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Ligatures are fun!

Typophile speculates. We have several symbols in english that stand for words commonly used enough that simplifying their written forms (@, &, %) became common. What would have happened if chat-speak had become common before computers, people started writing them in shorthand, and type foundries realized that we needed a Helvitica Medium Bold version of the WTF ligature?
posted by eriko on Nov 23, 2005 - 41 comments

It's ten PM. do you know where your firefox is?

Ever wonder what your browser is really like? Does it lurk in the shadows of the local pub or pool hall? Does it give too many 404s then it gives really cool websites? Look no further, introducing BrowserSpy, all the scoop you need to know but were afraid to ask.
posted by wheelieman on Aug 1, 2005 - 2 comments

The meek shall inherit the prom

Steuard Jensen for Prom King! Three nerds get the resident high school science geek on the ballot for Prom King, and...well, you'll have to read the story to get the answer. Like in fiction, sometimes in real life the protagonist/hero comes from the most unexpected position.
posted by Kickstart70 on Jul 22, 2005 - 14 comments

Say Yes or Die, Toots.

In the Future, Everyone Will Propose Via the Internet. Sluggy is running ad free today in order to allow some guy to propose. The New Geek Standard -- threaten your fiance-to-be with pistol packing mini-lops on your favorite website.
posted by psychotic_venom on Jun 2, 2005 - 27 comments

Time Warp to 1983!

Commentary, insights, and first impressions of the new Star Wars film, "Return of the Jedi."
posted by Snyder on May 19, 2005 - 39 comments

its a bargain!

Cray Supercomputer for sale on Ebay. Starting price is only 10% of it's original cost!
posted by crunchland on Feb 27, 2005 - 41 comments

Not just for Trekkies anymore...

Fandom is, at the core, neither good or bad. It simply is. [+]
posted by FunkyHelix on Feb 16, 2005 - 17 comments

Nekkid Czech Nerds

Czech? Check. Tech? Check. Clothes? Not so much. [probably NSFW] via Gizmodo
posted by stonerose on Jan 27, 2005 - 32 comments

Celebrating 100 years of Einstein's influence on Physics

This year has been declared the World Year of Physics. Why 2005? To celebrate 100 years since Einstein published three papers that revolutionized physics. In the U.K. and Ireland it is being called Einstein Year, but there are many events planned around the globe.
posted by achmorrison on Jan 26, 2005 - 5 comments

squick-o-matic

well, this ought to take care of that pesky problem of your glasses always sliding down your nose.
posted by crunchland on Dec 15, 2004 - 77 comments

abandonia.com

abandonia.com... home to abandoned DOS games, for discussion and download.
posted by crunchland on Nov 30, 2004 - 40 comments

Something not about the election.

The Geek Guide to Kosher Machines : How the industry makes appliances Shabbat safe.
posted by Karmakaze on Nov 3, 2004 - 16 comments

Especially the Hulk from issues #272 to #378.

Ernie Cline - Spoken word. Unleash your Geek.
posted by seanyboy on Aug 26, 2004 - 10 comments

End of an era

It's official. The Hubble Space Telescope is blind, and probably won't be resuscitated.
posted by crunchland on Aug 7, 2004 - 32 comments

Doom 3

Doom 3 site goes live.
posted by crunchland on Jul 18, 2004 - 58 comments

omae wa otaku da!

Midaregami: The Japan Hierarchy. The stratified hierarchy of Japanese society is mirrored onto those foreigners who choose to live in Japan. Inspired by The Geek Hierarchy.
posted by gen on Jul 12, 2004 - 3 comments

free games

free games ~ Rockstar Games gives you two of their classic games, Grand Theft Auto (the original) and Wild Metal, modified to run on modern machines. [note : download at your own risk, windows only executables]
posted by crunchland on Jul 9, 2004 - 25 comments

The Geek in all of us

Geek Prom Has been going on for a handful of years now, here is an older news story 'bout it. That is all, nothing earth shattering. Cheers
posted by edgeways on Apr 16, 2004 - 6 comments

the sphere

the sphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows XP. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such a icons and applications.
posted by crunchland on Apr 16, 2004 - 33 comments

Da da da!

Remember Tunak Tunak Tan? Here's footage of a bunch of people (the University of Buffalo Pep Band) dancing to Tunak Tunak Tan. The original video was previously discussed on MeFi here.
posted by jragon on Mar 23, 2004 - 6 comments

Geek Plates

GEEKPLTS4U. License plates of the geek set and the stories behind them.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Nov 28, 2003 - 12 comments

GEEK!

