Category: Nerds

46 Days to Dragon*Con: Fellowship of the Vuvuzela

Remember last Sunday?  When the world was a different place?  When people actually cared about soccer?  When the World Cup final happened and some European or South American country beat some other European or South American country to win glory and fame, at least until the next World Cup in 2014?  No?  You don’t remember?  Well, let me remind you:


See?  Now you remember.   Last Sunday you were probably watching soccer, where grown men–in this case Spanish and Dutch men–kick around a ball to the glorious chorus of the vuvuzela.

Just in case you’ve forgotten what the vuvuzela sounds like:

Now, I didn’t so much mind the vuvuzela after awhile.  I was sort of fascinated by the worldwide, well, fascination/irritation with this weird, long, multi-colored plastic shofar like object that, when heard en masse on television, sounded like a giant swarm of killer bees.  I don’t really miss soccer, friends, but I do miss the vuvuzela.

So, you’re wonderful, what does this have to do with Dragon*Con?  Well, let me tell you.  When confronted with the unfamiliar nerds, like most people, like to translate said foreign object into something comforting.  For instance, putting it into the language of The Lord of the Rings.

See?  Isn’t that funny?  The vuvuzela is now the Horn of Gondor?  Get it?

Even better is The Fellowship of the Vuvuzela.

Guys, wasn’t that amazing?  My favorite is the weird bouncy techno interpretations of the Shire theme.  How do I make that my ringtone?

So the moral of the story is this: World Cup 2010 was not about soccer, it was about the vuvuzela.

One vuvuzela to rule them all, One vuvuzela to find them,
One vuvuzela to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

47 Days to Dragon*Con: Shatner of the Mount

Okay y’all, this is one of my favorites.  I first saw this at last year’s D*Con while waiting for the Shatner/Nimoy panel to start.  In order to entertain the rabid, hot, hungry fanbase before large panels, the D*Con crew projects fun little videos and tidbits and dorky Q&As on big screens.  One of the tidbits was this masterful creation by the group Fall on Your Sword:

Okay so evidently in the fifth Star Trek movie, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (admission: I haven’t really seen much of the original series or many of the movies featuring actors from the original series, no not even KAAAAAHN and not the one with the whales either, sorry.  Star Trek: First Contact was on AMC today and I totally watched it and that is the best movie especially when Data is all RESISTANCE IS FUTILE and he smashes the warp core or whatever and kills the Borg Queen that is so awesome) the entire crew is on leave and Captain Kirk is hiking and and camping and said hiking and camping involves climbing a mountain.  So why is Captain Kirk climbing a mountain?  Because he’s in love, duh.

I mean, clearly, this is a moment of true Shatner philosophical greatness.  Like, if one applied this theory to life, one could succeed at all things.   One could climb that mountain.  That mountain.

But in reality, all of you will now have this song stuck in your heads for the next week or so.  May it inspire you to hug the mountain, to envelop that mountain, because you know–you know–you want to make love to that mountain.

Because the climb…is going…where no man has gone before.

48 Days to Dragon*Con: Star Wars Subway

Improv Everywhere is fantastic.  They staged the opening confrontation between Darth Vader and Princess Leia on the 6 train in Manhattan.  They had it perfectly timed so that the various pieces (the Stormtroopers, Darth Vader) got on the train at the appointed stops.  How they knew what car they were supposed to get into is beyond me.  Still, this is wonderful.  Happy Friday!

49 Days to Dragon*Con: My Little Pony Mods

Hi y’all.  Did you know that yesterday was evidently embrace your geekness day?  How fitting, considering it was the start of my countdown.  However, I view every day as full of new potential for embracing my nerdiness and geekiness.  Who needs a holiday?!

So in recognition of this holiday someone over at Buzzfeed put together a really fabulous list of modified My Little Pony(s). If you don’t know what a My Little Pony is, I’m sorry, and google it.

My Little Klingon Pony
My Little Frank-N-Pony
My Little Alien Pony

Okay so those are just three of the awesome ones but there are fifty more on an awesome list and you can see them all right here.  Some of them are hella creative, peoples.  Today is a good day to dye…My Little Ponys.

50 Days to Dragon*Con: The Guild

Hi y’all!  For the next fifty days I will be counting down to Dragon*Con (remember?  I wrote about it here) by celebrating all that is wonderful, fan-u-lous, and nerdy.  So check back every day for new tidbits of fun and evidence of my unnecessary cache of pop culture nerd-dom knowledge.  Also, a chronicle of time I spend on these things that maybe should be spent at the gym or applying for jobs.  Anyhow!

I’d originally had something else planned for today but the glorious Twitter alerted me to the season premiere of one of my favorite web series, The Guild. Season 4, ftw!

So the series is about a the MMORPG (Massively-Multi-Player-Online-Roleplaying-Game r-tards) World of Warcraft and a guild (organized group) that plays said game, and the drama that happens within said guild.  If you don’t know what World of Warcraft is, then watch this video:

(Yes, this is real, it is from a South Park episode entitled “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” about the World of Warcraft, and the joy it brings into one’s life.  The song is real too, it is by Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley.  You know, “whore lips,” from Glee).

Okay so the main character of The Guild is  Cyd (Character name Codex,) played by nerd-crush girl Felicia Day (she’s also done Buffy and Dollhouse).   So the semi-agoraphobic Cyd narrates the show and we get to meet her fellow guild members and other members of the Warcraft world, including Wil Wheton guys!  Wesley Crusher y’all!  And he doesn’t wear a sweater, he wears a kilt!  Amazing!

So even if you don’t know World of Warcraft, and I really don’t, this is a great show.  However, the people I know who do/did play Warcraft say that the game knowledge is impeccable and that the writers clearly have mega game experience.  So basically this is a soap opera by nerds, for nerds, which makes it awesome.

So heard over to The Guild site and watch the series.  You should start with season 1, episode 1.  It will be wonderful.