Nerd Words: Literal Arts

Nerd World

That’s a post-secondary area of study, right? The study of trying to find a job with it -ology? Noooo. I literally don’t feel that way. Every egghead, non-prescription-spectacle-wearin’-geek-wanna-be-with-a-mouse, or nerd-stalkin’-senior-year-opportunist who has accidentally glanced at a ripped note BEFORE crushing it into enough saliva to make a “spitball” with enough density to propel it at the angle available using the perfect air pressure to reach the velocity required to adhere it to the classroom CEILING…. Knows:

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Update Part 2: Challenge to Finish a Project

Good morning! All my loves, I hope the weekend returned you to me rested and ready for a challenge Update.

Part 2: Challenge to Finish a Project.

I made it to Level 2.5! Wooo!!! Ok…that’s all I got. Cheers! Sure, I wanted to get further along. I’m just glad I picked this section as the first because it makes things so much easier.  Straight away, you get some direction- a plan. But there are never enough hours, are there? If you remember, from Part 1 how  I had to pace myself because a pressing issue bumped my project, but with what I had done so far, it was easy. I can’t pretend that I’m excited about waiting. Somethings just don’t work out as predicted, but when I remember all the times things didn’t turn out as I wanted them to turn out, it actually turned out to be the best thing that could have happened because the alternative is usually (a crash or something?) Well… let’s just say worse… Well, that’s what I keep telling myself! Hey, whatever works.

The key for me is trying not to force things, but to believe that  it is unequivocally for me, so there’s nothing that could keep me from my destiny. I like when Oprah says, “God can dream a bigger dream than you.” What a happy lil statement- to imagine that whatever doesn’t happen pales in comparison to what you could ever “dreeeeeam” will be in the future.  This way, I don’t create unnecessary obstacles for myself. But in all fairness, my list was pretty detailed, and I am working on 2 simultaneously. I’m happy to be moving along, and with a plan in place, I can at least see where I’m going. That’s exciting!

Guess what? In my plan, I  made sure to link the connections specifically why I am doing something a certain way just in case another way comes about, and I can quickly recalled why that choice worked and the others could not. How is your project?

Commentary from Interact: May as Well Tell You Now: A Poem

Continued Commentary from Interact with Me: 2) I discuss the comments I picked about  Treyvon Martin

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  • I like by Jacquelyn’s comment a lot because it’s concise, to the point, and I could only hope to do that. She was actually responding specifically to one of the points that Dy made but specifically to him- acknowledging and validating his feelings. This part for some reason was reminiscent of criticisms of another race, and it made me understand how they must have felt because those things- crimes literally break my heart, and everyone is doing the best he or she can. Forget race, as a human being, mindful of what we know about psychology, teaching an infant who grow up a child to be kind and accommodating while everyone’s scared to death of him is quite the task: watching, following, condescending tones as if he can’t hear or perceive, sometimes failing to remember his age, consider that perhaps he’s sick, or any other human emotion. He must be perfect. Perfection is tossed out extra quickly when you look like an adult seemingly overnight– that’ll change your life. One day you’re Trey, and the next, you’re 6′ Mr. Martin. Ever ask a kid not to internalize or ask him to manage or control the emotions of around you? Oh he’d probably put his head down or put his hood up. Hiding– I can relate to that. Anyone could if they wanted to…
  • “Unfortunately, we have all been trained to not say these things in public especially on our FB pages because then we come off as always bringing up the “race card”. I don’t like gangs and senseless violence of ANY race.” – Jacquelyn Kuykendall (excerpt)

