5 Geeky Expressions Only Your Friends Would Understand

5 Fandom Friday - Geeky Expressions

When compiling this list I noticed a pattern; most of my geeky expressions come from gaming. There’s a few others that didn’t make the list, like referring to a crack in a wall for Whovians, but most are those that have come up in my years playing World of Warcraft.

 

I think this is probably one of the most geeky expressions out there; even my dad uses this one. The best thing is that it can be used and applied to so many situations. Whether you’re seriously struggling with a problem, or having a laugh with your friends. It’s universal and everyone knows what it means.  ((Image Credit – Star Wars Uncut))

 

 

This is probably the most obscure one of the list, and is more something I say regularly and usually when gaming. In most games fire = bad. I’ll be raiding and Chris will ask why I died and this will be my typical response. ((Image Credit – Screencapped.net))

 

From World of Warcraft, this is a line uttered by Kael’thas after his demise in Tempest Keep. It’s become an ongoing long running joke in WoW, if a character dies or magically reincarnates you can bet someone will utter this line. ((Image Credit – EU Battlenet))

 

Although this one began in World of Warcraft, it’s another one that has become universal. There’s even a wikipedia page for it which includes a list of times it has appeared in TV shows and other places. It became a viral meme very quickly, and if you’ve not yet seen the original video then go check it out (don’t read the wiki page summary, you need to experience this for yourself first!). It’s become an every day slang for my guild and friends, with one us either quoting Leroy’s cry or saying “I’m just gonna leroy it”. I’ve had even non-gamers say this in conversation before, so it’s moved well beyond WoW. ((Image Credit – Hearthstone Wiki))

 

And the classic Illidain; You are NOT Prepared! His infamous line uttered before engaging in combat with a raid in Black Temple in World of Warcraft. This has become another viral saying/meme for the WoW community, especially when the latest expansion Legion was on the way. I’ve lost count of the many instances and times when this line has been coined. Just remember… you are not prepared!  ((Image Credit – World of Warcraft))

 

How about you guys; do you find that particular community or fandom has more expressions than another? Do you have a set of geeky expressions within a close group of friends or a whole fandom?

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My Must See List of Christmas Episodes [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Christmas episodes

 

I’ve tweaked this weeks prompt slightly; it was christmas movies, but since I could only come up with 2 I decided it would be better to do TV episodes instead!

 

 

Bones

Season 1, episode 9 – The Man in the Fallout Shelter

This was one of the first episodes in Bones for me where things got real, where anything could happen and people could die. An odd episode for a favourite christmas list, but beneath the scary their was heartfelt beautiful love for one another.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 3, episode 10 – Amends

Amends is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful TV episodes ever and it was a Christmas episode. In the episode, we meet the first evil for the first time as it torments Angel, and Buffy delivers a very important home truth to him: “Strong is fighting! It’s hard, and it’s painful, and it’s every day. It’s what we have to do. And we can do it together”. For me personally, this hit a cord with me as an angsty different teenager and has stuck with me as my health problems have developed. I also appreciated then, and still do, a Christmas episode that was darker and not all about hope. Christmas isn’t always a happy time, and sometimes a TV show needs to show all sides of life.

 

 

A Town Called Eureka

Season 4, episode 21 – Do you see what I see.

To understand why this episode is so awesome I need to explain a bit about the show. Firstly, it’s not an animated show. Yep. Eureka is a secret town in the US where a bunch of super geniuses invent things, safely… well, they’re supposed to be safe 😛 Lots of accidents happen, and in this Christmas episode everyone gets turned into a cartoon version of themselves. It’s hilarious, funny, and totally bonkers.

 

Leverage

Season 3, episode 14 – The Ho Ho Ho Job

I loved this episode because of the way the characters interacted with one another, the whole Christmas time thing and their undercover roles as mall employees. Eliott is a very grouchy santa, and the team’s nemesis played by Wil Wheaton pops up as well. It’s a fun filled jaunt to restore a santa’s good name, Christmas done Leverage style.

