John Gordon Ross

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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Steampunk-ish Rocket Ring!

Sunday 18 March 23:00:48 UTC 2012

Cool, though a bit ungainly. You could put your eye out. But…you’d look cool doing it.Etsy page for Mr. Hoover here.via Boing BoingNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ridley Scott Spills Sensational Prometheus Trailer, Teases Sequel

Sunday 18 March 22:55:26 UTC 2012

Director Ridley Scott unveils stunning new Prometheus footage for WonderCon 2012 crowds and promises: "I'm going to make another science fiction film as soon as possible." [Link]

Slashdot » Chinese Writers Sue Apple Over IP Violations

Sunday 18 March 22:55:00 UTC 2012

hackingbear writes "A group of 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against Apple, alleging its App Store sells unlicensed copies of their books. The Writers Rights Alliance, founded by Han Han, a young popular Chinese author and the worlds' most popular blogger, who is known for his cynical criticism of the government, petitioned Apple last year to stop … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Wolverine or Batman Looking Into a Mirror?

Sunday 18 March 22:00:29 UTC 2012

My eyes had a bit of a spaz when I saw this – even now when I look at it my vision gets blurry because I keep seeing one and then the other. Which do you see first?[Via World of Superheroes]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Indian Government To Tax Angel Funding

Sunday 18 March 21:33:00 UTC 2012

kousik writes "The Indian Government proposes to tax Angel Investment as income and is asking start-ups to pay a 30% tax on the funding. From the article: 'Ravi Kiran, co-founder of middle-India advisory Friends of Ambition (FoA) and member of Indian Angel Network told Firstpost: “There seems to certainly have been an error in understanding on the part of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Hitchhiker Poop Snails

Sunday 18 March 21:00:38 UTC 2012

Once these snails come out the other end, I doubt they’re ever the same.Intrigued by stories of live snails found in bird faeces, Casper van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen fed four species of marine snail to mallards. Most died, but 1 per cent of Hydrobia ulvae snails survived up to 5 hours. Mallards can cover 300 … [Link]

Slashdot » Google Is Planning To Penalize Overly Optimized Sites

Sunday 18 March 20:26:00 UTC 2012

tekgoblin writes "This is an interesting move by Google but not completely off the rocker for them. Last year they blocked search results from the co.cc domain because they believed they polluted the search results. Google plans to penalize overly optimized sites because they want to level the playing field for other websites who do not concentrate on such … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Pokemon Coffee Size [Pic]

Sunday 18 March 20:00:28 UTC 2012

Presented without comment.[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Mammoth "Metal Moles" Tunnel Deep Beneath London

Sunday 18 March 19:12:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that the first of eight highly specialized Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM), each weighing nearly 1,000 tonnes, is being positioned at Royal Oak in west London where it will begin its slow journey east, carving out a new east-west underground link that will eventually run 73 miles from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » AWESOME Ant Photography

Sunday 18 March 19:00:42 UTC 2012

These ants know how to WORK IT! Get it! Woo. Macro photography is freaking great. Artist’s Sitevia GeekologieNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Free apps eat up your phone battery just sending ads

Sunday 18 March 19:00:00 UTC 2012

Free apps spend most of their power sending targeted adverts – and can drain your cellphone battery in 90 minutes [Link]

Slashdot » Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

Sunday 18 March 18:01:00 UTC 2012

SonicSpike writes in with a story about the latest state contemplating raising revenues by taxing the net. "Downloading music, movies, e-books and Apps could soon cost Connecticut residents more as lawmakers consider a tax on digital downloads. The bill, proposed by the General Assembly's Finance, Review and Bonding Committee, would have consumers pay the 6.35% sales tax on any … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Destination Holidays for the Lazy Geeks

Sunday 18 March 18:00:32 UTC 2012

A collection of compelling travel posters, inspiring the lazy to explore whole new worlds. [Via College Humor]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Best Scenes From Leprechaun In Space

Sunday 18 March 17:00:31 UTC 2012

Yeah I know, by the time you read this, you’ll be recovering, toilets and maybe shirts and pants stained a bit by green beer. The greatest of all holidays, done. But! At the time I’m writing this, at 5:31 in the afternoon of March 17, the festivities are still on the horizon. Though I’m drinking already. Head start, you know. Can’t … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Microsoft’s New Experimental High Performance Touch Surface [Video]

Sunday 18 March 17:00:28 UTC 2012

Modern touch devices allow one to interact with virtual objects. However, there is a substantial delay between when a finger moves and the display responds. Microsoft researchers, Albert Ng and Paul Dietz, have built a laboratory test system that allows us to experience the impact of different latencies on the user experience. The results help us to understand how far … [Link]

Slashdot » Kim Dotcom's Assets Seizure Order Ruled "Null and Void"

