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<editorsnote> Hi, I'm Jen Friel, and we here at TNTML examine the lives of nerds outside of the basements and into the social media, and dating world.  We have over 75 peeps that write about their life in real time. (Real nerds, real time, real deal.) Sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the stories!! </editorsnote>

 

 

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Saturday
Jul312010

#TNTML Production Update!!

DOODESSS!!! Special thanks to our friends over at Motivation123.com ... looky, looky what their money bought us today ...

 

 

YES!!!  A COFFEE MAKERRRRRRR!!!!! YAYYYYYY!!!

 

Not like we're not caffeinated enough over here ... But DUDDDEE!! I totally talked them down at target and got this thing for $5.99. Yep, what it would have cost me for ONE coffee at Coffee Bean, I got an ENTIRREEEE maker for.

 

Big thanks, Motivation123.com!! Every little bit helps, and every little bit has kept this nerdy little community going.

 

There's only one more thing I have to say ...

 

HIT IT POINTER SISTERS!!!

 

Friday
Jul302010

OMG OMG OMG! Epic #FF!!

OMGG OMGGG OMMGGGG!! Looky, looky what just popped up in my twitter feed!!!

 

 

Kyle Newman ... yes THHEEEEEE Kyle Newman totally showed me some #FF love!! I kinda don't know what to do with myself.

 

 

See ... Kyle and I go way back ... wayyyy back to this ...

 

 

 

Even though I can't say exactly what the story is just yet morning glory (boo, legal!) ... I can certainly place ALLLLLLL the dots on this page, and allow you, the smart nerdy little lovers that you are - a chance to connect the dots.

 

See, they totally took an idea that I had for a webseries, and are turning it into a major motion picture. Like so major that the budget has a whole lotta zeroes. See here's the cover page of the script written by @bryceless

 

 

So YAY! I'm already looking for places in San Fran and San Fran adjacent - looks like I'll be moving up there within the next few weeks to month (give or take, things are just happening so damn fast with the script and other awesome TNTML related opportunities).

 

SOOO!!! @bryceless is a big deal, and totally called up Kyle and was like yo, you need to check this out. I wrote this treatment and uh it rocks.

 

We then had a meeting ... see, here's the post the day we had the meeting.

 

That was a very good day in my life.

 

See ... this is me ... saying "this is a very good day"

 

 

So, now I have a major uber big wig lawyer ... *waves* hi, Dave Feldman. AN AWESOME script registerd with the WGA, and a connection to an uberly awesome director- whose role I cannot announce just yet ... but let's just say ... it's pretty fucking cool.

 

I can't thank you all enough. Sincerely, from the bottom of my very nerdy little heart - I've just been sitting here all week going "you have got to be kidding me!!!"

 

See ... this is me ... saying "you have got to be kidding me"

 

 

None of this makes sense to me, and that's what's AWESOME about it!! Life is SOOOOOOO illogical. I've just been a good nerd along the way and have been documenting everything in real time on this blessed little website. I have no clue what's next, but next week the Unapologetically Awesome Tour hit San Fran AND NYC!!! SOOOO STOKEEDDDD!!!!! =)

 

Buckle up, TNTML ... #SHITGOTREAL

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jul302010

Facebook NewsFeed is being a butthead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sure this is just because of the new Questions feature that officially launched this week. I don't know if you guys noticed, but I can no longer tag people in posts!!! That sucks major ballsack. No really, there's this dude named ballsack, and he's a major in the army ... and even he says it sucks.

 

 

Sit tight, it'll all be over soon.

 

#NerdsUnite

 

 

Friday
Jul302010

Hundreds Register for New #Facebook Website

I just came across this article online that was published Monday February 9, 2004 in the Harvard Crimson. I highlighted the things that stuck out to me ...

 

 


When Mark E. Zuckerberg ’06 grew impatient with the creation of an official universal Harvard facebook, he decided to take matters into his own hands.


After about a week of coding, Zuckerberg launched thefacebook.com last Wednesday afternoon. The website combines elements of a standard House face book with extensive profile features that allow students to search for others in their courses, social organizations and Houses.


