Image description: an analogue clock face, distorted so that instead of being circular, it spirals into the centre of the picture, with the numbers repeating. Image by Robbert van der Steeg, Creative Commons BY-SA.
A question for you: what would have improved your geek life in 2010? What would be the one change that would have improved your geek year?
This is an open thread, thus, you are also welcome to discuss other topics, including but not limited to older posts.
Robots 1 “Lanky”, 3 “Pinky” and 4 “Brain” are from Diva in Australia. Robot 2 “Steamy” was from Bling in New Zealand last week.Â The 2, 3 and 4 should still be available, and in fact today I saw a ‘Best Friends’ version of Pinky, where he’s with an inversed black-with-pink-eyes friend.
I’m sure Colette would forgive me for this collection.
As this is an Open Thread, you’re welcome to post links to things you’ve found (…like moar robots for me?) and discuss issues other than geeky jewelry. It’s up to you!
Takes me back to my youth, playing Tux Racer. For nostalgic folk, or for people who have never yet controlled a penguin sliding down ice on its round belly while cheesy music plays, the version of the Tux Racer game that seems to be still actively developed is Extreme Tux Racer, versions available for Linux, MacOS and Windows. What other freely available games do you play in nostalgic moments?
If you have something to talk about other than penguins changing altitude, or game nostalgia, feel free. This is an open thread for discussion of anything of interest, including older posts, winter plans, summer days, and geek feminist rallying.
Note from Mary: this was submitted for Wednesday Geek Woman. I want to keep the series to specific geek women, but I thought I’d use this for an open thread:
This is a guest post by Katie. Katie is a mostly a girl geek, photographer, bookworm, knitter, bellringer and activist. She lives and loves in London, England.
Her favourite geek woman is the “unknown” geek woman, the one out there who is living proof that being a geek is awesome, and that women are geeks too, even if she’s only known to her friends and family. This geek woman likes to learn, share and love, and she might not be a programmer or an intellectual, but she knows that you don’t have to be a typical nerd to be passionate about what you do, to be a geek. Katie likes to sing about the unsung heroines and heroes.
Yes, that might mean that you, the one reading this post right now, is her favourite geek woman :)
Originally conceived for release on 3″ CD, this four-track EP was inspired by the many difficulties encountered over the years by women who are writers and writers who are women. It encompasses glitchy droning ambience, mellow downtempo beats, aggressive drum’n'bass, and distorted rhythmic dance.
I’ve found I really like track two while I’m actually writing:
I listen to very different music when I write English (or French) than when I write code, though. For writing human language, it’s all about the classical with some jazz or wordless ambient electronica thrown in to mix it up. Or really, anything wordless can do in a pinch, but I find it hard to write and listen at the same time. And it’s much worse if I’m listening to a different language from the one I’m writing (an issue given that I radio-flip a lot and we’ve got a decent number of non-English stations here). But for coding, it’s completely different: there, it’s all about the uptempo (fast) stuff, and words are fine. As a teenager I once scandalized my parents and my friends by coding away happily to ABBA for hours, and I can listen to stuff while coding that I find to monotonous if my brain’s not engaged elsewhere.
So… what’s your music of choice for your geeky (and non-geeky) activities. Do you have any pattern?
And, as you likely guessed, this is an open thread, so feel free to talk about anything else that’s on your mind and needs sharing!
A friend of mine works in a biology lab working on cell motility and breast cancer research, and a while back she shared this amusing piece of marketing:
Biology equipment boy band! And it’s actually a surprisingly catchy tune.
Math also seems to inspire some entertaining music. For example, the “Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)”.
Got any other math and science related videos to share? Or anything else? This is an open thread, so feel free to discuss older threads, threads you’d like to see, links you’d like to share, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
Oh noes, we’re due for an Open thread. But myself and my family are sick and stressed. What shall we do? I know, we shall copy-kitty a Hoyden About Town regular feature, and post some lolcats, that’s what we’ll do!
What’s your silliest time-wasting site? What links suit your befuddled mind when low on energy? What silly blog feature do you wish you’d thought of first? Do you have a favourite picture of your pet? (Note: I won’t do the Hoyden admin magic to actually embed images in the comment thread. You are left with links, cold, cold, dreary links.)
This is also an open thread, for discussion of subjects of general interest, things in older posts, and things weâ€™ve never posted about.