Losing Weight the Geeky Way

Let me put it out there that I’m almost 30…That’s right, the big 3 & 0 is looming closer and closer and to be honest, I’m a little worried. It’s not a “mid-life” crisis kind of thing, it’s more of a “it’s harder to lose weight after a certain age, which is 30” kind of thing. To be fair, I’m not sure if that’s actually true, but it’s what I’ve been told and I’m a little too lazy right now (one of my many problems) to do the research. So for the sake of this post, we’ll say it’s legit.

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It hurts me too

 

Several times in the somewhat recent past, I have tried to eat better and exercise more with some degree of success, but it doesn’t last long. I mean, there’s only so much fun in eating vegetables without any kind of condiments or feasting on mixed nuts before your mouth becomes so dry and gross that Burning Man requested to have next year’s festival in your mouth.

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No, that’s just the attendees.

 

There was a time, back in the day, 10 years ago to be exact, where I played one video game religiously. That game had me sweating my proverbial balls off and I spent hours on that game daily. Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) was one of my favorite series during those few years, where I was a maniac and everyday after school I’d pop that bad boy into my PS2 and ignore my high school duties. It was insane how quickly I lost weight playing that game.

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Literally my life for a couple of years

 

I distinctly remembering weighing myself after a couple months of nonstop playing and freaking out because I thought I was sick. I had lost 15 pounds and I went straight to my mom telling her I couldn’t go to school due to sudden weight loss. Sadly, I still had to go to school after she laughed at me and said it was because of DDR. Dammit.

So now a decade later, I still have my games and my dance pads. I tried playing it again a year or so ago and let me tell you something. I’m pretty sure the controls got messed up because I sucked royally. I was fantastic at that game, so it definitely couldn’t have been because it was 10 years of not playing.

 

 

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There’s something in my eye

 

After my disappointment and a week of on-and-off again playing, I gave up and put it back into my closet. I started looking online for fun ways to lose weight while still staying true to my geeky-ass  tendencies and I realized I could get down with Just Dance.

It looked like so much fun and if I could get as good at this game as I did with DDR, then I’d also be a decent dancer! That would thus mean that I’d actually not look like an idiot when I occasionally join my friend and go dancing with her! I would not be that white girl! Oh the excitement that flooded through me was palpable. So by the powers of Zeus, I bought that game, the camera, and movit controllers so I could get my sweat (AND swol) on.

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Let’s just say that rhythm is not just a hard word to spell. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to see someone have an epileptic seizure, then imagine that being me except add to it sweat, off-beat stomping, and cruel and unusual guttural noises emanating from my very being.

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Hi, yes, that’s me…

 

It’s rough, but you know what? It gets the job done. I had fun, I got sweaty and tired, and my body was definitely a little tender the next day. I think I’ll make this an addition to my somewhat existent workout routine. Here’s hoping that this horrendously amusing game can do for me what DDR magically accomplished.

JK Rowling vs The World

First and foremost, I want to say that I am not a Native American. I am very much white. With that, I also want to mention that I am a cultural anthropologist, so I do have sensitivity towards these issues, especially concerning indigenous peoples of the Americas. With my limitations in understanding due to ethnicity, I admit that it’s very possible that I’ll be disrespectful, and if that happens I apologize and don’t mean for it to be that way.

So why am I talking about this on here? Because it deals with my two worlds, geekdom and anthropology.

I imagine many of you have heard or read about the controversy surrounding JK Rowling’s writings where she talks about Native American wizardry, more specifically legends revolving around Skin Walkers and her version of fictional history that surrounds the concept to fit her world.

Rowling is receiving a lot of flak from the Native community regarding her writing and choice of words. If you haven’t already, I recommend you stop reading my post and read Dr. Adrienne Keene’s post as it is from her point of view as a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Keene brings up a lot of fantastic and valid points of how Rowling’s writing is damaging towards indigenous people of North America. I know that there are countless people siding with Rowling and telling those that are opposed to her short story to basically “get over it, it’s just fiction.” But what they don’t realize is that Native American people have been royally screwed over countless times in all forms of life, including media. So when this story appeared, of course people were going to get upset.

