World War Z Shuffles Away From Being True to the Novel

World War Z Shuffles Away From Being True to the Novel

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

World War Z is not your traditional zombie story. Max Brooks managed to create a real and vibrant world where zombie hordes took humanity by surprise in blood and gore and fear. The book is a collection of interviews from a United Nations worker taken after the rise of the zombies and the slow defeat […]

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The Top Five Electronics of 2011

The Top Five Electronics of 2011

August 24, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 began the new decade with a technological bang. Products that once only appeared in science fiction magazines were popping-up on store shelves around the world. Homes and businesses were suddenly filled with gizmos and gadgets from another time. Here are the top five electronics of 2011: 1) Cyberdyne Challenge Hybrid Assistive Limb – HAL […]

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Ph. D. Candidate Eschew Mirrors, Raises Eyebrows

Ph. D. Candidate Eschew Mirrors, Raises Eyebrows

August 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

  Kjerstin Gruys is attempting to avoid her own image for a year, including mirrors and reflective surfaces. She explained that, after successfully shopping for her wedding dress, she”was getting really, really sick of staring at myself in the mirror. In those moments I felt like the worst version of myself–insecure, indecisive, vain.” She will […]

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Toy Line Nirvanna

Toy Line Nirvanna

August 20, 2011 | Comments (0)

You can ask any geek when they gave up action figures and they’ll almost always give you a heartbreaking tale of selling off their precious He-Man collection to pay for books at college, or of some bitchy step-mom dumping a ton of Star Wars figs, including Boba Fett, at a garage sale. Well, the joke’s […]

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Georgetown Basketball Brawl in China

Georgetown Basketball Brawl in China

August 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

Full-scale brawl breaks out at the Georgetown University vs the Bayi Rockets game in China. Real classy.  

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Nerdy or Just Lazy? Three Technologies That Push the Envelope on Sloth

Nerdy or Just Lazy? Three Technologies That Push the Envelope on Sloth

August 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

In today’s tech-crazy world, all kinds of things that were originally more complicated can be accomplished with a few clicks of the mouse or tapped out on touch-pad. Forget buying envelopes, stamps, and waiting weeks for a reply- an email, text, or instant message will suffice. Gone are the days of searching for a payphone […]

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Geek 101: How to Blog

Geek 101: How to Blog

August 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

Learning how to blog is easy, yet many people do not realize this until they jump in and get started. Blogging is done for many reasons. Some use it as an outlet for their emotions, while others use it for business, or simply to keep their friends and family up to date with what is […]

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Why Hunters Rock in World of Warcraft

Why Hunters Rock in World of Warcraft

August 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

In World of Warcraft (WoW) the new player has a choice of many types of characters and races. Hunters have always been very popular due to the usability of the class. The hunter class is very versatile and fun to play. They do specialize as a DPS class, but they have always been up toward […]

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The Strangest Video Games Ever Created

The Strangest Video Games Ever Created

August 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

Video Games have been a part of our culture for the past 30 or so years. From Atari to Xbox we have come along way and had a lot of fun doing it. Many of us have experienced every type of video game you can think of, or so we thought. Here is by far […]

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Google Plus – Social Network Killer?

Google Plus – Social Network Killer?

August 13, 2011 | Comments (0)

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’ve certainly heard about the new social networking war that seems to have cropped up with the introduction of Google’s new Google Plus (or Google+) network. Everyone from the users to that of the “experts” have singled out G+ as the Facebook, Twitter, and […]

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You Know You’re a Techno-Geek When…

You Know You’re a Techno-Geek When…

August 13, 2011 | Comments (2)

You get kidded all the time: Your friends tease you. Your family ridicules you, and you still think they’re all just jealous. Your state of denial is so encompassing, that you were awarded its own zip code, but still you resist admitting it, for its intensely personal. But how do you know you’re not just […]

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The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh… Wait, Why Pittsburgh?

The Dark Knight Rises in Pittsburgh… Wait, Why Pittsburgh?

