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In the spirit of San Diego Comic Con, the White House is set to host a special geek-themed Google+ Hangout tomorrow, July 19th, at 12:00 PM ET to celebrate the geniuses pioneering real-life superhero-style technology. The event, part of its “We the Geeks” series, will cover recent innovations in materials science that could potentially take us to infinity and beyond, like impenetrable liquid armor, self-healing and touch-sensitive synthetic skin. Joining the Hangout are notable experts including (but certainly not limited to) James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, Nathan Landy, a Duke University graduate student working on an invisibility cloak and Nate Ball, host of PBS’s Design Squad Nation and inventor of the Batman-like Ascender. Got a question for these real world Tony Starks? Share it via Twitter or Google+ using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks.
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Texas Instrument’s TI-84 makes fast work of charts and equations like no one’s company, however it’s done so for years while sticking to an outdated black and white display. Now, nonetheless, it appears like that’ll alter for a minimum of one taste of the souped-up digital abacus. Cemetech forum user 0rac343 posted a photo of a TI-84 + C Silver Edition, claiming that it was one of 24 offered by TI for in-classroom testing and that it’s slated to launch next spring. Tech Powered Mathematics states that a contact who’s dealt with Texas Instruments has actually verified that the calculator is the genuine McCoy. In reality, the company’s internet site has a page where visitors can register for updates about the number cruncher in question. With the support of the refreshed TI-84, we might finally be able to inform if Blinky, Inky, Pinky or Clyde is the ghost chasing us down in the hardware’s Pac-Man clone.
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As if George Lucas wasn’t currently milking his money-printing franchise for all it’s worth, comes this GPS gem from Japan. To the (presumed) delight of fanboys all over, navigation maker Dinos has inked a licensing deal with Lucasfilm that conjures up an all-out, Star Wars-themed vehicle nav system. From the orchestral theme popular music at startup to the voice support carried out by the original Japanese VO actors (Darth Vader and C-3P0 only), the 5-inch LCD mount is practically the memorabilia stuff of a grown-up, scifi geek’s wet dream. There’s also a method choice option to let individuals pledge their allegiance to either the “Empire” or the “Rebels,” in addition to 20 different custom car indication symbols. Seems fluffy enough, however the unit even does double responsibility as a OneSeg TV tuner and can easily also be made use of as a standalone set. It’s on sale now for 39,800 Yen (US$ 507), but unless you’re living in the Land of the Rising Sunshine, this import’s simply kitsch for kitsch’s sake.
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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.
This is the cookoo, a smart timepiece created by former Microsoft product developer Peter Hauser. Connecting to your smartphone over Bluetooth, its analog face stands in front of a digital display that lights up when you’ve got a phone alert. Its USP is that it’s a more cultured way to check if you’ve been tweeted than simply whipping out your phone every few minutes. It promises to last up to a year on a standard watch battery and the buttons around the bezel even allow you to check in to Foursquare. It’s been designed to be so rugged, durable and waterproof that you can wear one all day — even at the pool. You can pledge $ 50 to pre-order one (it’ll retail for $ 99), but only if the company raises all of the $ 150,000 its set for a goal.
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This is an excerpt from Bruce Perry’s Fitness For Geeks, a blueprint for getting healthy in a connected world. In this section, he outlines the typical day for someone who wants to get healthy without gym memberships, expensive diet plans, and odd tactics.
And Now for Something Completely Different
Try this: you wake up without an alarm sometime soon after sunrise, with plenty of time to spare to make it to work.
It was a good sleep; you went to bed just after nine o’clock after having a snack consisting of coconut milk blended with blueberries and a little whey powder. You’re already savvy about getting enough REM sleep, but now you aim to bump up your deep sleep, or restorative NREM. You might even check out the wave chart your Zeo produced.
The first thing you do is pour a cup of black tea or coffee and go outside to this pool of sunlight you’ve noticed out your window.
