Zachary Levi. Yes he is on my 'list'. I actually wrote to him recently, second time ever I have written to a celebrity, to say thanks and that I used him and his company The Nerd Machine, as an example for my kids to show them that being a nerd is not a bad thing. Z is a nerd and he is very conscious of what people think of him. He wants to be a marine biologist or a paleontologist when he grows up. He likes drawing comics and has a unique view of the world. The fact he also wears glasses and is not at all sporty has lead to some people thinking he is a nerd. But, I have now told him that that is not a bad thing. In fact they were paying him a compliment. It just means that he is passionate about something. In fact in his case it means several things. I have things I am passionate about to that could lead people to say I am a nerd. I freely admit it though. I know it's not a bad thing but I am a grown up so can work it out for myself. But it is easier for kids to think it is not good and that they should be ashamed of it.
Comic Con in San Diego next year. I have registered for a Comic Con member ID and now have to wait to see if I can get ticket. If I go I will also want to go to Zachary Levi's NerdHQ that he has been running for the last 2 years. He raises thousands of dollars for Operation Smile as one of their ambassadors through various activities and does "Conversation for a Cause" at NerdHQ.
Anyway, today me and both Z & K got signed pictures of him in the mail. Z was impressed because he knows who he is, is astounded that a famous person has the same name as him and he remembers our talk about being a nerd. K was impressed as I told her that he voiced the character Flynn Rider in Tangled. He is currently in the UK getting ready to film Thor: The Dark World which I will most likely want to go to the cinema to see it, even though I didn't see the first one until it came out on dvd.
Hopefully soon definition 2 will be the more widely accepted definition of nerd and not the first one.
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