Should Web Series Die?

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Hey guys,

Yesterday, I read an article about how there should be death to websites.  I thought it was very interesting. You can read it here.

I don’t think that web series to should die. Whether you call it an original series or a web series, one fact remains. The show is a serial online. I don’t think calling it one or the other makes it any better or different.

The author mentions several factors on his thoughts for the death of web series.

  1. Web series are amateur, self-indulgent, and rushed.
  2. Web series are light on character and storytelling.
  3. Web series a starting point in a career rather than the end goal.

While I can agree on most of these facts for the most part, I just don’t think this necessitates death. Sure, I’ve seen my fair share of not so good series, but I’ve seen some great shows that do what he and other people in “the Industry” say is wrong.

I’m going to list off some of the series I that I think are exceptions to the above mentioned factors:

Carmilla

This series is based on the novella by J. Sheridan Le Fanu with funding from U by Kotex, Carmilla is a story about Laura Hollis. Laura has just moved from a small town to go to university. Whenher missing roommate is replaced without explanation Laura vows to find out what is happening on campus while she deals with her new roomie.

You could argue that U by Kotex’s involvement with the series is what makes the series, I say it made for some very interesting extra content. You could also argue that basing it on another story leads to the character and storytelling, but modernizing something that was written in the 1800’s is no small task.

I think that the series it great and you should take the time to watch it.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It follows Lizzie Bennet, a mass communications major, as she puts together her senior project. Her vlogs show us the trials and tribulations of her family life.

Again, I cannot recommend this series enough and any other show by Pemberly Digital. They are all modern retellings of classical literature.

Anyone but Me

When 16 year old Vivian McMillan has to move from New York City to the suburbs, her relationships, past and present, are tested. And her identity goes through seismic changes. The daughter of a NYC firefighter, Vivian has no choice but to leave the city with her dad after health problems he suffered trying to save people on September 11th force him to retire.

It’s about love, growing up, and being yourself. It’s is the series that really got me into web series and wanting to create one for myself.

Conclusion

I don’t think calling web series by another name changes anything. I believe that people will create crap, but there will be things that are done really, really well. I hope that you check out these series and start to watch other.

TTFN,
Nerd

 

Youtube movement #dearme!!!

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Hey guys,

Today, I wanted to do something a little bit out of the ordinary for me. I thought that I would jump on the newest movement from YouTube. The movement is where you write a letter to your younger self. Here we go.

Dear me,

This is your future self. I’d like to say much wiser. I’m not sure that is exactly true, but I hope to share things with you about your future.

To start off with, you’re college career didn’t go like you had hoped. That’s ok. You’re much better off. You have a lot of passion now to learn as much as you can and are much better prepared for a career.

You know what. It’s ok to have doubts about religion. It’s some times hard to believe that there is a higher being that controls the world. You’re mother struggles to understand this, but like most things, it gets better with time.

Which leads me to the last point. You are not straight. It takes you a bit to admit this fact to yourself, but it was something that you had known for a long time.

Love you always,
Older self

Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed it. Let me known what you think in the comments below and share your story on twitter using the hashtag #dearme.

TTFN,
Nerd

Once in a Lifetime Chance!!!

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Hey guys,

I had an amazing opportunity on Saturday to witness something that I’m probably never going to see again in my life time. I belong to the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval recreation organization. You can find out more here.

The SCA recently added a new peerage to the society. A peerage is an award that is given to a member who has reached the highest level in service, armored combat, arts and sciences, and now rapier combat. Before this can happen, individuals are put on vigil. Being on vigil means that members of populace can give you advice and pick your brain.

During court at the end of the night, the King and Queen were able to place three individuals the opportunity to become premiere members of the Order of Defense, the rapier peerage. The three gentleman who where chosen by the Crown were very deserving men. I can’t wait to see what this peerage becomes.

TTFN,
Nerd

Steamer to Watch: @Chrisjonesish!!!

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Hey guys,

I had the opportunity to do an interview a few weeks ago with one of my favorite streamers, Chris Jones. Here’s what she has to say.

Nerd: Tell Nerd a little about yourself for my readers who don’t know you?