You bask and reflect in it for a minute, perhaps followed by a few Tai Chi moves, push-ups on the lawn, or pull-ups on the jungle gym across the street from your apartment. You sip a bit more coffee and return to your living space to get ready for the commute.
Technically speaking, as you gazed up into the sky and basked in that sun, the light rays touched your retinas and were transduced by the hypothalamus and pineal gland in your brain, which has now helped set your circadian rhythms for the day.
The sun you got wasn’t much, not like spending the morning on the beach in the British Virgin Islands (gotta do that someday…), but it had the effect of lightening your mood, clearing your head, and kick-starting the day. You’ve sent the message to your body and your brain, “It’s morning and I’m well rested and ready to go.”
Every other day you stop at an intervening fitness facility to lift a few weights or do a 300-yard swim interspersed with a handful of 25-yard sprints—nothing too much, but today you’re biking to the train station, where they’ve thoughtfully included a place to lock your rig.
The train ride into the center of the city (Boston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Montreal; Zurich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, London, Sydney, Wellington, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto…) takes 35 minutes, and you stand for most of it, just because it feels better.
You kind of want to rack up more activity points on this web-connected, motion-sensitive, stair-counting altitude calculator you’ve clipped onto your belt (yeah, it’s called a Fitbit), although gear isn’t strictly necessary this morning. It’s just fun, in a geeky kind of obsessive way. You like quantifying and logging your exercise. This act itself seems motivating. The web charts your gear generates later are actually quite impressive. They can show your oscillating movement throughout the day, and pinpoint the days when you need more.
Gathering data is not useless when you act upon it.
The tool for adding up your daily motion mileage works with an odd “tail wagging the dog” effect; you seem to move more when you’re wearing it. Further, you never really knew that ordinary movement could equate to that much mileage during the day. More than six miles sometimes, even though your walks were broken up into several smallish ones. Plodding along on a treadmill just isn’t necessary anymore. You love looking at the stats at the end of the day. Just keep moving, you say to yourself. Seek the sun.
Hard-Boiled Eggs to Go
Breakfast today was two hard-boiled eggs (eggs bought the previous weekend at a farmer’s market), a piece of Swiss cheese, a bite of salmon left over from last night, and two plums plus an avocado (also purchased at the market). Yesterday, you fasted through breakfast, and that felt fine. Actually, the bit of coffee plus “intermittent fast” kept you pretty perky throughout the morning.
You’ve got a little plastic bag in your backpack containing the rest of the salmon, a mixture of almonds and walnuts, an apple, and a square of 85% high-cacao chocolate. In a pinch, there’s a good salad place near work. It only took a couple of weeks not to miss that bagel anymore, and especially all that crappy margarine (you go for really yellow butter now)—the sluggishness and lack of satiety it seemed to leave you with, and the way it seemed to take half the morning to digest it and the donut and scone you piled on top of it.
Hopping off the train, you walk about 30 minutes the rest of the way to work, on the sunny side of the street, even though you could have dipped into the subway or hopped on a bus.
Dude, Take the Stairs
Work is on the third floor of a tall building, but you take the stairs, walking briskly past a line of people waiting at the elevator. Their auras are uniformly glum, as if someone else is pulling their strings. You have never taken the elevator, including that time your supervisors were standing in front of it with expectant looks, suggesting they had an axe to grind.
You take the stairs two at a time, simply because the heft in your upper leg feels good. Your heart rate gets going, but not that much; you’ve noticed that improvement over the months.
OCD About Health
The morning goes on and you switch between sitting and standing in your cubicle—standing most of the time. You have a pretty good stand-up workstation setup. Besides, the standing for hours bumps up those motion and- mileage numbers, which no one else could possibly care about, except other users fidgeting with their tracking devices and apps and going online afterward with the data. You don’t mind having an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving healthy habits. You also don’t mind going without your gear for a day or two. No big deal.
