7 Secrets to Get a Noticed by a Nerd

Never fear – Yasmin is here! Follow your friendly neighborhood boy catcher on a manhunt across the college campus. Need a nerd? Not to worry! Here are ‘7 Secrets to get Noticed by a Nerd’ I have all the insider information. Trust me, I’m an IB student. We’re known for our extravagant social lives.

Nerds. Underdogs now, bosses later (well usually, depending on how high their level of nerdiness is). Highly intelligent creatures with proportionately high money making potential. Who wouldn’t want one? Forget who – let’s get started on how to get one.

DISCLAIMER: If you don’t ‘get’ some of these secrets, it’s most likely due to the fact that it is a reference from a book/movie/TV series you haven’t read/watched. So hit the sci-fi section next time (if ever, that is) you enter a library.

Seven Secrets to Getting a Nerd:

    1. Get to the point straight away. “I find it physically stimulating how socially inept you are” is a great way to start a flirtatious conversation while refraining from looking like a pretentious idiot.
    2. Did I mention there were prerequisites? You have to be smart. Really smart. As smart as them. Preferably smarter. If you’re reading this, and you are taking it seriously, there probably isn’t much hope for you (but you can always continue with your futile task).
    3. Read his enemies Vogon Poetry
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    5. Your love notes have to be utterly devoid of any emotion, e.g. “You’re as hot as a motherboard with faulty CPU fan.”
    6. Play your nerd the A Space Odyssey theme and ask if that can be ‘our song.’
    7. Respect his private space. (He’ll need it for when he’s sitting on a leather swivel chair, poring over his next alluringly evil conspiracy – that’s why you like him, of course).

Yes, that last tip wasn’t a joke, kids. Good luck on your venture.

*This can be deciphered using a digital converter, but if you need one to understand that, you’ll also need a colossal miracle to get you anywhere with your guy. Not meaning to burst your bubble.

Before you friendly compassionate people take me to be a judgmental, label slapping, stereotyping A-hole by typing a large group of people, please take a second to look at yourselves ❤ HAHAHA just kidding. But yeah this was just written for entertainment purposes.

Oh er. Yes. May I add that there are some who don’t require any effort to snag at all?



Writing by hand…

Writing by hand is laborious, and that is why typewriters were invented. But I believe that the labor has virtue, because of its very physicality. For one thing it involves flesh, blood and the thingness of pen and paper, those anchors that remind us that, however thoroughly we lose ourselves in the vortex of our invention, we inhabit a corporeal world.

I’ve always found something more fulfilling in the act of physically writing out words, as opposed to digital word processing (it’s sort of like books vs ebooks). I agree with how, despite the advances in technology, we are still living in a physical environment, and we need to stay in touch with the physical reality. After all, the soul and the physical body are inescapably intertwined, and what is writing but a projection of a part of your soul? For this reason I try to write on paper when I am brainstorming, as it feels like my ideas are becoming almost a physical reality – but I do use digital processing for work I want to share or keep for a long time.

In Brain Pickings’ latest post, writer Mary Gordon explores the deep connection between pen, paper and the writer. Check brain pickings out! It’s a good site for explorers of the mind.

The Bug that saved me from my Existential Crisis

I was on a train, in the middle of a mini existential crisis (they come along every so often) staring at the zombie-like faces of rush hour office workers. Then through the depths of my chasm-like miseries (usually fuelled by the lack of alien invasions/zombie apocalypses/live threatening situations which I deludedly perceive to be fun) my ears made out the sweet sound of someone who could totally relate.

18-year-old Jake Bugg writes with concision and sincerity that is impressive for someone so young. He sings of the gritty urban estate life – a prime breeding ground for feeling empty, if there was any – that he was surrounded by throughout his life, and as a result pens lyrics that hit home perfectly to any fellow existential crisis sufferer. In Trouble Town Bugg sings of being “stuck in speed bump city/where the only thing that’s pretty is the thought of getting out”. These lyrics could correlate to anyone who is “stuck in a rut”, which is the feeling that, in my humble opinion, lays a foundation for feeling empty.

