Showing posts with label Nerd Church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nerd Church. Show all posts

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Month In Review(s) - March 2020


(Warning: This post discusses Coronavirus/Covid 19 (b/c March 2020) and related stuff like lockdown and Anxiety)



...Maybe the first rule of March 2020, is that we don't talk about March 2020.

But then, I'd totally break that rule in half and throw the pieces in the air like confetti anyways, so here we are!






Sunday, 5 April 2020

Nerd Church - A General Message of Positivity For Anyone Struggling With Their Mental Health ATM



(Warning: this post discusses Covid 19/Coronavirus, and mental health problems/general mental health)


I think we could all do with some positivity right now.

We all need to take care of our mental health. You don't need to have a mental health problem in order to be struggling with your mental health.

We all need to take care of ourselves.

So here's one of my famous (notorious? infamous? who knows,) pep talks, with the hopes that it'll do some good, somewhere.



'A Message of Positivity...' against a background of hearts



Sunday, 29 March 2020

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Aesthetically Confused


(Warning: this post discusses the affects of Anxiety)


If you hang around bookish and/or writerly corners of the Interwebs, you may've seen random-a** collages related to books, individual characters, or writing projects.

Or maybe you haven't - in which case you probably don't know wtf I'm talking about. But trust me, they're out there.




'The Writer Diaries. Aesthetically Confused.' On the right-hand side is a person holding a slate in front of their face. The slate has a confused face drawn on it.


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Nerd Church - The Anxious Girl's Guide To Pandem-onium



(Warning: this post discusses Coronavirus/Covid-19 (but hopefully in a non-stressy way!) and Anxiety/mental health problems)


Wherever you are in the world, your life is probably being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic right now - if you're in Europe, then it definitely is.

I'm Anxious af right now - and I know other people are too.



'The Anxious Girl's Guide To Pandem-onium' written in graffiti-style against a striped grey-and-blue background



So, I think we could all do with some practical self-care advice.

(Even if you don't have mental health problems, you still need to take care of your mental health!)


Sunday, 15 March 2020

Nerd Church - The Benefits Of (Sometimes) Switching Off


(Warning: this post discusses Coronavirus/Covid-19, although it's v. brief, I promise!)

Turn off the apps and tabs you aren't using, log out of social media, and let the noise just... stop for a while.


Hooman beans aren't meant for screens - not 24 hours a day, anyways.



'The Benefits of (Sometimes) Switching Off' against an artsy black-and-lens-flare background



I'm not saying 'turn off the evils of technology and become one with the universe' or whatever the latest anti-tech line is.

(Side note: these lines always seem to be spouted online. #JustSaying.)




Technology is a tool. An exceptionally useful one for so many people.

But you don't hammer nails all day, every day, do you? (Wait... do you?)

Even the most fervent lumberjack has to put down the axe every now and then. (Axe... chainsaw... I don't know wtf they're using - ask them!)


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Month in Review(s) - February 2020



February... I mean, on a personal level, February wasn't too bad.

I had a few colds (and yes, they were colds,) and some bad depression days, but nothing too much.




'February - Chwefror' written on an old-fashioned wooden desk, scattered with hearts, a notebook, and number blocks (1. 4.)




Although *gestures vaguely at the state of the world* I realise that more than a few squares have been crossed off on our apocalypse bingo cards.

But we've been crossing those things off since 2016, so it's probably not that surprising.

And a reminder, my dearest darling nerdlets: where there's life there's hope, and where there's hope, there's life.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Nerd Church - #InternationalWomensDay: 'My Feminism Will Be Intersectional, Or It Will Be B*llsh**'



'MY FEMINISM WILL BE INTERSECTIONAL OR IT WILL BE B*LLSH**'


Have you heard those words? Maybe seen them on a placard or a pin badge, or on your socials?

Maybe you have, maybe you haven't.



'#InternationalWomensDay: 'My Feminism Will Be Intersectional, Or It Will Be B*llsh**'' written on the left-hand side of the image, beneath it is a illustration-style Black woman with blonde hair, and a White blonde girl in a wheelchair holding a flag. On the right-hand side is a collage of illustrated/artsy headshots of different women and girls with varying skin colours and racial characteristics. One woman is weaing a hijab. In the bottom right-hand corner, finishing the collage, is a Transgender pride flag (horizontal stripes: blue/pink/white/pink/blue)



They are the words of Flavia Dzodan, as written in her delightfully sweary 2011 essay of the same name*

(I actually don't mind reading swear words, I just can't bring myself to reproduce them without *s - my mother might find out. 😅)


*CW: racism, rape, violence against women, White Feminism™

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Nerd Church - St. David's Day Special! Let's Talk Robert Downey Jr as Dolittle!



