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Superbowl Commercials Reflections 2017

As you may have noticed, we’re not big sportsball watchers, but it is usually worth watching the commercials from the Superbowl. We’ve hunted down quite a few after the fact, but there’s really only one that stands out.

So good! As has been their tradition, the music carries it so well. Never break the chain!

There’s been some talk about controversy and political statements, and we’ve watched several of those. The connections are vague to current events, and more than that, there’s no way that a big budget Superbowl commercial like these could be thrown together quickly enough to comment on current events. Ones making more general statements about issues, those were more political. But also more obvious.

I was intrigued by the number of unity and equality messages we were seeing, though… but then, after as divisive 2016 was, maybe these big companies decided that was a message everyone would be wanting to hear. Seems that might not have been the case…

There’s one other that I really enjoyed and surprised me. Like, I went from not planning to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie to planning to see it…

How about you – what Superbowl commercials stood out to you? Let us know in the comments – maybe we missed it!

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Geek versus Nerd – Throwback Thursday

As made obvious by the title of this blog, David and I consider ourselves geeks (probably also nerds, but more geeks), but what does that really mean? If you watch Doctor Who, BSG, anything by Joss Whedon, does that make you geek? If you know a computer backwards and forwards – and spend your spare time building your own box – does that make you a geek? Is it obsessively reading and trying to figure out how the world works around you? Or are you a nerd for those things?

When thinking about definitions I figured a good place to start was to see what the dictionary had to say. I have come to discover that might not have been the best place to start. Continue reading

Was there anything good from the Big Game commercials?

So, we were at a party for the recent sports bowl, but it was multigenerational and they decided that some commercials might be inappropriate for the young ones… so they skipped the commercials and just watched the game. If we were hosting the party, might have been the reverse…

We have in the past given lists of commercials from the game, especially trailers, after the game. They have been poorly received, because people catch them at the time or soon after. Others compile them. It’s not something we need to do.

Meaning I didn’t do it this year… but maybe should have. I’ve seen a couple of trailers, but that’s it. So… was there anything you would recommend from this year’s game’s commercials? Let us know or drop a YouTube link in the comments below! And after the drop, one of the few commercials that we saw during the game… and that I did not care for.

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Forcing versus Fostering: Engaging Our Kids

Part of the discussions that David and I have been having lately about the coming Geek Baby is what things to introduce them to and how? Part of what we found from our own experience and our friends is that there seems to be two ways that these things tend to happen. One is that the parent forces the child to participate in an activity with the thought that it will better them as a person. The other is that the parent will encourage and foster them to explore options and then continue to encourage them when they seem to be engaged in a particular activity.

Both seem to have pros and cons, but the question is partly which direction would David and I want to take with our own child? Continue reading

Geek Versus Nerd via Sports Analogy

I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve broached this subject, and since then we have picked up followers and commenters. In other words, we’ve picked up some folks who might like to weigh in on the discussion. It’s kind of an obvious question for us, because we chose Geek in our name: the Comparative Geeks. But what does it mean to be a Geek? And how is that different from a Nerd?

Indeed, defining Geek in terms of what Geek means versus what Nerd means might be easier and more meaningful than trying to define Geek in a vacuum. As has been said to me, we don’t Geek in a vacuum. When you try to take either of these terms on their own, you get the definitions that we talked about in one of our very first posts.

Found on http://www.thingsnerdslike.com/movies/star-wars-vs-star-trek-make-it-so/

It’s kind of like this, only not.
I used this on https://comparativegeeks.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/star-trek-vs-star-wars/

We’ve shared things like the Geek vs. Nerd Rap Battle before. We’ve talked about King of the Nerds. And we’ve explored geekdom from other angles in our Geek 501 posts. But today I want to talk about Geeks and Nerds in terms of an activity that is not normally thought of as Geeky or Nerdy, but is instead for some reason “mainstream” or “popular” or “normal” or whatever the opposite would be.

Sports.

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