Showing posts with label Nerd Church. Show all posts
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Sunday, 22 September 2019

Nerd Church - An Unpopular Opinion On the 'Don't Feed the Trolls' Campaign



There's a new campaign in the UK using the previously informal hashtag of #DontFeedTheTrolls.



'Don't Feed the Trolls' with a laptop keyboard



The Center For Countering Digital Hate advises that you don't engage with trolls. 

Ignore, block, report. Rinse, repeat.

Now, that's certainly not a bad option for dealing with trolling.

And you should ALWAYS feel that you can use the mute, block, report options, or some variant thereof, if you want to.

Cos you owe no-one, and you need to protect your mental health. Take care, ok?




So, what's my unpopular opinion?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Nerd Church - It's My Birthday! (And I'll Cry If I Want To)



...Not that I'm particularly aiming to. But I'll give myself the option!

Illustrated woman holding a bunch of heart-shaped balloons


Yes, the day this post is published (15th Sep, unless I pushed 'Publish' instead of 'Schedule' again! 😅) is my birthday!

While I'm hoping to have fun and enjoy myself today... I have had some mixed feelings in the days leading up to today.

See, for my entire life, my birthday has been a few days before my grandfather's.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Month in Review(s) - August 2019




August was not as hot here in the UK!!!!! 

Thank whatever deity, divine power, or cosmic entity that may be listening!

Don't get me wrong, there were still days which were officially too hot. But there were less of them. *sighs happily*



August - Awst title graphic with a seaside/beach background



Unfortunately, I spent most of August with a cold.

Because I'm one of those people who will catch every virus imaginable after a galandular-fever-like illness screwed my immune system over when I was 16. Good times.


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Nerd Church - Caffeinated Current Events: We're Really F**ked (Like, More Than We Were Before)



I'm full of coffee, so let's try to figure out the state of the UK, shall we?


Caffeinated Current Events title image with steaming coffee cup




I don't know if you've been paying attention to UK politics lately, but it basically goes a little something like this:

Our Prime Minister is somehow Boris Johnson. 

Because we apparently haven't suffered enough yet.


Sunday, 25 August 2019

Nerd Church - Escapism, Reality, the Power of Stories, and Brigsby Bear




Films, books, media, stories.

They’re how we talk, communicate, connect with each other, with the world around us, and how we understand ourselves. 


At least, that’s true for me, maybe it’s not for you.

Or maybe you just think it’s not the way it is for you 😉




Title graphic: 'Escapism, Realism, the Power of Stories, and Brigsby Bear' with cute cartoon bear on right-hand side
...when I was making the graphic I somehow wrote 'realism' instead of reality but *shrugs* same diff I suppose! 😅




There’s an amazing, adorable, and, in places, heart-breaking, film called Brigsby Bear.

I love it.

It’s one of those films which rips your heart out, hands it to you, and then is like ‘look! This is what your heart looks like! Look at all the blood and gunk and stuff!’ (Metaphorically, of course.) 


It’s hard to talk about Brigsby Bear without either a) getting spoiler-y, or b) descending into fangirling to such an extent that all I’m doing is making a series of inarticulate noises.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Nerd Church - You're Capable (I Promise)


There will be times in your life, dearest nerdlets, when you feel like you're not capable of understanding something, or learning to do something, or actually goddamn doing the thing - whatever the thing may be.

But you ARE capable!

I know, I know - so easy to say.

(Except it's not - for me, it's def. not.)


Gold key with the word 'success' making up the key teeth
Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay

I love bad puns in visual form, ok? 😅 I couldn't resist.



I don't mean that all you have to do is decide you wanna be a rock star, and then, if you want it bad enough, it'll magically happen.

Life doesn't work like that.

If you don't play any instruments, you won't wake up tomorrow as a rock star. Simple as.

But that doesn't mean you're incapable of being a rock star. It'll take a lot of work, a lot of luck, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but you can do it.

...Or it might still not happen.


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Nerd Church - America, You Got a Problem With Guns


(Warning: this post discusses the El Paso and Dayton shootings, and the American gun culture)


A single lit candle in the dark


I'm sure this has been said time and time again.

While people are still out there dying, I will add my voice to that, time and time again.

America has a gun problem.


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Month in Review(s) - July 2019



July was too goddamned hot.


July - Gorffenaf title graphic with really big sun at the bottom and puffy clouds and stuff


I'm not built for anything past 23C, and it hit, like 31C.

I know to some of you who live in hotter places than the UK, that's nothing but... it's really not nothing to us!

I'm not a nice person when I'm hot - I'm grumpy af and just want to make the world suffer.