Robert Downey Jr's performance as Dolittle is amazing. And he does it with a Welsh accent.

...I think it's fair to say, though, that the accent has had a mixed response.

And since today is St. David's day - and I never lose a chance to talk about Wales and being Welsh - what better time to discuss it?!




'St. David's Day Special! Let's Talk Robert Downey Jr as Dolittle!' with a large daffodil on the left-hand side


Sunday, 23 February 2020

Nerd Church - Hanau (& a Brief Note on the Flooding)


(Warning: this post discusses terrorism, murder, bigotry, etc. throughout, and flooding briefly at the end.)



I didn't want to write this post.

Sometimes it feels like I'm always writing about senseless acts of violence committed by lost souls and festering hatred.

But those 9 people (10 if you count the attacker's mother, which we should) in Hanau lost their lives.

They lost their lives to a White supremacist, far-right extremist, and terrorist, all wrapped up in the shell of one hate-filled man.

One hate-filled man took those lives.




single candle in the darkness



Sunday, 16 February 2020

Nerd Church - 7 Amazing Queer Songs To Bring You Joy and Brighten Your Weekend



I think we could all do with a little oomph and some good tunes, right?

These tracks are both awesomely awesome, and Queer af.



'7 Amazing Queer Songs To Bring You Joy and Brighten Your Weekend' with rainbow background and multi-coloured musical notes dotted around the words




The world wears down on Queer folks - and sometimes it's good to just surround ourselves with the creations of our LGBTQ+ siblings.

But then, the world's weary atm whether you're Queer or not, so I hope all of you enjoy this little pick me up! 😀


Here we go then:


Sunday, 9 February 2020

Nerd Church - The Truth?



Caution: This is one of those existential crises type posts with more questions than answers! Enjoy! 😅



What is the truth?

How can we tell what the truth is, in this supposedly 'post-truth,' 'alternative facts,' world?

Does the truth even matter any more?

Let's break this down, dearest nerdlets.



The Truth...? title image. White text on plain black background.


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Month in Review(s) - January 2020


January 2020. The first month of a new decade.

...A little worrying that World War Three was trending on Twitter within a day or two of the New Year.

Trending globally. Off and on. For quite a while.



'January - Ionawr' title graphic with '2020' scrawled in the corner



Anyway, in better news, if you're reading this it means you've survived.

And that's worth celebrating, ok? That's an achievement in itself.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Nerd Church - Brexit: How We Got Here



The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has officially left the European Union, albeit in a transition period.

And no, the sky didn't fall in at 11pm GMT on 31st Jan, when we left the EU.

But we did start a period of time that, if we're lucky, will just be highly unpleasant and economically difficult.

I hope we're lucky, but that doesn't seem like the most realistic outcome.



Distracted boyfriend meme. Boyfriend = the UK. Girlfriend = the EU. Distracting new girl = Economic and social pain
Made with imgflip.com


It's difficult to explain, to an international audience (hi! I love you!) exactly why the UK made such a foolish, pain-inducing decision in 2016.

(To those from the US: you made a worse decision, with the Trumpkin. So hopefully you understand how embarrassing this is.)

...But I'ma try.

(Please note - this is my opinion, ok? I'm not an expert or a politician or anything like that!)



Sunday, 26 January 2020

Nerd Church - Auschwitz: 75 Years Later



(Warning: this post discusses the Holocaust and genocide throughout. Links may include details and/or images of the Holocaust and genocide.)


75 years ago tomorrow (27th January) Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces.





A single candle in the darkness


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Nerd Church - Royalty and Racism


(Warning: as you can probably tell from the title, this blogpost discusses racism throughout)


I don't give a damn, one way or t'other, about the Royal family.

I mean that. I don't wish them any harm, but if they all abdicated tomorrow that would be fine by me.

As a good little Welsh girl, I both reject monarchy from a Socialist standpoint, and because I still don't forgive them for the conquest of my country, and the slaughter of our own Royals.

(...I know it was centuries ago - Welsh people can hold a grudge, ok? And the oppression by the English never really let up)



Prince Harry (right) arm-in-arm with Meghan, who's wearing a beige hat
Mark Jones/Wikimedia Commons


They can do what they like as far as I'm concerned - be royal, don't be royal, work at Tesco's, have your own business, whatever!

