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Alter Ego

I like hypotheticals or “what if” questions/situations. When there are lulls at work (where I work there are two speeds, busy to the point that you don’t have time to breathe, and, sooooo bored” and during the boring times my friend/coworker and I will ask each other questions. Sometimes the questions are normal informative questions like ‘who are your favorite classic artists’ I told him that mine are Van Gogh, Degas, and Seurat and then we got into an argument over how he thinks that I only like tragic people (i.e. Poe, Van Gogh, Lovecraft, etc) which is very much an untruth. I like happy people…as long as they aren’t that sickeningly cheerful type, and I like happy endings in stories as well. I am not as much as a Goth kid as I used to be I swear! Anyway, got off topic, I had asked my friend a hypothetical of ‘what if we could have superpowers, which one would you choose?’ and to be fair we could choose three for our super-selves because picking just one would be way too hard. As we were describing what kind of superpowers we would want I realized two things. 1) that I don’t think any of my friends would be superheroes (though I don’t think we would be outright villains either). 2) when a person picks a super power it really shows a lot about that person’s personality. It really is interesting because just like the superbeings in comic books it shows another side to that person. For example, Batman, Batman is the alter ego of millionaire Bruce Wayne (or maybe it’s Wayne who is Batman’s alter ego) and Batman is very much a part of Wayne’s psyche and shows different aspects of who he is. I won’t go much further into that because I’m not a Batman expert or a psychologist.

So we picked our superpowers. The only stipulation is that it had to be something our bodies could actually do. So no rings or suits or utility belts.

My friend picked

  • Super strength/ super resistance- we decided that it could be counted as just one superpower because usually someone with super strength is also super resistant. I think it’s so that if they pick up a car to throw it at someone and they trip and drop it on themselves then they don’t die from it.
  • Super speed- he said that super strength and super speed go hand-in-hand that it’s a traditional superhero/villain thing. So now he is strong and fast.
  • Telekinesis…kinda?- At first he said he wanted to be telekinetic so that not only could he pick up and throw cars where he was standing but he could also pick things up from a distance. Then he decided against that and wanted some power that opens rifts in space and time and then closes them really quick and it rips a person apart. I didn’t know what to call it so I left it under telekinesis.

To me that meant that well first of all that he is a very violent dude (but I kinda knew that), but also that he is very action oriented. He is one of those people who goes to the problem and faces it head on, or he’s the one who actually started the problem. 🙂 He is also very much a person you don’t want to make mad, he said the reason for the super strength and the time/space thingy is so that he could annihilate you up close or from a distance. If you start a fight with him then he won’t stop until there is nothing left.

I on the other picked

  • Shape shifting -needs no explanation
  • Suggestion- I tell someone to do something and they do it. So if I do something…illegal…then I could tell people they never saw me and, poof, I wasn’t there.
  • Intangibility/Phasing- the ability to walk through solid matter (which is very cool)

I’m not going to analyze myself so take what you will from that. If you want you can tell me what you think, I’m interested to know. I asked other people as well like my mom wanted healing, flight, and Air/wind manipulation (controlling the wind, like Storm). Another friend wanted speed, gravity manipulation, and enhanced intelligence

I’ve always wondered about the whole superhero thing, why do they do it? I can understand wanting to help someone (I can actually be a decent person once in a while, usually around the full moon. Like a reverse werewolf, except w/o the whole me being a wolf thing.) what I don’t understand is the whole need to save the world thing. Really, the entire world? Why does it have to be such a big act like that, well yeah the ‘super’ part of superhero but still. Also they seem to be above the law, they destroy the city too but the bad guy gets the blame. Honestly I think the bad guys get treated unfairly, they usually have a practical reason for their evil doings. Yeah you get some nut jobs that want to destroy everything but most of them either are doing it for gain or revenge. At least they have a reason, I still don’t get why Superman is a superhero. Well I should stop before I go on another tangent, lets just say I’m not a big fan of Superman as a hero (though the movies are fun). I like the vigilante types where some of the time you wonder if they’re really good guys like Batman, Deadpool, Hawkeye, and Wolverine. And yes the fact that they were played by hot guys in the movies did factor in, except for Batman, I don’t think Christian Bale is hot. I’m only human and I don’t think anyone is immune to greatness that is Hugh Jackman (straight guys are included in that btw).