Sunday 18 March 16:54:00 UTC 2012

thomst writes "Cnet's Greg Sandoval reports that New Zealand police filed for the wrong kind of restraining order–the kind that didn't allow for DotCom to have a court hearing prior to the seizure–and that was a mistake, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. A court has now ruled that the restraining order that enabled police to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Jedi Cat vs. Sith Cat: FIGHT! [Video]

Sunday 18 March 16:19:48 UTC 2012

Warning: Lower the player’s volume as soon as you hit play. The fight gets really loud at one point in the video.Now these are two really pissed cats![Via OW]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

Sunday 18 March 15:47:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to what many individuals think, not everybody on Slashdot went to college for a computer-related degree. Graduating in May of this year, my undergraduate degree will be in psychology. Like many undergraduate psychology students, I applied to a multitude of graduate programs but, unfortunately, was not given admission into a single one. Many are … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: Buy Final Fantasy XIII-2, Get Final Fantasy XIII FREE!

Sunday 18 March 15:40:04 UTC 2012

For a limited time, when you buy Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3 or Xbox 360) on Amazon.com, you get Final Fantasy XIII for free! A total value of $79.98 fo just $49.99[Buy Final Fantasy XIII-2, Get Final Fantasy XIII FREE!]BONUS: Get this AWESOME Horse Head Mask for just $19.99! (33% Off). No related posts. flattr this! … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Cell Phone Case Made From Napkins

Sunday 18 March 15:30:00 UTC 2012

So now, in a pinch, your cell phone case can double as (comparatively pricey) toilet paper. “Out again. Crap.” *looks at phone* “I’m so sorry about this.” They use a technique called “decoupage”, which seems to be a fancy way of saying “collage”. I think. Etsy page here.via technabobNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Slashdot » New iPad Jailbroken Already

Sunday 18 March 14:32:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Just hours after the new Apple iPad was released, it was jailbroken in three (how appropriate!) separate ways. This means that hackers have already found and exploited security holes to run custom code on the new iPad with iOS 5.1. The tools for jailbreaking your new iPad aren't yet available, but this first step means … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Prometheus – Official Full Length Trailer [Video]

Sunday 18 March 14:30:38 UTC 2012

In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.Thanks Oswaldo!No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Australian Saltwater Crocs Will Bite You in Half

Sunday 18 March 13:30:11 UTC 2012

When I used to live in Orlando, me and the wife would head down to Gatorland all the time. It’s fascinating, really, these strange dinosaur-like creatures. We fed them raw chicken once. Cool story, I know. Anyhow, in a sort-of follow up post to the whole “T-Rexes had the strongest bite ever” thing, it seems that the modern day king biter … [Link]

Slashdot » Using Apps To 'Soft Control' People's Movements

Sunday 18 March 13:22:00 UTC 2012

pinguin-geek writes "Computer science researchers at Northwestern University have developed a way to exert limited control on how people move, pushing them out of their regular travel patterns. The key: tapping into some of their cell phone applications. The findings could elicit a broader range of user-collected data by driving foot traffic to under-utilized areas." Share on Google+ Read more of this … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Jilted Flies Drink More Alcohol

Sunday 18 March 13:09:22 UTC 2012

I feel you, fruit flies. I feel you.The experiments, described this week in the journal Science, started with male fruit flies placed in a container with either virgin female flies or female flies that had already mated. While virgin females readily mate and are receptive toward courting males, once they have mated, females flies lose their interest in sex for a … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Guys Act Dumb Around Women

Sunday 18 March 13:09:21 UTC 2012

Something geeks (even the sexy ones [*pounds chest, kisses fist, gives the peace sign*]) have known since forever: women make us dumber. Even if we’re all hyped up on Red Bull or something, we just lose cognitive function. Because, well, they’re pretty, and…they smell good. What’s that? No, you spilled your spaghetti all over your shirt. You silly goose. You beautiful…delicate…goos~ … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » TRON Light Trikes!!!!

Sunday 18 March 13:09:20 UTC 2012

Because you can never have too much TRON news. This is what those lucky mofos down in Austin are riding around on. LIGHT UP TRIKES. Like Big Wheels for Big Kids. I’m going to pout now, like a Big Kid. Why do I keep capitalizing that?via TechnabobNo related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Epic Ninja Fight Filmed Via Omstudios’ Drone Copter [Video]

Sunday 18 March 13:09:19 UTC 2012

We shot this video to demonstrate the capabilities of our OMCOPTER drone. It showcases its ability to fly into buildings, close to actors and into high altitudes.[omstudios]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Om Nom Nom Nom: AT-AT Cake [Pic]

Sunday 18 March 13:09:18 UTC 2012

Via the mom of a 4-year-old girl who asked for an AT-AT cake for her birthday![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Bees Kill Hornets By Forming a Ball and Getting All Hot

