July 22nd, 2014 by Calvero

So it was about this day 7 years ago that I was visiting one of my favorite sites, YouTube, and on their front page were featured videos, for that day and the few previous days.  And I saw one that had a young guy with glasses on and the video was titled: “July 18: Accio Deathly Hallows (no spoilers)

Now, I wasn’t a huge Harry Potter fan. I did like the movies, and a I had a few of the books and (I think) began reading “Sorcerer’s Stone”, but not much beyond that. But the video title intrigued me and so I clicked on it….

…. little knowing what kind of magic door I was about to step through

I had landed in NerdFighteria!

Hank Green’s video is now legendary in the land of Nerdfghtearia, and it’s hard to say how many ripples it has cast.

I don’t remember if I watched any of their other videos that night, but the first one of his brother John’s I first watched–

July 25: Brotherhood 2.0’s Youtube Comments Are Answered!

or
July 27: How Nerdfighters Drop Insults

Not sure. If I knew where my TARDIS is, I would take a step back in time, but I don’t have one handy :/ But it turned out to be a very helpful, and in some ways therapeutic, discovery. A couple days after I first watched Accio, I discovered that my then-husband was having an affair. John’s Shakespearean insults was a humorous way of my dealing with my intense anger and bitterness I had at that time (“carcass fit for hounds” (Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 1)…. bwahaha!).

Back then I was working a late shift, ending at midnight, and what I would look forward to was watching Hank or John’s video from that day (Back then, they did one every weekday, alternating days). And that was a great help, one of several during that time in my life. I have always liked how they balanced their subjects of their videos varying from humrous vlogs, to educating their audience about world events/issues, sharing their traveling adeventures, whatever came up was well worth watching for me.

Since then I have met John, participated in some way in the Project for Awesome charity fundraising every year (here’s some highlights from last year. I have yet to make a video for that!), enjoyed their Crash Course (fun educational videos), playing video games ( I blame Hank for becoming addicted to Assassin’s Creed), love watching John and his once camera shy wife Sarah (nicknamed the Yeti) in The Art Assignment, bought stuff from their store (a rock group playing songs about Doctor Who? What is this madness?) and of course their regular channel.

Oh, and I’ve read John’s books 😉

Here’s to (at least) 7 more awesome years! DFTBA!

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March 4th, 2011 by Calvero

Ok, I’ll have to admit I’m just a wee bit bias on this one, but figured “Hey! This is my blog. I can share my own fan video, I can!”

So I shall.

It’s nothing like “Wow! That’s amazing!”. It’s just something I did for fun using Google’s Search Stories. It’s an interesting way of telling a story. You may have seen Google’s Super Bowl 2010 adorable “Parisian Love” ad.

BTW, I had no control over what the results would be, I only picked the kind of results (regular web results, maps, images, etc).

It’s fun, so go try it out for yourself!

I’ll add that my favorite fan Search Story was made by Hank Green (DFTBA NERFFIGHTERS!). It’s not Sherlock Holmes, but about another literary character, a certain boy wizard, who I feel has the same crazy fame that Holmes had it his heyday (including crazy but fervently loyal, devout fans!)

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February 21st, 2010 by Calvero
  • Getting my computers updated after being offline for a couple days. Been crazy busy at work, and helping Kristi w/ her science project. #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Hello Baby!! http://youtu.be/zJ8GLqW6kOw?a #
  • finally get to sit down after a busy day! About to eat pizza & Coke while finding something on Hulu #
  • Star Trek VII Generations is on Hulu – 1 of the best ST movies. Kirk & Picard! 😀 http://hulu.com/watch/128305/star-trek-vii-generations #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Sherlock Holmes Movie Soundtrack – Discombobulate http://youtu.be/vgRVJksQocM?a #
  • listening to @FatherRoderick and @gspn live for the Biggest Loser Podcast http://ping.fm/ooVM3 & http://ping.fm/RySIC #
  • now it’s time for lunch! #
  • note to self: when boiling eggs, it helps if you turn the burner on #
  • Sherlock Holmes movie to be released on DVD/Blue Ray on March 30! YAY! 😀 #
  • watching Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban on ABC #

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February 14th, 2010 by Calvero

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September 9th, 2008 by Calvero

That’s what I would eventually like to be. And I’m not deterred by the fact that I’m 35 either.

To some, you should have you’re life figured out by then. You’re almost middle aged!

But Life has a way of working in a different way than what you expected.  But the dream lives on through marriage, kids, and divorce.

Mark (ex-husband) poo-pooed the idea of me being a writer.  Sometimes he was supportive but with everything else that was going on, I was majorly discouraged from writing.  I have managed to keep some of my notes and short stories that I have written, and still add onto that.

So what makes me think I could be a writer? Well, throughout my schooling years I was told by all my english teachers plus other teachers that I would have to write essays for, would tell me I had a real good talent for writing.  And as the years went by, the teachers never seemed like they were trying to say something nice, but they were consistent.  Of course, my papers were not lacking in corrections, but the teachers would make compliments on my style.  And all teachers encouraged me to do something with it.

So what kind of writing do I want to get into?  Mainly historical fiction.  And a bit of sci-fi because I love the idea of time travel.  Right now I am working on a story that will mostly take place in Acient Rome.  I have not decided whether it will take place before Caesar, after Jesus, or what.  Maybe jump around to different eras.  Acient Rome lasted a looong time, over 1000 years.  The empire was just part of it.

Kristi is also interested in it, which is also part of the reason why I choose a Roman story.  She loves (or I should say “loved”. I lost the discs when we moved :() playing Casear IV on the computer, and I would explain the different buildings, classes of people.  She loved building her own Roman Empire :).  And she watched a documentary that came with it, and looked at My Roman books, and checked out a couple more from the library.

When I told her my idea of writing a story, she loved it.  And she wanted to read what I had written which wasn’t much at the time.

And while I was writing the Roman story, which starts of in present day in Somewhere, Some state, USA. I started writing another story changing from a different POV that takes place in the 1950s and I just kept writing.  I have not decided whether to combine those.

I have decided to write it the younger set but still enjoyable for “old people” like me. Something like J K Rowling did with her…oh what was that series… She sold one or two copies. OH YEAH! That Harry Potter kid.

And yes, I’m kidding :). 

Rowling is an inspiration for me with her writing the first Potter book while being a mom and divorced.  That gives me some hope there!

And time for me to go back and deal with being a mom…

If you haven’t done it already, please vote for my essay!

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