“Everyone’s been talking a lot about a universal face book within Harvard,” Zuckerberg said. “I think it’s kind of silly that it would take the University a couple of years to get around to it. I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week.”


As of yesterday afternoon, Zuckerberg said over 650 students had registered use thefacebook.com. He said that he anticipated that 900 students would have joined the site by this morning.


“I’m pretty happy with the amount of people that have been to it so far,” he said. “The nature of the site is that each user’s experience improves if they can get their friends to join it.”


But Director of Residential Computing Kevin S. Davis ’98 said that the creation of a Harvard facebook was not as far off as Zuckerberg predicted.


“There is a project internally with computer services to create a facebook,” Davis said. “We’ve been in touch with the Undergraduate Council, and this is a very high priority for the College. We have every intention of completing the facebook by the end of the spring semester.”


Davis said that the principle complication with the creation of an official facebook was figuring out how to design an interface so that directory information could not easily be compiled without authorization.


Zuckerberg’s site allows people with Harvard e-mail addresses to upload their pictures and personal and academic information. Just as with the popular website Friendster, which Zuckerberg said was a model for his new website, members can search for people according to their interests and can create an online network of friends.


Lisa H. Feigenbaum ’04 said that she joined thefacebook.com because it provided an open alternative to the password-protected House facebooks.


“If there was a situation where you needed to identify someone for an organization or a meeting, it would be very helpful,” she said.


Zuckerberg said that the most innovative feature of the site is that people can search for other students in their classes so that they can branch out to form friendships and study groups.


“If you’re in a class where you don’t know anyone and want to ask somebody for help, this is a way to find out the names of people in that class,” said thefacebook.com user Roberto C. Acosta ’05.


Zuckerberg said that the extensive search capabilities are restricted by a myriad of privacy options for members who do not want everyone to be able to look up their information.


“There are pretty intensive privacy options,” he said. “You can limit who can see your information, if you only want current students to see your information, or people in your year, in your house, in your classes. You can limit a search so that only a friend or a friend of a friend can look you up. People have very good control over who can see their information.”


Zuckerberg said that he hoped the privacy options would help to restore his reputation following student outrage over facemash.com, a website he created in the fall semester.


Using without permission photos from House facebooks, Facemash juxtaposed the pictures of two random Harvard undergraduates and asked users to judge their physical attractiveness. The website drew the ire of students and administrators alike, and Zuckerberg shut it down within days of the initial launch.


In addition to the privacy options, Zuckerberg added security features to thefacebook.com that he said will ensure that only the owner of a particular Harvard e-mail account can upload information to the website.


When a person registers to join thefacebook.com, a program checks to make sure that the name of the prospective member matches up with the entered e-mail address. Next, a confirmation message is sent to the e-mail account, and the account is finally activated if and when the owner of the account clicks on an encrypted link back to thefacebook.com.


Zuckerberg said that he was also careful to avoid the potential copyright infringement charges that landed him before the Administrative Board after the creation of Facemash.


“Facemash was a joke, it was funny, but at its root it had its problems—not only the idea, but the implementation. It was distributing materials that were Harvard’s. I was very careful with [thefacebook.com] to make sure that people don’t upload copyrighted material,” he said.


Davis said that thefacebook.com is not necessarily in violation of any Harvard rules.


“There’s nothing inherently wrong with a third party site on which students choose to create a personal network,” Davis said. “If there was a third party site on which students uploaded course syllabi or videos, that could potentially become a property issue with the University.”


Zuckerburg said thefacebook.com has no such capabilities and does not violate University rules.


While Zuckerberg promised that thefacebook.com would boast new features by the end of the week, he said that he did not create the website with the intention of generating revenue.


“I’m not going to sell anybody’s e-mail address,” he said. “At one point I thought about making the website so that you could upload a resume too, and for a fee companies could search for Harvard job applicants. But I don’t want to touch that. It would make everything more serious and less fun.”




