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"I'm the one that's cool" - a song for the rise of the geek


Oct 3 2012, 10:52am

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"I'm the one that's cool" - a song for the rise of the geek Can't Post

I've just found this very catchy song written by the creators of the awesome webseries, 'The Guild'. I personally find it rather empowering.

I wasn't actively bullied in senior school, but I was ignored for not being in the 'in' crowd.
Now I am through university and starting my masters, but life has tried to trip me up a few times this year.

In short, this song has given me a lift. I hope it does the same for you guys. Smile

Not entirely family friendly; some mild insults and acted scenes of bullying.


"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me" - C. S. Lewis

"That line between the earth and sky came beckoning to me..." - Laurie's Song


Oct 3 2012, 12:51pm

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That was really good [In reply to] Can't Post

It does seem at the moment being a geek or nerd is becoming slightly more accepted what with geek chic being fashionable. Even have people now pretending to be geeks! I guess it cant hurt if it makes them study better in school.

I was not actively bullied but like you not part of the super cool in crowd - not many people are though and for me i feel as long as you have your own set of friends at school it doesn't really matter if you are part of the cool 'gang'.

Obviously im not saying bullying is not a problem, it is for many people but the song does give you an empowered feeling that you came out the other side and you are better.

Did anyone ever see the Youtube clip of the overweight Australian kid who after years of bullying stood up to his bully?

I know violence is wrong but what he did was incredible and i think he did a lot for people being bullied around the world just by standing up for himself - in a perfect world he would have been able to get help or stop his bully without resorting to violence but he did what he had to.

I also think this is inspirational and empowering

Its a clip of Jonathan and Charlotte the opera and pop voices from Britain's Got Talent - when i heard them the first time i was blown away especially as he was so nervous! Hope you like it (probably seen it already, lol).


Oct 3 2012, 1:46pm

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I love every music video these guys do [In reply to] Can't Post

Great production value, good musicality (that girl can sing), and wonderful humor. I especially like how this video ends.

I hadn't seen this one before so thanks for linking.

btw: Jed Whedon = brother of Joss

and, Dr. Horrible is going to be shown on CW next Tuesday, Oct 9.

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Oct 3 2012, 3:32pm

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Time wounds all heels [In reply to] Can't Post

I was one of the "ignored" too - not weird enough to invite bullying, but too shy to be cool.

Couple of stories: at my 10th high-school reunion, a girl who had been a geeky artist-type and pretty much ignored by the "in" crowd walked in wearing a bright purple jumpsuit slashed to her bellybutton and 4-inch purple heels, plus spiky purple hair. Turned out she had a very successful business designing album covers for some pretty famous rock bands (that would be CD covers, now), had her own clothing line, and lived half the year in Hollywood and the other half in Paris. By far the biggest success in my class, and she knew it and walked among all the housewives who had been the queen bees of school like they didn't exist.

Another friend told me about the fat girl of the school who showed up at their 10th. She was now thin and a successful model, and she brought her model husband along. Imagine how sweet that moment was for her.

My dad had told me once that there was nothing sadder than someone whose peak experience of life had come as a teenager. Have you heard Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days"? When I go to reunions, it seems like all the jocks & cheerleaders are clinging to a past that's really a long ways off now. (And they're all fat!) I enjoy listing the various things I've been up to on the forms they send out: climbed Mt. Rainier, sang with a rock band, hitch-hiked through Europe for four months, built a house . . . the next one will say "earned my doctorate" and "diva" and also hopefully "published a book."

Also, we have nothing to feel bad about for how we treated others at that age. I got an e-mail a while ago from our class fat girl who thanked me for being nice to her and said it made a huge difference to her and inspired her to go to college where she had a lot of success. I don't even remember doing all the things she said I did; I think I was just, you know, normal with her. You never realize at the time how big that might be for someone who is struggling.

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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(This post was edited by Annael on Oct 3 2012, 3:37pm)


Oct 5 2012, 4:32pm

Post #5 of 6 (51 views)
That was good! [In reply to] Can't Post

I will have to show it to ShyElf The Younger - she is a big Felicia Dey fan.

I wasn't bullied when I was younger - but I was definitely not with the 'in crowd'. Mr. ShyElf was bullied a lot in his youth - he was an air force brat and never went to the same school more than one year. He's incredibly tall, and just a target. I think he is the greatest guy on earth!

ShyElf The Younger was so badly bullied we had to change her school when she was in grade 6. She is very bright so I told her new teacher that I really didn't care about her marks - my focus was on building her self-confidence. We were fortunate that it worked out for her and she found some friends at the new school (who are still her friends!) I was terrified when it was time for her to go to high school, but luckily for her, she was accepted into a local art school and although she is not running with the 'in crowd' - she's found some great friends who love what she loves and is gaining confidence (still has a way to go - but she is definitely going in the right direction!) When I drop her off at a friend's house for a sleep-over I can still remember the shy and very lonely young girl from a few years back. For years I had to walk the fine line of being her best friend and her mother. We're still great friends (and I'm sure we always will be) - but I'm glad she has buddies with whom she can have secrets, shop, draw, sew, go to the movies, play video games, etc. Buddies to be a teenager with and friends who accept her for who she is.


"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."


Oct 6 2012, 3:42am

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Very wonderful! [In reply to] Can't Post

Bullying, both mentally and physically can really destroy a person's image of themselves. A reason I joined this forum is because I am taunted all the time for my love of LotR. Thank you very much for sharing!

'What are we holding on to, Sam?'
'There's good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!'

'I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!'


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