To geek about the geeks

In which the most important geek interest is that of other geeks geeking out

While I write this installment of Geek Speak, I must admit I am pretty tired from staying up too late the night before.

It's not because I was partying like those of us in our early 20s are wont to do, I was actually sitting on the lawn of Southern Oregon University's Cox Hall staring up at the sky as our moon blushed a deep shade of red.

It was an absolutely awe-inspiring moment and, when you think about it, kind of boring. We were watching the Earth cast a shadow on the Moon. I've seen many shadows throughout my life, and none of them were the top-trending topic on Twitter more than 12 hours after they occurred.

A quick scroll through the feed of tweets reveals some confusion, biblical verses and random humor, but the rest echo my feelings of awe.

While I geek out about cool science and technology occurrences, I think I geek out more over the idea of others geeking out over it. I geek about geeking. How geeky is that?

The reason I enjoy this so much is because it exemplifies the world I want to live in. I want to live in a world where people are in awe of that world and want to understand it even more.

Of course, with my interests, I also geek out over folks geeking out about things like comic books, television shows and movies. The lunar eclipse simply worked as a platform to get from pointless (where my writing usually starts) to my main point (welcome, I'm glad you made it).

This year — which, as someone who graduated less than a year ago, runs from September to August for me — I saw the end of one of my favorite shows on TV, "Breaking Bad." If you haven't seen "Breaking Bad," it is amazing, fantastic, (insert similar adjective here) — and it's on Netflix. This (academic) year also saw the birth and death of the after show, "Talking Bad." This was the companion show that aired during the final season of "Breaking Bad." On it, nerd king Chris Hardwick led celebrity fans in an absolute geek-fest about "Breaking Bad." The point I'm trying to make is that I'm fairly certain I was more entertained watching fans obsess, mourn, theorize and dissect episodes on "Talking Bad" than I was watching Walter White actually break bad.

It's not the only show of its kind, either. Hardwick also hosts an after show for "The Walking Dead" called "Talking Dead." The "Futurama" had both pre- and post-show retrospective Web shows for its series finale, season six of "Sons of Anarchy" had the Web series "After Anarchy," and BBC America's "Orphan Black" had a one-hour special with comedians and actors geeking out over the show's first season (and previewing the upcoming second season) called "The Cloneversation."

On a less professional level, these type of things proliferate throughout the Internet with forums, YouTube videos and podcasts. Fans and their theories spread like wildfire, and people actually watch and listen to these.

Watching or hearing someone geek out about things has become a viable source of entertainment, and I love it. As a geek about geeks, I love hearing how others geek out, and I love that this form of entertainment is spreading. It's another one of those things that anyone can do. Anyone can sit in their room, pull up their computer's camera or microphone and just talk about whatever thing happened on "Supernatural" the night before and share their thoughts with the world. The best part is that you can connect with these people, and they can respond with their theories. Geeks in Kansas can debate with geeks in Norway.

To show how much I geek out about geeking out, I can't stop smiling about that last thought.

To wrap up, I want to put a call out to all my fellow geeks in the Rogue Valley (or whoever else may have stumbled across this column) to tell me what you geek out about. Email me at ihand@mailtribune.com or talk to me on Twitter @IanHand_MT.

It's fun for me to talk about what I'm passionate about, but I also take enjoyment in debating ideas and sharing what other people think. My computer screen is a good pal, but he doesn't have many ideas to debate (and the ones he does have are rubbish).

Ian Hand is assistant editor of Tempo and an enormous geek. Follow him on Twitter @IanHand_MT.


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