...so long as they don't cost us any more than they do now, I really don't care.

Good luck to 'em, even. They need to do what they can to be happy. And it looks like Harry and Meghan are gonna do just that.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Nerd Church - The Iran Plane Crash



(Warning: this post discusses plane crashes, missile attacks, war, and media racial bias)


A plane falls. And 176 people are lost.

These people are caught in the crossfire of a situation far beyond their control.


single candle in the darkness


Iran has blood on its hands. The USA has blood on its hands.

To absolve either of guilt here would be reckless and inaccurate - neither are completely guilty, but neither are completely innocent.

When a country decides it can be judge, jury, and executioner to a foreign official on 3rd party soil, they cannot avoid the repercussions.

When a country decides it needs revenge, and acts on that, killing innocent people in the process, they cannot avoid the repercussions.


The consequences, the blame, the responsibility, belongs to both.

And thanks to both, 176 innocent people are dead.

And I don't know why the British press have spent so little time showing us their pictures, telling us their names

- but I can't help but think that if it had been, for example, 57 White Canadians, that their pictures would be plastered everywhere.



It's an uncomfortable thought. It's not pleasant to admit. But I think there might be some truth in it.

Like 'Missing White Woman Syndrome' the media has a script in any given situation.

That script, or media bias, will favour White people over People of Colour - over Asian people. Almost every time.



But the people on-board that plane were not worth any less than their White counterparts, or than their non-Muslim counterparts.

If you want to see the full list of names, then it's available on this Ukrainian website - if you know of any Western website with the full list, please let me know, and I'll link that too.

...And this BBC article has more information about many of the victims, with a focus on the Canadians who died.



Some things are senselessly brutal. This is one of those things. But those people mattered.

The world is cruel, but beautiful. Take care, darling nerdlets.



Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Month in Review(s) - December 2019


December has Christmas! Christmas is awesome! Therefore December is awesome! 😀

...I'm good at logic! (Lol.)



December - Rhagfyr with a sparkling/spotlight-type background




In all seriousness, December wasn't an easy one for me - but was far from the worst one I've ever had (as in, no-one died.)

So, despite the various colds I had (I'm a revolving door of viruses, dearest nerdlets!) and some upsetting problems with my grandfather's grave, December was good.

I love Christmas, ok? Christmas is amazing. 😊


Sunday, 5 January 2020

Nerd Church - My New Year's Resolution



Hey dearest nerdlets! I hope that 2020 is treating you well so far! 

(...or at least hasn't been too sh** already. ...I'm pragmatic.)



So, I figured I'd talk a little about my New Year's Resolutions... 

...Well. Sort of.


'My New Year's Resolution' with blue background and fireworks



See, to me, NY resolutions have always been a little *waves hands* ...vague.

Like, I don't even know what I'm doing next week, let alone committing 12 months to something, y'know?

So, they're more like an idea. Maybe a goal, or an intention, or whatever.


Sunday, 29 December 2019

Nerd Church - Our Roaring 20s


It's nearly that time again - when one year becomes another and we have the chance to make a fresh start

(...symbolically, if nothing else.)

But this year? This year marks the change of the decade, as well as the change of the year.



'Happy New Year! Blwyddyn Newydd DDa!' with black background and fireworks



Yup, it's So Long and Farewell to the 2010s, and roll on the Roaring 20's.

(I'm now singing Panic! in my head, and I have no regrets.)

Were the 2010s that bad...?

Probably.

Especially 2016 onwards.

There's no sugar-coating it, some bad sh** has happened in this decade, especially the latter half - it feels like the world is colder, crueller, place than it was before.


Sunday, 22 December 2019

Nerd Church - My Favourite Time of the Year (...Despite Everything)


(Warning: this post discusses bereavement, & other bad stuff that's happened to me at Christmas)


This week has been... difficult.

That's the polite way of describing it, anyway.



I don't want to go into the detail because I'm just gonna get really upset again -

- but basically, there's a serious and significant - though thankfully fixable, although in the long-term rather than the short-term - problem with my grandfather's grave.



'Happy Christmas! Nadolig LLawen!' with red background, and Christmas tree with presents on the left-hand side



So, yeah. That's what I've been dealing with in the week before Christmas.

I guess it could be worse - last year, in the week before Christmas, we buried him.

A few years before that, my other grandfather died on Christmas Eve, followed by his wife, my grandmother, four days later.