August 8, 2011 | Comments (1)

With filming complete in India, The Dark Knight Rises has descended on Pittsburgh. While Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were filmed in Chicago, the latest installation is being filmed in various locations in and around Pittsburgh. While The ‘Burgh has a reputation for excellence in football and hockey and is also noted for both […]

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Red Lake Freaks Out the Unlearned: Nerds Point and Laugh

Red Lake Freaks Out the Unlearned: Nerds Point and Laugh

August 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

  The front page of MSN today links to an article stating that the OC Fisher Reservoir has turned, as they call it, ‘blood red’. Located in western Texas in San Angelo State Park, the reservoir was once home to a well-stocked population of bass and was a prized spot for anglers, hikers, and bird […]

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Resistance is Futile

Twittering Sci-Fi Stars: a Non-Exhaustive List for Star Trek and Firefly

July 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

Launched in July of 2006, Twitter is a micro-blogging site that allows users to post short vignettes of up to 140 characters. By following feeds, you can keep up with all of your friends, as well as celebrities, musicians, and performers. Here are some of the Twitter feeds for the best actors and actresses in […]

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Asked the Highlander, via Freddie Mercury: Who Wants to Live Forever?

Asked the Highlander, via Freddie Mercury: Who Wants to Live Forever?

July 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

The first person to ever live to be 150 years old has already been born, according to Aubrey de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist. One of the co-founders of the non-profit SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation in California, de Grey serves as the chief scientific officer and has authored an encouraging study on the […]

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Gluttony is Not a Sport

Gluttony is Not a Sport

July 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

The ability of one man to scarf down 62 hot dogs in ten minutes is somehow front-page news according to Yahoo. As a paragon of geek culture, I simply can’t fathom why this dubious achievement is worthy of news, let alone the front page. Not only is this dangerous and wasteful, it’s disgusting. To make […]

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Transformers Blows Up Box Office: Reactions Mixed

Transformers Blows Up Box Office: Reactions Mixed

July 5, 2011 | Comments (0)

  Transformers: Dark of the Moon (and oh how that title screams for another noun, like SIDE) has raked in $97.4 million dollars, making it the top-grossing opening weekend in film this year. Some fans are blowing up the ‘net, raving about the awesome graphics and 3D shooting techniques. However, critics and a boatload of […]

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Supporters Save Series, But Could They Back One?

Supporters Save Series, But Could They Back One?

June 26, 2011 | Comments (0)

The Nielsen ratings are not always the infallible statistics critics and pundits would have us believe. In fact, there are a veritable truckload of shows that have been saved by a loyal fan base expressing their outrage at an undeserved cancellation. When pleading, threatening, sending postcards, and spamming the network’s contact email doesn’t work, fans […]

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Asteroid Coming Close on Monday

Asteroid Coming Close on Monday

June 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Only discovered on June 22nd, an asteroid the size of a house (estimates are from 10 to 50 yards in diameter) will come within 7,630 miles from Earth’s surface on Monday, June 27th at 17:00 UCT (noon in the centeral U.S.). For reference the moon is 200,000 miles away from the Earth. Kudos to LINEAR […]

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Nerdly Videos: Dancing Edition

Nerdly Videos: Dancing Edition

June 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

In my wanderings around the ‘net, I have amassed quite a favorites folder. Most of it is work related, some links are to blogs I frequent, but, on the very bottom of the list, I have compiled a sub-folder that exists purely for the laughs. Here are my top four picks for nerdalicious, awesomely bad […]

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Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

Make Your Own Backyard Listening Station

June 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Humans have long questioned whether or not the Earth is home to the only intelligent life in the universe. As technology has advanced, more people have become interested in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, creating a field known as “SETI.” SETI is an acronym that stands for the “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence,” and professional astronomers and […]

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Geek Health: The Three Most Terrifying Diseases You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Geek Health: The Three Most Terrifying Diseases You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

June 18, 2011 | Comments (4)

While the jocks of the world may be freaked out by the loss of body control associated with Huntingdon’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Parkinson’s Disease, those who value their intellect have other fears lurking in the recesses of their superior minds. Dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease. Amnesia. All waiting to attack without warning! Scared yet? […]

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Google + Facebook = Doom

Google + Facebook = Doom

June 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Google and Facebook are both among the most potentially evil corporations imaginable. If they’re not releasing your private information with ‘accidental’ security breeches, they’re picking and choosing what information they think you should know. Can you imagine if the two joined forces? What a nightmare! Here are my predictions for the horrors that would befall […]

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Raising Nerdlings: Should You Home School?

Raising Nerdlings: Should You Home School?

