High 5: Nerd Icons
It's another Friday and we have made it yet another week!!! I have spent countless hours...alright two hours...hanging out with the IT Nerds at my office voting, revising, debating, tournamenting (yep, I'm inventing a word), and finally settling on what we feel is a well rounded group of 5 Nerd Icons. Enjoy!!!
George Takei is best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek (Fandom Exploration Blog) television series and in six of the movies that followed. Takei is social media royalty. I have heard him called the "King of Facebook"...by my father none-the-less. George is a human rights advocate for two very large causes. The Takei family was held in a Japanese American Internment Camp during George's childhood (WWII) and he also advocates Gay Rights/Marriage Equality along with his husband, Brad. I would suggest following George Takei on Facebook, like...now. Oh myyy!
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He is currently the director of the Frederick P. Rose section of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center of Earth and Space. He is also a research associate for the department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson has hosted NOVA ScienceNow and made many appearances on The Daily Show and The Cobert Report. He has also completed an updated version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). The new series was released on Netflix last week and is titled Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. As a side note, Carl Sagan was a highly contested individual for this blog. He lasted through many rounds in the Tournament section.
Hank & John Green
John and Hank Green make videos on the internet. They're surprisingly good at it and, as of 2014, have received more than 800,000,000 views on their various projects, and no, that wasn't a typo. John is an award winning author of six books and Hank is the fellow that developed Pemberley Digital...you know, those folks that brought you The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This is just a sliver of what they have created or collaborated on. I have mentioned these fellows before on my YouTube blog because their educational content is awesome, but the content they develop over any format is ahh-mazing and I personally appreciate them so much. Nerdfighteria is a great group of people and a group that I am proud to belong to.
Stephen Hawking. Stephen freaking Hawking. No list of iconic nerds would ever be complete without Stephen freaking Hawking. Mr. Hawking is best known for his work regarding black holes and for his work as an author of several popular science books. His most popular publication is A Brief History of Time which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. He is best known for his ability to make science understandable to us mere mortals. These days he is not only a nerd icon, but a pop culture icon having appeared on television shows and even having a biopic, The Theory of Everything, made about his life to be released later this year. Hawking is also well known for his automated voice. The reason that he is wheelchair bound and uses an automated speaking system is because he suffers from amyotriphic latral sclerosis. You know, the reason everyone has been dumping ice buckets on their head!?! Stephen is almost entirely paralyzed...and still contributing great amounts to scientific research every year.
Joss Whedon is an American screen writer, film and television director, comic book author, producer, composer, and occasional actor. Yeah, no big deal man...we are all that talented. Whedon is the creator of several television shows such as: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.E.I.D. and he wrote the movie of many of our childhoods; Toy Story. He is also working on the second Avengers film since his first attempt at the Avengers only became the third highest-grosing movie of all time. Man, overachievers. Seriously, he is one of my favorite writers of all time and Firefly is a masterpiece of epic portportions. I mean, it's a freaking space western. A space western!!!
I hope you guys have enjoyed today's High 5. As for this weekend, you can find me on my couch cuddled up watching movies and re-runs with Treyson. Some weekends are just meant for laundry and lounging. Until Monday, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek!
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