About every hour or 90 minutes during the day, you head down those stairs again and back outside into the sun. When you get blocked on a sticky piece of code or logical problem, this brisk walk helps almost every time. Often, you experience casual moments outside that you always will remember and never would have experienced if you’d stayed in your cubicle all day, like that majestic hawk that hovered in the blue sky before it alighted on the ledge of a distant building. You tried to estimate its wingspan as it hung frozen in the cerulean blue.
Hey, He Likes Me!
That handsome dude or attractive woman with the healthy glow who spoke to you out of the blue that time when you were both sitting on a bench, chilling— that hadn’t happened to you in a long while; it’s usually just awkward silences and departures, ships passing at night. You’re going to see him/her again sometime; you’re going to swap phone numbers.
You take longer walks sometimes in the city, until you find yourself drifting around with a relaxed aimlessness, kind of like Owen Wilson in the movie Midnight in Paris.
You have the usual “meetings” (the quotation marks question their purposefulness) in the mid-morning and afternoon. You stand during both, and it seems to have a contagious effect. Two other people stood up during the second meeting, and you could have sworn both confabs went a little faster. You’re beginning to get a rep as “that healthy guy” around the office.
Knock Off Some Bench Presses
By the end of the day you’ve climbed about 12 floors and maybe walked a couple of miles or more (the number of miles you cover in a day, counting everything, always surprises you). A formal workout in the middle of the day is not necessary. But sometimes you duck into the company fitness facility on a rainy day and knock off some bench presses, pull-ups, and inverted push-ups. Sometimes it’s just a dash on a treadmill, or some karate kicks followed by Tai Chi. It takes no more than about 30 minutes.
Your workouts almost never exceed that length of time. When they do, horsing around would be a better way to describe them than workouts or training sessions: playing catch using a winged Nerf football with your son or a friend, or gliding along a country road on a mountain bike.
It All Adds Up to Something Good
Are you getting the point here? You’re able to shoulder a pretty hard job and commute, while staying healthy, mindful, and reasonably content. The days seem to flow more, instead of banging together like an extended train wreck, with you occupying the middle passenger car. Who could argue with that? You even get the monthly $ 50 bonus they pay at work to the employees with the fewest sick days!
The intent of the last assemblage of paragraphs wasn’t to get all vainglorious and virtuous about healthy lifestyles—although it was fun to write—as much as to paint a narrative about surviving the Digital Age and emerging from your days mostly unscathed (maybe an occasional bruised ego, but it comes with the territory, right?). This chapter has introduced some basic fitness concepts that the rest of the book will cover in sometimes extensive detail:
• Living in the Digital Age, where culture, data, and networks never sleep, but still incorporating the sun, lots of walking, and outdoor experiences— living closer to the imperatives of our preloaded software (our very deep past).
• The benefits of whole, non-processed, real food—and even a bit of “intermittent” fasting every week.
• The advantages of incorporating ordinary exercise regimes like stair climbing, lengthy, aimless walking (no matter how cold it is!), sprints, jumps, and hill-climbing extemporaneously, when you can.
• Using useful tracking tools and personal metrics to augment your fitness, share your progress with friends, help others work through some physical glitches or sleep issues, or for just plain time-wasting fun (when you have that time, that is).
• The importance of sleep and de-stressing; they could save your life.
• The advantages of other lifestyle tactics like freezing swims, saunas, and fasting, not to mention moderate exercise and a good drink now and then. These are examples of “hormesis,” or good stress (see Chapter 11). Unlike many faddish weight-loss and fitness schemes, the changes just described do not involve any expensive program or club fees, or drastic dietary changes (like “zero carb or fat”), except for the optional purchase of a few fun and useful gadgets or tools when you have a little extra change.
Nerds. Where would we be without their idle tinkering? Still pushing stones, we gather. But were it not for those breakthroughs, both high and low, us common folk would never know the charm of seeing the classic game Snake played with the use of ordinary recorders. No, not a tape or video recorder — we’re talking flutes here and, naturally, Arduino. With the aid of a hacked-to-bits Nokia 6110i, mobile engineering collective Kitchen Budapest was able to program directional controls for the retro title in Max/MSP (music software) via pitch detection, paving the way for one-note recreational fun. Eager for a peek of this flautastic feat in action? Then jump past the break to gaze at a slickly produced video tour of this novel, nostalgic hack.
