O.k. time to nail my colours to the mast.


Originally posted 2016-06-20 17:00:15.

If I am to be blogging about geekdom I should really define what being a Geek is to me. So, arranging my words in a pleasing order and checking my cadences, we wander off into the strange place that is my mind. There are some weird things happening in there.

So what is a Geek? Well in my case it is a passion for the cerebral. Football is the national sport of England but I am considered strange because it moves me not one jot. I can think of nothing more boring. A two hour documentary on the medieval period or a daytime quiz program is more my cup of tea. So there you have two interests, History and Trivia. Two of my heroes are Professor Brian Cox and Alan Turing. I love computers and tablets and the almost unlimited and unprecedented access to information they offer. I need to keep up with modern scientific thinking on every subject. I guess my motto would be Knowledge for the sake of Knowledge. I can’t really get my head around Einstein’s theories but I try hard. I should say right now I am an Atheist and proud of it.

One of the best programs on British T.V. is called Q.I. standing for Quite Interesting. It celebrates all knowledge on many subjects and often debunks commonly held beliefs. I’ll tag an episode on this post later.

But of course you can’t be a Geek without gaming. It is the Geeks playground. I enjoy all forms of R.P.G. but my favourite games are anything Batman, Call of duty and  Dark souls. I play Fable as a relaxing game. As you can see from my first picture, anything Assassin’s Creed is good too. I did play Stormfall regularly on Facebook but I have come to think of these games as boring and repetitive. Unless you have money to throw at them they are a great way to waste time.

I do enjoy the Lego spoofs of various Genre and once played an XBOX360 game based on Dante’s Inferno. The developers were being adventurous picking that subject and it wasn’t bad.

For my birthday this year I got my dear wife to hunt down a PS2 and some games. You might think a PS4 would be more of a birthday wish but we are not rolling in money and a frivolity like that is beyond us for the moment. I asked for the smaller machine for a reason. It is a machine which encouraged the fledgling games studios to produce innovative games. One criticism of the market now is that most games tend to conform to a set pattern, PS2 games were often surprisingly inventive. I also got the ‘Bard’s Tale’ with it. It leads me on to another passion, Humour.

The ‘Bard’s tale’ was the story of a bawdy adventurer and was very much a spoof of the R.P.G. I had seen nothing like it since ‘The Very big Cave adventure’ on the Spectrum. You had to play it to understand it but parts of it were hysterical. Games with a humorous theme are too rare.

So, Humour. Best to list some of my comic favourites to give you some idea. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Monty Python, The Goons, Kenneth Williams as ‘Rambling Syd Rumpo’, Spike Milligan, Airplane, Vacation Movies, any spoof of Charles Dickens and the Victorian era and the aforementioned Q.I. I have a well developed sense of the ridiculous. Humour is one of those things that is extremely personal but I hope that list gives you some idea.

But we are not yet at the end of my interests. I like 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music. I enjoy films, mainly oddball ones that make you think. ‘Prometheus’ was one and of course the Matrix series. Apparently many people believe we are living in a simulation. Strange but true.

I enjoy genealogy, but having found my family back to the 1700’s and having limited resources I don’t indulge that now. I like Victorian Post Mortem Photographs and Serial killer cases, especially Jack the Ripper. I like a good murder mystery book, those set in (Wait for it……….) the Medieval era are my favourites. I also enjoy a good Ghost story. I told you there was some weird stuff going on in my mind.

I think it goes without saying that, as a Geek, Sci-fi and fantasy are two more of my myriad interests.

Most of all I enjoy things that contain elements of two or more interests together. That brings us back to Assassin’s creed. The developers have made attempts to integrate medieval characters (Leonardo da Vinci, the notorious Borgia family and Machiavelli.). They have also tried to create the places in which the action takes place with a degree of accuracy. It is the closest I will ever get to walking the streets of a Medieval city among it’s inhabitants or free running along its roofs and buildings.

So there you have it, an assessment of my passions and interests. I hope to expand on these things in posts to come. Meanwhile here’s a link to that Q.I. Episode I promised you.

 

Rayner