Boba Fett – How We Know He’s Badass

Boba Fett only has a few lines, gestures, and actions in the original Star Wars trilogy, yet has a fanatical and devoted fan base. The Star Wars Expanded Universe made sure we all know Boba Fett is the most successful, feared, and bad-assed bounty hunter to ever exist. But many of us who love Boba Fett, loved him *before* exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Boba had his fans who considered him the ultimate badass long before his character was more fully fleshed. We loved him, and knew he was the biggest badass bounty hunter ever from Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi alone.

How, you ask, do we know?

It’s called context.

Here is the thing about the bounty hunter Boba Fett . . . .

His bad-assery in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are based upon not just what is seen in the movies but what can be inferred, i.e., the necessary backstory that happens off-screen for the few actions seen in the films to be possible.

In Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett reaches Bespin’s Cloud City before the rebels. His custom designed spacecraft the Slave 1 is fast, for sure, but Boba also knows where to go. Think about what cognitive skills and the intelligence network he must possess to make this happen. Fett flies a physically fast craft, he’s smart and a quick thinker and decision maker, and has an incredible intelligence network.

More importantly than reaching Bespin before the Rebels, he arrives with enough time to make a deal with Darth Vader somewhere along the way. Let me emphasize this part again. Boba Fett has the cojones to approach Darth Vader, a figure who terrifies his own Imperial Officers, and cut a deal. Boba goes to Darth Vader and says, “O hai I want something from you.” He not only has the balls to negotiate with a Sith Lord but apparently the reputation to even get an audience with Lord Vader as well. Also, Fett’s negotiation skills must be nothing short of amazing if after approaching Vader, and being granted an audience with him, Fett is able to successfully convince Vader to just hand Han Solo over. This is nothing short of amazing.

Then comes the famous, “he’s no good to me dead” line. We learn here that not only is Boba Fett only in this for the money but he must have even bigger cojones to openly question Vader’s actions. Amazingly, Boba only gets the crisp response from Vader that he will be compensated by the Empire for his loss. The last guy to openly question Vader got a Force Choke to the neck. Fett must have done something at some time to earn Vader’s respect. That’s impressive.

Boba Fett’s badass reputation is further established with the contextual clues we get from Return of the Jedi. Boba is walking around Jabba’s Palace in his full Mandalorian armor including helmet and jet pack. While others are relaxing, Boba is still wearing every piece of his armor including a jetpack he couldn’t possibly use in such a confined space. The dude never goes off duty. Badass. While walking around in full armor and helmet, he is still a hit with the ladies. Dude has swagger and mad lady-killer skills. You have to give him props.

Then Leia walks in with Chewbacca and dressed in Boushh’s armor. Leia negotiates Jabba the Hutt’s bounty on the Wookie with a thermal detonator setting everyone except Jabba and Boba in a panic. Notice how fast Fett springs to action. He’s in a room of the galaxy’s most vile villainy and scum and he is the least panicky and fastest to his weapon. Badass.

After negotiations are over, Boba Fett gives Leia/Boushh a respectful nod. I love that frikken nod! That nod says, “you threaten to blow everyone up including yourself just for a few extra credits. Respect.” I would be terrified of someone who negotiates with an explosive device. Fett just gives props. Badass.

Boba’s nod also says, “You brought in Chewie, a bounty I was not able to negotiate from Darth Vader.” Presumably Fett asked for Chewbacca from Vader back in ESB; if there were credits to be had, Fett wold have wanted them. He apparently dropped that part of the negotiations in order to secure the more lucrative Han bounty. Fett knows how to negotiate and is smart enough to cut his losses in the aim for a bigger payday. Smart. Also badass.

We can’t forget the look of Boba Fett’s custom Mandalorian armor. While nearly everyone else in the Star Wars original trilogy looks like they’ve never seen a day of combat (ahem Vader and every clean Stormtrooper) Boba Fett’s armor looks like it has been used and used heavily. This is not a man who stands on the sidelines and lets others do the dirty work for him. If after tussling with Boba Fett, his armor is that dirty and damaged, you have to wonder what the *other* guy looks like. We can be sure none of them are around to tell the tale.

Boba Fett also has a jet pack. Need I say more?