June 13, 2011 | Comments (0)

Whether your kids are young and approaching school age or are already in school and expressing dissatisfaction, home schooling is a topic that many smart parents are taking into consideration. While statistics on exactly how many children are home-schooled are impossible to extrapolate due to lack of registration, many extraordinarily successful people have been home […]

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The Three Most Embarrassing Moments of Star Trek TV

The Three Most Embarrassing Moments of Star Trek TV

June 8, 2011 | Comments (1)

As a life-long fan of all thing Trek, I’m sure I’m not alone in being nonplussed, outraged, or simply stupefied by some of the dubious decisions made for the shows. Casting, opening themes, and even some of the plot elements have caused me great pause over the course of five television series. My peeves concerning […]

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How Does a Frickin’ Laser Beam Work?

How Does a Frickin’ Laser Beam Work?

June 4, 2011 | Comments (1)

You might remember Dr. Evil’s pool of sharks with “frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads,” but do you know how a laser beam actually works? We don’t have Dr. Evil here to help us explain it, but we’ll do our best. Laser (“Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”) was first termed in 1959. […]

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Geek 101: Getting the Most Battery Life Out of Your Gadgets

Geek 101: Getting the Most Battery Life Out of Your Gadgets

June 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

In our hyper-mobile, communication-hungry society, tethering yourself to a collection of portable gadgets has become an accepted standard of living. If you’re tied to your cellphone, iPod, laptop, and Bluetooth device 24/7, you know how annoying it is to be caught with a dead or malfunctioning battery. However, there are several practices you can adopt […]

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Do or Do Not, There is No Try

How to Put Up With A Nerdy Significant Other

May 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Have you found yourself in a relationship with someone who seems like they’re cheating on you – with fictional characters? It can be extremely frustrating to be with someone who spends hours every day playing video games or role playing games. Sometimes, it may feel like they don’t want to be with you, or care […]

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SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

SETI Allows You to Help Search for Aliens

May 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Dr. Carl Sagan The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has plagued humanity for ages. With the advance of science and space exploration, the possibility of finding life occurring elsewhere in the universe is becoming more and more likely. However, the gulf […]

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Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

Rockstars of Science – James F. Bell III

May 27, 2011 | Comments (1)

Professor James F. Bell III is an astronomy scientist who has recently received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science for his contributions in bringing the public greater understanding of current discoveries and research in the planetary sciences. Professor Bell’s work focuses on creating complete pictures of the different physical […]

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The Five Most Stupid Things People Do on Facebook

The Five Most Stupid Things People Do on Facebook

May 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

There’s a ton of articles making noise on the web about stupid things people do on social media sites to get themselves fired. While being conscientious about the fact your boss and coworkers can see your posts is great, it’s not the end of the line. Although some geeks are very Facebook etiquette-savvy, others need […]

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Ten Signs You Are a CoD: Black Ops Addict

Ten Signs You Are a CoD: Black Ops Addict

May 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter game wherein multiple users can band together and blow one another away over and over again in a series of interactive environments. With several different modes, a plethora of weapons, and a seemingly-endless amount of other players to take on, Black Ops can become quite an […]

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Geekly Gourmet: Sustenance for the Cerebral Soul

Geekly Gourmet: Sustenance for the Cerebral Soul

May 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

When intellect is your most prized attribute, keeping it sharp is one of your number one priorities. Knowing what to eat to keep your brain humming along at peak efficiency can be tough. Energy drinks, meal replacement bars, and protein shakes have all been known to make wild claims of increasing mental alertness and stamina. […]

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Uh Oh, I Discovered Xtranormal

Uh Oh, I Discovered Xtranormal

May 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Maybe I am easily amused, but this text to speech animation creator is the coolest thing.  And it is responsible for the unlimited number of Yo mama joke fights on youtube.  So I had to join in and make one. Go make your own.

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Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Jennifer Connelly

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Jennifer Connelly

May 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Now 40, Jennifer Connelly has been working for thirty years. A polyglot who is fluent in French, Italian, and English, she has excelled in virtually every arena she has tried. A successful child model, she segued seamlessly into acting before taking up humanitarian causes with Amnesty International. A mother twice, she is currently expecting her […]

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We Are Going to Need More Bruce Willis!

We Are Going to Need More Bruce Willis!

