Nerdgasm for real

A year and a half ago I posted a nerdgasm alert regarding the impending release of a new IMAX film, Hubble 3D. After seeing the trailer, I was dying to see the film. What could be better than an IMAX film with footage taken during actual spacewalks?

The only problem: there are currently no IMAX theaters in Portugal. There is, however, an IMAX theater in London’s Science Museum. And it was showing Hubble 3D while we were there.

We saw it. It was fantastic. It was also the first time I’ve seen a 3D film since Avatar that actually worked. The footage of the astronauts fixing Hubble, with the Earth in the background, was phenomenal. The liftoff of the shuttle was groundshaking. The images from Hubble itself, splashed over an IMAX screen, were breathtaking. When it was over, I expected my seatmates to be as enthusiastic as I was.

My wife said, “I fell asleep. Twice.”

My stepson said, “It was good, but I’d rather see the one with the animals.”

Three seats, but only one nerdgasm. I have failed my family. Obviously some retraining is called for.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Nerdgasm for real

  1. JR says:

    Oh, good, I’m glad you finally got to see it. Catherine and I loved it, and I was kind of sad for you when I found out there were no IMAX screens in Portugal…

    • oregon expat says:

      It was worth the wait! Also, there is apparently a deal in process to open three IMAX screens in Portugal next year. No idea where; the news just says “existing locations.” Let’s hope it actually happens.

  2. Jbrandao says:

    My nerdgasm for this year was watching the Avengers trailer that came out a couple of days ago.

  3. The new 3 IMAX screens are, according to some rumours, to Lisbon, Porto and Guimarães, the latter one would be excellent, the most awesome portuguese city deserves a screen like an IMAX, just in time for the European Culture Capital.
    Regarding the mai subject of the post, I’ve allways loved space, either the real thing or in space operas, it’s bad that there are no more space operas in TV or in the movies, I miss starship porn.

    • oregon expat says:

      Hey, why is it always the north that gets the cool stuff? I think there should be an IMAX in the Algarve — after all, half the people in the north are down here during the summer anyway. 😉

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