January 2012

  1. Weird

    Beautiful Time Lapse Film Captures the Very Large Array as It Scans the Skies

    For those unaware, the Very Large Array is a collection of radio telescopes out in the desert near Socorro, New Mexico. With it, scientists are able to probe the edges of the universe, and witness amazing sites invisible to the eye. It was also a critical set piece in the film Contact, and what's more, the sight of all those radio antennas pointing skyward is more than a little iconic. Using time lapse photography and motion graphics, film maker Douglas Koke lets the amazing telescopes take center stage in his short film Signal to Noise. It's a pretty amazing look at an astounding piece of human ingenuity.

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  2. Science

    Self-Guided Bullet Prototype Can Home in on Laser Targets

    Considering that we have military technology that includes cameras that can be fired out of grenade launchers, drones that have their own drones, and tiny computers that can be used as Wi-Fi hacking grenades, it's kind of surprising that we don't have homing bullets yet. Well, now we do. Sort of. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully made a prototype of a self-guided bullet that can home in on a laser designated target at distances of more than a mile.

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  3. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/30

    Julian Assange will appear on The Simpsons, but recorded the segment under house arrest (Mashable) Computer glitch could delay flights of over 150 airlines (The Next Web) This bunny is herding sheep (The Daily What) Listening to Mozart won't make you smarter (Gizmodo) Sexpocalypse (io9) 6 injuries of the modern era (Mental Floss) Vi Hart ruins SpongeBob (Vi Hart) (title pic via your worst nightmare)

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  4. Gaming

    EverQuest Finally Goes Free-To-Play

    After its big brother, EverQuest II, went free-to-play (which we mentioned here), the original EverQuest will follow the trend of the current MMO market and finally become free-to-play. EverQuest released way back in 1999, and though it wasn't the first graphical MMO, or even the first graphical MMO to enjoy some sort of popularity, it certainly pioneered the genre's popularity. Now, finally, if you've been wondering how the game is still going strong since 1999, but never wanted to pay to find out, you can just hop into the world of Norrath come March for no extra charge, and familiarize yourself with your favorite genre's roots.

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  5. Weird

    This Massive Cocktail Chart is Maddeningly Complex in Its Alcoholic Beauty [Infographic]

    Speaking as Geekosystem's resident booze snob, I love a good cocktail. However, I have a really hard time keeping recipes straight which is why this enormous chart from Pop Chart Labs would really come in handy. On it, you can find just about everything you need to know in order to make 68 drinks, all coming from 40 kinds of booze, a collection of mixers and garnishes. It even tells you the preferred glass to serve it in. The only thing this chart won't do for you is provide the mysterious alchemical talent needed to transmogrify a good drink into a great one, but might justify the purchase of some arcane items. All the better.

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  6. Tech

    GPS Shoes Do Exactly What You’d Think They Do

    If you want to track someone's whereabouts, you can do something sneaky like put a bug on their car, or hack their cellphone, or just stalk them. On the other hand, you could take the easy route and just give them a stylish pair of Aetrex GPS tracking shoes. Before you get too confused, these shoes were designed with a very specific purpose in mind, keeping tabs on those individuals suffering from Alzheimer disease or dementia. They aren't for spying; they are not nearly suave enough for that.

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  7. Tech

    F-BOMB is a Tiny $50 Computer That Makes Spying Terrifyingly Easy

    People do a lot of important things on the Internet. Maybe you use it make purchases, and pay bills. Maybe you use it to plot the destruction and overthrow of the government. Either way, you probably aren't too keen on being spied on. Unfortunately for you, the F-BOMB (Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors) makes it easy. Also, it has the sort of pained-acronym name that I can really get behind.

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  8. Entertainment

    The Ridiculous Dance Moves of Nathan Barnatt Will Make You So Happy [Video]

    What does a nerdy turquoise turtle neck and jeans combo have to do with popular French singer Yelle? Nothing, except when said ensemble is inhabited by Nathan Barnatt, whose outrageous globe-hopping dance moves are a reminder that you should dance like the entire Internet is watching and judging you, or something like that. Amazingly, this video claims to have been shot without green screening. You'll see why that's impressive once you get a few minutes in. Trust me, it's worth it.

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  9. Weird

    Tweeting About Partying and Quoting Family Guy Gets U.K. Tourist Jailed, Deported

    Leigh Van Bryan, a bar manager from Coventry, England, was planning on having a very good time during his trip to these United States last week. In a series of tweets, he announced his intention to party his ever-loving brain out while in the U.S.. His words were, perhaps, a little a crude, but Van Bryan could not possibly have imagined the furor his flippant tweets would earn him. When his plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, Van Bryan and his companion Emily Bunting were arrested. For tweeting.

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  10. Tech

    All MegaUpload Data May be Deleted by the End of the Week [UPDATED]

    Following the surprise takedown of MegaUpload, the countless thousands who had been using MegaUpload's cloudspace for perfectly legitimate purposes - -sending files across the globe, for instance -- have been wondering what's to become of their data. As it turns out, there's a good chance it's going to disappear. Forever.

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  11. Tech

    Want to Get Hired by Apple? Get Ready for a Nine Month Interview Process and Working on Fake Products

    Here's a fun little tidbit from a talk by Adam Lashinsky, author of Inside Apple, at LinkedIn's headquarters. In it, Lashinsky and a member of the audience shoot back and forth about Apple's rigorous interview process, which can last up to nine months or longer. They also touched on how Apple is able to maintain its (nearly) impenetrable veil of secrecy, a big part of which is hiring people they can trust. "But how does one prove their trustworthiness to Apple?" I hear you cry. By working on fake products.

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  12. Entertainment

    It Turns Out Ferris Bueller Returned to Promote Honda [Video]

    Last week, a ten second teaser starring Matthew Broderick surfaced, in which he seemingly took on the role of Ferris Bueller once again. It was a bit mysterious, but we all knew it was for some kind of promotion. Well, it turns out the whole campaign is to promote Honda. Specifically, the CR-V. It also turns out that Broderick isn't technically assuming the role of Ferris Bueller once again, as he's referred to as Matthew Broderick in the ad, though just about everything else regarding the ad is Ferris Bueller -- including the music, Broderick's speech mannerisms, as well as all of the gags.

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  13. Weird

    Alien Brain Hemorrhage Cocktail

    The above image does not depict a shot glass full of red Kool-Aid that was left in a very warm garage for a few months, but a drink intentionally made to look insane. Dubbed the "Alien Brain Hemorrhage," the cocktail consists of half a shot glass full of peach schnapps, with Bailey's Irish Cream poured on top. Once the shot is almost full, a small amount of blue curacao is added, and once that settles, a small splash of grenadine tops the drink off. Head on past the break to check out a video of the concoction.

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  14. Gaming

    Freddie Wong Attempts to Master the Power of the Fire Flower, Hilarity Ensues [Video]

    You didn't think that could have ended well, did you?

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  15. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/29

    At home, with Hitler (Daily Mail) Iron Sky, the fan-funded farce about moon Nazis, gets a premiere date (YouTube) 20 pictures of cats in sinks (BuzzFeed) Caterpillar camouflage (TYWKIWDBI) Steve Jobs remembered on Apple's campus (9to5 Mac) Horrifying, realistic Space Invader (CGHub) Ever wonder what human eyes taste like? (HuffPo) (title pic via T-Rex Trying)

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