“It was cool…”

“And you are adorable.” 

THE FLUFFINESS! THE FEELS! IT’S 4 AM! I AM TIRED! I LOVED IT AND I CAN’T SEE STRAIGHT! 

A friend found a mystery die in his dice bag yesterday that had not originated from any of our collections, so we decided to roll to see who’d take it, and needless to say the dice gods chose me to give a home to this baby. Now I shall go on a quest in life to find his brethren individually, and once I do, play this set to a pretty bad ass character one day.

GEEKING OUT: SKYRIM NERD MOMENT.

i just had the most epic fight in all the time I’ve played this game, all the characters I’ve ever made.

on eldersblood peak my archer/assassin bosmer. My first time with a pure-thief build, only archery, sneak, and alchemy. level 8. I was scared to fight dragons with her until she leveled up. but one ambushed. I was like “omfg” but then sHE WAS RUNNING UP THE FUCKING MOUNTAIN AND JUMPING OVER CLIFFS TO GET TO THE PATH. AND THE ICE-BREATH–

SHE WAS DODGE-ROLLING ITS ICE-BREATH, AND THE TORRENT OF FROST IS STORMING BEHIND HER AND SHIT BUT SHE DONT GIVE A FUCK 

THEN SHE REACHED THE TOP, STILL SWERVIN’ ON ‘EM, AND HE HAD HER BACKED UP AGAINST THE WORD WALL

AND THEN THE MUSIC STARTS WITH THE OMINIOUS LATIN-ESQUE CHANTING ALL 

AND THEN SHE POISONED THE BOW AND SHOT THAT MOTHERFUCKER OUT THE SKY

SHE MADE IT CRASH AND SLIDE UP ON HER. 

THEN SHE USES HER LAST FROSTBITE VENOM, GETS A KILLCAM, AND FIRES AN ARROW INTO ITS MOUTH

AND THen she just kind of calmly turns around and gets her “disarm” shout and casually puts her bow away to parkour down the cliffside like 'yeah even tho this is my first dragon since whiterun im pretty much pro, this happens all the time ::hairtoss:::“

I wasn’t going to do the main quest with her because honestly, honestly, I…did not think she could do it. I did not think I could pull off this build. 

I did not think she could slay a dragon without Lydia helping her, since she literally only has…2 points in archery, the rest in sneak/alchemy.

and nobody to tank.

but she did it. my baby did it. i have never been so proud.

now…now i have to do the main quest . she wasn’t going to be dovakiin, just a thief/assassin character to mess around with, but now i HAVE TO.

she has pretty much proven herself to be dragonborn C’: 

…that is all.