There are so many advice columns out there on self care. I’m sure you’ve seen them. But you’ve probably noticed that most of them are directed to people who are… not you. They never seem to focus on the nerds and geeks out there who’d rather swing a sword around than move the D&D table to make room for a yoga mat. Or who don’t want to “sit and relax” because 80% of your day is already sitting in front of lines of code. Chances are, some of those self-care tips make you feel more alienated than supported — because gods know you don’t look likeRead More →

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. The Nightmare Before Christmas has steadily moved its way out of Halloween/Christmas “cult classic” status and into an annual Halloween/Christmas tradition for millions of people. But when you really look at the film you have to wonder why people have obsessed over this so long. Is it the highly-marketable characters and art style? It must be. Romantic Goths need something to decorate their room with, after all. But honestly, that’s not enough. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Let’s talk about why TheRead More →

gifts in the background with title of shopping for that one nerdy friend

It’s that time of year where many people find themselves shopping outside their comfort zones in order to get the perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for that one nerdy friend. Whether it’s a coworker you got assigned for Secret Santa, a grandchild who won’t stop talking about… something (you’re not sure what), or one of your best friends that’s just really into a different fandom, nerds are everywhere. And now you have to figure out exactly what they want. Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as it seems. Let’s talk about the different types of fandoms, and the DOs and DON’Ts of each. Fandom: TV SHOWS/MOVIES You know what?Read More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. It’s Thanksgiving! Which is one of those things that everyone claims to love– until they’re actually at the table and realize that this is a variation of Hell that we subject ourselves to each year. On purpose. And it seems to be getting worse. Let’s talk about why. Chances Are You Still Feel Like You’re at the Kid’s Table Okay. So there might not actually be a kid’s table for your family at Thanksgiving this year. But you remember the one I’m talking about. TheRead More →

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. It’s Halloween, and I bet at least 70% of you reading this have already watched Hocus Pocus at least once this season, and that it’s one of those things you do every year. While everyone else in the world keeps saying,”Yeah. It’s a thing,” I’m sitting here wondering why more people aren’t saying, “Yeah. It’s a problem.” Let’s chat. You’re Really Only in it for the Nostalgia Every millenial I know watches Hocus Pocus at least once during Halloween season — and they have been doing so forRead More →

Hey, Geeks. I’m glad you’re here. I know that I’ve been poking fun at other people’s creations over the last several weeks, but I want to take a break from that. Let’s dive into my favorite Geekdom: Writing. As some of you know, my debut novel came out a year ago this month. It has been one of the most amazing, terrifying, frustrating, and most rewarding experiences of my life. And, while I cannot profess to be an expert, I can tell you that I’ve learned a lot along the way.  Everyone’s Process is Different. Yours is Not Wrong. People tend to think that thereRead More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. The new season of Supernatural premieres today and way, WAY too many of you are excited about that. Let’s talk about where you went wrong. Complacency is No One’s Friend Supernatural started off with a pretty cool premise. Two brothers that are surprisingly easy to love bond while fighting demons and daddy issues in equal measure. Good times. And in the beginning, it was a great ride. There was a specific demon with a specific weakness. The brothers grew and changed and learned to face this adversaryRead More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. It took 12 seasons, but The Big Bang Theory is ending. And honestly, at this point, I’m just wondering what took so long. Let’s talk about why it caused more harm than good.   The Big Bang Theory is Really Just a Show About Stereotyping. And Not the Stereotyping You Should Expect. Look. I get it. The Big Bang Theory is supposed to be a positive representation of nerd culture. The poster children for the ‘losers’ that don’t normally get to be the hero or evenRead More →

Hey, Geeks! Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. Even if you’re not an anime fan, chances are you recognize a certain spiky-haired boy wearing a bright orange jumpsuit. And I’m almost certain at least a tiny part of you hates him. We’re talking about Naruto (the anime, not the manga). Naruto is Basically JUST Filler Even die-hard Naruto fans (yes, I am aware of their rather derogatory designation in the fandom community. No, I will not be using it at all in this article) are aware that this is a huge issue.Read More →

Hey, Geeks, welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about the worst parts of your favorite things. This week, we’re talking about League of Legends. And while I know a huge part of your psyche is screaming at you to fight me on this–because “how dare I”–take a step back. Because I know at least a part of you knows it’s true. The Fanbase is Toxic I am not kidding. I write an article series that is made specifically to point out flaws in well-loved nerd things, and even I can’t stand the toxicity of League. Which is unfortunate, because itRead More →