 

Supernatural

Season 3, episode 8 – A Very Supernatural Christmas

I think the look on the boys’ faces says it all 😛 Christmas with the Winchesters, and of course, they end up with someone trying to kill them. Namely, two Pagan gods who want to eat them for dinner. It’s an aptly named episode, and I particularly liked the fact that Pagan mythology was being introduced into the Supernatural universe, which had been pretty much dominated by Christian mythology up until that point.

 

Do you have any favourite Christmas TV episodes? How about movies? Let me know in the comments <3

 

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5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms I'm thankful for

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy is easily the fandom I am most thankful for because it saved my life. Many times over. That isn’t me being dramatic. My teenage years were difficult, I was bullied a lot, and started suffering from depression without even realising. It was a dark time, and the many lessons of Buffy not only got me through it but helped me be stronger. Later during an emotionally abusive relationship I picked up the self help book What would Buffy do? and despite the cheesy name it is a very good read. This is still my go to show when I feel absolutely miserable and like the world is ending because I’m thankful that Buffy taught me that even when the world is ending, you can still fight and win.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For -  Star Wars

Star Wars

My number 1 fandom, and this is the one that started it all. I don’t think I would be into as many fandoms, or into the sci fi and fantasy genre if I hadn’t fallen in love with Star Wars. It has given me so much joy (and tears) over the years and continues to do so. It also taught me just how far our imagination can go, so I’m thankful for Star Wars teaching me that our imagination is endless.

 

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Kushiel's Legacy

Kushiel Legacy

These novels by Jacqueline Carey helped me to recognise a side of myself as genuine and right, not wrong and something to be afraid or ashamed of. There is so much strength in the protagonist, Phedre, and it is beautiful and incomparable. I’m thankful for having my eyes open to new possibilities and being taught to love as thou wilt.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - Doctor Who

 

Doctor Who

It was hard to pick the 5th fandom for this list, and in the end I chose Doctor Who because it has opened so many doors for me. It has broadened my horizons, and led me to find the wonderful talents of so many actors and authors. Without it I’d have never gotten to know the work of the amazing John Barrowman, and the lovely Elizabeth Saden who sadly passed away in 2011. I’m thankful for Doctor Who introducing me to many wonderful individuals and characters.

 

5 Fandoms I’m Thankful For - World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Gods, how do I explain how much this game has done for me in my life? It has been a bumping road, with many breaks and issues and yet it has given me so much in return. It has helped me learn that even if I’m sick, I can still do something productive and not feel entirely useless. It was the first video game that I could actually play, and led to me becoming a gamer and a youtuber. It has given me so many friends and some crazy guild meets, and of course, my amazing and loving fiancé of 9 years. I’m thankful for World of Warcraft bringing light, friendship, healing and love into my life.

 

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5 Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Fandoms that made me who I am

 

 

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and posted a Fandom 5. I was away on a personal break for 3 weeks and then I’ve been sick since coming back. Sadly Fandom 5 hit a slump as it’s not been updated for new topics, but some of us over at Geek Girls Bloggers have been heading back to some old topics because we love Fandom 5! This is technically last weeks topic as neither of this weeks appealed to me and this one kept sneaking back in my thoughts.

 

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I can’t remember the exact age I was when I saw my first Star Wars movie, I was about 7-10 and it was Return of the Jedi. It stuck with me for years until I got my dad the movie boxset for fathers day when I was about 12/13… my dad never actually saw them, they began to live permanently in my room and I became obsessed with them. It was my first fandom, and I started reading the EU books then as well.

 

 

buffy

Buffy came a few years after my Star Wars love affair began, when I was about 14-15 and again it became a huge fandom in my life at that point. It is still one of my most watched tv show, and I still love it. It’s my go to show when I feel crap and need a pick me up, or need to be reminded that even when it’s dark there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This fandom got me into writing fanfic, roleplaying and so much more.

