Actor Leslie Nielsen dies of complications from pneumonia
Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his film roles in "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun" series, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his family said.
Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.
"In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the charity of your choice," the family said in a statement.
Interesting Article about exciting geek activities abroad.
Europe is poised for a tech boom. Lots of yummy geeks working their tight little Euro asses off to bring us new awesomeness. Reading this got me to thinking about what exactly pops into my head when I think Eurogeek.
It has been ages since I've logged on and I am impressed at how the site has grown. I wanted to let you know that I just got engaged to the man I met on this site a little over three years ago. We have been together for just over three years. Our first date was at Chicago's Navy Fear (a Halloween-themed pirate ship at Chicago's Navy Pier.) I had more fun with him in the first 20 minutes of our date than I had had on my last three dates combined. Our shared geek interests include STAR WARS, STAR TREK, HARRY POTTER, and THE BIG BANG THEORY. He introduced me to IRON MAN and other comic movies but I think I'll let him keep his actual comic books and Dungeon's & Dragons On-line all to himself. Much like he does with my crochet hobby and X-FILES & STARGATE obsession. We've just started planning our wedding. I know that geekiness will be a part of it but not sure how yet. My hope is that all the other geeks on SOG will realize that whatever it is that makes them feel like a freak will be the reason that someone is going to love them. I'm not sure if you keep track of success stories like some of the sites do but I am very happy that Sweet On Geeks helped me meet a man I love this much.
Good luck and best wishes to everyone!
Jennifer and Chris
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #314
Mornings are the worst. The mind seems undefended, easy prey for both memories and imagination. What happened. What should've happened. What might happen someday. Your fault, my fault, no one's fault. The only way to relieve the torment is to get up, empty the bladder, drink the coffee, read the paper, run the treadmill, perform the animal sacrifice, paint the chicken blood on the groin and call upon the demonic spirits to bring you back.
Nights are bad too. Once again, exhaustion makes the mind vulnerable to obsessing over woulda, shoulda, coulda. The only thing to do is sit alone and eat the chicken which was senselessly murdered in the morning.
1st Aired: 18 November 2010
Shame on SONY, Playstation or whatever marketing firm thought this was a good idea.
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #311
When I'm not working on The Big Bang Theory, I work on other TV shows. One of those shows gets a lot of bad press. Sometimes, when I read the very unkind things written about that show, I'll remember the words of a sleazy music manager I was briefly associated with back in my rock 'n' roll days. The guy was right out of central casting. Bald, middle-aged, pot-bellied and sucking on a cheap cigar, he would sit behind his metal desk in his ratty little office and pontificate to dumbass musicians hungry for career guidance. One of his speeches has remained vivid in my memory for thirty-five years. He said, to a soon-to- be-nonexistent, dumbass power trio I was then a part of, "Boyz, if halfs da peoples loves ya, and halfs da peoples hates ya, you're a star!" At the time I had no idea what he was talking about. It wasn't until fifteen years later when I was writing for a TV show called Roseanne that I figured it out. I was once again reminded of all this when the star of the show I was talking about earlier came out for a curtain call in front of a packed studio audience. They went wild with applause. I looked at the man taking the bow and thought, "there is a big star." Then I looked up at the screaming, cheering audience and thought, "there are halfs da peoples.""
1st Aired: 11 November 2010
CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #309
Following Kaley Cuoco's horseback riding injury, I've instituted new rules governing acceptable leisure activities for the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
1. No friggin' horses. This includes those found on merry-go-rounds and in front of supermarkets.
2. The only motorcycle you can get on is the one you're accidentally crushing in your big-ass, air-bagged SUV.
3. All cast member motor vehicles must adhere to U.S. Army guidelines for attacking Kandahar. (Galecki's Tesla is a terrifically fuel efficient vehicle but is essentially a hundred thousand dollar go-cart. From now on it is only to be used for backing down his driveway and retrieving mail.)
