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Fire up the Pinto, strap on your pocket-protector, and take one of Roadside’s ”hypertours.“ Try the ”Hotwired,“ a seven-day bat-out-of-hell journey from L.A. to New York, starting at the Nicole Brown Simpson Townhouse and culminating at the Wheel of Food in Keansburg, New Jersey, with joyous stops in between at Mummies of the Insane in Philippi, West Virginia, and the Mutter Museum of medical oddities in Philadelphia.
Because a nerd cannot live on HTML alone: Tasty food sites, hypertexted for your dining pleasure.
Until scientists perfect a way to download the core of human consciousness into hard drives, pass the pizza and the aji-no-tataki rolls, please. Visit the World Wide Sushi Restaurant Reference at www.cis.unisa.edu.au~jmSushi. Its (regretfully) text-only ”Sushi Glossary“ explains the difference between ama-ebi and odori-ebi. Global restaurant listings feature reviews by hardy, iron-stomached field-testers. And before you scream for the ketchup or send your sashimi back for 10 more minutes on the barbie, check out the enlightening discussion of ”Sushi Bar Etiquette and Tips for Beginners.“
Looking for that special brick-oven karaoke bar slash cyber-cafe Burmese bar and grill? Mouse on over to www.chowbaby.com, where many a carefree hour can be spent toying with its pull-down menu ”Restaurant Finder,“ which lets users select restaurants using the criteria ”ambiance, features, entertainment and location.“ It‘s almost as good as MadLibs. Really.
Cyberculture and Sci-Fi: Walk the walk. Talk the talk.
Take heed of a tech-and-science-info site that root-level nerds passionately worship. Www.slashdot.com lets you pay homage to Slashdot’s sister RealAudio radio discussion site ”Geeks in Space“ at http:thesync.comgeeks. Go on, tell me again about the Radioactive Random Number Generator and Chromosome 21, you sexy, sexy thing, you.
Who says Web sites can‘t have beauty and brains? Behold the UCLA department of designmedia arts’ elegantly designed, fast-loading site www.design.ucla.edu, which melds luscious eye-candy graphics with postings on scheduled events, and info on a series of lectures and demonstrations. Set your brain on spin and embrace the heady new media possibilities: human-machine symbiosis, interspecies communications, hypertext novels and responsive cinema. All that plus a neat-o drawing of a squid (or was that a root?).
Okay, so I‘ve only been to three Star Trek conventions. But if I’d known about http:sflovers.rutgers.edu, I would have gone to more. SFLovers is the granddaddy of science-fiction, fantasy and horror sites, and claims to have been a Net presence since ye olde ARPAnet days of ‘79. Find out when Buffy, Seven-of-Nine, and the Cigarette Smoking Man will be in town by accessing the comprehensive sci-fi conventions list. And for the rabidly dedicated, there are links to the official minutes of World Science Fiction Society meetings (a.k.a. WorldCon, the people who choose the recipients of the Hugo Awards).
”Trekkie Sci-Fi freak!“ Oh, yeah? Hab SoSlI’ Quch! (TRANSLATION: Yo mamma has a smooth forehead!). Bone up for the next convention at the Klingon Language Institute at www.kli.org. There you‘ll find a list of everyday phrases and insults (one and the same to the true-blooded Klingon), pronunciation guides, and tips on writing and speaking this most manly of manly languages. The Big Kahuna says, ”If you’re gonna do it, do it all the way. If you learn only one phrase, make it the all-purpose Heghlu‘meH QaQ jajvam! (“Today is a good day to die!”).
But not to fret, my geeky pet. Klingon nihilism aside, raise your laptops on high and praise the lords of Coke-bottle glasses and corduroy shorts, for today is also a good day to live. Today is a good day to be a nerd.
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