 

 

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Around the same time I started reading the Night World series by LJSmith, and this was my first book fandom. It really opened my eyes into world building, leading onto more roleplaying and fanfic and just how much was out there in the world of urban fantasy and young adult fiction.

 

tortall

Tamora Pierce was my first foray into fantasy, again opening paths into so much more fandoms and fantasy worlds that I’ve read since. I became involved with the Sheroes forum, as well as new roleplay adventures, and this one generally got me more into the whole fandom community thing rather than being something personal to me.

 

wow

World of Warcraft came so much later than the others, but with it came my love for video games which was a gateway into a whole new world of fandoms. Dragon Age, Bioshock, Guild Wars, Diablo.. and so many more.

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5 Geeky Tattoos I Want [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Geeky tattoos

When I first started this prompt I thought I’d have to change to prompt slightly, and then I began to realise that there were no examples of tattoos out there that summed up what I would ever get. So I ended up doing the prompt properly 😀 As a Libra I love art, but I’m also very picky. On top of that I’m very ticklish and one of my conditions means my skin does odd things. So these are more of a theoretical list of geeky tattoos that I would get.

  marquePhedre’s Marque

Kushiel Legacy by Jacqueline Carey

[Image credited to NACrnko]

If you’ve been reading my blog you’ve seen me mention this series a bazillion times now. The marque is a beautiful back tattoo that is completed in stages and while it represents freedom and other things in the fandom, to me personally it represents something deeply personal. A lot of people have found themselves changed and moved by the series and there is a whole page of the author’s website dedicated to fan tattoos based on Phedre’s marque. I would need to have something specifically designed, something to incorporate the different elements of my personality and spirituality if I ever decided to take the plunge. I doubt I could handle a large version, but a smaller one somewhere less ticklish might happen one day.

 

yubyub“Yub, Yub, Commander”

Star Wars Quote

I’m a massive Star Wars geek, so for me a Star Wars tattoo would have to be suitably geeky and something other fans would recognise. For me this would be the quote ‘Yub, yub, Commander’ from the Star Wars EU (now Legends) X-Wing series. It’s an ongoing joke through the series involving the idea of an ewok pilot;

His name is Kettch, and he’s an Ewok.
No.
Oh, yes. Determined to fight. You should hear him say, ‘Yub, yub.’ He makes it a battle cry.
Wes, assuming he could be educated up to Alliance fighter-pilot standards, an Ewok couldn’t even reach an X-wing’s controls.
He wears arm and leg extensions, prosthetics built for him by a sympathetic medical droid. And he’s anxious to go, Commander.
Please tell me you’re kidding.
Of course I’m kidding. Pilot-candidate number one is a Human female from Tatooine, Falynn Sandskimmer.
I’m going to get you, Janson.
Yub, yub, Commander.
―Wes Janson and Wedge Antilles

You can read more about Kettch, his exploits and the pranks involving him here. If you’ve not had a chance to read these novels; do! They may not be canon any more but they are hilarious.

buffy“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.”

Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’ve talked about how much Buffy means to me and how much it got me through in my teen years and early 20s. There were so many lessons from that show that have stuck with me, but this one in particular rang true. My life is hard, I’m not gloating or looking for sympathy, it’s a simple fact. This quote is a reminder to me that it will be hard, it is hard for everyone, and I am not alone. There is light in the darkness.

 

 

hippogryph.v6511moonkin_hatchling_a.v6052Hippograph Hatchling & Moonkin Hatchling

World of Warcraft

I love World of Warcraft and the lore of the universe, so naturally I’d have to have a tattoo from the game. I’m a pet battle addict and these are my two favourite pets (appearance wise, don’t ask me for my favourite battle pet!).

 

shootthewiz

“When in doubt, shoot the wizard.”

Advice from Numair to Kel in Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

This is my literary geeky submission to this list. I love this quote from Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce, and like the Star Wars one it is something that only fans of the books would recognise.

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