Stop Stealing My Nerdom!
March 3, 2013 1 Comment
Just a quick comment on one thing that I hate:
When the mainstream culture takes things I love from me.
I’m a big nerd. Specifically, a space nerd. I often share with my bar friends and/or grad school colleagues random trivia about recent finds in space, genetics, neuro-junk, or sci-fi fun stuff. Usually I am met with “uh huh” and they walk away. I tried to share a random factoid about mirror neurons with a bartender friend and he just walked away. (I swear I’m not Asp-y. I thought it was a cool thing, he just sucks.)
Anyway, I have my interests and I think they’re awesome. I’m actually okay with the fact that most people think I’m a weirdo. It’s like a special weird little world that only I get to live in and no one else is cool enough to find.
But every once in a while something I love becomes mainstream and it’s a big deal and my strange little world is invaded. Case: Neil deGrasse Tyson is lecturing near my hometown in the next few days (I no longer live there, but I’m a bit of a facebook stalker) and suddenly all of the people that thought I was a weirdo in high school when I tried to tell them Pluto wasn’t a planet and if they fell into a black hole they would bifurcate to death think he’s the coolest thing ever. I love Tyson and I’m glad people have an interest in science. I can’t really explain it, but I do feel my weirdo world is being invaded.
Maybe it is because I don’t want to be seen as just a part of that fad. A few weeks ago I read that Art- Deco and 1920’s style was coming back. This was after I had made a tattoo appointment for a deco-style city skyline because I have always loved that style and thought it would be beautiful. I still got the tattoo (cause I’m still awesome despite fads), but it did make me question it for a second. I don’t want to look like one of those idiots with the mustache tattoo.
(This excludes the recent Bowie fanfare in preparation for his new album. He has always been a pop star and media sensation. I’m just lucky enough to appreciate and be a part of his fanfare)