In response to the inglorious ‘end’ to our beloved Boba, it was necessary for Fett to be temporarily disposed for the rest of Return of the Jedi to continue. If the Rebels had escaped without taking care of Fett, he would have pursued them and then the whole plot of Return of the Jedi would have changed and we’d never have the big Rebel victory at the end.

So here is the TL;DR – We know Boba Fett is the most awesome bounty hunter in the universe because of simple contextual clues we can glean from Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi that reveal his backstory. Everything else devoted to Boba Fett in the Star Wars Extended Universe is just confirmation of what we Fett lovers have known all along.

Love, The Nerdista

 

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Star Wars TIE Pilot Comm Pad

I’ve watched Star Wars: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi hundreds of times and never noticed TIE Fighter Pilots have communication pads on their left forearms. When you’re making a screen accurate Star Wars costume, however, these details are essential.

The materials I used were: the flexible white plastic temporary license plate from my car, heavy-duty mounting tape (because it holds the pieces together even when flexed plus gives the pieces some extra height), scissors and an X-Acto knife to cut the pieces into appropriate shapes,

blue painters tape to mask the areas that stay white, spray primer,

paint markers (in red, black, & olive green), and a sheet of clear decals and a sharpie to draw the details.

The best part was I made my comm pad from materials I already had in my crafting laboratory. My cost was absolutely free, except the car dealership plate – my most expensive craft material acquisition to date.

The decal sheet was completely optional as the details can be drawn directly onto the comm pad, however, mess-ups can be removed from the decal sheet with a cotton swab dipped in acetone (that’s nail polish remover for you non-goth boys) instead of re-primering the whole piece. The hole in the top of the comm pad will accommodate a standard snap sewn into the flight suit pocket so the piece can not be removed easily from my arm. I cut the piece to fit snugly in my comm pad pocket but a snap is little extra insurance against “souvenir gatherers” while trooping charity events. It’s sad that this is sorta necessary. [le sigh]

After slipping the comm pad into the flight suit pocket, I pretended to hit the buttons -bleep bloop, bloop bleep!

Now The KLF’s 3 am Eternal is stuck in my head. No complaints.

(The Nerdista is sorry this can not be played while embedded. The song starts at the 1 minute mark. The Nerdista also resents being called a “certain site.” Hrumph!)

Pushing buttons almost always makes me think of this song. The KLF is famous for hip-hop-inspired and sample-heavy British acid house music but the KLF’s nerd status was firmly established when The KLF’s Drummond and Cauty made a one-of stint as The Timelords and brought us the gem Doctorin’ The Tardis.

 

Enjoy! Love, The Nerdista

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Accidentally Nerdy: Manolo Blahnik, TIE Fighters, and even Slave Leia

It’s a fallacy that Geeks and Nerds don’t have interests that fall outside the nerd kingdom. I know many nerds who love sports and even a few who list “reality television” among their guilty pleasures in life. One of The Nerdista’s interests is fashion, which is why I am able to bring to you, my beloved readers, the most nerdy pair of shoes ever to grace The Nerdista’s delicate feet. The Nerdista Presents: Chain mail. Manolo Blahnik. Stilettos.

+100 to Armor

-47 to Agility

Turns out it’s really very difficult to take a flattering picture of your own feet. I have new respect for the photographers of the world who can make a pair of feet look nice because pavement pounding peds need all the help they can get.

Manolo Blahnik has been hand-making gorgeous Italian stilettos since 1974 and is often credited for the stiletto revival of the 80’s. His name was known only by the fashion elite and those of us plebes who flipped the pages of fashion magazines until Sarah Jessica Parker‘s character Carrie Bradshaw and her obsession with stilettos in Sex in the City made him a near household name.

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Carrie is declaring her love to a pair of Louboutins but we won’t tell a soul. [Warning: the Louboutin site is an abomination of Flash.]

These chain mail high heels are officially the nerdiest pair of shoes I own, which is really saying something because I also own and wear a these bad boys:

Boba Fett is no slave to fashion

Manolo Blahnik isn’t the only designer to accidentally create something nerdy. I was visiting a friend for lunch when I spotted this accidentally nerdy piece by jewelry designer Mimi So:

Is it just me or do those look like Death Stars mixed with TIE Fighter wings?

