How the Death Star Works
— In this article HowStuffWorks
will look at the Death Star
inside and out, examine the fascinating history behind this powerful military and political tool
, discover other incarnations of the Death Star and learn about what really happens when you blow up a planet
. [via MonkeyFilter]
National Geek Day.
Neil "Sandman" Gaiman
& Joss "Buffy" Whedon
both have movies
coming out this weekend; in honor of the nerd confluence of events, Time magazine conducted a joint interview with the two.
"Why Nerds are Unpopular"
is an essay by Paul Graham
that looks at how being smarter than the average bear -- usually an advantage in "the real world" -- is a liability in the Lord of the Flies
world of adolescence. It's a long read, but an engaging writeup of the high school pecking order
, how the school structure encourages this behaviour, the freak/geek alliance
and gives some hope to the current crop of high school nerds (my fellow dweebs, it does
get better). Even though high school
is something like twenty years in my past
, I still winced when I read the essay. Were you one of the high school geeks? Are you one now?