- Check out Line 25’s Sites of the Week. We heartily approve.
- Popular video games transformed into short horror films.
- The Apple-fication of everything, about design standards and a beautiful thermostat. And if you’re still in the mood for some Apple design talk, take a look at Apple’s aesthetic dichotomy (which has a really good point).
- Google kills its other plus, and how to get it back.
- Settlers of Catan, the novel coming to a bookstore near you.
- Pictures from Hallomeme. Some of it’s pretty funny.
- Richard Stallman’s tour rider.
- Beer at work: A case for drinking on the job.
- Forrester urges IT to support the Mac.
Tag Archives: beer
- Today is International Beer Day. Related The Nerdery’s Brewmaster on how to pour the perfect beer.
- How empathy breeds viral phenomena.
- From Minneapolis Egoist: “Sartalics are left-leaning italics, indicating sarcasm. A small group of huge nerds is setting out to make it an official font.”
- The Nerd Brain. I think it’s missing the ‘useless song lyrics’ portion.
- The trivialities and transcendence of Kickstarter.
- The Periodic Table of Heavy Metals. Also, The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense.
- Coke vs Pepsi. StarWars vs. Star Trek. Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam. Gmail vs. Hotmail?
- Fire-breathing LEGO dragon.
- The Evolution of Geek.
- TidBit’s favorite hidden features of OSX Lion.
Though I’m not sure The Nerdery’s brewmaster would endorse this method of beer dispersal, this Rube Goldbergesque contraption makes for a pretty spectacular way to get a beer.
- On the heels of International Beer Day (yesterday) comes: The story of beer.
- An appreciation of Angry Birds.
- If you have played around with the social media strategy generator you should, unless you’re offended by the f-word, then you should go at a cute baby porcupine.
- Bloomberg has a pretty lengthy article on Alex Bogusky’s retirement from advertising. It’s an interesting read.
- A series of clever print ads for Scrabble
- Legos has produced a set based on the infamous Toy Story 3 fiery-death in the garbage incinerator scene.
- Video game song medley.
- Start Up weekend is coming to the Twin Cities, September 17-19.
- A video of every light saber retraction and ignition.
- Massive censorship of Digg uncovered.
- Mind over mass media: “PowerPoint, we’re told, is reducing discourse to bullet points. Search engines lower our intelligence, encouraging us to skim on the surface of knowledge rather than dive to its depths. Twitter is shrinking our attention spans.
But such panics often fail basic reality checks. When comic books were accused of turning juveniles into delinquents in the 1950s, crime was falling to record lows, just as the denunciations of video games in the 1990s coincided with the great American crime decline. The decades of television, transistor radios and rock videos were also decades in which I.Q. scores rose continuously.”
- Olson joins forces with Denali.
- Stop-motion Super Mario done with sticky notes.
- Science fiction should mainly be about people: A letter from Gene Roddenberry.
- IS it time to remove advertising from the web?
- TBS: Conan and NBC deserve Emmy.
- Miller High Life redesigned.
- Beyond Feminist Hulk, the tweets of other feminist comics characters.
As you know the Bottle Cap is an integral part of Nerdery Culture. So you can understand why the People of class drink alcohol post over on Discovery’s blog caught our attention. If you take a look at this chart that shows that the smarter the you are the more likely you are to consume alcohol, you’ll see why were posting this here.
Go read the entire post for more graphs that control for other variables including education, gender, religion, and geography. Then, make sure to jump to the comments to read all kinds of crackpot theories and accusations.
Being a web and mobile software company you might not think there’s a whole lot we can do to reduce our impact on the environment. Considering that we do not have factories that produce goods, and we have no need to ship products around the world so there is no fleet of thousands of trucks to make more efficient. But, on the contrary, there’s a plethora of things we can do and are doing to reduce our impact.
In a company such as ours where enforcing something as concrete as changing all truck routes to have as many right turns as possible (kudos to the dude at UPS that came up with that one) isn’t an option, our solutions stem from a more cultural stand point, such as turning off computers at night or over the weekend, recycling paper, and printing double sided. All of which are difficult to enforce and measure.
Building a culture of employees that are concerned about the company’s impact on the environment is not an easy task. To provoke interest and encourage critical thinking on the topic we send out a monthly update on our energy use that includes some analysis on the amount of energy used per employee and other green tips. Though the main focus is on culture, there are a few very tangible things we have done.
For one, we installed programmable thermostats throughout the building, which most probably contributed to a reduction in our energy use in the 2009-2010 winter season by nearly 50% of what is was in 2008-2009. We also have indoor bike racks, lockers, a lunch delivery program, and we recently switched from bottles of beer to kegs (w00t!). All of these things not only reduce our impact on the environment, whether directly or indirectly, but also either saves the company money or increases morale (in the case of the kegs I would say it does both).
There are definitely more things we can do, but we’re doing what we can and allowing the culture to grow organically (See what I did there?). Happy Earth Day from all of us here at The Nerdery.
The Bottle Cap is an integral part of The Nerdery’s culture. Think pep fest + show & tell + beer. It’s a chance for the nerds to pass out props, share the coolest project that just launched, and to tip back a few beers in honor of our own badassery (if you’ve ever had the honor of attending the Bottle Cap you’ll know that the word [or is it a phrase?] ‘badass’ is bandied about quite often).
As The Nerdery has grown so has the mountain of bottles and caps. And even though nerds are often mistakenly stereotyped as pasty-faced gremlins who shun the outdoors, that’s just not true. We love the Earth. We dig it so much that we even have a Green Team that sends us all kinds of tips on how we can save energy and be a little nicer to the planet we call home.
To support that green effort, we switched to kegs of beer rather than our traditional bottles. It was tough taking the bottles and caps out of Bottle Cap, but with the kegs we’re no longer filling the recycle bin or wasting beer. And, as you’ll see from the video, we even use glass pint glasses instead of plastic cups. It’s more efficient all around.
So in the interest of educating you all on the proper way to pour beer, we offer you this short instructional video.
The video features Joshua Beardsley, Nerdery Brewmaster, reporting by Andrew Watson, and the intro musical stylings are courtesy of our own Kai Esbensen.