*heroic theme music begins*

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The First Question

 

I think everyone who has ever read my blog knows that I kinda like the BBC show Doctor Who. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a big fan, it is my nerdy obsession or one of my nerdy obsessions. Now unlike most fans I have been patiently twiddling my thumbs for the new season (or series as it’s called in the UK) instead of flipping out over how it was supposed to start this past spring and is now instead starting this fall. Well not exactly fall, for those of you who didn’t know Doctor Who season 7 is starting August 25th for those in the UK (BBC One), Canada (SPACE), and where my little ol’ self is the US (BBC America). Sorry to all my peeps in Australia cuz you have to wait either a day or a week which really sucks, I feel your pain as I had to wait about three months to watch season 2 of Sherlock because BBC didn’t show it on BBC America (I had to wait for PBS to take it). In anticipation of the new season I’m going to discuss some of the things I am really looking forward to in this upcoming season. P.S. there might be *spoilers*

First off this is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. That’s right people Doctor Who is the longest running BBC show ever and just so you know 32 of those 50 years was new episodes. The old Doctor Who show started in 1963 and ran until 1989. It went through eight incarnations of the Doctor, each one with his own personality and style (or lack of style). The new Doctor Who started in 2005, is still running (well, duh that’s why we’re talking about it) and we are now on the 11th doctor. Not only have there been all of the seasons of Doctor Who but there have been special episodes and in 1994 they made a movie (so actually it would be 33 out of the 50 years). Because it is the 50th anniversary you know that Steven Moffat has got some tricks up his sleeve. Fact wise I know they are doing two special episodes in the season in celebration of the anniversary. Rumor wise I have heard that they might be getting the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker, actually one of the most popular Doctors) to make an appearance but it is very much a rumor. Moffat has said that we (the fans) will not be disappointed and I am inclined to believe him it’s probably going to be something that blows my mind or something like he did last season that I had to go back and watch all the seasons over again just to see how the heck he did it. Nothing is random when it comes to Steven Moffat.

Also the Doctor is getting a New Companion halfway through the new season. I don’t know anything about the character but I do know that the actress playing her is Jenna-Louise Coleman. Now getting a new companion is always a series of mixed feelings. It’s exciting to meet a new companion, see what they’re like and what they can bring to the show but also it’s sad to see the one’s you have gotten so very attached to leave. Also it begs the question, what the heck is going to happen to Amy and Rory? Moffat has promised that it will be a “heart-breaking end” which to me I don’t find very fair, not show wise but more of the fact that he has put the characters of Amy and Rory through so much. Rory died,well actually it was that he never existed and Amy forgot all about him (sci-fi type stuff), then came back as a Roman centurion who ended up being a robot controlled by the Cybermen and he killed Amy but felt really bad about it because he was still very much Rory in spirit. Then the Doctor says that Amy is not dead and that it would take like 2000yrs for her to heal and Rory being made of plastic decides to guard her even though he will be awake the whole time. Then Amy is not dead and the universe resets itself (again sci-fi stuff) so Rory is no longer a robot and the two of them get married and go with the Doctor on adventures and then Amy is pregnant and then not pregnant and  the reason is that she had been kidnapped cuz people wanted her baby and had replaced her with a plastic Amy so Rory and the Doctor go to rescue Amy who has had her baby and they are able to rescue her but the baby gets kidnapped and comes to them as an adult etc etc lots of dramatic sci-fi anyways they have been through a lot and now Moffat is giving them a tragic end and it’s not fair. Also they probably won’t be leaving the show at the same time, Moffat likes to drag out goodbyes until your heart hurts so bad you can barely stand it. If you don’t believe me watch David Tennant’s exit.

The biggest thing I think all Doctor Who fans have been the most excited about is what was said at the end of last season. That they will be answering the question, The First Question. The first question being one that I had thought about and then disregarded after watching so many seasons, Doctor Who?

“The first question! The question that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight. The question you’ve been running from all your life. Doctor who?”

-Season 6 episode 13; The Wedding of River Song

I for one and super psyched to see what the answer is. Doctor who? We know what he is for the most part, a time/space traveling alien with two hearts and has the ability to regenerate . He is the most wonderful man in the universe and also the most frightening. The Daleks call him “The Oncoming Storm”. He’s brilliant, witty, and the last of the Time Lords. We know all that and yet we still don’t know who he is or even his name and now they are saying that they are going to answer that question. I almost don’t want to know. I feel that there is a good reason that we don’t know and I also get a horrible sinking sensation that if we know the answer then the show will be over and the world will be Who-less. If that’s the case then don’t answer the question. But I still really want to know, damn my insatiable curiosity!

Well whatever they do I know it’s going to be one heck of a ride. Now to survive until August 25th.


Small Acts, Big Impact.

