Sidereal movement (pronunciation: sid-ear-ee-al moov-ment): the actual or apparent movement of the celestial bodies in relation to one another, including the sun, the moon, and the stars.
This is the literal definition of sidereal motion. It is how astronomers keep track of where to keep their telescopes pointed, and how mankind has told time for centuries before the advent of the clock. It is how cartographers created maps and how explorers marked their position. It is what led to the belief of a geocentric universe, and what eventually revealed the truth of a heliocentric solar system.
In short, it is how we the human race keeps track of our day-to-day lives in regards to the greater influences around us.
It is through a similar manner that I orient my own personal universe. The greater movements of Geekdom are how I parcel out my hours and days, my months and my years. I read sci-fi and fantasy novels alongside my classic literature favorites, mark my calendar with dates of local conventions and Marvel movie premiers, and piece together collections of Doctor Who action figures, copies of Pride and Prejudice, and cosplay apparel of favorite characters. My home is a shrine to international travel and my many collections. The familiar silhouette of mouse ears adorns jars and plates in the kitchen, and picture frames hold hand embroidered pillow cases decorated with camels beside signed photographs of favorite actors. I sneak favorite quotes and phrases into every day conversation, and wear a sapphire and silver ring that, to the knowing eye, is a stylishly accessorized TARDIS. The delighted surprise when a fellow geek understands the Portal reference on my t-shirt, or responds back with the appropriate Star Wars or Princess Bride quote makes for an instant bond and level of innate companionship. I have met a lot of people in my life, and few have been as instantly warm and friendly as my fellow geeks.
This blog is an account of the sidereal movement of the Geekdom universe. Welcome to my asylum, my sanctuary, the inner workings of my mind. I hope you enjoy your stay!