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Scientist: Now that the garbage is in space, Doctor, perhaps you can help me with your sexual inhibitions?

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

09.01.2010 (5:40 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog, Geek Fun

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski is a literary mash up, of the movie The Big Lebowski, a Cohen Brother classic, with the literary style of The Bard himself William Shakespeare. At first glance this might seem a little out of place, but it’s not, there’s something just a touch Geeky about rewriting a movie into Shakespeare, and I felt this was important enough to share with everyone else of the world. So sit back, enjoy, and get your dude… er knave on!

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

Facebook rainbow!

07.01.2010 (10:14 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

Bra 150x150 Facebook rainbow!Facebook, and a good portion of the social side of the internet is ablaze with colors and questions as to why. Well as many are figuring out women posting colors are referring to the color of their bras. That’s right, but this isn’t just some crazy viral idea started by horny teenagers. Rather this was started as a viral way to raise breast cancer awareness. This has already exploded on Google Trends which rates searches for facebook color status at volcanic! Very cool to watch something spread so quickly over such a large population group. To whomever started this congrats on spreading your message!

Return of the Geek

07.01.2010 (8:17 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

It’s been a bit but I’m back and better than ever! Expect more in the next weeks on the latest products and issues in the world of tech.

Google of Alexandria: Library of the Future

04.09.2009 (5:29 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

There is something uniquely tactile about sitting down with a good book. The feel of the pages, turning a page with anticipation to find out whats going to happen next, or folding over a corner to mark your spot. With the increased demand, and push for digitization of information however this is starting to shift. Google Books Library Project, seems to be creating a paradigm shift towards a new way of reading and accessing information. Google as an entity already stores and catalogs massive amounts of data freely accessible on the Internet making this shift a logical step in the quest to be a repository of everything. Google has even gone so far as to patent a book scanning device that will account for the curve of the page and flatten it without distortion. Google is not the only one that is pushing for the digital distribution of books and writing. Amazon has their Kindle many schools already provide only resources either through online 24/7 books, or through electronic reserve. Publishers such as O’Riley offer there own subscription based access to many of their books.

CNN recently put up an article as well about the future of libraries. CNN talks more about the shift of libraries to meet the demands of Generation Y, where libraries are turning from dusty havens of the shushing librarian to hip multimedia based forums. Chances are we’ll just see equally quiet people sitting on laptops using Wi-Fi to access online databases of books, but there could be further shifts towards a more immediate sharing of information, though these physical locations will compete with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where an audience can be much larger. Like the printing press before it, digital distribution of books, novels, poems, short stories, ad infinitum, this will allow more people to share and access media than ever before. I think there will always be a special place for books, even in future looks at society such as Star Trek, where people access most of there data through Kindle like PADDs, books still show up often as treasured artifacts of those that enjoy the tactile feel and physical experience. However, the day and age where books were the only way to read a novel is quickly coming to an end.

People of Walmart Viral Website

03.09.2009 (9:45 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog, Geek Fun

PeopleofWalmart logo People of Walmart Viral WebsiteCNN has an article on a a viral website titled People of Walmart. For all its wealth of information, sometimes the best thing to come out of the internet is a website like this. Seriously, its like therapy, reminding you that as weird and messed up as you are, there’s always someone out there that’s just a little more so…

CNN article

People of Walmart

On The Twitter Blackout

07.08.2009 (10:55 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

Tech users and social networkers alike are all obviously aware now of the outage of Twitter yesterday (Thursday) morning. Now that the dust has settled it seems that rather than directed at Twitter (and millions of unsuspecting users) it was rather directed towards Georgian (Country not state) blogger Cyxymu. The attack comes a year after the trouble in South Ossetia and could very well be retaliation for the bloggers views. Quite troubling in its own right but there is something else I want to take a moment to say. I read on CNN that users reported everything from extreme frustration to near panic level events. One 24 year old woman even went so far as to compare it to having phantom limb pains. My message to anyone who felt this near panic, or anything more than mild annoyance… STOP IT! Seriously, put down the phones, put down everything, get outside, stay in, go anywhere I don’t care, but disconnect for a while. People don’t need to know when you’re scratching your arm, waiting in line at the store, or watching whatever the latest teen drama is. I’m not saying Twitter can’t be a great tool to keep tabs on news updates, to keep in touch, but if you’ve come to rely on this to live your life you have a serious problem and need to stop and reevaluate your life.

Happy Pi Approximation Day

22.07.2009 (9:05 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog, Geek Fun

pi 300x288 Happy Pi Approximation DayAll of us here at Geek Junk, all 3.14 of us, want to wish everyone out there a Happy Pi Approximation Day! Go out and cut loose! To help with the festivities I have added a Pi Approximation Day Comic just behind the cut! more »

We Came in Peace For All Mankind

20.07.2009 (8:25 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

600px aldrin apollo 11 300x300 We Came in Peace For All MankindHere Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind. more »

Netflix Sorting Facility

16.04.2009 (8:36 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

Netflix Sorting FacilityI saw this on a friends website, and had to share. As a Netflix customer, I get my DVD’s in the mail, open them up, watch them, send them back, always cognizant that there has to be some process of sorting, packing, opening and repacking, but the sheer volume of this really doesn’t show itself till you see the magnitude of DVD’s that workers are sorting BY HAND. That’s right, the majority of the work is done by hand. Take a look at the rest of the pictures and see for yourself. Netflix Sorting Facility.

TEA Party Protests and Technology

16.04.2009 (8:22 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

boston tea partyThe TEA Party protests made national headlines yesterday as April 15th, aka Tax Day rolled by again. Hearkening back to days long past, protesters evoked the Boston Tea Party as a symbol against big government, and taxes in general. These were generally organized by conservative organizations, although the roots of this organization spread across party lines, in part it did seem more like an Anti-Obama day protest rather than a genuine outburst of the original sentiment of the 1773 protest. All that aside though, this article is not going to be about how I felt about the protests which while not necessarily agreeing with them, I still love the fact that I live in a place where they were free to make those protests without fear of government troops firing on the crowd, or mass arrests being made. For those that are curious though, this article pretty much sums up my views, oh the irony that it was from Fox News. Tax Day Blog Post. Anyway, the real reason I was interested in the Tax Day TEA Parties were how they were organized. more »