Nothing reminds us of how insignificant we are in the universe more than pointing a space telescope to a seemingly dark area and finding over 10,000 galaxies!
With 1 terabyte hard disks costing less than $100, it’s pretty amazing how far we’ve come.
Consider this: back in the early 80s, according to a random commenter on Reddit, this totally awesome 10MB hard drive from XCOMP went for a shade under $3400. Check out the ad below and be awed!
The details? The 4MB version was priced at $2898, and the ad copy made sure to highlight the benefits of this hard disk line compared to… 5 1/4″ and 8″ floppies. And as this was before everyone started using DOS, compatibility with the CP/M OS was advertised as a plus. …read more
Thanks to Chris Brown and some awkward dancing, this wedding march is probably the most fun ever.
Yes, Forever squarely falls under R&B (or is that hip-hop?). Nevertheless, such an offbeat way to kick off a wedding just seems so geeky.
Turns out the way a door was oriented made sure Armstrong would be the first human to set foot on an extraterrestrial body.
Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which featured Neil Armstrong becoming for the first man on the moon. One of the few times in science fiction when reality matched the imagination (for late 60s geeks at least).
So why did Armstrong end up enjoying the first of firsts? (indeed, currently the only first not based on Earth) It all had to do with the way the lunar module—the vehicle mission commander Armstrong and pilot Buzz …read more
Seems scientists have isolated the chemicals responsible for creating and maintaining memories. More interesting is the discovery of a chemical that can suppress memories. As reported:
Fenton, who specializes in spatial memory in mice and rats, devised a way to imprint animals with memories for where things are located. He taught them to move around a small chamber to avoid a mild electric shock to their feet. Once rats learn, they do not forget. Placed back in the chamber, they remembered how to avoid the shock.
But when injected with ZIP (a Zeta inhibitory peptide) directly into their brains, they had to …read more
Big Download claims “the success of the new Star Trek movie has made many die hard Trek fans wonder what happened to the timeline of the previous TV shows and movies”. But practically all of them already knew the whole-alternate-universe-existing-on-a-different-quantum-frequency thing long before the movie came out. Making the Star Trek Online timeline below (courtesy Atari through BD) totally unnecessary:
Heck, I’m sure savvy fans have even figured out the dissolution of the Klingon-Fed alliance, given the messy inter-galactic politics started towards the end of Deep Space Nine and continued during Picard’s final days on-screen. But it’s always good for geeks …read more
Remember that Giant Gundam statue, under construction to meet a 30th anniversary Gundam celebration deadline? Looks like building is nearly complete, and looks like the finished statue can emit mist, do sound effects, and execute some limited head motion! Check out the video below:
Constructing an 18 meter (59 foot) tall Gundam is quite the geeky feat. And it’s funny how a mere head turn made the onlooking Japanese exclaim in delight. Imagine the crowd’s reaction if some engineer from the future secretly converted the statue into a fully-functional Gundam! Oh yes, I know you want that to happen as much …read more
The Mobile Suit Gundam animated series has apparently been around for at least 30 years, and in celebration of that an 18 meter tall giant replica is currently under construction. It’s set for a July 11 to August 31 showing at Shiokaze Park in Odaiba, an artificial Island within Tokyo’s waterfront district.
The lower half of Gundam’s body, which measures about 11 meters high, has already been constructed. After other parts of the character’s body are finished, including the head, arms and torso, they will all be assembled.
The completed Gundam statue is expected to weigh nearly 35 tons, move its head …read more
Here’s an email I received a couple days ago. Looks like it was mistakenly sent to me:
Y’all be careful about what you publish on Facebook during business hours.? [censored] and [censored] are always watching, and I know of one person that has been fired for improper internet use.
[censored] ARM, CAM
First Management Services
Oh wow, I originally considered not censoring the names in the email (and the position of the addressee in the salutation. But I’m not someone who relishes sabotaging someone the career of someone else—even if they be a stranger.
But I do wonder: what kind of Facebook activity would …read more
Trekkies everywhere should be in love with Dream Cheeky, because the site’s apparently coming out with a Star Trek themed VoIP speakerphone soon. Constructed like that classic gadget that was William Shatner’s outlet for hammy acting, answering calls with the Star Trek USB Communicator is a simple matter of—you guessed it—flipping the cover up! Talking handsfree is of course accomplished via speakerphone.