Also, I live in Wales. Summer is traditionally one big rain shower - WTAF with this heat?!


Sunday, 4 August 2019

Nerd Church - Do We REALLY Value the ART?




I love Fine Art, and have done since I was a teensy babbi.

(Which slightly confused my parents who were expecting a child rather than an art, music, and literature lover, but anyways...)

I'm not so much of a fan of Modern Art, though, 'cos it tends to be either ugly or pretentious af - or sometimes both. Lol.


'Do we REALLY Value the ART?' title image with a paintbox and coloured pencils


Sunday, 28 July 2019

Nerd Church - My New Self-Care Strategy


(Warning: this post discusses low self-esteem and Depression)


I have a plan!


My plan is this: to treat myself BETTER than I think I deserve.


'Hang on Cee!' I hear you cry (well, I don't but it's a structural narrative device,) 'What the hell are you talking about?!'

Let's rewind.



'My New Self-Care Strategy' graphic with purple unicorn emoji and happy panda


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Nerd Church - Trump Is A Racist, and Other Obvious Things That Still Have To Be Said





(Warning: this post discusses all things Trump, inc. racism, bigotry, and alleged sexual assault, inc. Jeffrey Epstein and paedophilia)


Trump is a racist.

He is a sexist, a homophobe, an ableist, a transphobe, an Islamophobe.

Trump is pretty much any kind of bigot or general a**hole you can think of.

I don't know why people are still surprised, but some people seem to be.



Two Muslim American women in hijabs holding hijabi US flag posters reading 'we the people'
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay



Sunday, 14 July 2019

Nerd Church - Casual Homophobia: A Thousand Cuts



(Warning: this post discusses several instances of homophobia, and the feelings caused.)

I use the term homophobia here as a catch-all for all types of bigotry against LGBTQ+ people.



When I was very, very, small, someone I love - an adult - said something that stuck a tiny dagger into my heart.





They said, "...it shows being Gay as something natural. Which it's not."


And a teeny-tiny voice in my small child brain said, 'But what about me?' and then I stamped it down very, very, hard.

Partly because I didn't know what I meant. What about me? What was I?

Well, if straight was the natural... then I was straight? Right?



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Month in Review(s) - June 2019





June kind of flew by!

Partly because I was super-busy! Which is also why I (once again) posted less here than I wanted to.

I did manage to post a review though! Woo! I can still call myself a book blog! (Lol.) 😅



June - Mehefin graphic with blue sky and sun shape



Sunday, 7 July 2019

Nerd Church - The Writer Diaries: Turns Out, People Are Interested



I've never really had much confidence in my writing.

Like, objectively I know that people read this blog but... it always surprises (and delights,) me when someone comments, shares, etc. (Hint hint. Lol.)


fountain pen on an open notebook


Likewise, I'm always on edge about the fiction I write - it can't be something someone'd be interested in reading, right?

At the same time, not writing would be like not breathing. Unthinkable.

It's literally who I am - I breathe. I read. I write.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Nerd Church - Women In Danger Vs Men Inconvenienced: Discussing The Boris Johnson & Mark Field Stories



(Warning: this post discusses assault against women and domestic violence against women. It contains a news video where assault is shown in the thumbnail.)


British politicians don't have the best track record with women lately.

If you're not aware (I know a lot of you are international - and I utterly adore you!) we've had two serious incidents involving British politicians and women over the last few weeks.



Women In Danger Vs Men Inconvenienced: Discussing The Boris Johnson & Mark Field Stories title image in collage w/ a pic of broken glass, and a pic of a heart drawn on a concrete wall in marker




Both incidents involved aggression. One definitely involved violence.

Both politicians were male Conservatives.

Make of that what you will. I just submit it to the jury m'lud.

(Brit slang notes: m'lud is a shortening of 'my Lord,' which is what you're supposed to say to judges etc. M'lud is also used sarcastically. Because British.)



Sunday, 23 June 2019

Nerd Church - Anxiety: Worrying About Sh** I Actually Don't Care About



(Warning: this post discusses Anxiety (which you probably figured out) and Depression)


If you're worried about paying the bills when you've got no money in the bank, that's logical.

Likewise, worrying about a friend who's been going through a tough time, or feeling anxious before you give a speech, is totally understandable.




'Anxiety Worrying About Sh** I Don't Actually Care About' title image w/ multi-coloured stripes on the right-hand side



Anxiety, though?

Anxiety blows the normal sh** out of proportion, while adding some completely illogical sh** t'boot.



Sunday, 16 June 2019

Nerd Church - 5 Super-Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



(This post may have some mild spoilers for various superhero-y dealies.)