I think most of you know this but heroes rarely come with a cape. They don’t have mutant powers or a big red “S” on their chest and they usually don’t save the world from some evil guy in a giant robot, destroying half a city in the process. In fact most heroes don’t even know or care that they’re heroes at all. There are the traditional types of heroes such as firemen and soldiers and doctors, these are the heroes who do the large acts of bravery and heroics. They save lives by jumping into burning buildings, curing illnesses, and risking their lives for others without a second thought. I have a deep respect for these people. They fit into what I call the “Ordinary who do the Extraordinary” category, ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

Then there are the “Third Grade Paper” types of heroes. Everyone has one of these heroes. The third grade paper hero is a personal hero, the type of hero you would write about in one of those “My Personal Hero” papers that you had to do in elementary school. Usually it’s an older person, commonly a parent or grandparent or aunt etc etc. The ones who wouldn’t mean much to anyone else but had a major influence in your life and helped make you who you are as a person today.

Finally there are the unsung heroes aka the “Van Goghs and Poes”. People who did little things in your life that didn’t mean much to you at the time but now you realize the full impact they had on your life. Like Van Gogh and Poe they weren’t recognized for what they were until way later (though in Poe and Van Gogh’s case they were dead by the time their work was recognized.

Now these can all overlap, they’re not rigid categories. The reason I started thinking about heroes is because I was reflecting on my past. It’s funny to me some of the things that stick out the most for me and the people who matter now versus who mattered then. Most of my good memories happened around my first two years of high school and that is in good part due to the fact that I met so really wonderful people who became my friends. I’ve never had the best luck with my friends (more specifically girls) I was always the person in the group who was called when everyone else was busy or not at all. They are a part of the reason I refuse to have a “best friend”. To me the most pathetic part of it all was that the people who I so desperately clung to back then are people who I don’t even think of now. We’re not friends and I don’t care about them.  Then in the 9th grade I found the most wonderful place, better than Narnia, it was my high school library. I have always been a book lover and the place to me was just paradise. A paradise run by the two greatest people in the world (I won’t give names, don’t want you guys to find them and steal them). Anyway I practically moved into the library and the two librarians became like parents to me. They genuinely cared about me (which in itself was just weird to me) and wanted me to succeed in life. The librarian was one of the coolest adults I had ever met in my life, he ran a club called the Tolkien Society (where I met nerds like me who actually liked being around me and I could be my nerdy little self), he was in a band, he was smart and knew all about books, and he talked to me like a person and not like a child. Very much the father figure in my life.

The other was different but very cool in her own right. She was a bit more strict but it was more of a mom type of strict where she was doing it because she cared (also because we were being super loud in her library but mostly the first part). She was also a ninja, I’m not kidding, I don’t know how she did it but she moved so silently and had this super keen sense of someone messing around or talking about her. It was like Beetlejuice where you say the name and the person shows up out of nowhere. There was one time that me and a couple of my new nerdy guy friends had gotten into trouble for being loud and obnoxious. We had been scolded and had gone and sat at a table in the library. One of the guys started talking about her, she was mean, a horrible person etc etc. Then as he was talking she showed up right behind him, I swear it was some kind of magic, I guess the looks on our faces tipped the guy off because he said “she’s right behind me isn’t she”. It was priceless.

The memories of that time might seem inconsequential to most; arguing in the back of the library, playing Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit, talking about books and wondering how the Harry Potter series would end, but to me it was some of the best times of my life to date. At the end of my Sophomore year I found out I was moving out of state, lets just say I was not a happy camper. I decided to have a going away party for myself (which I knew was pathetic even then) I was so wrapped up in myself that when I went into the library one afternoon after school I was caught completely by surprise by a going away party the library peoples and some close friends had thrown for me. Best. Party. Ever. They had gotten me a cake with elvish script iced on the top and they had all pitched in for my gift, which was the phial of Galadriel. Which if anyone knows the book or movie is the gift that Galadriel gave Frodo as he left Lothlorien. It is probably the best parting gift ever.

“Behold the light of Elendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ~ Galadriel, LOTR

They are very much my Van Goghs and Poes. I thought I appreciated them at the time but not even near as much as I do now looking back. They are the reason I am who I am (though not the crazy part, that’s not their fault). The little things they did in my life left a lasting impression. One of those “when I grow up I want to be just like them” type things. If you have someone in your life that is a Van Gogh and Poe (of course you’d have to realize they are one first) and unlike Van Gogh or Poe they’re still alive then thank them. Two words. You’d be surprised how much two words can mean.

