Geeking Out: Setting low standards

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

With a felt bandana loosely strapped around my head and a plastic sword tethered to my hip, I spent my share of afternoons haphazardly mashing buttons while charging through Super Mario Bros. as a youngster. My garb, inspired by a Leonardo outfit of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, helped channel the adventurer trapped inside a 4-year-old body as my imagination ran wild in glorious 8-bit Nintendo graphics and fantastic stories.

More than two decades later, I'm a touch more worldly, much more cynical, greatly more opinionated, and I wear fewer costumes. But just as I still don bandanas from time to time for no particular reason, I've also maintained the same penchants for the imaginative I developed as a kid that drove me -- and countless other young boys girls growing up in the '90s -- to build those spaceships and race cars out of cardboard boxes and paper plates. I'm a fan of nerd culture from video games, zombies, cartoons and movies to technology and science fiction. I continue to celebrate and relish these things today. And as a writer, I enjoy sharing my perspectives with others and engaging in pointlessly dramatic debates about whether the various Legends of Zelda can fit into a single timeline.

My blog, Geeking Out, is a forum for me to share my own reflections and opinions on the happenings in geek culture that you may or may not already be familiar with in addition to, hopefully, spurring meaningless dialogue about the world we live in or, sometimes, imagine. You probably won't find any life advice here as I rant and rave in random brain droppings about the oft fantasy-driven art and entertainment that appeals to dorks like myself. But I hope you might follow along and share your own thoughts or reflections if for nothing more than our own collective amusement.

Contact me at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com. On Facebook: Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier or Twitter: @jnobile_RPC

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