In Lighting Bolt, Jake retells of his encounters with cynicism in: “chances, people tell you not to take chances…I was starting to agree/then I walked suddenly into the path of a lightning bolt”. I’m not sure what this song is about, but from how I see it, it’s about how negative people can be wrong and how your life can take unexpected turns despite it seeming that nothing is getting better. That’s a pretty nice thought to have when you’re in “my life is a vast wasteland of pointlessness” mode.

Finally, in Two Fingers, Bugg recalls his tough past but basically sings a victory song of how he made it out of a rough place in his life. “So I hold two fingers up to yesterday/light a cigarette and wish the world away/I got out, I got out/I’m alive and I’m here to stay”. Now those are the words of a survivor. I take that to be about how, after you get out of your stint of apathy, you should move on and take joy in the fact that life is better.

Man, this guy is good. Perhaps we should stop listening to songs with lyrics like “let’s party every second of the day” or “sex with you is so fun” BECAUSE MAYBE THEY’RE CONTRIBUTING TO WHY WE THINK LIFE SUCKS. HELLO. I mean, if we as a society are going to place so much emphasis on sex, money and partying, no wonder life seems such a bore. It’s because we’re not tapping into the deeper stuff that life is about, like bettering yourself and your situation and getting over hardships.

Bugg ends Two Finger with this outro: “hey, hey it’s fine/hey, hey it’s fine/ I left it behind” and the final few strums of the guitar wrap the song up perfectly. It gives me the feeling that everything is going to be okay, and that bad times pass. Bugg inspires me with his music. If that isn’t the sign of a good songwriter, then I don’t know what is.

Check Jake Bugg out! Here’s Two Fingers:

Valentine’s Day – A letter to the Love God!

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I think I’ll take the time to appreciate the relationship I have and just to talk about my mushy feels in general. I decided to do that by writing a letter to the God of Love. Only there are so many, I don’t know who to address… ok, how about this?

Dear God/Venus/Cupid/Krishna,

THANK YOU. Oh my gosh, seriously. He’s amazing. Like, everything I could ask for in a guy. Kind, loyal, disciplined, trustworthy, and funny (also, you must have known what you were doing when you made that face 😉 ) He’s like, husband material. Can I keep him forever please?

Also, I’d like to put out a word for all the people who haven’t found someone yet. Please, make them meet the perfect person them sometime soon! Cuz they deserve it. Loving and being loved is wonderful.

Again, THANK YOU for giving me such a lovely boy,

LOVE, Yasmin xox

Hope these guys are listening! Oh wait… they look a little busy. Er um, well, Gods can multi-task wonderfully, I’m sure! [Source: http://www.bonzasheila.com/ ]

The Importance of Travel

I was on the bus today, wondering what I wanted to do with my life. I knew why I wasn’t sure about my goals yet – most likely because I haven’t seen the multitude of possibilities the world has to offer.

I came to the conclusion that travel must be the solution! Why is it such a well-loved pastime? Of course, because it’s about learning: new experiences, new friends, new passions. And passion should guide us in our goal-making endeavours, right? I’m hoping my summer trip to Europe will inspire me to give my life direction – and provide more writing material!

This picture is supposed to be symbolic for travel. Nah just kidding. I just used it because it’s, like, license-free.

Cloud Atlas: Whitewashing, my ass!

So I’m all for equality in representation of all races in media: as I have mentioned before, the media is extremely influential in shaping our views – more influential than many give credit for.

But I say accusing Cloud Atlas of whitewashing/yellow-face is a ignorant overreaction.

Firstly, there is a mix of races in the cast: white, black and asian. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cast with any leading asians at all, suggesting that the Cloud Atlas casting team might not be ‘racist’.