 


A Wandering Nerd I Soon Hope To Be

I’m getting restless and I have come to the decision that after college I am packing a bag and heading to Europe. Well I’ll start with Europe and see where I end up. I have some friends in the UK but I don’t really know if I want to start there. If any of my readers have a suggestion about where to start or the best way to get around and see a bunch of Europe I would love your feedback. I will be back later this month to write a normal Freak of Nature post, it will be a review of a really creepy anime I’m in the middle of. Until then I would love some suggestions of where to go when I travel. Things to see that will make my little nerd heart flutter, interesting towns, good food, new cultures to explore, etc.


Oh, For the Love of Dice.

I’ve been pretty busy recently (and by recently I mean like beginning of June) work, giant hail storms, and fighting the evil dragon known as accounting class has kept me stressed and tired. That plus the heat of summer (my very least favorite season) and I get downright grumpy, to put it mildly. Luckily I have nerds for  friends who kidnap me and “force” me to play rpg’s with them. I’m talking tabletop rpg not video games (I really suck at video games). We are playing Shadowrun which I am really enjoying. I’ve never played Shadowrun before so I’m kind of a noob at it but I have played Dungeons & Dragons as well as Hero’s Unlimited and Dead Reign. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about  it might be best just to Google it as I am horrible at explaining these things to people who don’t know what it is. Basically to me it is going on wicked adventures with your friends doing things that would never happen in real life and being able to be a completely different person (at least for a few hours).

I am really liking Shadowrun because unlike in D&D your characters feel more real. In D&D you have to choose your alignment, Lawful Good, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Evil, etc. Then your character is stuck having to do things according to that alignment and believe me it gets a bit tiresome at times (especially if one of your friends is playing a paladin, blech). In Shadowrun there are no allignments, part of that may be that as a shadowrunner you do things that might be considered…illegal, and one of the best things (to me anyways) is that your character can have flaws. It makes them feel so much more well rounded. For example I am playing and Elf who is a Physical Adept, pretty much I made my character a bad ass ninja, while I have a ton of cool skills and qualities I also have a bunch of flaws. I am mildly allergic to gold, I am a horrible negotiator (i.e. if it’s up to me to negotiate my group is totally screwed), and I am a known criminal.

There are actually several reasons that I like Shadowrun. For one it is in the future in our world and it has this whole history behind it. According to the history around, well, now 2012 the native Americans go fed up and decided to take back their land by doing a dance that reawakened magic in the world making elves and dragons and trolls real. There was a bunch of changes, they have a map of the U.S.A and it is completely different, the south rose again and created the Confederate states the Native Americans took the whole middle part of the country, California is a free state. To me it’s really interesting because while I love D&D and that whole Middle Earth feel, after a long what’s it called…quest? Game? I dunno, anyway it gets a little stale after a while.

Another thing is that because it’s in the future there is a ton of nifty technology to play with. Though I kept my character pretty low tech it is cool to have the option of being a technomancer that whole “become one with the Matrix” type deal. I think one of the best reasons to me is that I get to spend time with friends. I’ve never had what would be called “good” friends. I was usually the one in the group that was called when every other person was busy, I was also the person who got taken advantage of the most (damn my loyalty). Now I have some pretty decent friends, I think it helps that most of them are guys (I am so tired of girl drama, I don’t understand it and I hate having to play mind games) and that they’re nerds, I understand nerds I speak their language.  I can actually count the number of girls I consider a friend on one hand. Anyway the guys that I play Shadowrun with are really cool guys and there are only a handful of us playing but I was invited to play. I was invited! And not cuz there was no one else to play, they actually told other people no so that the group stayed small. Yay for me (wow I just sounded really pathetic).

The only downside, for me, is the dice. I had bought just a generic starter set and a d20 that I got at a Renaissance festival because I thought it looked cool. Well I also had a generic set of d6s (six sided dice the d is for dice and the number beside it is how many sides the die has) because Shadowrun only uses d6s. I knew a little about dice from playing before but I never had any of my own I just used some from a bag of someone else, not their personal set of course, players get really touchy and superstitious about dice. If you touch their dice you basically have committed a crime punishable by death. No seriously. So I bought the generic ones because they were cheap and I felt like a true nerd because I owned my own set of dice (to me being a true nerd equates to being the cool kid). Then I go and play with the guys and I see their dice, they have these dice with cool designs and colors and…it was like being the only kid at the lunch table who had a brown paper bag lunch and everyone else had cool ones like Power Rangers or Pokemon. So I decided to splurge a bit and I bought me some cool kid dice off of amazon and a dice bag because I had to have a place to put them. Now I am really confident about the next time we play. As long as I don’t blow myself up in the game…like I did last time.

 

P.S. These are the dice I bought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do ya think? Pretty cool huh?


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