When Do Geeks Become Cool?

I watched some of Revenge of the Nerds the other night. No, I’m not going to do a review of it. One and a half stars, if I’m feeling generous. I don’t recommend it. I only mention the film because it started me thinking on a topic. Nerds are portrayed as pure stereotypes in the movie–one dimensional four-eyed social outcasts who spend their time playing chess and building computers. Back in the 80s, these were the people who were picked on. (Or did it just seem like that to me because that’s what all school kids do to geeks and

Depressing Things

Those of you who read my blog with any sort of frequency have no doubt noticed that I try to avoid Truly Depressing Things. I complain, grouse, whine, murmur, grumble, groan and bemoan various trivial things in my life, but for the most part, I try to keep things chipper around Bryce’s Ramblings. Today, I can’t really muster a whole lot of chipper out of myself. So if you want to stay sun-shiny and happy, I’d advise you to move along and not read the rest of this post. Still here? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. A family

Contrary by Nature

I’ve been thinking a lot about myself lately (because hey, who wouldn’t want to think about me?), and I’ve come to a conclusion: I’m contrary by nature. What I mean by this is that I usually do better at something when people are telling me not to do whatever that is. Take English. My eighth grade English teacher didn’t want me to go into advanced English, because he said he didn’t think I’d cut it. I couldn’t write and analyze well enough. Thanks, Mr. Kosmo. I went on to get a Masters in American lit with a side emphasis in

Token Mormon

I’ve got a fifteen minute break here, and I have another thing I want to post before I forget about it. I had an experience today that I haven’t had in years and years. I finally remembered what it’s like to be a token Mormon. What I mean by this is the feeling you get when you realize people are looking at you and thinking, “So that’s what a Mormon’s like.” Now, even as I write this, I want to clarify that I know in this situation the person didn’t really break things down that black and white, I’m just


This week for catch-all Friday, I decided to post another personal essay of mine: U-Turn.  I think at times it’s trying to hard to be deep, and there are things I want to change in it, but it expresses some thoughts of mine that I’ve been wanting to post for a while.  I was happy to re-find it while looking through my files today.  At the suggestion of raisinfish , I’m going to post the start of it here, and then if you’d like to read the rest, you can click on over to my web page to check it