May 20, 2011 | Comments (0)

Discovered on December 28, 2005, the asteroid 2005 YU55 made its first pass of the Earth on April 19th. Passing within 1.5 million miles of Earth, which is roughly six times the difference between us and the moon, the asteroid then continued on its trip around the sun. While this asteroid has been deemed harmless, […]

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Sci-Fi Retro: DS9 Series Finale Revisited

Sci-Fi Retro: DS9 Series Finale Revisited

May 20, 2011 | Comments (2)

June 2nd will mark the 12-year anniversary since the series finale of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Having recently re-watched all seven seasons in sequential order over the last few months, primarily while working at my computer, I am left with quite a mixed reaction to the series finale. Whether you think the Bajorans were […]

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Transformers Fans Inquire: Who is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley?

Transformers Fans Inquire: Who is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley?

May 19, 2011 | Comments (1)

With Megan Fox not reprising her role as Mikaela Banes, director Michael Bay was forced to consider a new love interest for the upcoming film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Instead of plucking an actress from the A-list ranks of proven, bankable names, Bay has chosen Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Who? Exactly. Rosie was discovered by Profile […]

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Once Upon a Time Coming to ABC

Once Upon a Time Coming to ABC

May 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

It seems that the major networks are taking to fairy tales for their fall line-ups. NBC has a trailer up on IMDb.com for their new series, Grimm: Once Upon a Crime, and ABC has put together a very respectable cast for their new venture entitled Once Upon a Time. Featuring such names as Jennifer Morrison, […]

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The Gump Tees Story

The Gump Tees Story

May 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

From childhood, I was entranced by all things geeky. While other kids were out playing tag and riding bikes, I was in the basement setting up my first underground lair. My lab centered around my interests and was quickly cluttered with comic books, chemistry sets, empty Mountain Dew cans, and gutted computer towers. My friends […]

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Where to Meet Smart Ladies (And Places to Avoid)

Where to Meet Smart Ladies (And Places to Avoid)

May 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

Now that you know how to date successfully, many of you are already whining. “But Matt, where do we meet the ladies? I work hunched in a cubicle, surrounded by a hundred other guys. The only female I see daily works at the Starbucks in the lobby, and she’s a grandma to sixteen!” Relax, guys, […]

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Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Carrie-Anne Moss

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Carrie-Anne Moss

May 16, 2011 | Comments (1)

Most recognized for her role as Trinity in The Matrix series, Carrie-Anne Moss can’t get away with the usual Hollywood disguise of wearing sunglasses to gain some anonymity. ” I cannot wear sunglasses,” she says, “as soon as I put them on, people recognize me.” While the svelte mother of three may not be able […]

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Where The Real Vampires Came From

May 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

The concept of the vampire is nothing new, they’ve been cropping up in literature in one form or another for hundreds of years but recently they’ve become more popular than ever as they’ve transformed from Gothic creatures of horror to Romantic heroes for teenagers everywhere to fall in love with. As with anything, you have […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in the News: Will He Be Back?

Arnold Schwarzenegger in the News: Will He Be Back?

May 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal and professional lives have been front-page news lately. The announcement of his separation from his wife of 25 years last Monday was indeed sad news, but other recent reports concerning the fifth installment of the Terminator series has caused a flurry of excitement from fans. At a well-preserved 63 years old, Arnold […]

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Social Gatherings for the Cerebral: A Survivor’s Guide

Social Gatherings for the Cerebral: A Survivor’s Guide

May 15, 2011 | Comments (1)

We’ve all been there. Trapped in a social setting while someone drones on and on about some random sports figure and their dubious statistical accomplishments, you try not to yawn, nap, or slip into a coma. Then the conversation drifts to contestants on reality television shows. Your eyes glaze over, you sip at your cocktail, […]

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Don't follow these rules and this is who you'll be stuck with.

Geek’s Guide to Dating

May 13, 2011 | Comments (0)

If you’re the kind of guy who’d rather watch The Big Bang Theory or code the night away than suffer through conversations about reality television in some tedious bar, take heart. While dating isn’t the easiest for geeks, it can be done. Einstein was married for 17 years before the death of his wife, Elsa. […]

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I need to research this and see if it ever came to pass.

