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NerdCast #41: Nerdery Lab Experiment No.1 – Finding New Music With TasteMapper


This episode of the NerdCast features Andrew Golaszewski and Kevin Moot, two participants of the inaugural Nerdery Labs Program. They talk about their technology experiment that created data visualizations of the music listening habits of Last.FM users. Learn more about the Nerdery Lab Program, TasteMapper, and the challenges of working with large unstructured data sets and making sense of it all. If you’re a developer, a fan of music, or like hearing about cool applications of technology, this is the episode for you.

Host: Ryan Carlson

Guests: Kevin Moot, Software Developer & Andrew Golaszewski, Senior User Expereience Designer at The Nerdery

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Running Time: 0:22:03 / Subscribe on iTunes

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Music’s affects on your brain & how to use that to your advantage

Any office dweller in the 21st century knows that a good set of headphones and music is crucial to surviving in the work world. Not only are headphones the international symbol for ‘I’m busy leave me alone’ but they also provide music that lets you block out the office hubub that can often be detrimental to actually getting work done.

Today Lifehacker has a great post on how music affects your brain and how you can use that to your advantage. Some of those advantages include:

  • recalling memories
  • boosting your immune system
  • enhancing your exercising
  • helping you cope when under pressure
  • fighting fatigue & boosting productivity

Music, it’s not just for blocking out annoying coworkers anymore.

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Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith wrote a song called “Tatoonie” and the video is the StarWars trilogy boiled down to two minutes and animated with paper.

P.S. Marginally related, for all your Halloween costume needs How to make a Stormtrooper helmet using milk jugs.

No batteries required: Gifts for all the geeks in your life

The Genius Collection

Who couldn’t use a small pack of geniuses hanging out at their desk to provide inspiration and encouragement? Plus, these are just about the cutest little action figures ever. And if geniuses aren’t your thing, there’s also a Revolutionaries, Scientists, and Artists. Oh, and a writers collection sure to please nerdy bloggers everywhere.

[Buy at Jailbreak Toys]

You Rock Letterpress Cards

I can tell you from experience that these cards do, in fact, rock. This awesome design comes on beautiful, heavy card stock. The best thing about these cards is that they’re all occasion — thank you, happy birthday, Valentine’s day — is there any event where this sentiment isn’t appropriate? No, no there isn’t.

[Buy at Etsy]

A Beautiful Tea Pot

I am resisting the urge to make a ‘cup of tea’ joke here. It’s difficult. What I don’t have to resist is talking about how beautiful this tea pot is. Look at it! It elevates making tea to an art form. Pretty rad for the tea-fanatic in your life.

[Buy at Uncommon Goods]

Justice League Shot Glasses

These are cool, and not just because I have a Superman thing or because I spent all weekend reading Identity Crisis. Sometimes after a hard day fighting crime or making the Internet safe for surfers even the superest of heroes might like to knock back a shot of tequila. [Buy at Etsy]

Ampersand T-Shirt

Ampersands seem to appeal to both font nerds and designers (and well, let’s face it, all people with impeccable taste), so much so there is an entire blog dedicated to this special character. Here I show you the Baskerville tee (because it looks most like the Caslon one I’ve got tattooed on my arm), but they’ve got 10 different fonts to choose from.

[Buy at the Ampersand Shoppe]

Robot Pint Glasses

Last week while out to lunch with my friend Seamus I boldly proclaimed that robots are cooler than pirates, ninjas, cowboys, and zombies. These glasses just prove my point. It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking chocolate milk, a nice lager, or Tang, you’ll look infinitely cooler when you’re sipping out of a glass with a robot on it. Trust me, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

[Buy at Etsy]

The Future is Unwritten, a Joe Strummer Documentary

This one kind of breaks the “no batteries required” theme I had going. I blame it on my cubemate, who I call Trip Shakespeare. Trip’s a musicgeek and when I was looking for a music-geeky gift, this Joe Strummer documentary was the first thing that came out of his mouth. It’s a safe bet for the musicgeek in your life.

[Buy at Amazon]

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

This is the gift suggestion that gives me the most trepidation. It’s a gamble putting a novel on a list like this, but I’m going for it. Why? Because not only was The Gargoyle one of the best books I read all year, it’s also the one which will have to broadest appeal. This tale of a former-pornstar who is severely burned in a car wreck who, while recovering, meets a bi-polar sculptress who claims to have been his wife, a former nun, back in like the 1300s. And that’s just the part that’s easy to summarize. Part fantasy, part romance, and all the way awesome, this genre-bending book will please everyone from snooty lit snobs to hardcore genre-loving-geeks. I promise.

[Buy at Amazon]

Need more ideas? Try these:

The Zeus Jones Holiday Gift Guide
Mighty Goods’ 16 Perfect Gifts for Geeks
The Pioneer Press’ Tech stuff to tuck under the tree
Vitamin’s 10 Web Geek Gift Ideas

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