After a quick trip to the designer’s website I found:

That's no moon.

accidentally Death Star shaped earrings and

TIE Fighter Bling

earrings for the TIE Fighter Pilot Mrs.

The designer Mimi So claims inspiration from her stay in Jackson, WY so there’s just about no chance these were Star Wars inspired jewelry pieces. I think they are gorgeous and would have already bought all three, but those are real diamonds and come with a real diamonds price tag. I’ll just admire them from over here.

If you’ve read this far, you either like fashion or you’re here for the Slave Leia. The Nerdista does not disappoint.

"Many bunnies died to give us this fashion."

Some of you may never have noticed the costume includes shoes, but the cut of these Boots, the “Nesta” by Manolo Blahnik, reminds me of Carrie Fisher’s boots from her Slave Leia costume.

You're welcome. Love, The Nerdista

While a plethora of uber nerdy items are available for purchase on the internet, it’s these “accidentally nerdy” items that give me a happy giggle. Enjoy! -Love, The Nerdista

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Harry Potter Tribute Cocktail: The Deathly Hallows

[WARNING: This post contains mild SPOILERS for those who have not read the last Harry Potter book. If you’ve seen the second-to-last movie, you’ll be fine. Enjoy!]

The Deathly Hallows, now in liquid form.

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows has its very own Inception style book-within-a-book – Tales of Beedle the Bard. Written by Beedle the Bard, one of the fictional authors from the Harry Potter universe, the Tales are a moralistic collection of stories wizards would have read as children. In the last book of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn that in one of the Bard’s stories, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” a deeper meaning may be found.

From Tales of Beedle the Bard written by the fictional author Beedle the Bard as excerpted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows –

“The Tale of the Three Brothers”

“There were once three brothers who were travelling along a lonely, winding road at twilight. In time, the brothers reached a river, too treacherous to pass. But being learned in the magical arts, the three brothers simply waved their wands and made a bridge. Before they could cross however, they found their path blocked by a hooded figure, it was Death, and he felt cheated. Cheated because travellers would normally drown in the river. But Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three brothers on their magic, and said that each had earned a prize for being clever enough to evade him.

The oldest, asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence. So, Death fashioned him one from an Elder Tree that stood nearby.

The second brother, decided that he wanted to humiliate Death even further, and asked for the power to recall loved ones from the grave. So Death plucked a stone from the river, and offered it to him.

Finally, Death turned to the third brother. A humble man, he asked for something that would allow him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death. And so it was that Death reluctantly handed over his own Cloak of Invisibility.

The first brother travelled to a distant village, where with the elder wand in hand, he killed a wizard with whom he had once quarrelled. Drunk, with the power that the Elder Wand had given him, he bragged of his invincibility. But that night, another wizard stole the wand, and slit the brothers throat for good measure. And so, Death took the first brother for his own.

The second brother journeyed to his home, where he took the stone and turned it thrice in hand. To his delight, the girl he had once hoped to marry before her untimely death appeared before him. Yet soon she turned sad, and cold for she did not belong in the mortal world. Driven mad with hopeless longing, the second brother hung himself, so as to join her. And so, Death took the second brother.

As for the third brother, Death searched for many years, but was never able to find him. Only when he attained a great age did the youngest brother shed the Cloak of Invisibility, and give it to his son. He then greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, departing this life, as equals.”

The three objects introduced in “The Tale of the Three Brothers” are known to be the Deathly Hallows: the Elder Wand is the most powerful wand in existence, the Resurrection Stone has a power over death, and the Cloak of Invisibility has the ability to hide the wearer from Death himself. Whoever possesses these three objects together is believed to become the “Master of Death.”

Become your own Master of Death by uniting the Deathly Hallows together in this Harry Potter tribute cocktail, a The Nerdista Original!

Cocktail Recipe: The Deathly Hallows

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. pear vodka, well chilled in freezer
  • 2 oz. brut champagne
  • 1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liquor
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 sugar cube

Directions:

For your Cloak of Invisibility, pour 2 ounces of pre-chilled pear flavored vodka and 2 ounces brut champagne into a cocktail glass.

For your Elder Wand, pour one ounce St. Germain elderflower liquor into the glass, use the cinnamon stick to stir the cocktail so the mixture is infused with cinnamon, then leave the cinnamon stick in the glass as a garnish.

