Of Nerds and Geeks

When we go to school,
We are constantly picked on
Or bullied.

People look down on us,
Make us feel bad;
Useless, Worthless.

Many are ashamed,
And hide
Who they truly are.

Getting good grades,
Knowing a lot of big words,
Understanding academics;
It comes easy.

When asked
“How hard was the test?”
Our opinions barely count.

Lower self-esteem,
Higher thoughts of suicide;
Characteristic of our group.

But not me.
Not for a few.
We are proud.

I am abnormal,
I am a nerd,
I get things you don’t.
I ignore things you love.

You can’t keep track
Of all the partners you’ve had,
But I can count with one hand.
And I’m proud of it.

And it’s very simple why:
Steve Jobs,
Bill Gates,
Mark Zuckerberg;

All are nerds.
And I’m proud to be one
Because, like it or not,

©Early Spring, 2012; 2023 Genysism.

I was going through some really old files recently and stumbled upon some “poetry” from over a decade ago. I decided to post this one because I remember a friend of mine saying something very important at the time that stuck with me.

I wish I had seen something like this years ago.

So, to anyone who needs to hear it: You are valued. You are important. If you identify as a nerd, there are many, many people like you.

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Where have I been?

Where have I been?

Hello everyone,

I would like to apologize for my absence from streaming over the past month. I know many of you have been wondering where I’ve been, so I wanted to take a moment to explain and share what’s been going on.

June turned out to be an incredibly hectic month for me. It all started with our Streamaversary event, which was fantastic, but it required a lot of energy and preparation. Following that, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of work commitments, without a single day off except for the weekends. Even those weekends were filled with other engagements, including Pride weekend and a smaller local convention. As an introverted person, all these social interactions can be quite draining for me.

In addition to that, I’ve been heavily involved in a new project called Heroes Hideaway. Initially, it was started by a friend of mine as a school project. However, we have now made the decision to separate it from his class and turn it into a proper YouTube channel. It has been quite a learning experience for me, as I’ve never scripted or recorded a video for YouTube before. The process has been long and challenging, but I’m proud to say that the first video is finally out, and I’m genuinely happy with the result, considering it’s my first attempt.

So, to put it simply, I’ve been keeping myself busy. Some of you may have noticed that I still play games on Discord regularly, and you might wonder why I haven’t been streaming those sessions. Well, it’s important to me to have moments where I can play games without an audience, just doing my own thing, like watching YouTube videos or listening to the music I enjoy.

One of the significant aspects of streaming for me is the interaction with all of you. I love being able to engage with viewers, whether it’s discussing Star Trek, sharing life experiences, or just having a good chat. When that interaction is absent, it can feel a bit lackluster. I understand that it might sound like I’m complaining about not having enough views, which I know isn’t the right approach. But it’s important to acknowledge that this is part of the reason for my infrequent streaming lately. To address this, I’ve been exploring other content avenues, such as reaction videos on Genysism and creating new content for Heroes Hideaway. While I haven’t generated any content for Cynitech yet, it’s another project that I’m eager to work on. However, I want to make sure I take the time to decide the best direction for it.

In addition, I want to share one of my favorite memories with all of you. It happened during a night of playing Star Trek Online when a small group of people joined our session from another Star Trek channel. What started as a raid turned into a passionate yet respectful debate about the direction of “NuTrek.” While one viewer expressed their contentment with the current direction, I couldn’t help but voice my dissatisfaction. Despite our differing opinions, the engagement remained pleasant and civil throughout. That experience left a lasting impression on me, and ever since, I’ve been longing for more of that energetic and thought-provoking interaction.

Remember, you can always join our Discord server to stay updated on when anyone from The Collective goes live, including VoidMage, SoullesFire, myself, and some special guests. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter, where I share my thoughts on various topics, from game announcements to personal reflections. I also announce new videos from all my channels on both Twitter and Discord.

Thank you all for your understanding and continued support. I genuinely appreciate each and every one of you. I’m looking forward to reconnecting and streaming more frequently in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for exciting content and engaging streams!

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Coming soon:

Cynitech is planned to be a technology review channel that (generally, and to start) answers the question “How does a budget device from a couple years ago stand up today?”

This has a couple purposes:

  • To see how lower-spec devices perform. Devices are getting better, and even lower-spec devices are able to hold their own longer in some cases.
  • To give buyers on a budget another resource to make informed purchases.

The details and setup are still being worked on, so please stay tuned!

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A comment on Take the Throne

Hello all,

Previously, members of The Collective (mainly VoidMage, SoullesFire, and myself) constantly played and hyped the Take the Throne game on Steam. Before, this link used to take you to the Discord server.

Unfortunately, the game is no longer viable, so I have changed the redirect to this page for anyone who may use it from old links or videos.

If the game gains momentum again, it may be a good experience, and you are encouraged to try it out. This is not a negative alert or announcement, just a comment going forward. You’re welcome to join and enjoy the game if you’re able to find the people to do so with!

Find TTT on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1914570/Take_the_Throne/
Find TTT on Discord: https://discord.gg/6uWq7spm9X

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All hands on deck!

All hands on deck!

After a month of not having access to my desktop, I have finally been able to replace all of the defective parts! While I’m not sure how often I’ll be streaming, I at least have the option to do so again, and now with better hardware.

These unexpected replacement costs have hindered my ability to explore new games, so if you are able and willing, please consider supporting the channel via Patreon, buying merch, or interacting on Twitch!

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2022 Streamaversary

2022 Streamaversary

Thank you for your support!

You can see the videos below in a YouTube playlist!

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The City of Adenaron

The City of Adenaron

Welcome to the city of Adenaron!

The playlist below will continue to grow as more videos are added. As always, come join me live on Twitch to join in the fun and help shape the city!

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A new beginning

A new beginning

MasterGigadrain is now Genysism! (Pronounced: “Genesis” + “-ism” = “Genesism”)

I’ve been wanting to update my gamertag/username/etc. (“gamertag”) for a while now, but I never knew what to change it to. However, stepping away from streaming gave me the chance to think about it again.

The nature of the name is something I’ll get into shortly, but it definitely feels better for me than MasterGigadrain does. Not that I didn’t like the name, but I was aiming for a shorter and hopefully more memorable name. Genysism is shorter at 8 characters (compared to 15), and I’m hoping it sticks out a bit more as well.

Genysism is a portmanteau of my name, Gene, and cynicism/pessimism. I’m definitely a mixture of both, so I think this works very well. Also, by coincidence, it starts with “Genesis,” which means both a new beginning, and could refer to the Genesis Device from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and even the software I use at work.

I will not be streaming all the time, so there won’t be any schedules or too many commitments coming from me as far as streaming goes. As usual, it’s best to follow me on Twitch with notifications on to get notified when I go live.

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I am MasterGigadrain, a (hopeful) video content creator. This Website will be the main place to connect with the projects I have in mind, and I will post about them as they get going, along with updates.

You can find me around online with the links below (also in the footer!):

After the shift to Genysism, these links are no longer valid. Please use the links in the footer to find me online!
Facebook @MasterGigadrain
Twitter @MasterGigadrain
YouTube Coming soon!

Welcome to a new journey for me, and I hope you come along and enjoy the ride!

PS – Please enjoy the space theme. I love space imagery and have an amatur interest in astronomy – not the math part so I can’t say I love it.

A comic depicting two characters talking about love and science, with the text "When you LOVE something, you don't just love the exciting and fun parts...You love the boring parts just as much. People who truly love science spend their lives studying the tedious litter bits as well as the big flashy facts. You don't love science, you're looking at its butt when it walks by."
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