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2014-06-11 12:54:05 PM  
No Legoland, fail.
 
2014-06-11 12:57:02 PM  
Great list.  I would suggest replacing Chernobyl with The Mutter Museum at the Physicians College in Philadelphia.  Then you can look at the wax physicians diagnostic bust of the advanced stages of syphilis and see what you would probably look like if you actually visited Chernobyl.

I still wish their gift shop would start selling beanbag chairs crafted to look like the world's largest colon that they have in their collection.
 
2014-06-11 12:59:26 PM  
Conspicuously absent: smoking a bowl and doing a box of whippets while watching "Cause and Effect" (TNG 5X18).
 
2014-06-11 01:02:45 PM  

OregonVet: Conspicuously absent: smoking a bowl and doing a box of whippets while watching "Cause and Effect" (TNG 5X18).


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2014-06-11 01:06:21 PM  

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OMG! IT WAS TOTALLY JUST LIKE THAT!
 
2014-06-11 01:22:10 PM  

OregonVet: Tr0mBoNe: 333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 3 33

OMG! IT WAS TOTALLY JUST LIKE THAT!


You mean it will be like that it was? Or would might happen like it would have happened? I hate time travel tense. Will have would? Crap...
 
2014-06-11 01:41:24 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Crap...


Heh, I actually tried to replicate the experience years later. but obviously knowing the episode prevented the same experience. But the first time I saw that episode, while not necessarily in my top list of all, was epic.
 
2014-06-11 02:10:49 PM  

OregonVet: Heh, I actually tried to replicate the experience years later. but obviously knowing the episode prevented the same experience. But the first time I saw that episode, while not necessarily in my top list of all, was epic.


Get really, really drunk and then accidentally electrocute yourself. That usually takes care of my long term memories.
 
2014-06-11 02:44:08 PM  
TFA: "Meteor Crater - West of Winslow, Arizona ...This is a true geek destination because it actually takes a bit of effort to get there! It's out in the middle of the dessert. "


Mmmm...that sounds like a tasty destination.
 
2014-06-11 03:35:58 PM  
You can't really visit the Meteor Crater so much as visit the little shop that stands on its edge.

You can't hike in, and you can't walk far along the perimeter.

Sad to say, it's not a wonderful trip.

Instead, if they still offer the "VIP" tour of Hoover Dam, that's a wonderful tour and well worth the money just to see the insides of the dam, the turbines, and the marvelous art deco.

I've got this site bookmarked

http://www.sia-web.org/

I think someone on FARK once mentioned it when speaking of finding nerdy places to visit

i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-11 03:39:47 PM  
If you're close enough to Flagstaff to visit Meteor Crater and are looking for a nerdy trip, I'd suggest the Flagstaff Lava Tube and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, both of which are very interesting and relatively easy hikes.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-11 03:40:04 PM  
I'll have to get lodging suggestions from Chris Hardwick before I start planning my vacation.
 
2014-06-11 04:27:58 PM  

OregonVet: Conspicuously absent: smoking a bowl and doing a box of whippets while watching "Cause and Effect" (TNG 5X18).


Which was how All You Need is Kill/Edge of Tomorrow was conceived.
 
2014-06-11 04:38:28 PM  
I went to his WhilWheaton project website to catch the first ep, the commercials played perfectly and the actual content, the show, wouldn't play. Lame.

Many years ago when I was a wee little engineer I drove to Pasadena to JPL. I showed up at the front desk and asked "where's the visitor center and/or tours?" They looked blankly at me and said there were none. I was crushed. My pilgrimage failed.

Another geek site: Palomar Observatory. Drove up there. T'was cool. Ever since I was a little boy geek-ling it was a magical place where the world's LARGEST telescope was. It was really neat to walk about the place. I walked the same halls Hubble walked.
 
2014-06-11 04:57:48 PM  
These are all more impressive, but I still am disappoint he didn't shout out to the annual Jonathan Coulton cruise that Wil has been a part of every year that its been a thing.
 
2014-06-11 06:17:55 PM  
no love for the city museum in st louis?

members.explorestlouis.com

i don't know why it's called a museum, it's more like a dali funhouse for 6 year olds
 
2014-06-11 06:34:24 PM  
I wanna know about Wil's dirty trip (if he took one, that is....)

i291.photobucket.com

/my neutrinos are drifting
 
2014-06-11 06:34:29 PM  

Wellon Dowd: I'll have to get lodging suggestions from Chris Hardwick before I start planning my vacation.


I believe that's Matt Mira you're thinking of.

/I think
//I just know it's not Hardwick that keeps going on about air bnb
 
2014-06-11 07:41:00 PM  

mark12A: Many years ago when I was a wee little engineer I drove to Pasadena to JPL. I showed up at the front desk and asked "where's the visitor center and/or tours?" They looked blankly at me and said there were none. I was crushed. My pilgrimage failed.


Good that they've now added them.  It's a shame though that you have to make reservations about 6 months in advance.  Or try to hit up the open house.
 
2014-06-11 07:51:23 PM  
Nerd culture is important and special.
 