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OFFICIAL REMIX VIDEO: www.youtube.com Follow Childish Gambino on Twitter! www.twitter.com Childish’s blog: www.iamdonald.com Track List For His EP 1. Be Alone 2. Freaks and Geeks 3. My Shine 4. Lights Turned On 5. Not Going Back Lyrics Gambino is a mastermind, Fuck a bitch to pass the time Mass Appeal, orange rind Smoke yo green I’m spending mine The beat is witches brew, but beware this shit is potent Ee Cumming’s on her face, now that’s poetry in motion Yeah, Gambino make it work, I’m the boss move something Yeah, This cool fucking suit me, the swag two button These girls be acting crazy when they’re dancing, Black Swan I ain’t fucking at the club, put your clothes back on This beat is a disaster, 9/11 this track Rappers wanna battle me, I have to mail their heads back And my clique make that dinero, so its time to meet the fockers I am running this bitch, you are dog walker Leaving with yo girl when we last seen each other You fucking with the baddest like we tag team Rihanna Fly girl on her knees, she don’t want to come near me My dick is too big, there’s a big bang theory Got her picture in my iPhone, what do y’all think? While y’all niggas masturbate, I’m in that Ariel Pink If I am just a rapper, man, you could’ve fooled me I’m the shit, when these dudes talk, they talking bull me I’m down with the black girls of every single culture Filipino, Armenian girls on my sofa Yeah I like the white girls, some times we get together Need a thick chick, so it’s black and …
Gas prices are going up again, not one single Gordon Gekko-lyte has been held accountable for the financial meltdown of recent years, and most of us are just now sobering up from a tax filing hangover. So if you’re looking for another reason to complain about the government, here it is: Reports are that 13 out of 36 surveyed FBI agents lack the skills to deal with cyber crime.
However, it’s Friday afternoon and the sun is — finally — shining in much of our soggy country, so we’re going to focus on the positive in this report.
Skip over the doom-and-gloom in the article and look at the bottom where Jason Mick writes, “Since 2009 the FBI has been trying to hire 3,000 new agents, with a heavy emphasis on individuals with IT experience.”
So if you’re a nerd and you’ve ever wanted to live out your War Games or Chuck fantasies, then Uncle Sam wants you!
The Geeks of AccessoryGeeks.com Are At It Again! Verizon iPhone 4 Accessories Are On Sale Now
AccessoryGeeks, a leading online retailer of cell phone accessories, iPod accessories, and iPad accessories, announced that Verizon iPhone 4 accessories are in stock and ready to ship at amazing prices.
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Supply issues hint at potential iPhone 5 delay
The iPhone 5 could be substantially delayed, claims FBR Capital Markets’ Craig Berger. The analyst cites information from the supply chain, such as casing and touch hardware producers, which are allegedly “still ramping up.” Some chip vendors are said to be waiting for “firm” iPhone 5 orders, while various components like camera sensors are described as “still in flux.”…
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Wintek purportedly making white iPhone 5 touch panels
Despite the white iPhone 4 not having yet appeared, claims have surfaced on Tuesday that Apple is committing to a specific touch panel supplier for a white iPhone 5. Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claimed that Wintek will be the only company supplying the touch layer for the future phone. Apple is “pushing” the white hue this year after having almost entirely missed out on it for the iPhone 4, the …
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Stocking stuffers are a must. These little, often trivial items, can make or break a Christmas morning. Whether you’re shopping for a fledgling nerd-in-training or one with a bit more XP, these stocking stuffers will certainly bring them a bit of joy and happiness. All items are under $ 13, giving the frugal gift giver a bit of breathing room in your holiday budget. Even if you don’t have a stocking to stuff this year, there’s probably something here to satisfy your requirement as a Secret Santa to either someone at work, or even as just a little gift to yourself.
