- Explore the world of Tolkien through numbers.
- What would realistic space battles look like?
- Something to add to your wishlist: A power-generating iPad rocking chair.
- Combat Kitcheware for all your combat/egg frying needs.
- The Atlantic takes a look at the brains of freestyle rappers. Super fascinating.
- Engadget apologizes to commenters for writer’s opinion.
- Has the internet gotten nice?
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection, 35 Years of Characters.
Sure this story comes from The Daily Mail a questionable British tabloid. And sure the comments section question the ‘science’ of the story. But that doesn’t make the fact that an alleged UFO in the Baltic Sea looks like the Millenium Falcon any less hilarious, does it?
I didn’t think so.
Seriously, just watch it so you can see the faux-George Lucas sing, “I think they should let it go or they’ll never get a StarWars that you used to know.” It’ll crack you up, even if you’re not a StarWars fan.
Suddenly the LEGO Death Star at $399.99 seems like a pittance. Students at Lehigh University set out to estimate how much it would cost to make a Death Star. You can read all about it. It’s a lot. Now, before you get that Kickstarter kicking you should know this:
“But, before you go off to start building your apocalyptic weapon, do bear in mind two things. Firstly, the two billion death stars is mostly from the Earth’s core which we would all really rather you didn’t remove. And secondly, at today’s rate of steel production (1.3 billion tonnes annually), it would take 833,315 years to produce enough steel to begin work. So once someone notices what you’re up to, you have to fend them off for 800 millennia before you have a chance to fight back.
That LEGO Death Star keeps looking better and better.
Today is Programmers’ Day. How September 13th (and September 12th during leap years) was chosen to represent programmers is so nerdy, I’m still not entirely sure I understand it. What I do know is that this is probably the awesomest way to decide the day of a holiday ever. From Wikipedia:
The number 256 (28) was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte—a value well known to programmers. Starting from zero, the 256th value represented by a sequential permutation of 8 bits is unsigned integer 255 or hexadecimal 0xff or binary 0b11111111. 256 is the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year.
Wondering what to get your favorite programmer? How abou this rad StarWars Moleskine notebook. All programmers like StarWars, right? That’s like a job requirement I think. Heck even non-StarWars lovers will dig the notebook.
Load up the Google Cal or iCal or Outlook or if you’re old-fashioned the Paper Calendar, and mark down these very important dates in Nerdom. If for some reason the video embedded below doesn’t want to appear for you, you can watch it here.
Kai’s Free Buzz is pretty legendary around The Nerdery (and those who partook at the Webchallenge). The Free Buzz is almost as legendary as Kai’s emails announcing its availability. Here’s a nice excerpt from one explaining exactly what the Buzz is:
“It’s the thickest, chewiest, blackest, most jacked up coffee you’ve ever had. So fresh that even before the hot water hits it, the grinds are still warm from the grinder. So thick, you’ll be sucking the residue from in between your teeth for hours. So jacked up that if Mondays were anthropomorphic enough to have fingers, they’d be slapping your arm looking for a vein.
In the ever-brutal battle between hot things and cold things, pitch black concentrated coffee is often caught in the middle. In the middle of boiling water; in the middle of crushed ice; in the middle of your mug; in the middle of your mouth; in the middle of the morning.”
Imagine the kind of epic nerd caffienegasm that could happen if Kai’s Buzz was made with Star Wars Vader’s Dark Side Roast Coffee from ThinkGeek?
The mind boggles. Really.
It’s not every day that an esteemed U.S. Senator meets an Intergalactic Bounty Hunter, we’re just happy that when it finally happened it happened at the webchallenge. As if it would happen anywhere else.
- Over at Finance & Commerce Bob Geiger has a rundown of The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of 2010 Marketing. We’re especially thankful that we’ve landed in the good bucket.
- Here’s a follow up to the Nerd Girl who was being bullied for liking StarWars.
- Help make this go viral: Cookie Monster audition to be host of Saturday Night Live.
- File this under ridiculously adorable: StarWars Mice Collection.
- 26 ways to kill Comic Sans.
- Where do ideas come from? Seth Godin has a few ideas.
- Wholly mesmerizing and beautiful, Richard Wilkinson’s process GIFs.
- The etymology of OK.
- Slow technology adopters throughout history.
- If your heart needs a little warming, check this out: A young nerd girl needs support and quickly racks up 1000 comments in support of nerdiness and being different. Nerd power!
- 11 most controversial Google doodles.
- An open letter to Wired regarding their coverage of women in tech.
- I wanna hold your type, on the creation of The Beatles logo.
- Video game cocktails.
- The first internet router.
- 20 things I learned about browsers & the web.
- How low can your logo go? A content to design the worst logo ever.
- May the Force of typography be with you.
- Popular Science’s 100 best innovations of 2010 the list includes HTML5, the iPad, a robot vacuum, and 97 other cool things (also see Time’s best inventions of the year).
- Angry Birds sequel will reveal pigs’ point of view.