Finally for your Resurrection Stone, drop one sugar cube into the bottom of the glass.

Enjoy! <3 The Nerdista

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Harry Potter Tribute Cocktail: Butterbeer

Three little words will make you want to try The Nerdista’s recipe for Harry Potter’s ubiquitous beverage Butterbeer. Are you ready for it? Here we go – Beer. Whipped. Cream. You’re welcome.

Butterbeer is the hot toddy that warmed the bellies of Harry, Ron, Hermione and all their friends in The Three Broomsticks, The Hog’s Head, and The Leaky Caouldron inns in the wizarding world. Butterbeer can be served cold in bottles or warm and foamy in tankards. As we’d all like to try The Nerdista’s beer whipped cream, the warm version is below.

The slightly-more-than-alcohlic version with beer whipped cream on top

Recipe: Butterbeer with Beer Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of your favorite scotch
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin butter
  • 2-4 oz. boiling water (6 oz. if you’d like to make it “barely alcoholic” like in the books or 2 oz. if you’d like it the way The Nerdista likes it)
  • Beer Whipped Cream*

Directions:

  1. Combine the 2 oz. of scotch and 2 Tablespoons pumpkin butter in a mug. Stir.
  2. Add 2-6 oz. boiling water and stir again.
  3. Top with one or two dollops of beer whipped cream.

*Recipe: Beer Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 oz. your favorite stout, Imperial/Oatmeal, etc. (feel free to drink the rest; you’re welcome!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fruit pectin

Directions:

Beat all ingredients furiously in an electric mixer until stiff. Dollop one to two spoonfuls on top of each glass of Butterbeer.

(***Alternate Cream-less Beer Whipped Cream for the lactose intolerant: beat 1/2 bottle stout with 1/2 teaspoon fruit pectin for more than 10 minutes or until the mixture makes a very, very stiff foam. Use immediately. Mixture will not stay densely foamy long so rewhip as needed to regain stiffness.)

Enjoy! <3 The Nerdista

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Star Wars Noms: Cherry TIE

What do you bring to a party of 501st members? A Cherry Pie TIE, of course!

The rebels are unprepared for our snack. Signal Vice-Admiral Thrawn to launch his Cherry TIE squadrons immediately.

I know you want to make your own Cherry TIE so here is The Nerdista’s recipe.

NOTE: The Nerdista used the TIE Fighter sandwich cutter from this Star Wars Sandwich Cutters with Vintage-Style Tin set from Williams Sonoma to cut the TIE Fighter and also a small star shaped cookie cutter for the stars.

The Empire is on the verge of success. Making this TIE pie will mean peace and order will be restored throughout the galaxy.

Recipe: Cherry TIE – a pie even Darth Vader could love.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups pitted dark/black cherries – dark cherries will look more like space for our pie TIE. (If using frozen, use 6 cups, thawed and drained. The amount of draining directly affects the relative sogginess of the crust.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (This will make the taste of the sweet cherries more tart. For a sweeter taste, substitute almond extract.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 rolled out pie crusts*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries, lemon or almond extract, and vanilla extract. Let filling mixture stand 15 minutes to thicken while you prepare the crust.
  3. Place the first of two crusts in the bottom of your pie pan. Cover and set the second, top crust aside for now. Trim the edge of the first crust to the edge of the pie pan. The Nerdista likes to leave a slight overhang on the bottom crust because the crust is the best part.
  4. Pour filling mixture into bottom crust; filling should rise somewhat above the edge in a mound in the center but will reduce slightly while cooking. Make the filling as smooth as you can (it will still be lumpy) so the decorative portions will lay flat-ish.
  5. Dot the top of the filling with butter. Yum!
  6. Uncover second pie crust and cut TIE Fighter and star shapes out of rolled out crust. Decorate top of pie with cut out pieces. Make sure decorations that come to the edges of the pie are pressed lightly into edge of bottom crust.
  7. Place pie on a foil lined baking sheet to catch any potential drips.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly and crust is pleasantly brown.
  9. Om nom nom nom nom.

