10 Reasons Why Tech Nerds Are Amazingly Wonderful People

Thought Catalog

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1. They’re problem solvers. This means they really like to win at board games like Settlers of Catan, want to find the most efficient way to organize books, or want to maximize the return on investment of the groceries that they buy each week. A true tech nerd would never wait in line for a new iPhone. They would cleverly know how to get one in advance, test it out, and provide Apple with important product reviews.

2. They love technology. This is great because they always know about a new useful product that is basically life changing.

3. They don’t really like sports. This is a pretty logical one, there are plenty of other more intellectual activities to be involved in!

4. They really love technology. This is actually extremely worthwhile because it means that they’re smart, understand and appreciate the complexity…

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I’m not gonna tell you that you’re beautiful.

Excellent read. Maybe it’s what you need to hear today….or some day in the future. It’s still good to know that you’re not alone.

HANNAH BRENCHER

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I used to wait for my roommates to go to sleep so I could creep down the hallway into the kitchen and fill a bowl with food.

It was odds and ends of the things I could find in the fridge and I would eat until I reached the bottom of the bowl. I never told anyone how I was a vacuum cleaner at night, that I was trying to fill some kind of emptiness inside of me. It was a secret sworn between me & cutlery & the 1am hour.

I’d cry & I’d cry & I’d cry. And no one knew the desperation that visited me when I no longer knew how to control myself. How I just wanted to shrink smaller, smaller, smaller until I could disappear. Who taught me to be less? Who taught me to be so fragile?

My mama is like a gust…

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Twenty One Pilots Concert Review- Nashville

So Thursday night, I went to the Twenty One Pilots concert in Nashville. It was the first stop on the tripforconcerts tour they are currently on. And oh, is it so worth going to.

I wasn’t as fond of Sirah, one of the opening acts, as I was Robert DeLong (the other opening act), mainly because she gave off no stage presence whatsoever. If she interacted with the crowd more and did something on stage, rather than just walk back and forth across it, I probably would have been more entertained. Also, it would have been more enjoyable if the bass wasn’t turned up so much that I could barely hear her rapping.

Robert DeLong, on the other hand, totally owned the stage. He just played music, and you could tell he enjoyed it. He uses game controllers to do special effects with his music, which is totally awesome, especially when he creates some dubstep with an old joystick. Yeah, he rocked out on that thing. But he was really good, and he’s really nice (got to meet him after the show). The group I was with decided that he is the Ed Sheeran of electronic music because of how he layers the music live on stage like Ed does.

Robert DeLong on Stage with his setup

Robert DeLong on stage with his setup. Really cool to see.

Twenty One Pilots came on and they were amazing. The energy, the quality of voice, the whole theme of the show was amazing to see. They started off wearing all black, and by the end, they were wearing all white, which was an interesting contrast, but it works with the story they’re telling with their song lineup, which is cool; I haven’t really seen that before.

Josh being held up by the crowd on a platform, playing drums.

Josh being held up by the crowd on a platform, playing drums.

They did awesome speeches, were really hyped, and I really liked the way the introduced their crew (Super Mario 64). Also, having the crowd hold them up while playing drums/singing/finale was really cool.

All in all, go see Twenty One Pilots. You won’t be disappointed.

*~* Both of the above pictures are mine. Please do not re-post. *~*

Top 5 Concerts

I realize I have been to a lot of concerts in my not so long life, and I am very thankful for those opportunities. Looking at my list (which can be found here: http://heartsbelongwithmarchingband.tumblr.com/bandsSeen) some of them stand out more than others in my mind. Lately I’ve been thinking, “If someone asked me my top five favorite concerts I’ve been to, what five would I say?”

With that thought, I decided to make a Top 5 list. Please note that these are in no particular order. 

Action Item, Stephen Jerzak, Scene Aesthetic, and Allstar Weekend – December 2010

Ah yes, the concert that spawned my current obsession with concerts.

I went mainly to see Allstar Weekend, since they were actually coming to my town (the only time they ever did) and a friend of mine (who is now my concert buddy when available) went with me cause she enjoyed their music too. We ended up getting the VIP package so we could meet them before the concert, etc. Ended up getting front row (aka: being pressed against the stage the entire night) which was so much fun. 

This concert is where we discovered a band that would become our favorite band from that moment on: Action Item. Their set was awesome, and when we met them afterwards, they were total sweethearts and just really cool guys to be around. Thus, we began to love them. 

So yes, this concert exposed me to the world of small-artist concerts, small venues, and how they can be totally awesome, maybe even more so than arena concerts.

