TGIF – %-)

by Marie-Claire Jenkins May 28th, 2009 

Welcome to another edition of TGIF here on the scoop. The weather is getting cooler on this side of the hemisphere and warmer in the other. The change in season brings a change in lifestyle and habit. I'm wearing a wetsuit in the ocean and on the other side of the world you are in your swimmers. Well soon anyway! So this weekend you need to engage in a seasonal activity. Re-invigorate, get out and catch up with everyone :)

(Dont forget TGIF over at SFS!)

Without further ado…

Stuff I really like this week…

Tattoo sleves – these would be great fun. Wear them round your parents house or to work if you're in a conservative office environment.

Home decor for absolute geeks – wonderful stuff, I need to implement some of these.

The awesome-geek-themed cars list – wow – can you see yourself driving one of those?

The O'Reilly Geek Atlas – "you'll learn about 128 destinations around the world where discoveries in science, mathematics, or technology occurred or is happening now"

Oddities from NASA's image archive – wierd and fabulous images to ponder over.

Facts:

Early names for the Web: Information Mesh, Mine of Information, The Information Mine (TIM!)

The code for the web and the wed browser was written on NeXT. It was a computer built by NeXT inc headed up by Steve Jobs.

The first ever browser was called "worldwideweb" and could only run on NeXT.

The first ever server address was nxoc01.cern.ch

Pages viewed on that server:

August 1991: 100 a day

August 1992: 1,000 a day

August 1993: 10,000 a day

Quotes:

Question authority; but, raise your hand first. (A. Dershowitz)

Precise language is not the problem. Clear language is the problem.(R. Feynman)

Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end. (K. Gibran)

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer, you will find at least two human errors, one of which is the error of blaming it on the computer. (T. Gilb)

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. (D. Adams)

Tune of the week:

Peaceful – Georgie Fame (sing along now people)

Cool video footage of the week:

Aaaah…the excellent Eddie Izzard on computers! "

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