Your Geek Ain’t Like Mine

From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Nerd (noun):

: a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.

: a person who is very interested in technical subjects, computers, etc.

Geek (noun).

: a person who is socially awkward and unpopular : a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people

: a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity

[sidebar: the above terms are often used interchangeably]

Late last year on Twitter, I stumbled across a group of people calling themselves Blerds (Black nerds). Blerds were the lost tribe I’d been seeking but didn’t know it: a group of melanin-enriched folks with high IQs and love and appreciation for a diverse array of things considered not the norm for traditional Black folks, including comics, video games, science fiction, and punk rock. I was in heaven. I’d found my peoples.

I reveled in it. I wrote about it for Black Girl Nerds. I read comics for the first time (and reviewed a few). I was down like four flat tires.

Then I got my geek card pulled.

I frequently partake in #SaturdayNightSciFi, hosted by Geek Soul Brother, a fellow Blerd. Every Saturday night, we gather across the interwebs to live tweet a curated sci-fi/fantasy movie or the first two episodes of a (usually cancelled) SFF (science fiction/fantasy) TV show. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the offerings and have garnered new favorites as a result: the now-defunct British TV show Misfits and the now-defunct American show Fringe (the latter proved so popular for #SaturdayNightSciFi that we are now indulging in #FringeFriday. Join us at 9 pm ET on Fridays!).

Misfits TV with caption

Game of Thrones fans: yes, that is “Ramsay [Snow] Bolton” on the far right!

Fringe glyph code v4b

The infamous FRINGE glyph/code

Fringe S1 cast

Once again, I was happy to be amongst my tribe, my peoples, those who are often considered to be marginalized within Black society due to our interests and intellect.

Until Farscape.


Farscape was the latest #SaturdayNightSciFi offering and, as usual for a TV show, we were slated to watch the first two episodes. I barely made it through episode 1.

I was out of my depth from jump with regard to sci fi references that seem to be canon. On the contrary, my Blerd compadres were, well, geeked to be watching, and lost no time dropping SFF comparisons.

“Nice move to cast Kent McCord as Crichton’s father.”

“That trans-dimensional scene reminded me of Contact just a little.”

“…And it’s from Yuri Gagarin” 

“The last few Red Dwarf series jumped a whole school of sharks”

“Love Farscape! But Lexx was the better ship!”

“So, this is the sexy blue alien species that inspired the Asari in Mass Effect, eh?”

“LANI JOHN TUPU and he’s a captain!!!!!!”


Basta cartoon

“Basta” is Spanish for “enough”

Um…okay. I had no idea what they were talking about. The Geek was strong in these ones, but I was on the outside of the Death Star, futilely seeking entry through the formidable force field. My geek game was clearly the opposite of fleek. I wasn’t even on Padawan level; I was just a midichlorian.

What can I say? Geeks gonna geek. I quietly raised my church finger and exited out of the live tweet. (anyone who has encountered the Baptist Church will get that reference LOL).

This was a humbling experience. I realized I am more of a nerd than a geek, it seems: I hardly read comics, I prefer non-alien SFF (Terminator movies and The Fifth Element notwithstanding), and I have only a superficial knowledge of Star Trek (but I at least can differentiate between Star Trek, Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: DS9and Star Trek: Enterprise). However, I’m all about that Star Wars action, boss, and I have all 132 episodes of the Thundercats cartoon on DVD. I’m also a fan of the Watson and Holmes and Nutmeg comics series.

Maybe there’s hope for me after all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Twitter Chat!

Join me for a Twitter chat tonight about The Bastille Family Chronicles: Camille, the Bastille Family Chronicles series, and other stuff that I will discuss at my discretion. 😀

Tonight, 7-8pm ET, on Twitter (@Tiffscribes). Use the hashtags #TheCamilleChronicles and #BFC.

Hope to see you there!

Guilty Pleasures: I’m Live-Tweeting #Shondaland Thursdays!

Antibiotics + intermittent drowsiness + procrastination = more procrastination! 😀

Since I’m not making the progress that I’d like on my next books, I’m just going to revel in the premieres of Shondaland‘s new Thursday night lineup. And I’ll be live-tweeting about it!

One of my guilty pleasures is the show Scandal, by the indomitable Shonda Rhimes. While Season 3 left me mostly underwhelmed (I only watched to see the incomparable Joe Morton as Daddy Pope; Khandi Alexander as Mama Pope; Bellamy Young when she was “Moonshine Mellie”; and Secret Service Tom), I’m hoping that Season 4 will bring back the reasons why I got into the show in the first place (R.I.P. His Ginghamness, Harrison).

I am also hyped to see the new show, How To Get Away With Murder, with the wonderfulness that is Viola Davis (and I am SO happy not to see her play a maid or a sidekick, I don’t know what to do. WINNING!). This show also stars Alfred Enoch (who played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies–and he has grown up quite nicely! My,my. 😀 ) and Matt McGorry (who played the Corrections Officer/inmate babydaddy with the prosthetic leg on Orange is the New Black).

Grey’s Anatomy, which I sincerely hope is in its last season, also has a season premiere tonight. Christina Yang was my favorite character (it used to be Miranda Bailey, but her character has become so neutered, I had to move on), and she’s gone now. I do admit to a bit of curiosity as to how ridiculous the plot lines will get (a secret love child by former Chief of Surgery Richard Webber and the late Ellis Grey? Really? *side eye*). However, I hope that the show gets put out to pasture by the last episode.

All that being said: I usually post on my personal Facebook page, along with my fellow Gladiators, about Scandal. Tonight, though, I”m going to live-tweet for ALL THREE SHOWS. The snark, the shade, the WTF and OMG moments…I’ll be giving it to you in 140 characters or less. 😀

If you haven’t done so already (and what are you waiting for?), follow me on Twitter at @Tiffscribes, and join the #Shondaland party on Thursdays. It’s going to be fun!

As always, thanks for stopping by.