Wednesday Links: The World of Tolkien through Numbers

Unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic looks suspiciously like the Millenium Falcon

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.

How much would it cost to make the Death Star?

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.

Happy Programmers’ Day

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.

Gourmet whole bean coffee hand roasted by Stormtroopers

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.

Friday Links (on Wednesday): The Holiday Edition

Friday Links: Nerds rally to support young StarWars fan