*I’m afraid you are on your own for a pie crust recipe because The Nerdista’s was willed to her on the condition that I don’t reveal its secrets until my own demise. I’m sure Google can help. 🙂

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Doctor Who Companion Tribute Cocktail: Rose Tyler’s Rose Tylertini

With a bit of break between the first half and the second half of the 6th season of Doctor Who, now is a perfect time to introduce your friends to The Doctor, and a perfect place for them to start is with the modern Season 1, Episode 1 Rose. The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, selects Rose, played by Billie Piper, as his new traveling companion in the very first episode of the modern Doctor Who series.

This tribute cocktail to the modern Doctor’s incredibly popular first companion has the impeccable combination of tart, sweet, and just a hit of “interesting, what *is* that?” Grapefruit lends the tart, a touch of simple syrup lends the sweet, and that interesting taste you can barely put your finer on? Rose water. You’ll only use just a touch for the perfect finesse. Garnished with a slice of Turkish Delight. Yes, that same rose flavored sweet that tempted Edmund to betrayal in the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Rose flavored turkish delight really does exist and can be found widely in the UK, and in specialty stores and on the internet for the rest of us. Regarding rose water, this will typically be found in a specialty or heath food store. You’ll be looking for one marked “food grade.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec Orange Flavored Liquor
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed Ruby Red or Pink Grapefruit juice (1/2 a grapefruit)
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • < 1/8 teaspoon rose water (Use just an itty, bitty bit – for real! Seriously, just drops. Any more than that and your Rose Tylertini will taste like soap.)
  • Rose flavored Turkish Delight, for garnish

Directions:

Add vodka, triple sec, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and rose water to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Shake it really, really well. Shake that cocktail shaker like it’s a shake weight and then shake it some more. The goal is to have teeny tiny bits of ice floating in the top of your martini because you shook that shaker so hard. After your vigorous upper body workout, strain the mixture into a martini glass. Cut a notch into the side of a piece of Turkish Delight to garnish the rim.

Your tribute to one of Doctor Who’s most popular companions will look something like this –

Remember to pass to your left 1st.

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The Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: The 11th Doctor’s Gin Fez

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River Song: “Right then. I have questions, but number one is this. What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?”

The Doctor: “It’s a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.”

The 11th Doctor didn’t get to wear his cool Fez for long but it’s become an iconic part of his costume. In honor of Doctor Who’s most recent Doctor’s popular topper, The Nerdista created a cool drink.

The Nerdista presents . . . the Gin Fez.

Modeled after the classic drink the Gin Fizz, like all of the Nerdista’s cocktail creations, this baby has a bit of a twist that will have your friends asking “what in the name of sanity have you got in your drink?”

Gin Fez

Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 oz Chambord black raspberry liquor
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (also known as confectioners sugar)
  • lemon flavored carbonated water

You will also need:

  • 2 ice cubes
  • cocktail shaker
  • highball glass
  • shot glass

First, fill your shot glass with Chambord black raspberry liquor, also known in The Nerdista’s house as the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

"O Lord, bless this thy Hand Grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

Here is the tricky part, and it may take a little practice, but I promise it’s oh so worth it. Take your Chambord filled shot glass in one hand and your highball glass in the other. Invert the highball glass over the top of the shot glass in your hand, pressing the shot glass into the bottom of the highball glass. In one swift motion, flip the highball glass over while still holding the shot glass and set the whole thing down on a flat surface. The Chambord filled shot glass will now be upside down in the bottom of your highball glass and should look something like this –

"It's a fez."

Next, place the following ingredients into a cocktail shaker: 2 oz of gin, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar. Add two ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain the ice-cubes and pour the now cold, shaken gin/juice/sugar mixture into your prepared fez glass. Fill the remaining area in the glass with cold lemon-flavored carbonated water. Your finished cocktail will now look like this –

I drink a Gin Fez now. Gin Fezzes are cool.

Once the rest of the cocktail is poured on top of the shot glass fez, gravity and the surface tension of the Chambord will keep the shot glass stable and leak-free in the bottom of your glass. See, this cocktail is held together through science!

The Gin Fez is best enjoyed with a straw to leave the fez intact. You can sip the drink via the straw, leaving the Chambord fez untouched as a decoration in the bottom. For a sweeter drink, you can use the straw to stir the shot glass around in the bottom of the glass, breaking the surface tension and blending the Chambord with the rest of the cocktail. Either way, have fun enjoying your The Nerdista original cocktail.

