I found myself in a Spotify wormhole, not an uncommon occurrence for me. (That “Related Artists” section is dangerous from a time management perspective!) Anyways, that’s when I was first introduced to the beautiful music that comes out of Andrew Ripp! If you like Gavin Degraw (the artist I was listening to when I decided to click on “Related Artists”) then Ripp is right up your alley!! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
Meet my Twitter buddy @HiddlesEducates. Guess who she loves to tweet about…
Can’t really blame the girl! From her #HiddlestonHappyHour to her full week devoted to celebrating Hiddleston’s birthday, #TomSpiritWeek she is constantly sharing the pics and gifs that will melt even the coldest heart!! Tonight she will be joining me at my #NerdySlumberParty as my guest cohost as we talk about Valentine’s Day and crushes! Guess who she has a crush on!!! 😉
Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow Friday. A place where I share the cool things that I’ve discovered on social media and such. I love them and I want you to love them too. So I hope you enjoy today’s list!!
I have to tell you that I’m a more than a little obsessed with Hamilton the Broadway Musical. It’s all I can listen to right now. I know, I know. I’m late to the bandwagon. The world nation world is obsessed with it. I don’t know if you know this about me, but along with my myriad other nerdy pursuits, I am also a history nerd (thanks to my dad.) So before I talk about anything else, I want to encourage you to get obsessed with this musical first and foremost, because it deserves your ears and your adoration and your love. Head to Spotify and check it out or just go on ahead and buy it on iTunes… you will not regret it. And while you’re at it, go follow Lin Manuel-Miranda, who wrote it (and also wrote In the Heights) and is a creative mind that you should be following (more on him in a later edition of Follow Friday, because he deserves his own shoutout!) Be inspired by how Lin sees the history of this nation!! It’s completely beautiful!
I don’t know how to explain exactly what Zach does on his Instagram and Vine channels. The best way I can tell you is to say that he creates insane movie magic and you will be left wondering how the hell he does what he does! Please go check him out right now.
I know I talk about this one all the time, so I’m hoping the chances are high that everyone who reads my blog has already gone ahead and watched the LBD, rendering this suggestion completely unnecessary! But on the off chance that there is someone reading this that hasn’t seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries yet, then here we go. This modern You Tube adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is lovely, wonderful and all the best of adjectives I can possibly conjure up!! If you are a fan of Jane Austen’s work, this is for you. If you are a fan of compelling story telling, this is for you. If you are a fan of creativity and ingenuity, this is for you. If you have eyes…THIS IS FOR YOU!! Get me?
This man puts objects in his beard to test the strength and fortitude of his facial hair. It’s as simple as that! Pierce Thiot discovered this unique talent one night with his family. “Over Christmas break, my mom had her grandkids do a talent show for her (she’s an adorable grandma). I tried to put as many pencils as possible in it for my “talent”. I got over 20. Needless to say, my mother was very proud.” If you are still trying to navigate life and figure out what your talent might be, chose to take inspiration from Pierce! You never know where your talent lies. It could be in your very beard!
Yep, this one is a little self promotional. But if you follow me on social media and haven’t yet joined in one of my #NerdySlumberParty Twitter parties, then now is the time. Or rather, next Friday is the time. We’re talking crushes for Valentine’s Day weekend. There will be virtual catering, giveaways and I even have a cohost this time. @HiddlestonedEducator and I will be chatting and nerding out and probably talking about a whole lot of Tom Hiddleston! Can you even blame us! 😉 Come on over to the party on Twitter at 9pm est on Friday, February 12th with the hashtag: #NerdySlumberParty. Fun is guaranteed!
And, of course, if you aren’t yet following me everywhere else yet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Pinterest, Podcast coming soon, Periscope (@nerdinthecity), Vine, Snapchat (@nerdinthesand) and on the very Blog you are currently reading, then now’s the time to pick your favorite platform, cause I have a little something for everyone!
Thanks for reading. Go forth and discover something or someone new!
If you haven’t heard about Zachary Levi’s crowd funding efforts for Nerd HQ by now, then I have to ask you… Do you live in a hole? Do you not have Wifi? Can you even really call yourself a nerd?
Yesterday, the I Want My Nerd HQ website went up on Indie GoGo and within an hour over $28,000 was raised in an effort to support what Zachary Levi and his Nerd Machine are doing. By the end of the day… over $68,000. The goal is $1 million.
