Popular Science has a delicious list of nerdery regarding sloppy science in Sci-Fi movies. Calling out movies like “Looper,” “Skyfall,” and “The Avengers” they rank the violations from mild to maddening. It’s a fun little list they got there.
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- How the ball in Times Square is assembled.
- Tis the Season (for top whatever lists). The New Yorker offers up 100 best lists of all time.
- YouTube’s most-watched ads of 2012.
- Brand New presents the best and the worst identities of 2012.
- Cosmic ABCs.
- A supercut of space helmets.
- Lamenting the loss of children’s chemistry sets.
- 10 of the year’s best designs for social good.
The Kansas City Star has a report about our new(ish) Kansas City office & our drive for 100 nerds in 100 days.
When software engineer Stan Butler was being considered for a job in Kansas City, “They gave me a code challenge, a small project, to see how I’d do it,” he said. “That was a lot more value than what I said in the interview.”
Butler previously worked out of his home, writing programs for a medical software company. Working at the Nerdery, he said, provides camaraderie and easy access to “a lot of very smart people well-versed in various disciplines.”
- The chemistry of snowflakes.
- The University of Chicago’s Indiana Jones mystery is solved.
- Best nature pictures of 2012.
- Techie Stereotypes is pretty funny.
- Partnering with bloggers in a non-awkward way.
- From the what were they thinking department: 20 biggest brand fails of 2012.
- The only Top 10 list you need to read: The Top 10 LEGO news stories of 2012.
- Google shows bad web practices in real life.
From LEGO’s CUUSOO blog.
Derek Powazek pokes some holes in the old “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product” adage.
“The ‘you are the product’ line is most often repeated when a company that provides a free service does something that people don’t like. See Instagram’s recent terms change or any Facebook design update. The subtext is, this company does not serve you, you don’t pay for it, so shut up already.
But that’s crazy talk.”
Now you can create the most mathematically & scientifically accurate snowflakes ever! (Found on The Mary Sue)
Undeterred by the looming fiscal cliff, we’re marching on with our 100 Nerds in 100 Days refer-a-thon, and now we’ve added an extra-special nonprofit bonus!
Starting today, we’re going to donate $10 for every referral to one of five nonprofits dedicated to STEM education/tech-career development. “We’re taking the long view as a growing company who’ll always need nerds,” said CIO Mike Schmidt. “STEM education and professional development opportunities are keys to preparing the next generation of nerds to do what we do.”
Want to know more about the STEM Nonprofits? Read on. Nerd referers can direct their support to one of these organizations:
- Girl Develop It: Mentorship and hands-on instruction for women who want to learn software development
- TechREACH: Helping schools involve minority and low-income middle school students in technology
- Girls in Tech: Engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship
- Change the Equation: Mobilizing the business community to improve quality of pre-K–12 STEM education
- Girls Who Code: Equipping 13-17-year-old girls with skills and resources in technology and engineering
- More than 26,000 signatures means the White House has to respond to the petition to build a Death Star.
- The University of Chicago got a package for Indiana Jones.
- Five design trends that will shape digital products in 2013.
- Anil Dash: The Web We Lost.
- Workplace Distractions: Why you can’t get anything done.
- Pantone Christmas Ornaments.
- The Museum of Mathematics opens in New York.
- From McSweeney’s: What your favorite classic NES video game says about you.
- Video: The science of productivity.
Recently, we were the lucky winners of The Current’s morning show Coffee Break on the Road. This is where morning DJ’s Steve Seel & Jill Riley take their coffee break on the road and visit a local Twin Cities business bringing treats & coffee. Our Coffee Break was extra special because The Current brought along Canadian Rock & Rollers The Tragically Hip.
Here’s one of the songs they performed in the Nerditorium. Make sure to vist The Current’s site to see a nice slideshow of pictures from the event.