Monday, December 9, 2013

The Geek's Guide to Dating (Review)

The Geek’s Guide to Dating



By: Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks)

Rating: 5 out 5 Stars

I would not really classify myself as a “Geek” but I have some geek qualities: I love to read books, I “fanboy” at certain fandoms, collect random popular culture items (posters and cards), and you can see me at random cons throughout the year. Well, I guess I am a geek in my own right.

When I received The Geek’s Guide to Dating in the mail, I was pretty excited that I was picked to read the book. It was my first ARC that I have had the opportunity to read. Of course, I kept telling myself that I would be a “super nerd” if I read this book, but in all honesty, this book is for everyone (for both males and females). I even read the guide in one book sitting. I could not put it down. I found myself laughing at his jokes and various popular culture references, especially his references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Super Smash Brothers, and Pokemon. Although I did not know every popular culture reference that Smith made, he made it understandable for his readers. For example, Smith brings up Magic: The Gathering a couple of times throughout his book. I do not know anything about Magic: The Gathering but after his explanation of the game and how it compares to dating, I feel like I have a true understanding to what the game is about. Also, I officially know what an MMO is now. I always listen to Felicia Day’s song “(Do You Want to Date My) Avatar” and have never known what an MMO was but now I do. Thanks Eric!

Overall, Smith’s guide to dating is unique. It is very witty and quirky!  He makes the book his own. When Smith provides information, he does not just list items and bullet points. His guide is told through a conversation. Smith lets the reader, who he refers to as Player 1,  know what they should do when it comes to dating, provides examples that people can relate to, and even gives the audience commentary to events and examples. By doing so, the author makes dating relatable to everyone.

Furthermore, the book is very readable and very organized. The first part of the book is about learning about who you are before going on a date. People should act to their true colors and not act like someone their not. After telling people to be themselves, he provides some commentary  on how to ask someone out, the do and don’ts of dating, making a first impression, how to “read” a first date, and how to defeat the final boss – aka defining the relationship!

I really enjoyed reading Smith’s book. If you are a “geek,” go out and buy it. You will enjoy Smith’s humor and will find his information on dating very beneficial. There is also something in the guide book for everyone – people who watch television, play videos games, and represent different fandoms (new and old). Like Smith said, “We’re eccentric, enthusiastic, intelligent, and occasionally awkward” (Smith 19). Smith is right; we are all a little awkward. So take your awkwardness out in the world and find your Player 2!

In closing, Smith’s guide is a must read! Due to how much I liked it, I will be purchasing my own official version of the book. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and read it! 


Memorable Quote: “But like all good quests, if you undertake it for the right reasons, the experience is its own reward” (Smith 12). 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hello, Wherever You Are

Hello, wherever you are! Are you dancing on the dance floor or drinking by the bar?

Here is so things from the concert....that was SUPER AWESOME!!!!

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Get your ticket!!!!

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Then Get Glittered Up


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Watch Ke$ha in Concert


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Graduating as a Hilltopper!!!

This past weekend, I became a MASTER. No, no, no. Its nothing weird or anything! I walked across a platform, shook the president of the University's hand, and was acknowledged as becoming a candidate for a Masters Degree in History. So basically, I am a Master of History. I was also able to graduate with my best friend, mentor, and sister. Yes, they are all the same person! Graduation night was pretty amazing. I received a complete surprise by someone who attended my commencement and was able to have a great time with my family who attended.

Now looking back, I think I might write about some of the awesome events that occurred at Western. I had my ups and downs at the university but I will say it helped me grow as a person!

Top 5 Favorite Memories:

  1. Road trips with My Sister Our First Semester
  2. Graduation Day
  3. Tennis Matches with Friends
  4. The Honors College
  5. Jumping into the Fountain!!!





Top 5 Favorite Books (I had to read for class):
      
  1. Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt - Bernard Rosenthal
  2. Salem Story - Bernard Rosenthal 
  3. Gay New York -George Chauncey 
  4. A History of Blacks in Kentucky, Volume I - Marion Lucas
  5. Recreating Africa - James Sweet





Top 5 Classes:
  1. Salem Witch Trials
  2. The Civil War and Reconstruction
  3. Kentucky History
  4. The Atlantic World
  5. Jacksonian Period

Top 5 Favorite Trips:
  1. Harry Potter World
  2. Nashville Book Trips
  3. Phi Alpha Theta State Convention
  4. Mammoth Cave
  5. The Hermitage 

Now thinking about all of these things, I will have to say that I am kind of afraid to leave the college world! But although true, I get to present one of my history papers at a national conference!!!! Also, it time to look at real world jobs! Am I ready? Maybe! Lets just see what the world and life has to provide.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TV Shows that were Ruined by Spoilers (My Own Fault)

Gossip Girl (Final Season)

I will admit that I fell in love with Gossip Girl this past year. I was able to catch up with the series duing Christmas Break. My favorite season would have to be Season 5. But in 2013, I started watching the sixth and final season. I was enjoying it until I read that Dan Humphrey was Gossip Girl. REALLY!? So there is so many problems with Dan being Gossip Girl. So many loops that prove that he could not be Gossip Girl. I really thought Gossip Girl was going to be Kristen Bell, lol. They would just show her in the background (during flashbacks). I stopped watching it but I will forever be a fan.


Teen Wolf (Season 2)


Last year I began to watch Season One of Teen Wolf and bought it on dvd. I was intrigued by the story. I began watching the Second Season online on the Teen Wolf MTV site. I was on episode eight and my computer would not load the eighth episode. I wanted to know what happened so I read a synopsis on the late episode and was kind of disappointed. I guess I will watch the rest of the season soon, but right now I think I am good, lol.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Movies of 2013

Here are a list of my favorite movies that I watched in 2013 (so far...)

The History Boys (2006)

The movie is about a group of boys trying to get into Oxford University. Very interesting dialogue and some great quotes. Many people might hate the movie, but I found it quite good. I really want to read the play now. I think I really liked it because of all the historical comments and references that the movie makes. The quotes and dialogue make you think and are quite original. Some witty and smart dialogue...I am very envious due to the fact that I cannot be as omniscient about history as many of the characters are in the movie.