You may also enjoy The Nerdista’s 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver cocktail.

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The Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: Sonic Screwdriver #10

As Whovians worldwide know, The Doctor carries a sonic screwdriver capable of so much more than the standard screwdriver, and can do . . . well . . . almost anything The Doctor needs on his adventures. Fittingly, a tribute to The 10th Doctor’s blue-lit tool of choice should be so much more than the standard Screwdiver cocktail.

The Nerdista presents – The Doctor Who tribute cocktail the Sonic Screwdriver #10!

David Tennant, the 10th Doctor in the Doctor Who series, is a serious character but also charmingly effervescent and bubbly. A Screwdriver is a serious cocktail of vodka and orange juice, but a Sonic Screwdriver is a serious drink with an ingredient twist reflecting this bubbly characteristic. Oh yes! With this baby, it’s a screwdriver. . . but it’s sonic!

The recipe and pictures are below and remember, this Sonic Screwdriver #10 is a The Nerdista original.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Vodka
1-1.5 oz Blue Curacao liqueur (a blue colored orange liquor)
6 oz tangerine orange flavored sparkling water, well chilled

You’ll need two pieces of glassware to turn your ordinary screwdriver into one that’s sonic:

a 6-10 fl oz (180 to 300 mL) clear rocks glass (also known as a lowball glass or old fashioned glass)

a clear shot glass (1-1.5 fl oz or 44-50 ml)

Place the shot glass into the center of the empty rocks glass. The rim of the rocks glass needs to be taller than the shot glass after the shot glass is placed inside. If not, select a taller rocks glass or shorter shot glass.

Very carefully pour the 1 – 1.5 oz of Blue Curacao liqueur into the shot glass, without getting any inside your rocks glass, until the Blue Curacao liqueur comes just to the rim of the shot glass.

“What!? Brilliant! Oh yes!”

Next, pour 1.5 oz of vodka into the bottom of your rocks glass without spilling any on the Blue Curacao filled shot glass in the middle.

Lastly, fill the rocks glass with enough tangerine orange flavored sparkling water to *just* come to the rim of the Blue Curacao filled shot glass without going over the edge.

Here is the result –

"Fantastic!"

My fellow Whovians will recognize immediately what kind of shenanigans The Nerdista is up to here. The blue of the Blue Curacao isolated in the center of a bubbly clear beverage mimics the look of the 10th Doctor’s instrument.

Just tip your Sonic Screwdriver #10 back and drink as normal; the shot glass will slide and mix Blue Curacao with the rest of the cocktail each time you tilt your glass for a sip.

You may also be interested in another bit of Sonic alchemy – The Nerdista’s Sonic Screwdriver #11.

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Timmy Wears a Fez Now. Fezzes are Cool.

 

It's a fez.

Last year the call went out for costumes for Think Geek‘s codemonkey mascot Timmy to wear at San Diego Comic-Con. The response was overwhelming and Timmy had enough costumes to make any Cosplayer go all giddy. Sadly UPS didn’t deliver Timmy’s costumes to San Diego in time for the Con. Boo. Henceforth, Timmy’s costumes have been hand carried in check-on luggage.

The call for members of Timmy’s Volunteer Costuming Corps went out again this year and The Nerdista answered. I noticed Timmy’s 11th The Doctor costume was missing a fez. Missing a fez . . . until now!

Don't let River shoot this one, k?

The 11th Doctor’s fez is tassel-less, perhaps for continuity reasons, but does sport a felt button.

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The Nerdista had fun creating Timmy’s fez. I got to use a drafting compass and some fancy math to get the curvature just right. Timmy’s fez is reinforced for extra strength, finished on the inside for extra purty-ness, and topped with a handmade felt button. I’ve included an elastic cord on Timmy’s miniature replica to keep fez on noggin even when tugged by the Amy Pond Timmy clone.

It’s not too late by a long shot to create your own Geek costume for Timmy. Perhaps you have a unique idea and an itchy crafting finger or two.

All of Timmy’s existing costumes are archived in the SDCC album from thinkgeekmonkeys‘ flickr stream.

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