Geek: Proud Label or Slanderous Epithet? On becoming comfortable in your own skin. via InstaPundit
posted by vito90 on Mar 6, 2003 - 13 comments

Why Nerds are Unpopular

"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?
posted by AccordionGuy on Feb 17, 2003 - 61 comments

The First Community Blog?

The First Community Blog? Five years ago today, Caleb Donaldson pulled the plug on Geek Cereal, a social experiment that began on March 21, 1996. Some of the links don't work like they should anymore, but the calendar will get you to all the juicy bits. An interesting little time capsule. The site's demise is mentioned in this Ghost Sites 1997 obit, and in this virtual eulogy from Caleb's dad on MIT's website.
posted by tpoh.org on Oct 24, 2002 - 6 comments

The word is out! The current chic in geek is clean-cut. So trim those beards (unless, of course, you practice the Muslim faith), drop the microbrews and drugs, and learn how to appreciate wine. Do it for the children, lest the terrorists win.
posted by WolfDaddy on Sep 10, 2002 - 51 comments

The link between geekiness and Aspergers Syndrome (a mild form of autism) is fairly well known, if not scientifically proven. But now, a study reported in tbe BBC says that there's a wildly high incidence of childhood autism where geeks are mostly mating with other geeks...
posted by baylink on Aug 17, 2002 - 40 comments

How much is inside?

How much is inside?
posted by Spoon on Jun 14, 2002 - 19 comments

Best Case Ever.

Best Case Ever. As in computer case, just in case you couldn't case it out. dig? anyways. like someone else said, this thing says 'geek pimp' all over it.
don't be a hater!
posted by jcterminal on Apr 23, 2002 - 24 comments

Guitar Geek

Guitar Geek diagrams, in loving detail, the (probable) effects and speaker setups of an incredible number of guitarists and bassists. Examples range from super-stripped down to staggerly huge to downright bizarre. It's pretty cool (and, admittedly geeky) in a sick, fanboy kinda way.
posted by 40 Watt on Dec 20, 2001 - 36 comments

A keyboardless keyboard

A keyboardless keyboard, a keyboard that constructs characters in any language, and a thing that does everything else. New gizmos on display at Comdex.
posted by liam on Nov 16, 2001 - 14 comments

"He hit me for HOW MUCH?????"

"He hit me for HOW MUCH?????" Famous last words of RPGers. Geeks of all kind will revel in it's nostalgic value. (via zannah.)
posted by lotsofno on Jul 18, 2001 - 10 comments

Tonight is the Sexiest Geek Alive Contest

Tonight is the Sexiest Geek Alive Contest in San Jose. Who will be crowned Sexiest Geek?! I can barely contain my enthusiasm for this (is it just me, or do they sound like the cast on a really awful and boring reality tv show?).
posted by mathowie on Jun 20, 2001 - 20 comments

In looking for a Hurricane Andrew image to illustrate a point on the ham radio thread, I came across evidence that the weather geeks may be the geekiest of all. Cool pull quote inside.
posted by baylink on May 9, 2001 - 9 comments

Happy birthday, theobvious.com!

Happy birthday, theobvious.com! Five years on the web is a hell of a long time. A round of applause for Michael!
posted by fraying on Aug 1, 2000 - 3 comments

jon kats on "geek profiling":

jon kats on "geek profiling": "W.A.V.E joins new sofware "security" programs ... being tested in public schools in America to compile and computerize information on students believed to be dangerous or potentially violent. This new rat-on-kids industry is an offshoot of the Geek Profiling anti-Net hysteria that broke out all across the United States after the Columbine High School killings, whose first anniversary is fast approaching. Despite the fact that horrific incidents like Columbine are extremely rare, and that the FBI and Justice Department have both reported that youth violence has dropped to its lowest levels in more than half a century, the belief persists in much of America that technologies like the Internet (and activities like computer gaming) are turning otherwise healthy school children into mass murderers."
posted by palegirl on Mar 29, 2000 - 7 comments

I'm a gadget freak and I've got lights in my house controlled by my computer. But the folks at misterhouse.net have taken it 10 steps further. There's a web interface to all sorts of things, inlcluding the lighting system, the vcr, and reminders of new mail. That's some pretty nifty geek stuff they have going on there.
posted by mathowie on Nov 16, 1999 - 0 comments

The California DMV has a cool search engine for custom license plates,

The California DMV has a cool search engine for custom license plates, but pretty much anything with the words 'web' 'nerd' or 'geek' are taken. About the only remotely interesting thing I could find was TEKGEEK.
posted by mathowie on Nov 16, 1999 - 2 comments

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