  • Dy’s passage is a stirring defense of the teen girl who testified on behalf of her friend Treyvon, in spite of the onslaught of painful racist and class-ist ridicule she endured in social media from all around. I didn’t know her before because I did not follow the trial, but after reading this, I am proud of her bravery because I know what it’s like to overcome a fear, and it is not easy for an adult. My quick little search  revealed what I would characterize as cyber-bullying. The gunman’s supporters attacked her deleted tweets to friends– not because she implicated guilt but for her perceived lack of education as judged by the articulation of her texts. This is important because as Dy says, English is not her first language, but most of us only know one language– broken, wrong, or not. She passionately calls on others to lift this young lady in support.  Dy discusses qualities that made this young lady  a target of ridicule within the racial community with passion- not ridicule but support, offer help, or say nothing about her .
  • This makes me appreciate being raised as a person and not as a color. Different types of people were always around- no mention because it didn’t matter. Every once in a while, I would encounter someone who didn’t know any better, but not often! In that sense, I knew who I wasn’t, and that “my place” was no different– not as a conscious thought, but just that it is. It’s easy to focus on what ya didn’t have, what  happened, or who I might’ve become if, but sometimes it’s good to be thankful for what didn’t happen and what I didn’t become. Because something you just don’t want to be.

Thank you for reading! We need some cheer honey!!

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May as Well Tell You Now: A Poem.

Why “Nerd Words” aren’t so Nerdy

A word-lovin-nerd-blog must have a segment about words. Here’s why “Nerd Words” never became just word-a-day filler I imagined.

Here’s why “Nerd Words” aren’t so nerdy.

1. I try to be loyal to my words. Of all the titillating tongue-dancing, lip-smacking words, sensory reacting words, right in front of us that we take for granted, how dare I scour exotic special dictionaries of clobbered latin, non-sense, and redundancy.

With “use your words” as a common request on this self-discovery a mission, why would I think you seek to speak like someone else? Instead of introducing new words, I seek to re-introduce some that are important to me– those we hear all the time and skim past without a second look. They might be introduced in a different context than we normally to seeing them. If only a nerd would know that, only an artist could conceptualize it– ’cause we can make flat things seem spatial– a lingual engineer(?)… a geek would get that.

But whyyyy?

mechanolater

mechanolater (Photo credit: Pete Prodoehl)

I find that it’s easier effectively listen when we don’t take words for granted– that is…know what we’re listening for. A single overused, misplaced, mispronounced, anecdotal, regional, or mystical word leaves some less than enchanted and perhaps the impression that they have already heard all that one has to say. Ahh to our detriment ’cause this is a sure-fire way to end up searching the world for what is right in front of ya. Now presentation is undeniable indeed, but I’ll take a platinum dinner plate in a hefty bag over a plastic noir origami on an engraved zinc alloy platter, any day of the week.

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Act Out “What’s Clearly Bothering Me” Monologue

New Challenge!! This one should be especially fun if you have you ever wanted to be an actor, write a screenplay, have a one-person show, or just challenge yourself like me. If you are like me, either you just clicked off of this, or haven’t gotten around to it ’cause you paused to wonder whether “blog incontinence” is such a thing. Either way, this challenge is for you….mmmkaaaay “us”.

Challenge Details

1) I will give me 5 days in keeping with the original challenge. That’s due Wednesday, the 10th at 10:00 p.m. CST

2) Record and post an original video of yourself bringing the drama to my monologue,  “What’s Clearly Bothering Me”

3) You may share a link to your video on this post, so I know where to watch and subscribe

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The Traveling Worker

I liked this one a lot The Travelling Worker (<–British sp.). Could ya ever guess whyyy? 🙂 Well let me know if you do too by commenting below after you; go support it there. Thank you.

New Artists and Free Verse Independence Day

New Artists and Free Verse Independence Day. This challenge provides an opportunity for newly inspired artists or anyone who wants to share or try out experimental music, poetry, or art, can feel free to share their own at http://lovemekanism.org today, Independence Day, July 4, 2013

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Nerd Words to Live By: Harness

English: Words associated with Fear

English: Words associated with Fear (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

And they lived happily ever after is the ending ya expect after dragons have been slayed, and the sultry victim…saved, by a regally hot hero. Well at least 1 1/2- 2hrs of life…invested in the return of their lives to the fairy tale in magically opulent kingdom as our soaring expectations become violently turbulent at the threat of upset at climax. The same climax we feared might snatch our expectation that they might never frolic the gardens of far away lands ever again! Finally from the brink, basking in the buttery-scented exhilaration. The lights returns, and we envision newly deflowered royalty celebrating their warm, loving, beautiful lives away with a muchbetter career, dwelling, interest rate, ROI, FICO, school district, and hairline than mine 😉