Next: fine, some asian characters are white people dressing as asians – but there are asians playing white characters too! This shows that there must have been some reason to the race makeup, that emphasizes the deeper meaning of the story.

What is that deeper meaning? Well, in Cloud Atlas, the characters all portrayed by one actor generally have the same roles in each plot (e.g. Hugo Weaving was ‘the bad guy’ in every story, and Halle Berry was always the hero, or the romantic couples in each story are played by the same actors). This taps into the major theme of reincarnation in Cloud Atlas, showing that one soul can take many forms through its lifetimes, despite gender – or race.

So to all those critics, try to put things into perspective and fully understand the movie, before labeling the movie as ‘offensive’ just because the actors get to dress up as other races.

Click on the picture for the full infographic! All credit goes to KC-Eazyworld, whose site you will be directed to.

School: Dreams and Freedom

Is it important to develop skills in doing what we love, or skills that will make us well rounded as we do at school?

I still can’t decide whether school really benefits us.

I’ve often wondered if we’re wasting our youth on learning to do things that we are told do, not finding out what we want to do by ourselves. Instead of having time to figure ourselves out we are asked to spend our time training to make money for other people.

Is this why so many people are unhappy today? Because they didn’t have the space to dream?

Here is the famous TEDTalks video on this topic; if you haven’t seen it already I highly recommend it:


My love-bunny (no, I don’t actually call him that IRL) was upset today because he’s worried about his grades and the expectations of his parents. Naturally it got my cogs running again and I thought “Oh! Another topic for my daily rambling”. Haha. Well what do you think: school = good, or bad?

100-Word Response: Modern/Love (An Intel/W Hotels Film)

 A few months ago, Intel and W Hotels launch a promotional campaign: Four stories were picked from a scriptwriting competition to be turned into short films. These short films were promoted via film festivals and YouTube and are collectively known as ‘Four Stories’. Here is a response to my favourite of the four. It is called Modern/Love.

I have an obsession with love, travel and adventure. Modern/Love contains it all.

The storyline is developed, easy to understand and woven together very neatly.

The characters are likeable and relatable – being from different cultures* gives the film an inclusive vibe and a global spin.

The cinematography is ethereal, like a golden daydream has been stolen and turned into film. The music only strengthens the fantasy-like atmosphere.

The fact that in just nine minutes the story is full and satisfying suggests that I can liken it to chocolate cake. And anything that can be likened to chocolate cake is good.

*and meeting up in another country! 

The 10 minute film can be viewed below. Enjoy!

Was just talking about this today…lots of very good points made here and some parts that I could really relate/agree with.


letter This weekend we lost some friends.

The news came in the form of a phone call from one of the parties involved. It was a sad goodbye, letting us know that our couples/family friendship, which we both enjoyed, was no longer. Their marriage was over. The culprit, of course, was sex.

I won’t pretend to empathize with either party. The pain they both must be going through is beyond my frame of reference. I won’t belittle it by offering platitudes. All I could do was offer condolences, reaffirm the “you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do”, and re-emphasize that although the nature of our friendship will never be the same, my love will still be there, unchanged.

The totality of the news, taken in all its context, left me feeling ugly and defeated. Couple friends where the moms, dads and kids all get along simultaneously are hard to…

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Fascinating. BE NICE, EVERYONE.


Whoo boy, and the ride never ends. A few days ago, I received a letter from a guy who wanted to respond to my street harassment piece with his own explanation of this pattern of male behavior. I find the letter to be quite disturbing and a little scary, but mostly it makes me sad.

I believe the writer is sincerely trying to participate in the conversation about street harassment, and for that I am truly appreciative. I’ve received enough junky hate mail on this subject to know what straight-up misplaced aggression looks like, and this isn’t it. He has granted me permission to republish in full and I have not edited his letter at all.

Here’s his caveat that he included: “I do not think that the letter offers a good or healthy perspective, however, I suspect that a portion of guys can relate to it, because at some…

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