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Not Just a Geek – I’m a Nerd Too!

14 Jun

Most of you know this website through my wife, the beautiful Sarah Ingram (née Matte). She has been killing it with this blog and her podcast. It’s really become her site, and some of you may wonder who I am and why it’s even called “the Geekmates”.

Right now I am just too damn busy. I have a day job: physical therapist. I’m also doing a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. On top of that, I am dancing, and combining all of those things in my website: bboyscience.com, where I talk about science, dancing, injury prevention, training, etc. Don’t believe I dance? Here’s my video:

See?

Also, there’s another thing. I’m not just a geek – I’m also a nerd.

I spend a ridiculous amount of spare time doing online courses. I know it sounds cheesy but I love to learn.

There’s an amazing website: Coursera – tons of free courses you can take online from some of the top universities in the world.

You can take a free university level course in almost anything. Even a course about MMORPG’s… yup.

Another great one is Khan Academy: I’m rocking this website for math. Yup, MATH. I’ve been bad at math for a long time, scraping by whenever it’s been required of me through my career. But I’m sick of that feeling – so here I am, doing math problems in my “spare time”.

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the “Knowledge Map” gives you a sense of progression with your skills

You can watch videos and then do practice questions on different types of math topics. It starts right from addition/subtraction and goes all the way to calculus! Plus, as you complete sections, you get achievements!!! I can satisfy that addicting feeling of levelling up and gathering achievements while doing something actually productive – learning math. Pretty sick.

Check these sites out yourself, I bet you’ll find at least one things you’d like to know more about. What better way than to take a course? For free?

Someday soon, I dream of a less busy lifestyle, where I can indulge in my geeky side and actually contribute more to this site. In the mean time, a post once in a while will have to do. I still play video games – it’s my way of relaxing, escaping reality and staying in touch with my inner child.

I am so looking forward to AC4 (although I was a bit disappointed with AC3), and Last of Us (which my awesome wife pre-ordered for me).

later nerds!

Holiday Gaming and Replay Value

27 Feb

For Christmas, I acquired Hitman: Absolution, Far Cry 3, Max Payne 3, Spec Ops: The Line, and the Assassin’s Creed III Season Pass on PSN (which, of course, I didn’t get to play right away).

They were all great games in their own way. But today, I want to talk about replay value.

After getting so many games at one time, and going on a gaming (and food) binge during my vacation, there’s no way I’m buying another game for a while. Until I get a new game, I need to enjoy what I have. Perhaps platinum a game or two, or just replay the ones I really liked. So what will I replay? […]

Skyrim PS3 DLC FINALLY

11 Feb

Tomorrow is a big day.

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AC3 is fun, and Connor’s okay, I guess

21 Jan

I apologize for being such a ghost… this post is long overdue. Been busy. (I know, aren’t we all?)

That doesn’t mean I didn’t make time for video games! It’s cathartic – I need it!

Now I’ll finally write about playing them again. First… Assassin’s Creed III.

Geekishly frivolous – I got the limited edition with the little statue and stuff.

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Connor Kenway – will you be cool?

23 Aug

This is a genuine concern of mine.

I’m a big fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. Well, AC II, Brotherhood, and Revelations, at least. The first Assassin’s Creed wasn’t so hot. In fact, I didn’t suffer through it until after I played the Ezio series and got hooked.

One of the things I fall for in a game is an interesting character. Ezio was simply the coolest. Somewhat witty, charming with the ladies, and slick in his approach to the profession of murdering people.

“ah yes, time to wind down with numerous women after a fine day of murdering people.”

It was simply a pleasure to pretend to be him.

Altair, on the other hand…

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