 

But in real life, beating a single adversary is not doesn’t offer “happily ever after”, so I subbed the terms “beat fear” for “harness fear”. As explained to some friends before, feelings give life. Where one may give fragrance, the other could give that little container of coffee beans to help me appreciate aroma of the next sweet feeling. So before, I have mislabeled or over-simplified the paralyzing dilemma. Beat fear? Pft… To beat fear is like saying to beat the fuel running through the vehicle that transports you. Why a single drop a fear could help trigger a sympathetic autonomic fight or flight response… releasing adrenaline to give otherwise super-human strength…

 

Today as I feared a thing for its futility, I remembered that I could not lose or gain a piece of my soul for doing a seemingly hopeless thing. As if every day, I haven’t built a reality from the seemingly hopeless. In fact, my story has been seemingly hopeless to someone somewhere from the time my tiny body grew and pressed against the inside of hers. To recall the depths of all the other seemingly hopeless ordeals since then and derive that a futile thought might deserve a corner of space in my mind brought a smile to my face and hearty laughter to my spirit.

 

There’s no need to fear…fear. It is certainly flammable and deserves its respect, but when it flows the right path, ignites us and helps to get us where we need to be. Fear is not a weakness but a tool to be harnessed for the opportunity to return to the base feeling of peace and calm.

What do you fear? How do you harness your fear?

 

 

 

 

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HUMANITY n. “1. a. The quality or state of being human. b. the quality or state of being kind to other people and animals 2. All people: humankind

/HUgh-MON-ataaaayah/ or so I pronounced it when selecting this one. With exaggerated lip movements stretching that Southern drawl out as far as I could while striking a thinking man pose!

……..But instead the stealthiness of Legos confounded me along with how to choreograph a toy-scoop, deodorant check, yawn, and stretch in a single “Boom-Kat”. But my body was already preparing a homeostatic mechanism in protest of impending exposure to the boredom of an overused and loftily associated word. Why would I choose it?

You know how “human” is our species (or category)? Well, knowing that makes it easier to grasp humanity: “I know you are a human because of all these qualities; you all have them.” If we did not, we would be another type of animal. This is one of the basics that I hope everyone already knows. Just as the golden rule of thumb for when one human interacts with another human is to treat her as you would want to be treated. This works especially assuming that we both recognize that each other are human (people)– the very definition of humanity.

Honey, you’re sharp if you are here. The magic happens quickly, so pay attention!

VISUALIZE (Visual Exercise)

If you’re a visual learner, try this little quick exercise to see if it helps you connect with your humanity. You can look or imagine looking at your reflection and into the gaze of your own eyes or simply pointing to yourself.

1. First, look into that mirror and vocalize who you are as a human, person, …by your name, or just whatever is comfortable for you.

My sketch of Mr. Oh T. Humanity

My sketch of Mr. Oh T. Humanity

2. Find out by asking and expressing how you deserve to be treated, how you want to be treated, and also specifically how others are treating you.

3. Perform checks during this exercise by asking, “do I really believe what I just said?” If you do, proceed. If not, be honest, and then please…continue.

4. If at this point, you feel no doubt about the accuracy of this survey of your feelings right now, re-read the Golden Rule example below:

Read again: The golden rule of thumb for when one human interacts with another human is to treat her as you would want to be treated. This works especially assuming that both of us recognize that each other are human (people)– the very definition of humanity.

So ask me again why this ol’ dull drab highfalutin word “humanity”? Because I almost tacked on humanitarian AND humanitarianism in a white paper-sized article about tryna sub humanitarian-ism for human-ity.

…..and from where in the hell do these Legos keep coming?!–just as I have run outta “Boom-Kat”.

Visual EXERCISE

Nerd Words to Love By: Humanity