4. The only permissible boating activity at Comic-Con is in your hotel room bathtub.
5. Alcohol should only be ingested at home, and while seated in a big comfy chair. Wild and carefree dancing that celebrates your incredible and well-deserved success is only allowed on New Year's Eve, and only with a sober celebrity parasitic flunky to lean on.
6. And finally, sexual acts must be performed while horizontal. Certain high-risk Kama Sutra positions might be allowed, but only after consultation with Chuck Lorre. Like with dancing, a spotter might be required.
1st Aired: 4 November 2010
Once you step outside the shops, you’ll notice a cart selling a few different beverages, but namely, butter beer. Yes, that drink that was ever so popular in the series is finally available to those fans that have wanted to try it since they first read about it. Butter beer is offered ‘regular,’ frozen, and/or in a souvenir mug, and there are plenty of places around the Wizarding World that give you a chance to try out this beverage. And let me tell you, the claims of how good butter beer is are definitely true! I’ve got to admit that, while I was looking forward to trying it, I was a little leery just because you don’t know what to expect. I got the regular, which is cold, just not frozen, and my friend got the frozen. The best way to describe it is to compare it to butterscotch. But, it’s not an overpowering taste. You can have a good meal and drink a glass of butter beer and it doesn’t conflict, taste wise. Also, there is NO way to drink butter beer and not have a foam mustache after, unless you use a straw. I would suggest, if you haven’t gone to visit the Wizarding World, and you’re wondering about the souvenir mugs, while I love everything they had, there was no way we were going to pay $8.50 for butter beer in a souvenir mug. It was a clear mug with basically a sticker across it. Just not worth the money, especially when there were millions of other really awesome things to spend your money on. The Wizarding World also offered up pumpkin juice in bottles that had a pumpkin on the top as the lid. Cute bottles, but we didn’t try the pumpkin juice. Next time, definitely. Of course they also offered other beverages if those from the franchise didn’t sound like they were up your alley.
The next building you come to in your journey is The Three Broomsticks where the famous trio would go on their trips to Hogsmeade, and it looks just the same as it does in the movies. The only difference is the queue to order your food and beverages. The dining room, though, definitely plops you right into the movie. You almost feel like you’re going to see Harry, Hermione, and Ron either sitting at a nearby table, or walking through the front door. The Three Broomsticks offer up a good variety of food, from chicken fingers and fries for the little muggles or wizards in your brood to traditional English food such as fish and chips, Cornish pasties, and Shepherd’s Pie. Another franchise favorite: Hog’s Head is the next stop. Just another place to get some butter beer. After Hog’s Head, there were various ‘shops’ that you’ve read about, but that are not open to the public to actually go in. But, with talk of expansion to the Wizarding World within the next year, or so, it leaves me to wonder if maybe they will actually open any of these store fronts to the public. One store I would love to be able to go inside of is Gladrags. In the shop windows they have Hermione’s dress from the Yule Ball, as well as Harry’s dress robes. Another shop that would be awesome to go into is Scrivensaft’s Quill Shop. While they do offer us the chance to go into the Owlery (which we’ll get to later), I think opening up the Quill Shop would open up the opportunity to buy more unique types of stationary, and ease some of the traffic flowing into the Owlery.
