Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

So this happened to The Nerdista recently . . . .

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4_dZPVg8KI ]

On The Nerdista’s very recent trip to Disney, the Star Tours attraction was closed for a complete overhaul. Too bad I don’t have The Force like Vader or I could have ridden anyway.

On May 20th, a completely revamped Star Tours attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The original ride was a first person film projected inside a military-grade flight simulator, making you feel like you and your whole group took a Starspeeder tour of the Forest Moon of Endor.

With the revamped version, the flight simulator approach is still intact but with updated motion-simulation and high-definition video graphics and special effects. Instead of one static film, the revamped ride has an assortment of different beginnings, endings, and middle scenes, producing over 50 (FIFTY!) different versions of the ride. You can:

“Glide among the trees with Wookiees on Kashyyyk, kick up some desert sand in a podrace on Tatooine, dive into the lakes of Naboo, weave through the bustling city-planet of Coruscant, blast through the blizzards of Hoth or even help attack the heavily defended Death Star!”

All in 3-D. Uhm, yes please!

Alas, it was not to be for me. Seriously, is there a sadder sign a nerd can find at a Disney World theme park?

This sign made The Nerdista cry.

To add to The Nerdista’s misery, Space Mountain was also closed for maintenance. Why was I even there?

FUN FACT! Fully geared Stormtroopers can’t sit down. True story. Just ask any member of the 501st.

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Doctor Who Companion Tribute Cocktail: River Song’s River Slide

Will we finally get to find out the mysterious backstory of River Song this weekend? I don’t often obsess (EDIT: who am I kidding, I’m a geek; of course I obsess!) but I can’t stop thinking about who Dr. River Song could possibly be and I have a couple of solid theories. This weekend, we should get a giant new piece of the mystery puzzle.

In reviewing old episodes to craft my hypothesis, I decided the Dr. River Song tribute cocktail the River Slide needed an upgrade. Red platform stilettos, her penchant for lipstick with paralyzing side-effects, and a mysterious flair . . . this woman deserves something a little more fancypants.

The Nerdista presents – The River Slide, now with 100% more fancypants.

A martini glass now. Aren't we special.

The River Song tribute cocktail the River Slide is still a mudslide with chipotle pepper to give it an unbelievably tasty combo of creamy, cool, and sweet with a kick of spicy. It still has a cherry to represent each one of The Doctor’s beating hearts. It still has the crushed SweetTart rim and dash of chipotle pepper because “hello sweetie,” and yes, it still has a mysterious surprise at the bottom of the glass. What it has now is a bit more sophistication with an upgrade to a martini glass.

The original River Slide recipe can be found here. The Nerdista will be serving these up this weekend as we watch the mystery unfold.

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Live Lazy and Putter

Leonard Nimoy traded in his famous “Live long and prosper” for a bit of live lazy and putter in the video for Bruno Mars “The Lazy Song” [Official Alternate Version]. I’ve seen the original with Bruno and his troop of dancing monkeys, and while the one cut style of video is impressive, Mr. Nimoy’s is the version I’ll watch again and again.

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Peace and long life to you, Leonard.

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Towel Day vs Geek Pride Day vs Zombies

Don’t panic!

Today, May 25th, may be Towel Day and Geek Pride Day and begin the last week of Zombie Awareness Month but that’s no reason for a well rounded Geek to initiate a panic sequence. The Nerdista created a special towel in honor of today, a One Towel to Rule Them All, so to speak.

Put it on your head so he can nom your braaains!

This “The Nerdista Original” is a fully functional adult hooded towel. In the shape of a zombie. A zombie eating your brains. You’re welcome.

HRm nHRm nHRm bMZaAaaRnRZ

This isn’t some ordinary, run-of-the-mill zombie, no. This zombie will not only eat your brains, he will nom every plant in your yard to get to them. The Nerdista designed this towel as a tribute to the Pop Cap game Plants vs Zombies. Carrying it with me today, I will be fully covered for all Geek, Zombie, and intergalactic possibilities.

 

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Geek Pride Day: The Geek Manifesto

Whatever type of Geek, Nerd, or Dork (or combination thereof) you may be, today is your day! Geek Pride Day is a day to throw off the shackles of scorn and celebrate your uber GeekDorkNerdiness!

May 25th was chosen as Geek Pride Day because it’s the date the first Star Wars film A New Hope premiered in 1977.

1st published in the Spanish paper El Mundo del Siglo Veintiuno in 2006, the Geek Manifesto outlines the basic rights and responsibilities of geeks.