Caffinated Nixie Tubes — $ 7.99 @ ThinkGeek
Because there’s no better way to kick off a long day of opening gifts and dealing with family than a tube of caffeinated sugar.
Prank Powder Decpti-candy — $ 5.99 @ ThinkGeek
Looks like the candy above, but is actually a collection of sour, staining, foaming prank candy. Use in place of a chunk of coal.
Google SPF20 Lip Balm — $ 7.90 @ Google Store
Everyone’s lips get chapped and everyone loves Google. Sure, it’s a bit overpriced compared to supermarket versions, but Google has to pay the power bill somehow.
Android Plush Robot — $ 9.99 @ ThinkGeek
The perfect stocking stuffer for the Android lover in your life — or the perfect gag gift for the family Apple fanboy.
Android Cap — $ 7.90 @ Google Store
Die-hard Fandroids get Android tattoos but it’s sort of hard to stuff a tattoo in a stocking. Give this hat instead.
Casio Data Bank Watch — $ 12.95 @ Buy.com
A classic that anyone from a hipster to an engineer will adore.
Know Your Knots — $ 12.95 @ GarrettWade
Knowing how to tie a knot is about as important as breathing. Therefore, giving this kit is akin to giving life.
Yoda Santa Hat with Bendable Ears — $ 10.99 @ Star Wars Shop
Think about it: the man can levitate, communicate with animals, manipulate physical objects including himself and travel at inhuman speeds. Santa’s a Jedi.
Monkey’s Fist Key Holder — $ 5.25 @ GarrettWade
Nothing says “I’m of the sea” than a keychain with a nautical knot you didn’t tie.
Bench Cookie Home edition — $ 11.99 for a four pack @ Rockler
A truly versatile device born for use in a wood working workshop. This version would still work in the woodshop, but has a slightly more residential finish. Use it to hold and elevate nearly anything, including notebooks.
Star Wars Chop Sabers — $ 12.99 @ ThinkGeek
If you can’t use chopsticks properly, at least you can have fun doing so.
Hexbug Micro Robotic Ant — $ 4.99 @ Radio Shack
Don’t buy just one, buy a bunch and fill the stocking with these little robotic ants. Creepy but fun. Just the way Christmas should be.
Zibit Mini Collectible R/C Robot — $ 9.99 @ Toys R Us
It wouldn’t be Christmas without random cheap robots shuffling around for dogs to attack and dads to step on.
The ThinkGeek EvilTron — $ 9.99 @ ThinkGeek
Think twice — then think twice again — whether you really want to give something that’s engineered to annoy, frustrate and drive a person to the nut house. Maybe this should make its way into your stocking.
Kingston 4GB SDHC Flash Card — $ 7.99 @ Newegg
Please don’t be one of those gift givers. You know the type. The people that give a game system, but no game. A toy, but no batteries. Give this memory card alongside a digital camera.
Titanium Spork — $ 8.99 @ ThinkGeek
Yeah, the spork is the ultimate eating utensil but it’s so hard to find a quality one in Macy’s. Buy this one instead for the Taco Bell lover in your life. Mexican Pizza tastes better when served on Titanium.
Seskimo Crabble Smartphone Holder — GBÂ£5.99 @ Seskimo.com
It’s a little known fact that most smartphones are about the same size so this cradle will work with both iPhones and Android devices. Crazy, yes. Spread the word.
Swiss Tech Utili-Key — $ 10.99 @ SwissTechTools
The perfect keychain accessory. Just hope that the TSA doesn’t start frisking at malls, schools and strip joints. They wouldn’t approve of the 6-in-1 mini-tool.
Keybrid Key-Keyring Hybrid — $ 8.99 per key
If you only have one key, make it this key. And then put the mini-tool above on it.
Screw Key — $ 5 for one philips, one flat
Okay, last key-related item. But this might be handy if you constantly find yourself traveling to the garage to get your screwdrivers.
OXO Cord Catch — $ 6.99 @ OXO
Goes on the desk, keeps mouse and USB cables from slipping back into the void.