Tag Archives: Nerd

Star Trek Amigurumi

30 Mar

*Sigh*
One day my crochet and knitting skills will be good enough to do uber nerdy awesome stuff like this.
But for now I’ll stick to crocheting scarves and jellyfish.
(via Jana Ford Knits)

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Oh, House!

28 Mar

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Nerd Nouveau

20 Mar

Beautiful art nouveau Serenity posters from Quantum Mechanix.



All of then are so beautiful. They also made posters for Reverand Book and Saffron.

And for you Dr. Who Fans (via the Internet, not QM):

St. Patrick’s Day Conversation

18 Mar

Me: “I’m deliberately not wearing green today. That way cute men and women will pinch me. If they’re not cute, then this red shirt I am wearing is actually green, and they are clearly colorblind.”
Phil: “If you happen to see people that look like Kirk, Bones, and Spock, avoid being around them at all costs. You know why. Those guys are awesome too, but clearly not worth the cost given your attire.”
Me: “If Kirk, Bones, or Spock were nearby, my shirt would be quickly removed, regardless of its color.”
Phil: “..well that solves that problem.”

Happy Pi Day!

14 Mar

HAPPY PI DAY!!!!!!!
❤ ❤ ❤

Today is March 14, aka 3/14, the official Pi Day!
Tis the most delicious of days!

It should be noted that today is not to be confused with Pi Approximation Day, which is July 22nd. (The fraction 22/7 is common approximation for Pi.)
Yeah, we take our holidays pretty seriously.
There is even a website dedicated to this day, so you know it is totally legit.
If you are at a loss of how to join in on the festivities, check out these helpful tips and learn how to properly celebrate the most mathematical of holidays ^_^

So, some fun facts about Pi:
* As this poster demonstrates, Pi is clearly the most romantic of numbers.


* The value of Pi has been, at last report, calculated out to the 5 trillionth decimal place, completed by Japanese system engineer Shigeru Kondo. Using his desktop computer and 20 external hard drives, it took him 90 days, and 64 hours to verify, with an estimated cost of $18,000.

*Musician Kate Bush actually sang a song about Pi, which can be found on her Aerial album. It’s quite soothing.

* π is an irrational number.  Its value cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction having integers in both the numerator and denominator, which is why the fraction 22/7 is deemed an “approximation”. 22/7 actually equals 3.14285714, whereas the first nine digits of pi are 3.14159265.

*  The decimal representation of pi never ends and never repeats. Pi is also a transcendental number, which implies that no finite sequence of numbers can render its value. Proving this fact was a significant mathematical achievement of the 19th century. (Thank you Wikipedia)


* Two common equations that use pi are the formula to find the area of a circle (A = πr^2) and the volume of a cylinder (V=πr^2h)

* Pi was first calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse, who really, really, really loved circles. So much so that when the Roman soldiers conquered the city of Syracuse, he was reportedly so engrossed in his work and simply failed to noticed the current invasion. When a Roman soldier approached Archimedes, he yelled “Do not touch my circles!” (The Roman soldier quickly cut off his head and moved on.)

* Many mathematicians claim that it is more correct to say that a circle has an infinite number of corners than to view a circle as cornerless. Stop and think about that for a second.

* At the 762nd decimal place of pi, there is a sequences of six 9s (an example of a repdigit). This is known as the Feynman point, named after the notoriously humorous physist Richard Feynman, who once claimed he would like to memorize pi up until that point so he could say “nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine and so on,” jokingly indicating that pi is a rational number.
Mathematicians have all the best jokes.

Oh, Feynman ❤

You may be sitting there thinking, “Holy crapsocks, this is the best day ever!!! How could today get any better?!”
But wait, there’s more!!!
Not only is today the most mathematically exciting day of the year, its also the birthday of freakin’ ALBERT ENSTEIN!!!!!
That’s right, 133 years ago, the famed physicist himself was gifted upon humanity.

Ladies, contain yourselves.

So, at 1:59 pm today, grab your favorite slice of pi, make your best Einstein face, and join the world in celebrating Pi Day!

R2-KT: The Pink Droid

11 Mar

The following was written by Jamie Frevele of The Mary Sue. I love it because it combines all the elements of a good story: cute kids fighting a tragic cancer, which completely tugs at your heart strings, and Star Wars droids, which completely excites one’s inner nerd. And the color pink, because its a freaking awesome color.

MEET R2-KT: THE PINK DROID INSPIRED BY A LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT CANCER

While this story isn’t what you’d call recent, it was so touching that we couldn’t ignore it. It’s also very sad, so consider yourself warned. But while it’s a sad story about a little girl’s fight with brain cancer, it’s a great story about how a bunch of Star Wars fans (some in very high places) made that little girl happy while she didn’t feel very well. It’s also an origin story, and we love those. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to Katie Johnson and the droid whose creation she inspired: R2-KT.

Back in November 2004, six-year-old Katie was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She immediately underwent chemotherapy treatment and bravely dealt with all the side effects. One day, in April 2005, when she and her family took a picture by their church, Katie noticed something about one of the big windows on the side of the building: it looked like R2-D2. And that gave her father, Albin, an idea — “[W]hy not build an R2 to watch over Katie as she slept (just like R2-D2 watched over Padme in Episode II)?”

So, the elder Johnson, who happens to be the founder of the 501st Legion, the world’s biggest official organization for Stormtrooper cosplayers that does charity work around the globe, got in touch with the R2 Builders Club to see about building Katie her very own droid. Albin and his older daughter, Allie, aimed to make it pink and name it after Katie (hence R2-KT).

However, the reality was that Katie wasn’t doing very well and time was running out. But the builders rallied and got R2-KT built and delivered a preliminary — but life-sized — model to the little girl’s house.

Sadly, Katie passed away in her sleep the following August. But she got to hang out with her faithful droid for a little while before having to leave it behind. R2-KT was officially completed on July 8, 2006, just over a year after the start date. Now, R2-KT visits conventions, children’s hospitals, and charity events all over the place.

To find out more about R2-KT’s ongoing adventures (and their current St. Patrick’s Day promotion), visit their official site.

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A.Theria’s Note: Definitely go visit the site. They have knit R2-KTs. Seriously, how can you not love that?

Dynamite Science Dance

7 Mar

To highlight some of the critical work being done at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, they gathered some of our top scientists, students, lab techs and dedicated volunteers, who turned on the music and danced!

Everyone should dance everyday, especially in the lab ^_^