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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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Nerdy Girl

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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Orbital Workshop Spacecraft Conceptual Drawing

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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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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Astronaut with various corporate logos

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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Rockets at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville

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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May 1 – Not Just For Communists Anymore

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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Zoe Saldana in Avatar

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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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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Old Computer

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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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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Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala

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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Robonaut 2

Watch the Super Bowl Pregame Show, For the Robots

February 6, 2011 | Comments (0)

Now I have a geeky excuse to watch the Super Bowl pregame show on Fox.  Robonaut 2 (R2) is going to make an appearance there today.  R2 is scheduled to launch into space via the shuttle at the end of this month. Although I don’t like the implications that something like this could effectively end manned […]

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Geek 101 – How to Find Your IP Address

February 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

What is an IP address? The “IP” in IP address stands for “Internet Protocol.” An IPv4 address is four numbers separated by periods. For example, localhost, the IP address your computer uses to send information to itself for testing, is 127.0.0.1. The size of this address limits the number of devices that can possibly be […]

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How Not to Meet Women: The Nerd’s Mating Call

February 3, 2011 | Comments (3)

While there are certain geek-centric segues one can use to attract females, these cringe-worthy gems are sure to earn you a slap to the face, a bewildered expression, or a cutting comeback. Here is a non-comprehensive list of pickup lines to avoid if you like having your pride, and teeth, intact. Thinly-veiled references are never a […]

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Droid X

I Need More Apps For My Droid X

February 1, 2011 | Comments (3)

OK, it’s been 2 months since I upgraded from a flip phone to the exciting new world of smart phones. And besides the default apps that came installed on my Droid X, I have the following: Fart Machine– by Twisted Device. This is a soundboard that has like 35 or so flatulence noises.  I thought it […]

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Thinking of Getting a Model Rocket

January 31, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I was a kid I remember building and launching a couple of model rockets with my little brother.  So now 25 years later I think my two girls might have fun doing it.  Something with a camera would be pretty cool.  They were out of our price range back in the 80’s and were […]

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Diablo 3 Splash

When is Diablo 3 Coming Out? Poll

January 31, 2011 | Comments (0)

What’s the hold up? Is this another Duke Nukem Forever disaster? Blizzard’s Official FAQ lists the release date as “Too early to say”.  My Godly Plate of the Whale is getting rusty waiting on this one. When do you think it’s coming out? QuestionsView Results

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Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Women of Sci-Fi Spotlight: Jeri Ryan

January 30, 2011 | Comments (6)

You probably recognize her most for her role as 7 of 9, the outrageously-attractive ex-Borg of Voyager. Perhaps you know her as Ronnie Cooke on Boston Public. Or maybe you half-remember the scandalous particulars of her divorce from former Senate candidate Jack Ryan. No matter how she caught your attention, Jeri Ryan is a force […]

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The Ten Worst Cliches of Fantasy and Sci-Fi

January 18, 2011 | Comments (3)

While it is true there is nothing new under the sun and that there are only seven stories in the world, some plot elements are over-used so often that the mere mention of them in a new piece of fiction is anathema. Whether you’re a budding writer, avid reader, or a film aficionado, here are […]

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Star Wars Swag: R2D2 Edition

Star Wars Swag: R2D2 Edition

January 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

The world’s most-beloved beeping trash can has been the subject of everything from t-shirts to lunch boxes ever since the first movie premiered on May 25th, 1977. Inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame in 2003, Artoo and his robotic life-partner C3PO have appeared on Sesame Street, on USPS boxes, and were the co-hosts of […]

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The Geekly Gourmet: Cookie Edition

The Geekly Gourmet: Cookie Edition

January 12, 2011 | Comments (0)

Searching for some nerd-o-rific nibbling ideas for your next all-night sci-fi marathon? Look no further. Here are some amazing, simple cookie ideas for the next Black Ops tournament or coding session. With Valentine’s Day looming next month, it’s also a good idea to order now and perfect your technique if you plan to make some […]

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Seven of Nine

The Ten Foxiest Women of Sci-Fi

November 13, 2010 | Comments (0)

In science fiction, it isn’t enough to simply stand there and be beautiful. After all, nerdy, intelligent men like nerdy, intelligent women! One-dimensional women bore a smart man, and these ladies are anything but boring. Here are the top ten most foxy -and- gutsy women of sci-fi. Katee Sackhoff Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica. […]

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Large mound of discarded computers and monitors

What to do with old tech?

November 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

Computers and other related pieces of hardware become obsolete faster than almost anything else because newer, faster models are constantly being released into the market. And while it can be hard to part with that computer you put together with your own two hands when you were just a tot teething on your first motherboard, […]

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Lamest Aliens

The Top 9 Lamest Alien Races

October 31, 2010 | Comments (7)

  In the world of sci-fi, there are many outstanding races, species, and cultures. The majestic Klingons, with their frightening dentition and enthusiastic mating rituals. The exotic, beautiful Na’vi. Even the Jedi, with their mixing of cultures, are fascinating in their variety. However, there are times when you feel the urge to leap to your […]

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Just one of the hundreds of billions of galaxies out there.

Do You Realize How BIG the Universe Is?

October 24, 2010 | Comments (2)

The curiosity of people has always been piqued by the cosmos, as for thousands of people have turned their eyes towards the sky in a state of amazement. People’s understanding of the universe was incredibly limited until the birth of the telescope in the early 17th century, a technological innovation that completely expanded the common […]

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Star Wars vs Star Trek

Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Make It So

October 22, 2010 | Comments (17)

  Should the Q ever indulge a sci-fi cross-over, Star Trek versus Star Wars would be the ultimate confrontation. Initially, First Contact and diplomatic relations would be established. Chewbacca and Worf would spar on the holodeck, Leia and Captain Janeway could discourse on the merits of one bun or two, and of course Luke and […]

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How to Buy Your First Arcade Game

October 21, 2010 | Comments (3)

Thinking of buying a used arcade game?. What a great idea! Going all the way back to the 1980s, arcades and arcade games have gobbled the quarters of generations of kids. They have provided hours of great game play for saviors of the univers, top-notch race car drivers, hungry chompers and more. If you are […]

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Ten Nerdalicious Non-Mainstream Movies

Ten Nerdalicious Non-Mainstream Movies

October 20, 2010 | Comments (6)

Bored and Nerdy? Here are some ‘off the beaten path’ movies you need to put on your netflix queue:

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You might be a techno geek..

10 Things To Do While Waiting for Tron Legacy

October 18, 2010 | Comments (3)

All those years ago when the original Tron came out, everyone hailed the film as being ahead of its time. Well, if the upcoming release of Tron Legacy is proof of anything, it’s that Tron’s time has finally come. Now, we’re not going to discuss too much about the new film, as certainly a lot […]

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