CJ: I am Chris Jones. I am 24 years old and I moved to Seattle about a year ago. I’m originally from the South. I work in tech. I’m a designer. I love otters a lot. I think that people should know that.

Nerd: I’m learning something about you. I didn’t know you liked otters.

CJ: Oh, I love them so much. They’re my favorite animals. All shades of otter.

Nerd: I used to be a sea otter person. Now, I’m kind of a fox person, but now that you said sea otter, I might have to go on Tumblr and look at pictures of sea otters.

CJ: I think that you should and then transition between foxes and sea otters, you could do like weasels or little rodents. I love raccoons, but sea otters are my favorites.

Nerd: What kind of things do you do on the internet?

CJ: Like I told you, I used to be really into Tumblr, but now I am primarily focusing on the streaming stuff on Twitch and then, building that (following) on Twitter.

Nerd: What would you say got you into streaming?

CJ: My best friend’s boyfriend started doing it after he lost his job. He started gaining momentum as seeing how great the community was and how nice it was to sometimes play video game with people watching. I’m the worst about finishing something. I’ll get bored and go on to the next thing. I thought ‘Ok if I do streaming and have people watching me so I feel compelled to complete this games as well get some advice going forward.” The first game I streamed was Kingdom Hearts. I actually got a lot of advice and complete parts of the game that I had never even touched before because of the (Twitch) audience. I was like I’m going to keep going with it.

Nerd: I know that you have talked a little bit about this on your stream, what types of challenges to you there are for female gamers and streamers?

CJ: I think that in my lifetime, I’ve seen a shift. I recently saw a report that said that 50 percent of gamers are women, which is pretty huge for me because for the longest time I felt like I was one of very few. In my own personal experiences, I have never used a mic in online gaming before or talked to people because I have heard from other women who are gamers that you’ll get harassing messages if people find out you’re a girl or that you’re just playing the game to pick up boys. That’s one thing that I’ve seen as a gamer. [Another is] people assuming you don’t like a type of game because they’re more male oriented or more men play them. With streaming, I’ve seen these backhanded compliments where someone will say I’m so glad you’re, and excuse my language, not like those other whores who have their cleavage out and stuff like that. They’re meaning it as a compliment, but for me it’s like I think that these women should do whatever they want with their cleavage out or not. I feel like there is a lot of double standard that people are not watching you to have a conversation with you and play the game but to look at your body. I think that a lot of female gamers know how to combat that. It’s sad to me that I have to see in a lot of profiles ‘no I won’t show you my boobs.

Nerd: Right.

CJ: I think that I’ve been luck with my channel that everyone is nice and friendly and in most other channels, I don’t think that people speak up for that. They’ll just kind a laugh it off and I definitely have nice and supportive people who will call someone out if their being rude.

Nerd: it’s so strange to think that either extreme that it happens because for me it ultimately comes down to personality. You could be a dude with the same personality and it wouldn’t matter to me because I like your personality.

CJ: Thank you. I was having a conversation with a (streamer) friend and they were talking about this streamer who is female that they didn’t like and they were kind of throwing around word. I was like I think if she were a man people would be treating her a little differently because ultimately, I feel like a lot of male streamers can get away with the “asshole” personality of running up to people and screaming. A lot people find that funny, but if a woman does it, it’s kind of seen like she kind of weird and crazy. It’s the same kind of conduct but the only difference is gender.

Nerd: Maybe I just try to be blind to it, but I don’t know. Like I said, ultimately it’s personality. I’m going to watch someone for a couple minutes and based on those couple of minutes, I’m going to know if I’m going to want to watch them long term or not.

CJ: Yeah. I definitely appreciate that because I think that’s why the chat in my channel is great. I think that people have that same sentiment. I do see people who are only there for the hot chick.

Nerd: there are plenty of other places to get hot chicks other than twitch.

CJ: Yeah, exactly.

Nerd: The internet is good for that.

CJ: Yeah.

Nerd: Back to gaming, what is your favorite game of all time?