Meghan & Liz, Burnham, Memphis High, The After Party, and Action Item – November 2011

Two awesome bands and three that I got to discover? Yes please! Once again I was with my concert friend and we managed to convince the parental units to let us go since this one was three hours away. It was interesting seeing Action Item again, because we got to see how they had grown as artists and as performers. Also purchased VIP for this one and had the chance to hang out with Action Item before the show.

Afrer the show, meeting the other artists was cool too. The After Party was really funny to talk to and they had their own photobomber in our group pictures. Memphis High (now One Arm Train) were really sweet and thought we were cool (take what we can get). Action Item were their goofy, sweet selves and they kind of sort of remembered us, which was really kind of amazing, considering how much popularity they had gained in the almost year since we had seen them. 

Sadly, we have not managed to see Action Item again since then. 😦

Olly Murs and One Direction – June 2012

Yes, I fell into the craziness that was One Direction. Hipster moment: I knew about them right before their first trip to America in LA. So yeah, the fad has died down for me, right around the time of this concert actually. 

Olly Murs has such stage presence, so he is really fun to watch perform. He just gets up there and dances with no cares and sings his heart out. I really hope I get to see him again, because he was that good. 

One Direction were not that bad. I was halfway not expecting to have a good time because I had grown kind of tired listening to their CD on repeat. Most of the night I was saying, “Stop being such adorable idiots” because of their onstage antics. They put on a really good show, and their cover of “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson was wonderful. 

It was also the first arena concert I had been to in a while, so I had almost a culture shock because of how different it was from the small venues I had become accustomed to.

Ghost Town, Air Dubai and Marianas Trench – June 2013

Oh my gosh, where do I even begin to describe this concert? It was just so fabulous and if I was numbering (which I’m not….) this would more than likely be in the top spot. 

Ghost Town and Air Dubai were really good, I liked their sounds. I warmed up to them as they played, since I didn’t really know what to expect. I normally research the opening acts so I know at least a few songs by them, but I was so busy with life this time around, that I just didn’t have the time. 

Marianas Trench though. WOW. I had heard they were amazing in concert, but I did not expect them to live up to it. They did though, and so much more. Their chemistry, the way they play, their harmonies (I may or may not have teared up a little at how beautiful their harmonies were…..). Just wow. I was in awe for hours afterwords because of how good they were. I am definitely going to see them again, as soon as I possibly can. 

Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson – June 2013

So, I’m going to cheat a bit here. I’m pulling some of my favorite artists from the 2013 Country Music Festival and just counting it as one concert 

Hunter Hayes and Dierks Bentley were my favorites for the same reason: the audience could see how much they appreciate their fans and this chance they were given to play the main stage. To me, seeing how much an artist is grateful for what they have and that they truly enjoy what they are doing, is priceless. I would much rather see two songs by someone who realizes what they have, than to see an entire concert by someone who takes what they have for granted. 

Kelly Clarkson was such a sweetheart on stage. The way she talks to the audience makes you feel like you can be best friends with her and talk about anything. The way she performs is amazing too. Her singing is so powerful and you can tell she’s been in the business for a while, just by the quality of her voice and how she presents herself, but it’s in a good way. She’s very independent and you can tell that. It’s really nice to see that artists can still retain their individuality even with having a decade in the music business. 

So that’s it; that’s my list. So now I’m curious: what would your Top 5 Concerts be? Comment and let me know!

Country Music Festival

I am a very big fan of free stuff and volunteering. So when I got an opportunity to volunteer for the Country Music Festival and FanFare in Nashville, I took it. It also helps that for every day I get assigned to volunteer for, I get to go to the concert that night for free. 

I’ve loved country music for as long as I can remember. Growing up listening to the likes of Rascal Flatts and Joe Nichols, along with Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney, gave me a great appreciation for that genre of music, even thought it wasn’t the  most popular among my friends. 

Coming home from college, I would always turn the radio dial in the car to country music, just because I would get in the mood to listen to it. Seeing as a lot of country artists are from my side of the state, it seems appropriate. 

All in all, I’m quite excited to be able to volunteer at the Country Music Festival this week. Should be a lot of fun and I’ll get to see a lot of artists perform that I haven’t seen before.

Introduction

Hello there!

Reason for this blog: to share new music I find and to practice my blogging skills, since I think they aren’t very good, and hopefully I’ll improve over time. I’ll be posting music I’ve discovered and old favorites, spanning from country to electronic to hard rock to dubstep to maybe even a little rap. I try to be as open minded as possible when it comes to music because I’ve seen how all genres can affect people.

So I hope you join me in this journey and bear with me as I learn! 🙂