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October 4th, 2009


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10:34 pm - vos opinions ici
I'm trying to figure out which was the Biggest Nerd Moment at the Big E today:
  1. Cheering on the 501st Legion as they marched in the daily parade (yes, the squadron of stormtroopers and Lord Vader himself really did march, between bagpipe regiments and old-timey automobiles) hollering "Up the Empire!"1 and "Down with the Rebel scum!"2

    OR

  2. Riding in the Gravitron, the enclosed centrifuge that sticks you to the wall, and as the mats we're leaning up against start to rise up, hollering "RENEW! RENEW!!"3
Hmm. What do you, the reader, think?


Poll #1466592 vos opinions ici

What was the Biggest Nerd Moment at the Big E today?

"Up the Empire!"
10(22.7%)
"Renew! Renew!!"
34(77.3%)

And now, here's something fun that you can do at home: Pick a number from 1 to 10

Mean: 5.95 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.61
1
1(2.3%)
2
4(9.3%)
3
5(11.6%)
4
6(14.0%)
5
2(4.7%)
6
3(7.0%)
7
8(18.6%)
8
6(14.0%)
9
4(9.3%)
10
4(9.3%)



1. A minute afterwards I realized that "Up the..." isn't in common usage in America, and hoped I hadn't gone and left some in the squadron wondering just exactly what was supposed to go up the Empire and where.

2. I actually do support the Empire. At least, I did when I played Star Wars: Galaxies, which was Raph Koster's awesome MMORPG set in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. All the kiddie gamers gravitated towards the Rebel faction and, as you can expect, ran amok trying to grief the enemy players and calling them fags a lot. The Empire, on the other hand, was still prospering quite nicely, and those of us who with more'n two neurons in our heads to bang together naturally joined up with the awesome side. I played with the <G O O N> player group on the Lowca server, and pretty much controlled Naboo with a sprawling player-created city called Goontown. Good times.

3. What can I say? There were all these multicolored jewel-like lights flashing around in the inside of the damn thing, and I'm pretty sure if you reached the top and hit the ceiling you'd make a "bzzzzzpffft!" noise too. I will also note that I resisted temptation to go on the merry-go-round and say "Lastday: Capricorn 7" as the ride started up. Whether this is a good or a bad thing is left as an exercise for the reader.

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From:mmcirvin
Date:October 5th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
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Everyone who was alive when that movie came out would be dead by now.
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From:morgaine723
Date:October 5th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
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My kids' favorite fair ride is the Gravitron. I am not old enough to have kids who love to ride the Gravitron. Ack.
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From:saveyoursanity
Date:October 5th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
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Woot, I'm the only 6.
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From:mmcirvin
Date:October 5th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Also, I wrote this in my youth which is probably even geekier.


Edited at 2009-10-05 10:05 pm (UTC)
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From:juldea
Date:October 5th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
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The Gravitron is my favorite fair ride, ever. If you had tweeted that you were riding it, I would've dropped what I was doing to head out to the Big E just to ride it.

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