Now, it’s on to Hogwarts. And there are no disappointments here! The castle itself is beautiful. Being from Florida, and having driven past it a number of times before actually going, I’ve been able to appreciate the beauty from afar, but to actually step foot on the grounds of a castle that we’ve all at least heard about was seriously an amazing experience. The queue to get there takes you through Herbology, and gives you a chance to see the Mandrake root. Thankfully these weren’t screaming, but it was a really awesome detail they added. And it’s the details that really make the Wizarding World come to life. If the walk through Hogsmeade somehow didn’t manage to impress you (which, might I add, is pretty impossible), then Hogwarts will definitely do it. The counters for each of the houses to determine who wins house cup is really very beautiful. And of course, Gryffindor and Slytherin are the houses in the lead, with Gryffindor having a slight edge. While there’s obviously no way Islands of Adventure has enough room to fully have every detail of the castle in place (ie: the moving staircases, and the separate entrances for each house), it does give you a good taste of what we’ve seen in the castle. They have tons of pictures on the walls; moving and still, and they did add in a small set of stairs that could easily be connected to a moving staircase. There is also a common area for Gryffindor, and again, you almost feel like you’re going to run into the trio, or even the prankster Weasley boys. One really awesome part was being able to go inside Dumbledore’s office. There really is no detail left out here. Well, the only thing that I don’t remember seeing that I thought would be cool to see was Fawkes (though you can buy a stuffed toy version of Fawkes). They even have a video image of Dumbledore set up on a see through screen that greets you. And they have it set up to where, unless you try and take a picture of him, you really feel like Dumbledore is in the office with you. The next room you’ll come to is the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. Here, you’ll finally get your chance to see the trio; just the same way you get to see Dumbledore.
From here, you’ll end up in the Room of Requirement ready to take a ‘flying’ journey through Harry’s world. Hogwarts contains the ride called The Forbidden Journey. Using a four person seated ‘car,’ the ride combines video screen technology with animatronics to create a new look at some of your favorite places from the franchise, as well as give you an up-close-and-personal look at some unforgettable characters. The way the ‘car’ is set up, you’re sitting four across, which allows for the animatronics to be very close. I’m sure my friend wouldn’t mind me saying that she did scream a few times. If you scare easily, this ride may not necessarily be for you. Also, if you get motion sick easily, you may want to skip this one as it will leave you with a very queasy feeling. But, it is a great ride; one that we went on twice. The ride empties into Filch’s Emporium, which is another awesome shop. You can find plenty of Gryffindor Quidditch merchandise, Hogwarts merchandise, stuffed animals, pins, the Harry Potter books and movies, and you can even buy a Marauders map. While two out of three of the rides aren’t necessarily kid friendly, there is the Flight of the Hippogriff. We were going to try that one out, but with a 40 minute wait, and only about 5 minutes worth of a ride, it didn’t seem worth it in our minds. The only other ride was the Dragon Challenge (which, if you’ve ever been to Islands of Adventure before, is just Dueling Dragons with a Harry Potter make over in the queue). Still fun no matter what, but nothing really new there. Granted, it was cool to walk through the queue and see what the Champions saw while they waited to take on their dragon.
Of course there were also shows. Unfortunately the only one we saw even a little bit of was The Frog Choir, which was pretty cool. It consisted of five wizards singing, two of which were holding frogs on pillows, and one that was leading the choir. They had beautiful voices. From there, we ran into more shops; most notably, Ollivander’s. As everyone knows, Ollivander’s is where everyone gets their wand; well, where all the wands pick their owners. The line was pretty long, as there are only so many people who can go in at a time, due to the size of the shop, as well as the fact that a show is going on inside. Again, it’s one of those things we passed up, but will catch next time. But, from what we understood, one person is picked out of the crowd to experience what Harry went through when he got his wand. From there, the ‘show’ empties into the Owlery, which you can also go into without having to go through Ollivander’s. The Owlery is connected to Dervish and Banges, both of which offer up quite an assortment of merchandise. The Owlery carries a selection of wands, as well as a variety of stationary and journals. In Dervish and Banges, you can buy a robe for your particular house, the Monster Book of Monsters, a Quibbler, a Triwizard tournament cup, as well as a shirt to represent your house. Oh, and I can’t forget brooms; Dervish and Banges is your shop for your broom needs. In fact, when you look up, you’ll notice three different broom models connected to posts to keep them from flying around the shop.
All in all, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter definitely lives up to all the hype. It’s got something for everyone, even if you’re not necessarily a fan of the franchise, you’ll still enjoy the food, the butter beer, and the rides. It was a great day, and I’m definitely looking forward to returning to experience it all over again!
Nicole (SOG username ~ njp42474) is a single geek who lives in Florida and loves to spend time with her friends and family. She loves reading, watching TV and horror movies. She is a self-defined free spirit.