Wil Wheaton on “Why it’s Awesome to be a Nerd”

At the Calgary Comics Expo this past Saturday a new mother asked Wil Wheaton to explain to her daughter why it’s awesome to be a nerd. She recorded the video to show her daughter in the future when she’s old enough to understand.

Here is his response:

Like Wil, I was a nerd growing up and I had to deal with the the taunts and bullying that came with it, but by the time I hit Junior High I had managed to find other nerds and started friendships that have lasted right up to today. Countless hours spent playing video games, pen and paper RPGs, and watching sci-fi movies and shows and discussing the latest books with these friends have left me with some of the best memories I could hope for. If I had it all to do over again I don’t think I’d change a minute of it. Being a nerd is awesome and we ended up taking over the world.

Found via Geeks are Sexy.

Take a moment to gaze in wonder at the beauty of the Milky Way.

We live in an amazing Universe and all you have to do to see it is look up. But with the pace of modern life being what it is it’s all too easy to overlook the natural wonder that surrounds us every day. It doesn’t help that many of us live in cities and suburbs where the light pollution is bad enough to obscure the nighttime sky. If you could use a reminder of how awe inspiring our Universe really is then watch the following time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising and setting in the sky over South Dakota this past May. For best results watch the HD version in full screen mode:

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

Every 10 seconds is about 2 hours and 20 minutes of time. When it’s compressed down like this it’s absolutely stunning, but it’s probably just as amazing to witness in real-time if you’re lucky to live someplace where you can. Randy Halverson has several videos like this on his website DakotaLapse.com each of which is just as amazing.

The feelings of awe that I get while watching this is about as close as I come to being “spiritual”, but it has nothing to do with with the supernatural. It’s simply being able to appreciate the grandness of the natural world.

Tip o’the bastard hat to The Cosmic Log.