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Falling prey to World of Warcraft and Lost

Posted on 07 October 2012 by The Secular Nerd

Mists of Pandaria

As with any other person who plays World of Warcraft more than they do normally when an expansion pack comes out, I have fallen prey to the devils game again. As of this post, I have a level 47 Pandarian Monk. It should be a lot higher now, since the game came out last week, but I have also been working, spending time with That Heathen Girl, and watching Lost for the fourth time.  I’ve been keeping a steady dose of everything, just so I don’t get sucked into the game again. I guess you could say that I have an addictive personality. World of “Warcrack” as I call it, can be extremely addicting when a new expansion pack rolls out.

The thing with this expansion pack this time around, is that I have an overabundance worth of things already on my plate. I started work on a major project that I will call “Project: Secular Awareness” for now. I have also been working hard on my Freelance contracts. On top of that, watching Lost again has been rewarding. Each time I watch it, I catch new things. That Heathen Girl has been watching with me for the first time. It’s always fun watching her predict what will happen. A lot of times, she has been spot on. Other times, it’s scary how much she can call it.

Getting back to World of Warcrack, I have actually been having fun just goofing around this time with it. The new pet battles (read as Pokemon) is actually kind of fun. Not a whole lot of strategy involved with it, but if you pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of your pets, compared to your opponents, you could seriously have the upper hand. The Pandarian island is beautiful. I love what they made. It’s very appealing to the eyes, because I love Asian culture. The Pandarians themselves are cute (except for the male ones). I love the new Monk class. Healing seems extremely balanced. I have dabbled in DPS some with it, but healing is where it’s at for me. So much so, that I have decided this monk is my new main. I am moving my Druid to second place.

If you are anything like me, with how you play World of Warcraft, I would highly recommend picking up the new expansion pack if you are on your usual hiatus. It’s worth it.

– The Secular Nerd

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My story, told by someone else

Posted on 30 August 2012 by The Secular Nerd

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A lot of people suffer, or have suffered from depression and/or social anxiety disorder in their lives. It can affect anyone at any time. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that video games can not only be therapeutic, but also used as treatment for depression and social anxiety disorder.

I encourage everyone to take the time to watch this video, come back, and see the rest of this post. You won’t regret it, I promise you this.


That is Boogie, and you can find his Channel on YouTube, and his page on Facebook. I have been following him for awhile now, watching the silly videos, the serious videos, and watching his transformation as he works on controlling his weight.

You might be asking, why is this so important? It’s because he told my life’s story exactly, from the games, the living situation, the mental illnesses, to the resolution. He’s not alone either. From helping soldiers with PTSD to anger management, video games have a beneficial therapeutic response. Boogie, myself, and others have come to find the benefits of on-line, off-line, and real world table top gaming to help us get through our darkest hours and come up on top.

A quick search on YouTube revealed this video about a former High School football player who found video games to be therapeutic, a huge confidence booster, and a purpose for him. Stories like these greatly contradict the negative press video games get, from blaming them for murderous rampages, theft, etc. As a rather avid video gamer myself, I have never felt compelled to go off on a murderous rampage, steal a car, or find a prostitute, bang her, and leave her for dead in an alley way (completely random, but Grand Theft Auto has been blamed for a prostitute death).

– The Secular Nerd

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The Dalai Lama had a point…

Posted on 24 August 2012 by That Heathen Girl

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

What if all the religions sacrificed the need to build monuments and temples to their faith and instead built schools, houses, even hospitals. If they instead used kindness to their fellow man instead of living in fear of some unknown entity. Helping their fellow man because they care, not out of fear of some unknown entity. Not to say I condemn them for their beliefs, because I’m just not that kind of person. I live in the bible belt, and there can be up to 10 churches in one town around here. That’s just way too much! If they used that money to help the community instead of building fancier and fancier churches, they could help their fellow man.

I’m That Heathen Girl, and I figured since the Secular Nerd posted such a thorough opening post I’d introduce myself.
You can check out our bio’s to learn more about us. We will also have links to our personal sites at a later date.

The kind of posts you can look forward to from me are going to be the entertainment reviews. Some of my nerdy points of interest are:
– Books & Movies
– Graphic Design & Photography
– PC Gaming

Welcome to the site and enjoy!
– That Heathen Girl

 

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It all started with a big bang…

Posted on 24 August 2012 by The Secular Nerd

It all started with a big bang…

The Secular Nerd said “let there be nerdy reasoning” and so it began…

We are extremely thrilled to start what is going to be a very exciting journey into the world of secular nerds. What are secular nerds you ask? Let’s explore these two words in detail, shall we?

sec·u·lar
[sek-yuh-ler] adjective
1. of or pertaining to worldly things or to things that are not regarded as
religious, spiritual, or sacred; temporal: secularinterests.
2. not pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to sacred): secular music.
3. (of education, a school, etc.) concerned with non religious subjects.
4. (of members of the clergy) not belonging to a religious order;not bound
by monastic vows ( opposed to regular).
5. occurring or celebrated once in an age or century: the secular games of Rome.

nerd
[nurd] noun Slang .
1. a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.
2. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

Our first word “secular”, is very important to many people. It is the pursuit of a world not connected with religion. We live in a society that’s focused on many different agendas. The pushing of a religious agenda is one huge conglomerate of many sub agendas, meaning there are many different religions, and many different interpretations of their religious dogma.  The forcing of these many different religious beliefs in our world has caused not only wars, but skewed day to day habits that infringe on many peoples way of life.

You might be wondering where I’m going with my take on this. It’s simple; get religion out of politics, government, and public places. Don’t get me wrong when I say that though. I consider myself a secular humanist. I believe people are free to believe whatever they wish to believe, but I don’t want your beliefs interfering with my day to day life, or that of humanity as a whole.  One very bright, shining, and painful example of what I mean, is marriage equality. The term used a lot against marriage equality, is “the sanctity of marriage must be upheld. It is a union of one man, and one woman”.

Let’s look at the word “sanctity” before you claim that religion has nothing to do with marriage equality.

sanc·ti·ty
[sangk-ti-tee] noun, plural sanc·ti·ties.

1. holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
2. sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
3. a sacred thing.

Let’s talk about “the sanctity of marriage” for a moment. Marriages between one man and one woman happen everyday. They also divorce everyday. What happened to the sacred oath they have taken? Till death do you part, right? People divorce all the time, yet there is no war against divorce lawyers. The war is against what peoples beliefs are. In a secular government, you would have none of this. We would already have marriage equality. We, however, do not live in a secular world, we do not have a secular government, and we have the religious agendas to thank for this.

The above, is what you can expect on the secular side of this website. It won’t always be “militant”, but it sure will be blunt, and straight to the point. I am a nerd which embraces many of the “nerdy” genres. Let’s look at them in a fancy bullet list!

My nerd expertise:

  • Computer Programming (Website design, application, databases)
  • Network Administration
  • Table-top Role-Playing (Dungeons and Dragons, White Wolf’s World of Darkness, etc)
  • Collectible Card Games (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, etc)
  • MMO’s (World of Warcraft, Star Wars, etc)
  • Computer Strategy Games (Starcraft, Command and Conquer, etc)
  • Social Network Marketing
  • Live Action Role-Play (Vampire: The Masquerade, Dagorhir, etc)
  • Star Trek AND Star Wars fanatic

When it comes to any of these topics, I become an elitist monster. I’m very passionate about these topics, but I also enjoy a good clean friendly debate. Why, you may ask, did I list my hobbies and skills? Because those are the topics I will discuss, along with a secular twist (but not always).

So here’s to a very exciting journey together!

– The Secular Nerd

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