It’s actually pretty complicated. I have friends that are Native and I’ve heard both sides from them. Those that didn’t care and say it’s just fiction also said if native people have such a  problem with it, then they should write the stories. And then those that are against it said that there are things that shouldn’t be talked about, such as skin walkers.

From my limited understanding, skin walkers are bad juju and even saying it out loud if you believe in them is like an invitation for bad things to happen. So with Rowling talking about skin walkers and opening up this dialogue for people who don’t know or understand the multitude of different indigenous cultures, especially those with skin walkers or other variants, I imagine it becomes overwhelming. Couple that with the different levels of disrespect, knowingly or not, it’s easy to see why this subject has upset so many.

The best advice I can offer to everyone in this situation is to consider the other side and be calm and respectful about it. Don’t start devaluing opinions of others because they don’t line up with yours. Being respectful and explaining your side without anger or resentment can go a long way to help others understand.

 

 

 

 

 

Guess What!! :D

Nintendo never called. And it breaks my little, fragile heart into smithereens. And none of the other places that I’ve applied to in the past 2-3 weeks have called either. I just…

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Fight Like A Girl!

Please, allow me to introduce you to one of my FAVORITE series of all time,

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What is Rat Queens you ask? Well by-golly, let me tell you!

It’s a comic book series created by Kurtis J. Wiebe and published by Image Comics. It’s a high fantasy series that follows a ragtag bunch of female warriors who are trying to get by, doing quests and side jobs to get some extra cash for drugs and food, and to get the local city government off their back.

We have our beautiful and atheistic cleric, Dee, followed by our tradition-breaking dwarven warrior, Violet, a druggie Halfling thief, Betty, and the sarcastic elvish mage, Hannah.

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As you may have noticed, these ladies aren’t your typical damsels. Instead they’re foulmouthed, strong, ass-kicking bombshells that are ready to settle the score and no one is going to stand in their way. Looked down upon by society, these women are ready to prove that they’re so much more than what they’re perceived to be.

Mixing humor with total badassery, Wiebe gives us a story where women can be stronger than their male counterparts and still look good by the end of the day. Breaking the stereotypical tropes of a hero saving a princess, we see quite the opposite when one of our chaotic neutral ladies goes to save her occasional “fuck-buddy” (sorry, they’re not exactly FWB) from being brutally revenge-murdered. We also have men coming to THEM to get help in defeating a big baddy in the second TPB of the series.

Now, not forgetting to mention, some of the other merc groups also have some strong female leads that have their stories twisted up along with some of the women in the Rat Queens. Thanks to Wiebe’s open outlook on life, there’s even some interspecies mingling and same-sex relationships which not only is very cool, but also cute.He gives us a story that mixes fantasy, major ass kicking, and today’s issues into a fun action-packed little book that I think will do very well in staying relevant.

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This series is absolutely fantastic for women to read, and for the guys too! There’s a little bit of fan service in some of the panels but it’s not overdone and it’s not just randomly there to appeal to a larger audience. It all has a place in the story. I don’t doubt that there’s a character in this series that the readers can relate to, male or female. I can’t recommend this series enough!

My only regret is that I got into this series while it is still ongoing. Be warned, once you start you may not stop! And once you’re caught up, you’re probably going to feel really sad waiting for the next part of the story to be published.

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Why It’s Hard Being a Geek Girl Pt. 2: ಠ_ಠ

And here we go…

Something happened to me yesterday that was a new experience. Here’s a screenshot of what went down. I’m the blue:

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I don’t care if this was done jokingly (which I’m not sure if it was), but it really bothered me.

I was friends with this individual a few years ago, we met online and talked a few times through Steam. That is it. Nothing romantic or anything of the sort, just “hey we have similar tastes in games!”.

I want to point out that this guy is married with 2-3 kids and lives in some other state, Texas I think. Also, I never would have been this guy’s Plan anything! Cocky jerk…

I know that a lot of popular and prevalent geek girls/women in the industry  get way worse stuff than this every single day and that’s absolutely ridiculous and disgusting. Hell, girls and women in GENERAL get this shit all the time. I bet guys get it too!

I’m sorry, I didn’t realize we were supposed to stay around and be your backup plans, jokingly or not. It’s a shitty thing to say to someone. My message to people who do this to either men or women:

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