geeking-out

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.

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. 

If theres one thing I’ve missed since leaving my parents house, it’s late night conversations with my brother. Existential crisis, or doctor who, or life goals, or psychological reasoning, you never know which way that conversation will go.

And last night we were awake till 4am, geeking out over doctor who books. Thats all, but it was awesome.

I’m glad we’re so close

On Saturday I went to Comicpalozza in Houston, and sat in a line for 2 hours so I could get the best possible seats for a panel. The panel was for FELICIA DAY!!!! I was in the third fucking row near the center!! She was like 10 feet away! FELICIA DAY!!! I’m just gonna go geek out in the cornor again now.