 

Yeahhh .. first off, I love "I can do it better than they can, and I can do it in a week." He saw a trend and capitalized on it, understanding that it took universities a LOT longer to get the ball rolling. Timing was the key factor in what Mark did, can you imagine if Harvard's admins had officially launched their version of "The Facebook?" How different everything would be??? My brain literally does not know how to process it. There is SOMETHING about our generation, that we just GET how to make this tech shit work. We've put down the ego, and picked up the hustle. From blowing in Nintendo games as a kid, to the treacherously long hours of busy signals on dial up ... we've seen it, been there, and done that. We are CONDITIONED to be successful in what we do online, because there is NO OTHER OPTION. We just make things work ... and we do it in record time because we've been doing it our entire lives, something the generation before and after us will never understand.

 

"He did not create the website with the intention of making revenue." And now the man is a billionaire. Money was not Mark's first motive. He didn't want to just get in and flip it like the boys over at Myspace did. Which is WHY they failed ... Mark took psych at Harvard. He understood the value of getting in people's heads. Certainly, I'm not saying this guy is a saint ... we all know he's done some shady things ... but from a sheer business perspective, this is one of the greatest examples of how to have a successful startup ... START WITH PASSION NOT MONEY. Everyone knows the first year of a start up is unbearable. I'm living, breathing, and documenting it now ... it hasn't all been coming up roses. But, when you're following your passion and doing something that you LOVE it doesn't matter, you'll hang on. That hanging on while others drop off is the TRUE KEY TO SUCCESS!!! We all know the words, and understand the formula to a certain degree ... but COME ON NERDS!!! Everything in life starts with YOU!!! What do YOU want to do!!! Success can only be derived from passion. Stop trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, and start asking some internal questions like who am I? If I had all the money in the world, would I still want to be doing this job? Am I happy? What is happiness to me? START THERE!!!! All the questions you will ever need to know the answer for are already inside of you. EVERY. SINGLE. QUESTION. Stop thinking, start feeling and doing. Feels good? GREAT - GO DO IT!!! You can get people to pay you to do it for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. That is such a trip!!!!! Happiness doesn't start with a big paycheck, it doesn't start with a big job title ... happiness starts with you. If you're content with who you are through and through, any set of circumstances that get placed before you seem indifferent. Everything becomes enjoyable because you enjoy everything, because you're enjoying YOURSELF! We are the creators of our own destiny. We write our own story ... go ... write yours!! Make it as UNAPOLOGETICALLY AWESOME as possible!!! =)

 

Rock on Nerds! xoxo

 

<3 Jen Friel aka That Nerdy Chick

 


 

 


Friday
Jul302010

#Randomblings: That Nerdy Chick is stressed

Randombling: A 5 minute long unedited random stream of consciousness produced by a nerd for nerds.

 

#nowplaying: Fefe Dobson- Ghost

 


Good lordy I have been stressed this week. Like really, really, really, stressed. All this stuff is great - and trust me, after a phone call I had today ... it only solidified the fact that just based on the NAME of this site alone, I can just create a stupid splash page ... walk away ... and still be awesome for like ever and ever. But I ADOOORREEEEEE what I do. I am just getting spooked by all these big wig meetings I've been taking. I don't want anything here to lose it's core nerdy essence. I just listen to people, follow trends, and act. It's not rocket science - I just know these next few steps are going to be huge ... which is GREAT, I just have to remember I have nothing to lose ... and even if people approach you with crazy amounts of $$ at the end of the day, its just rubbish. You guys are the reason why this is even worth a penny. I have to have to HAVEEEEEE to listen to that. I mean fuck man, I became homeless on this venture - and now I'm staying in a million dollar 1500 sq ft condo. Nothing is logical in life, there is only "is and is not."

 

This is ... as long as I listen it can't be an is not.

 

They did a lot of reworking on the TNTML script - and they made the lead a lot more like me. Which is great, totally kosher. 

AHHH fuck, what a dream man - what a fucking dream. I just feel like it's not enough though. I don't know if it will ever be ... and I think that will push me and push me to want to do more. I get SUCH satisfaction out of coming up with these weird and wanky marketing schemes, and executing them ... listening to people ... just being so active in social media is just wow - incredible.

 

I want more of you life, I just can't get enough.

 

This has been a very random stream of consciousness by a very random nerd.