Geek Manifesto

Rights:

  1. The right to be even geekier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  4. The right to associate with other nerds.
  5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  6. The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
  7. The right to be out of style.
  8. The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
  9. The right to show off your geekiness.
  10. The right to take over the world.

Responsibilities:

  1. Be a geek, no matter what.
  2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
  4. To save and protect all geeky material.
  5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
  6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
  8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
  9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
  10. Try to take over the world!
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Towel Day

Every May 25th, fans of the popular Douglas Adams’ series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy celebrate Towel Day.

The first book in the series, which shares the same name as the guide the hitchhiker Ford Prefect uses to navigate the galaxy, declares a towel the most important item a hitchhiker can have, and “to know where one’s towel is” is tantamount to being in control of one’s own life. From chapter 3:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels.

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as quoted from Ford Prefect’s electronic copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

When Douglas Adams passed away in 2001, it was proposed that fans worldwide could pay tribute in two weeks time by carrying a towel with them for the day. The date chosen was May 25th.

So long Douglas, and thanks for all the fish!

 

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Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: Sonic Screwdriver #11

Born from the standby classic Screwdriver, this cocktail maintains the original simplicity of vodka and orange juice, but a special effect twist makes this beauty sonic. We all remember from elementary school that yellow and blue make green, yes? Keep this in mind for later and remember, the #11 Sonic Screwdriver is a The Nerdista original.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Vodka
1-1.5 oz Blue Curacao liqueur (a blue colored orange liquor)
6 oz orange juice, 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.

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 orange juice to *just* come over the rim of the Blue Curacao filled shot glass.

Here is the result –

Yellow and blue make green!

My fellow Whovians will recognize immediately what kind of shenanigans TheNerdista is up to here. The blue of the Blue Curacao just showing through a light layer of orange juice produces the greenish color of the 11th Doctor’s instrument.

It’s a Screwdriver. . . but it’s sonic!

Just tip your Sonic Screwdriver #11 back and drink as normal; the Blue Curacao in the shot glass will mix itself with the rest of the cocktail each time you tilt your glass for a sip.

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Star Wars Cocktail: Han Shot First

The Han Shot First is a two part cocktail where the ingredients of the drink are separated into two shots: The Han Shot and The Greedo Shot.

The Han Shot contains 1 oz of single malt scotch whiskey; single malt scotch being the perfect drink for a man titillated by vast sums of money and the attention of a princess. Now we all know you don’t shoot scotch but what does Han know; he’s just a “stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, nerfherder.” Although, Han and I both protest the “scruffy-looking” part.

Greedo on the other hand is a bottom tier bounty hunter completely out of his league. The milk toast of bounty hunters, so to speak. 1/2 oz. Green Tea Liquor is the perfect followup to the sharp yet smooth operating scotch and the combo of them together is a unique flavor sensation.

Directions for this shot cocktail:

Han Shot first

then

Greedo is downed.

Don’t believe any of that revisionist clap trap about Han Solo returning fire on Greedo out of self defense. No, Han shot first because he is a scoundrel. A scoundrel, I say. He even likes the sound of the word.

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Star Wars Day Noms: Starship Sandwiches

To help celebrate Star Wars Day, The Nerdista made some yummy Star Wars starship shaped sammiches for lunch. The Millennium Falcon and TIE Fighter were cut with a cookie cutter but the Slave 1 was shaped by hand. The Nerdlet chose Slave 1 as her favorite. The stars are cut out of muenster cheese slices. Enjoy!

Millennium Falcon Sammy

TIE Fighter Sammy

Slave 1 Sammy

 

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Star Wars Day Noms: Bobafettuccine

To celebrate Star Wars Day, The Nerdista is cooking up some yummy Star Wars themed noms and wishing everyone “May the 4th be with you!”

Bobafettuccine

The helmet is cut out of a lasagna noodle, spread with basil pesto, and decorated to look like Fett’s helmet with julienned sundried tomatoes, chopped cured black olives, and a little bit of finely chopped artichoke antipasto spread for the iconic dent and other battle damage.

After decorating, The Nerdista carefully laid the decorated Boba Fett on a bed of freshly cooked fettuccine noodles.

Voila! Bobafettuccine!

 

EDIT: Looking for “boba fettucini nerdiesta?” Well you’ve come to the right place! Enjoy, and let me know in the comments how you found my website! – love, The Nerdista

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