I decided to do a "Geek Confessions" meme, inspired by mirz333
(hers is here: mirz-alt.deviantart.com/journa…
). The rules are simple: Just describe 5 of your biggest "geek" interests (or obsessions). Mine are...
1: Doctor Who -- The classic series, anyway. I feel kind of luke-warm about the new series. Although, I will admit that now that I've seen the new ones, I can't watch the old episodes any more. They drag
so slowly. 90% of any given episode is people standing around talking. Sure, they're talking about aliens who are trying to destroy Earth, but still...
I did the whole "obsessive fanboy" thing -- watching every episode multiple times, going to conventions, writing fan-fiction... I even planned out what I would do if I ever somehow became producer of the show. In Chicago it was broadcast late on Sunday nights. I would watch with the sound down to avoid waking up my mother -- and I mean all the way down. I had seen every episode enough times that I had all the dialogue memorized; I didn't need to have the sound on.
Actor John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in the new series, also grew up in Chicago and was a huge fan. Which means that I probably met him at a convention at some point and didn't realize it. Speaking of conventions...
2: Star Trek: The Next Generation. There have been a number of Star Trek series over the years, but this one was my favorite. I was a huge fan when it was on and even considered going to a convention dressed as Data. I had the right look for it, I could have pulled it off. I had a plan to win the costume contest: Since Star Trek costumes are generally pretty boring (any idiot can put on a Starfleet uniform), the way to win is to do something extra that amuses the audience. I wrote a tongue-twister and practiced it until I could say it flawlessly. But I never got the uniform or the make-up and never did it.
3: Math. I've been a math freak my whole life. I don't know if that makes me a geek or a nerd.
Sometimes, when I'm stressed out, I do math to relax.
4: Computers. When I was 11 I got an Apple II and learned to program. To this day, Basic is my favorite computer language in spite of the fact that it's the most hated by everybody else. My current love is the Kindle. We have a little B&W Kindle, and I sometimes get to play with a Kindle Fire.
This morning I needed a recipe, so rather than print it out or write it down, I transferred it to the Kindle and brought that to the kitchen. How can I not love something that does that?
5: Webcomics. They're just like comic books except they're free and you don't have to go out to the shop to get them. When I first started reading them, there were no webcomic review sites, so I started one. Immediately, several others sprang up, run by people who had more time and resources than I did.
So mine quickly folded.
Before we started Relativity, Michelle and I had our own webcomic, Bitmap World,
which still updates erratically.
Nowadays, I have a few core comics I obsessively read every time they update, and a few others I drop-in on occasionally. Most of the comics I like update once every few months, so it's a low-commitment obsession.