CJ: I was thinking about this when you sent me the questions. I think that I have to say that my favorite game of all time is Golden Sun. It was a Gameboy Advance game. I think it’s because it was probably one of the first games where I realized I could play something else other than Zelda and Pokemon. It’s an rpg and it’s a little bit more complicated. It really got me. I love the art. I love the music and story. I think it helped me branch out into other things that weren’t just the most popular game at the time.

Nerd: I’ve played the original Golden Sun. I don’t think I’ve played any of the ones after that. I’m trying to remember if someone said here borrow this and I never gave it back because I’m horrible about that or how that even happened. I don’t think that unless someone recommended it I would have ever played a jrpg.

CJ: Yeah. You know I had Final Fantasy 7 as a kid, but it was so intimidating the amount of discs you have to change and it wasn’t the best environment to learn.

Nerd: Those are hardcore jrpgs.

CJ: Yeah. It was great though because even at the time I was starting to get into a lot of Japanese culture so it was a great segue way of trying out a lot of new things.

Nerd: Do you have an all-time favorite gaming system?

CJ: I’m very tied between my Playstation 2 (PS2) and my Gameboy Advanced (GBA). PS2 because it was another variety of games where I started trying first person shooters and different things like that. I have so many memories tied to my GBA because it was something I took everywhere. If I had to choose, I would say GBA.

Nerd: What got you into gaming in the first place?

CJ: It was actually my parents. They got me the original Gameboy. I really love Star Wars at the time and they got me a Star Wars game. I don’t remember the name of it because I never completed it because it was so hard for me at the time. After that, I was like I would like to try more games so I got into Pokemon. Then the Nintendo 64 came out, so it was this gradual thing I was doing where I would get really into the story. I would mostly just play by myself. Some games I would play with my little brother. Most of it was trying out new things.

Nerd: Here are the questions that I ask every person I do an interview with and they’re supposed to be relatively quick answers.

CJ: Ok

Nerd: The first one that seems like the age old question: Coke or Pepsi?

CJ: Coke. I think it’s because it just tastes better.

Nerd: Cats or dogs?

CJ: Dogs.

Nerd: Summer or winter?

CJ: Summer.

Nerd: Hugs or kisses?

CJ: Hugs.

Nerd: Fame or fortune?

CJ: Fortune I think.

Nerd: You think?

CJ: If you have fame, you also have fortune and if you have fortune, you have some sort of fame.

Nerd: Yeah. Which is worse: speaking in front of people or writing a paper?

CJ: Writing a paper.

Nerd: Time travel to the past or to the future?

CJ: To the future.

Nerd: Celebrity magazine or newspaper?

CJ: Newspaper.

Nerd: Favorite food.

CJ: Cannoli.

Nerd: Favorite book.

CJ: I would say Paradise of the Blind. It’s about Vietnam during the communist regime. I can’t remember the author right now. It’s really rich with magical realism. I really love that book.

Nerd: Favorite color.

CJ: Blue.

CJ is one of my favorite streamers. Check out her Twitch channel, Twitter, web site and her new YouTube channel.

TTFN,
Nerd

YouTuber to Watch: @itmejp!!!

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Hey guys,

I thought that I would share with you one of my favorite YouTubers, itmejp. JP McDaniels runs many different role playing games  with different groups of players. Below is the playlist for my favorite current running show, Roleplay Mirrorshades.

On shows they have played many different games such as the classics, Dungeon and Dragons, to the very strange, Maid RPG.

Also on the channel, JP plays different video games and puts footage on his channel. His content is always entertaining.

TTFN,
Nerd

Music you Should Listen to: @TheDoubleclicks

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Hey guys,

I thought that today I would bring you one of my favorite bands, The Doubleclicks. According to their website:

The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting nerd band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons.

The reason that I love The Doubleclicks is the fact they aren’t afraid to write music about what they want. Below is some of my favorite Doubleclicks songs.

If you like anything nerdy, you will like them. They honestly have a song for everything.

If you want to learn more, check them out on their web site, YouTube or on Twitter.

TTFN,
Nerd

New Year, New Blog!!!

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Hey guys,

Kick ass rants with nerd logoI thought that I would let you all know more about me. My name is Brooke or you can call me Nerd. You can expect to see posts about my passions: the internet and art. You’ll see interviews from people you’ve never heard of before. You’ll see content creators that you maybe interested in.