Let's have some fun this Father's Day, shall we?



Title image: 5 Super Dads (And 5 Who Aren't So Super)



Superhero media is a hazardous place to be a father...

...Either you or your kid keeps getting kidnapped and you have to save each other...

...someone changes the timeline and suddenly you've accidentally poofed your child out of existence...

...your kids get ret-conned for film license purposes so that they're no longer your kids...

...they turn out to be super-villains even though you thought they were dead...

It ain't easy!


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Nerd Church - 9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series



The last episode of the Sky/HBO dramatisation of the Chernobyl disaster aired last Tuesday.

When I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

I live over 1000 miles away from the site of the Chernobyl disaster. I was born years after the explosion.

But when I was a kid, Chernobyl was the reason people couldn't sell their livestock.

The restrictions on sheep farmers were only lifted in 2012.



'9 Things I Learnt From the Chernobyl TV Series' graphic with radiation warning sign in front of trees



Beyond that, I knew very little.

I think, in my mind, I imagined some sort of cross between Aberfan and 9/11. A chilling thought in itself, really.



Over the years, I understood a little more, but the impact was still hard to imagine - until it was on-screen.

The Sky/HBO series 'Chernobyl' was incredible. Simply incredible.

(Though obviously, extremely heavy stuff!)

And this eye-opening series taught me a few things about life, the universe, and everything:



1. Nuclear power is not safe.


Like, I kind of knew this anyway. But this series confirmed it.

Don't give me statistics about 'only X number of incidents' or 'there are Z safety measures in place.'



This happened.

This killed thousands of people, and came disturbingly close to turning the entirety of Europe into a nuclear wasteland.

This could happen again.

It only takes one incident.



2. Saving face < saving lives


People cared more about saving their reputations, not appearing politically weak, and generally covering their own a**es, than actually FIXING THE PROBLEM AND SAVING LIVES.

Unfortunately, this is still true in too many circumstances.




3. When people in power lie, people without power die


Lies from those in government can never lead to safety and happiness for the general populace.

They just lead to pain and death. History teaches us this again and again, but still governments refrain from telling the truth.

Tells you something about their priorities, I suppose.




4. The Soviet regime was never truly Communist


The problem with Communism is that it's easily abused, and all too fallible.

In principle, there is nothing wrong with notions of equality, fairness, and Socialism. (I'm Welsh, can you tell?)

A regime that would let its people - its workers - suffer for its mistakes is not a Communist regime. It's just another faux-Communist dictatorship.

The world is round - you go left for long enough, you end up on the far-right.




5. It's always the people with nothing who are called on to give the most


Regular working people were the ones who risked everything to control the disaster.

Regular working people were the ones who risked, and often lost, their lives to save millions.




6. A miner's a miner, no matter where you go


Maybe it's just that the actors etc. were British, but I've known a lot of ex-miners - they're a unique breed all their own, and these Russian/Ukrainian miners very much fit that expectation!



7. Taking responsibility for your actions is important

...otherwise you end up with clusterf**ks which nearly kill a continent.

Of course, Russia still hasn't learnt that lesson, if their plans to make their own series blaming the CIA for the disaster are anything to go by.


8. Incompetence and cost-cutting kills

Again, I live in Wales. I kind of knew this. But it bears repeating.


When it comes to safety, people have to know what they're doing. And they can't scrimp on costs.

Safety has to come first, or people die.




9. Listen to the goddamn scientists!

Strangely, they tend to know more about things like nuclear power (and, I dunno, CLIMATE CHANGE) than your average bureaucrat.


It's almost like they studied this stuff or something. Weird.






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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Month in Review(s) - May 2019


May was another month of ups-and-downs.



Such is life - we just keep moving after all!



Things are starting to kind of improve depression-wise, if you squint and turn your head a bit, so... that's good!


'May' graphic with yellow flower

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Nerd Church - The World's Exhausting Expectations of Women



Who the hell is it that's making 'the Social norms' anyway?

Cos I think we all need to have a few words with them.



The World's Exhausting Expectations of Women with a woman asleep on a bed and her pug dog flopped in front of her




I mean, the amount of stuff we're expected to be and not be doesn't make any goddamn sense. The 'shoulds' and 'shouldn'ts' are ridiculous.

(In a broad sense, I mean - I'm sure there's stuff you actually should do, like eat and sleep and go to the loo, and stuff you shouldn't like arson, theft, murder, voting for Donald Trump, etc.

There's exceptions to most generalisations.)



Women, for example, get a raw effing deal.

Just looking at ads and articles aimed at women can sometimes be goddamned exhausting!