Cool Space Pictures I Scanned Today

May 11, 2011 | Comments (0)

Just popped open the box on my new flatbed scanner.  I have always wanted one for some unknown reason.  Only took just a few minutes to set up and install.  But I discovered a problem. With 2 printers, cell phone, keyboard, mouse, camera, desktop hard drive and NOW a scanner I’m getting low on USB […]

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Things Coworkers of Nerds Put Up With

Things Coworkers of Nerds Put Up With

May 9, 2011 | Comments (0)

Here is what should be an innocuous conversation between two colleagues.  One asks for input into a potential vacation spot in Orange Beach.  Instead of the responding as any normal human would, I offer the following: PS. Trek purists will be sure to point out that Security Officer only relates to a specific time aboard […]

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Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Summer Glau

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Summer Glau

May 8, 2011 | Comments (11)

If you call yourself a geek, you instantly recognize Summer Glau. With leads in Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, and The Cage, Summer has attracted more starring roles in her 29 years than many actresses twice her age. Not one to slouch, she has also taken smaller roles in other nerd-centric entertainment such as […]

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Geek 101 – Leasing Your First Dedicated Server

Geek 101 – Leasing Your First Dedicated Server

May 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

It happens to all webmasters. We run our first site for a while. What was at first a formidable task becomes less daunting. The natural impulse is to expand.

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New glasses can be tough on kids.

Positive Self-Esteem Ideas for Children Who Wear Glasses

May 5, 2011 | Comments (1)

If your child has recently had to start wearing glasses, they may be at risk of feeling different or alienated from their peers. As a parent, you can provide your child with positive encouragement and reminders that they are neither different nor being alienated from their friends.

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Can corporations do better than governmental agencies?

NASA and Commercial Space Exploration: The Future of the Final Frontier

May 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

With the space shuttle due to be retired in mid-2011 after almost 20 years of service, geeks everywhere are wondering what the future of space exploration will hold. Was the Narrator of Fight Club right? Will the big corporations name everything in deep space exploration: IBM Stellar Sphere, Microsoft Galaxy, Planet Starbucks? Not exactly. Where […]

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We all have to start somewhere

Starting Model Rocketry As a Hobby

May 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

Having Fun with Model Rockets Model rocketry is a hobby that is enjoyed by many enthusiasts. For many beginners, it is necessary to understand the two main parts of model rocketry: the building and then the launching of rockets. For those who are just starting out, a model rocket kit is the best way for […]

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What’s Happening with Firefly/Serenity?

What’s Happening with Firefly/Serenity?

May 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

For a series with a lifespan almost as short as its namesake, Firefly sure has created a lot of flutter. Running for three months from September 20, 2002 to December 20, 2002, the series suffered from ho-hum ratings and high production costs that forced Fox to pull the plug. In the summer of 2005 Serenity, […]

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Shark Bait

May 1 – Not Just For Communists Anymore

May 2, 2011 | Comments (1)

Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, was shot by a United States Navy Seal on May 1st, 2011 in Pakistan. This news comes exactly eight years after former President Bush’s highly-controversial ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. During this speech, Bush declared that “major combat operations in Iraq have […]

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Why so Blue? You had a good year.

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Zoe Saldana

April 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last ten years, you recognize Zoe Saldana immediately. Best known for her roles as Uhura on Star Trek and Neytiri in Avatar, both roles that she has agreed to reprise, Zoe is both a classic beauty and an actress unafraid to stretch in a role whether […]

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Somebody stop the ringing

Hearing Strange Noises? It’s Not Tribbles in the Closet!

April 29, 2011 | Comments (2)

If you have been noticing a whining, crackling, or screeching noise in one or both of your ears, relax. It is not aliens attempting to contact you, so put down the tinfoil hat. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom of any one of a huge plethora of causes, most of which are benign […]

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Start at the beginning my young padawan

Geek 101 – How Do I Find My MAC Address?

February 13, 2011 | Comments (1)

What is a MAC address? A Media Access Control (MAC) address is a unique ID assigned to a network device. It is made up of six pairs of characters separated by colons, like this: 01:11:11:11:11:ab Each character can be a digit from “0″ to “9″ or a letter from “a” to “f.” Sometimes when the […]

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BRAINS...oh and some rutabagas too

Nerds in Suburbia: Home Furnishings

February 9, 2011 | Comments (0)

While the stereotypical geek lives in his Mom’s basement, surrounded by tech next to a mini-fridge stocked with Mountain Dew, some have created their own little havens in the suburbs. You never know, we could be your neighbor! Here are some of the most awesome home furnishings a nerd could ever want to pimp their […]

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Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Natalie Portman

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Natalie Portman

February 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

Sharing the birth date of June 9th with other A-listers Johnny Depp and Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman’s success almost seems predestined. Recognized primarily for her portrayal of Padme Amidala in Star Wars episodes one through three, Natalie is also an accomplished scholar with a love of mathematics “because there’s always an answer.” A two-time […]

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