I believe that the internet is the home to the future of media. I believe that there are a lot of creators that just need to get their names out into the world and they will be very popular. I hope to be the voice to give them that exposure.

In this new year, I’m going to be sharing interviews and my feelings about content creators and content that is available to you on the web. I have an interview all lined up for you with someone that I really enjoy.

While you’re here, feel free to take a look around. Let me recommend my interview with Mary Kate Wiles (part 1 and part 2) or Kylie Sparks. (part 1 and part 2)

TTFN,
Brooke

Gutsy or Truthful!!!

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Hey guys,

Today, in my ethics class, we shared personal stories. It was all part of a nation wide long standing project This I Believe. I was approached after class and was told that I was gutsy. The more I thought about, I was being truthful.

I believe that love is love. It has nothing to do with your gender or race. This is a belief that I’ve held for a long time. I became aware of it when my best friend in middle school came out to me as bisexual and as I began my own coming out journey.

In the summer of 2014, I became hopeful that I might be able to get married to the love of my life in Wisconsin. On June 6th, the state ban on same sex marriage was struck down and counties began to give out marriage licenses. Though the attorney general for the state quickly put a stop to the counties doing this with an injunction, it gave me the hope that things were changing.

This is a big issue as more states in the country have allowed same sex marriage. At the time this was written, 19 states have legalized same sex marriage including Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan have had their ban overturned.

During this same time, a close family friend, Chad, got married to his partner, Jeff. I was invited to go to the ceremony. I was excited by the thought of going. It was beautiful. I was in awe of how much love I could feel from the two of them. I could tell that this was a moment that they had wanted for a very long time. I knew that they were going to be together for the long haul.

Very early on in the ceremony, the officiant told those in attendance that Chad and Jeff had made a trip to Chicago to be married as well. I got choked up and had tears of joy flowing down my cheeks. I never even thought of that as an option and it was so cool to see them go and do it.

While watching the ceremony, I began to imagine myself in their shoes. I began to imagine myself in front of my family and friends with the love of my life standing beside me and professing my love to all those in attendance. I began to imagine that the state recognized our love as equal.

Looking around the crowd of over 200 people, I was amazed by the variety of the people who attended the ceremony. There was a county official there as well as city officials and other business professionals. This fact as well affirms my belief that love is love.

After the ceremony, Chad and Jeff were so grateful for the number of people who were able to attend since it was such short notice. It was a beautiful ceremony in a beautiful venue for a beautiful couple. To see friends come together to get the wedding planned, it was an amazing testament to the fact that many people believe that love is love.

I want to know that I’ll be able to go and see my wife in the hospital if she is sick and she can do the same if I am. I want to be able to file joint taxes as married people have the ability to so that I don’t miss out on certain credits and deductions. As things go forward, I hope that my dreams can become reality. I think that the country as a whole is headed in the right direction.

So let me know what you think about this in the comments below or tweet me @thtrnerd221

TTFN,
Nerd

Training Day 11 #halfmarathon!!! #stopthebeautymadness

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7/10/14

Hey guys,

Today’s run absolutely sucked. My calves are killing me. They cramped so bad that I had to stop my run and I even stretched before I left. If you know what I can do about that in the future, please leave me a comment. I can’t keep running if they continue hurting.

Today, I thought I’d share with you an amazing beauty campaign that is spreading true messages about the beauty industry. It’s called Stop the Beauty MadnessI find it truly sad that women have a very false sense of what beauty is. I really think that women  and everyone really should look inside themselves for the definition of beauty.

I’d like to leave you with one more message about beauty. It’s a documentary entitled The Little Things and it’s by one of my favorite YouTubers Mallory Shomaker. Please take a minute to watch below.

TTFN,
Nerd

Training Day 10 #halfmarathon!!!

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Hey guys,
Confession: yesterday’s post was written at about 2 am yesterday morning. I’ve been forgetting to do it.

Anyways, I didn’t workout yesterday and I will today. I think it’ll be a quick run but I’ll be sure to find time to tell you.

TTFN,
Nerd