2014-06-11 08:41:45 PM  

UberDave: TFA: "Meteor Crater - West of Winslow, Arizona ...This is a true geek destination because it actually takes a bit of effort to get there! It's out in the middle of the dessert. "


Mmmm...that sounds like a tasty destination.


I live not far from Winslow. The crater is definitely worth seeing, but if you want something tasty, drive to the nearby reservation and get some frybread. Also, if you're an Eagles fan, go into Winslow proper and see The Corner.
 
2014-06-11 09:03:14 PM  
The Atlas Obscura can be good for finding nerdy/quirky places to visit, especially if you're already doing a long drive and want something to break up the journey.
 
2014-06-11 09:51:46 PM  

Lydia_C: The Atlas Obscura can be good for finding nerdy/quirky places to visit, especially if you're already doing a long drive and want something to break up the journey.


What a cool site! Thanks for that....I am about to make a 900 mile road TRIP through 5 states and this is EXACTLY what we needed.
 
2014-06-11 10:51:11 PM  

ShutYerBeak: Lydia_C: The Atlas Obscura can be good for finding nerdy/quirky places to visit, especially if you're already doing a long drive and want something to break up the journey.

What a cool site! Thanks for that....I am about to make a 900 mile road TRIP through 5 states and this is EXACTLY what we needed.


Glad you like it! I think I first heard about it from someone else here - wound up using it myself to help break up a long drive home from vacation, and ended up seeing Bigfoot and the Feejee Mermaid. :-)

Not every place is going to be the kind of spot where you while away the hours, but when you need the time to stretch legs and get some caffeine, it can sure beat the usual rest area.
 
2014-06-12 01:29:21 AM  
Why does he always have that smirk on his face like somebody in the room just farted?
 
2014-06-12 03:16:30 AM  
images.politico.com
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

FTW
 
2014-06-12 05:19:46 AM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: [images.politico.com image 605x328]
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

FTW


Indeed, NASM is pretty awesome.

The only thing on Wil's list I've done is tour JPL... but I didn't do it on an open house day, so I probably missed some stuff (like... uh... crowds?)

RoyBatty'ssuggestion of touring the inside of a dam is a good one.  I've been inside ITAIPU, which is of a different design and generation than Hoover.  700-megawatt turbines, rooms a kilometer long... just huge.  Not as big as Three Gorges, but I think it's still producing more power.

While we're on the subject of tours, I don't know whether Wil's ever been over, but around where I work, we have this lovely scenery that appeals to certain kinds of nerds.

img.fark.net

So perhaps I could suggest my workplace's free public midweek tours and our visitor station's free public weekend tours to those who like that sort of thing?  (And can rent a 4WD, drive a 4WD, aren't under 16, haven't just been SCUBA diving, aren't pregnant, and don't have any major health issues that'd make them die up there.)
 
2014-06-12 10:34:11 AM  
I miss the nerd trips to San Francisco for the Battlebots tournaments. Good times.
 
2014-06-12 03:39:44 PM  

dbirchall: CigaretteSmokingMan: [images.politico.com image 605x328]
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

FTW

Indeed, NASM is pretty awesome.

The only thing on Wil's list I've done is tour JPL... but I didn't do it on an open house day, so I probably missed some stuff (like... uh... crowds?)

RoyBatty'ssuggestion of touring the inside of a dam is a good one.  I've been inside ITAIPU, which is of a different design and generation than Hoover.  700-megawatt turbines, rooms a kilometer long... just huge.  Not as big as Three Gorges, but I think it's still producing more power.

While we're on the subject of tours, I don't know whether Wil's ever been over, but around where I work, we have this lovely scenery that appeals to certain kinds of nerds.

[img.fark.net image 850x374]

So perhaps I could suggest my workplace's free public midweek tours and our visitor station's free public weekend tours to those who like that sort of thing?  (And can rent a 4WD, drive a 4WD, aren't under 16, haven't just been SCUBA diving, aren't pregnant, and don't have any major health issues that'd make them die up there.)


My daughter would love the chance to look through those telescopes.
For now, we'll use the cheap toys r us version.
 
2014-06-13 12:01:20 AM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: [images.politico.com image 605x328]
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

FTW


Nah, the real nerds go to the Air Force Museum in Dayton or the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta.

/Though that does mean you'll actually have to enter Ohio...
 
2014-06-13 03:53:46 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: So perhaps I could suggest my workplace's free public midweek tours and our visitor station's free public weekend tours to those who like that sort of thing?  (And can rent a 4WD, drive a 4WD, aren't under 16, haven't just been SCUBA diving, aren't pregnant, and don't have any major health issues that'd make them die up there.)

My daughter would love the chance to look through those telescopes.
For now, we'll use the cheap toys r us version.


The big ones on top of the mountain don't have anything to look through - the focal planes are all cameras or spectrographs, not eyepieces.  But the visitor station at 2,800 meters has a bunch of smaller ones (up to 16-inch) for stargazing every night of the year, and a couple for looking at the sun during the day, and all the restrictions that apply to the summit  don't apply there (although you may feel lousy if you go up too soon after SCUBA).
 
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