If you have been to Nerd HQ before, then you know why we support it. If you haven’t… what are you waiting for? One of Willie Wonka’s golden tickets? Jump on it!!!!
From the photo booth to the parties to the Conversations for a Cause. From the signings to the merch to the Serenity screening. Nerd HQ is an amazing experience!! And it is a free event to attend. Conversation money goes directly to Operation Smile as does the money from some of the other wonderfully nerdy surprises that tend to happen. Not only will you experience something really special, but you will be helping a cause that is very worthy of the efforts!
Head over to The Nerd Machine or to the Indie Gogo website. Tweet the crap out of it #IWantMyNerdHQ. Add Twibbons to your Twitter and Fibbons to your Facebook. Blog, vlog and shout the word! This event is ground-breaking. It’s important. It’s freakin’ fun. So go now and do it! Seriously!
Have you ever got caught in the inevitable Pinterest wormhole? You know what I’m talking about. One little picture of Tom Hiddleston’s face and you are knee deep in pinning every expression he’s ever made. Which leads you to that one photo of him and Benedict Cumberbatch together. Which is just about the most perfect man sandwich ever invented in life.
Of course, once you are in the land of Cumberbatch you end up with a brand new board called “I am Sherlocked” because one pin of that handsome face is not enough. And then you’ve brought Martin Freeman into the mix. Which brings you around to The Hobbit. Soon you have a board called “Over the Misty Mountain” which brings in Dominic Monaghan (and leads to a board called “The Hatch“), Richard Armitage (and a board aptly titled “Sherwood Forest“), and Ian McKellan which reminds you of how much you love wizards!! And once wizards enter the mix, you can’t go on in life without creating a board called “The Boy Who Lived.”
That is a ticking time bomb of new boards about to explode on the Pinterest-sphere. Then you’re just pinning left and right (3 hours have now gone by and you’ve forgotten to eat.) Once you’ve pinned Potter you say to yourself, “There are so many other fandoms I love that are not yet represented.”
All of sudden you think to yourself (cause there is no human in sight amid all this pinning) “What about superheroes? They aren’t represented yet either. That’s not even fair of me.” So you come up with boards like “DC vs. Marvel (everyone wins)” and “The Evil League of Evil.” And soon you find that perfect picture of Loki smiling with that devilishly handsome face of his and somehow you’ve ended up right back to pinning the many grins of Tom Hiddleston.
The circle is now complete. And an entire day has wasted away… but if we’re being honest with ourselves… do we really think wasted is the proper word? Nope!
Tomorrow let’s start with a young Harrison Ford and see where that takes us!! The possibilities are endless.
PS… I’m not even kidding. Head over to my Pinterest profile to explore the many wormholes that await you. And happy pinning!
If you still don’t know what Nerd HQ is, then listen up.
It is equal parts pure nerd heaven and heart-warming philanthropic endeavor.
To be a volunteer at Nerd HQ is like being at Nerd summer camp. You make great friends, have amazing fun and inevitably end up crying when it’s all over.
Comic Con is it’s own behemoth animal experience and every nerd should experience it at least once. And once they do, they should come over to Nerd HQ and never leave!
While Comic Con tends to be all lines and crowded spaces and over crowded panels, Nerd HQ is well orgnized and happy chaos. And because all the money made goes to Operation Smile, there is a sense of peace and happiness within everybody working there. Not only have we worked very hard to be chosen to be there, but we have chosen to be there for free. And that instantly becomes a rewarding experience!
The celebrities who come, new and returning seem constantly amazed at the blanket support given to this cause. And people walk away happy.
This is, of course, due in large part to the overall love that the nerd community has for Zachary Levi, prince of nerds (king would probably be Joss) arguably one of the kindest people in Hollywood.
He works to make his guests feel comfortable and protected and his fans feel special. All while being an ambassador and champion for Operation Smile. His team is made up of good friends and devoted family members. The kind of people he surrounds himself with says everything in the world about the kind of man he is. It was an honor to meet him.
When I say it was amazing to be apart of, what I mean to say is that it was AH-MAZE-ING!!
I would gladly go back every year if they’d have me.
And I endeavor to make every nerd in America aware of what they are doing over at The Nerd Machine. Because it’s truly worth knowing about.
Here’s a snapshot of what the week looked like from a volunteer perspective. The things I saw and got to do. There was a lot of standing and running around, lot of being ready for whatever may come our way. And at the end of the day, every moment was worth the next.