Sunday 18 March 13:09:17 UTC 2012

Man, those bees are having a ball! But seriously folks *dodges thrown shoe* it appears as though Japanese honeybees fend off predatorial hornets that invade their hive by forming a ball around said hornet that is exactly 46 degrees Celsius. Which is, by my calculations, several degrees Fahrenheit.The team thinks that the mushroom bodies allow the bees to precisely control the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazing Tron-Inspired Light Suit Dance Routine [Video]

Sunday 18 March 13:09:16 UTC 2012

Watch Japanese dance crew Wrecking Orchestra perform this incredibly choreographed LED light suit dance routine. It’s a feast for the eyes![Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Woah Dude… Star Wars… [Pic]

Sunday 18 March 13:09:15 UTC 2012

[Via]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » SXSW Cosplay Because I Am Jealous

Sunday 18 March 13:09:14 UTC 2012

I really, really, really want to be at SXSW right now. I could have gone. I could have swung the $350 ticket. All those bands, and more importantly…all those rappers. Ah. The tequila would have flowed! The beer would have flowed in a similar although more rapid fashion! I could have seen cosplayers. I like cosplayers. Austin’s only 6 hours away. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » “What is Love” On Eight Floppy Drives [Video]

Sunday 18 March 13:09:13 UTC 2012

That was awesome.[MrSolidSnake745]No related posts. flattr this! [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 53% Off Stargate (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] – $6.99

Sunday 18 March 13:09:12 UTC 2012

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the 15th Anniversary Edition of Stargate on Blu-ray for just $6.99. That’s 53% off the movie’s usual retail price of $14.99.From an Amazon.com reviewer:After all the poor releases of this film, Lionsgate has finally stepped up and given the fans the REAL Ultimate Edition. This is a new 1080p VC-1 film-to-disc … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Australian Saltwater Crocs Will Bite You in Half

Sunday 18 March 13:00:11 UTC 2012

When I used to live in Orlando, me and the wife would head down to Gatorland all the time. It’s fascinating, really, these strange dinosaur-like creatures. We fed them raw chicken once. Cool story, I know. Anyhow, in a sort-of follow up post to the whole “T-Rexes had the strongest bite ever” thing, it seems that the modern day king biter … [Link]

Slashdot » TED Education — Video Lessons For Students

Sunday 18 March 12:18:00 UTC 2012

New submitter EuNao writes "TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the organization based on 'ideas worth sharing,' launched a new initiative this past week. It is called TED-Ed, and it aims to engage students with unforgettable lessons. There are many places in the world where a wonderful teacher or mentor is teaching something mind-blowing, but as it stands now not many … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Stem cell brain injections ease Parkinson's

Sunday 18 March 10:00:00 UTC 2012

After receiving injections of human embryonic stem cells, monkeys with tremors and rigidity were able to move smoothly [Link]

Slashdot » Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

Sunday 18 March 9:14:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "English comedian Russell Brand could be facing a felony conviction for snatching an iPhone from a would-be paparazzi and tossing it through a window. Singer/parolee Chris Brown also found himself in iPhone hot water after being charged with 'robbery by snatching' in a similar DIY-paparazzi-thwarting incident, which could be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value … [Link]

Geek Culture » Aurora!

Sunday 18 March 7:21:59 UTC 2012

Aurora Sub-storm March 16, 2012 from InFocus Imagery Inc. on Vimeo. [Link]

Slashdot » Julian Assange To Run For Australian Senate

Sunday 18 March 6:13:00 UTC 2012

New submitter bozman8 writes "Announced recently on social networking platform Twitter, Julian Assange has found a way to run for the Upper House of the Australian Senate, despite being detained under house arrest in Britain. Along with Julian's candidacy, WikiLeaks has announced that they are going to run a nominee against current Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her local … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Mar. 18

Sunday 18 March 5:01:00 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

Slashdot » 'IMAX Movie of Body' Allows Stanford Geneticist To Stop Diabetes In Its Tracks

Sunday 18 March 3:05:00 UTC 2012

sciencehabit writes "Michael Snyder has taken 'know thyself' to the next level. Over a 14-month period, the molecular geneticist analyzed his blood 20 different times to pluck out a wide variety of biochemical data depicting the status of his body's immune system, metabolism, and gene activity. In yesterday's issue of Cell (abstract), Snyder and a team of 40 other … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Jilted Flies Drink More Alcohol

Sunday 18 March 1:00:30 UTC 2012

I feel you, fruit flies. I feel you.The experiments, described this week in the journal Science, started with male fruit flies placed in a container with either virgin female flies or female flies that had already mated. While virgin females readily mate and are receptive toward courting males, once they have mated, females flies lose their interest in sex for a … [Link]

Slashdot » Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom

Sunday 18 March 0:04:00 UTC 2012

MrSeb writes "You've heard of 'designer babies,' the idea that you can customize a baby by altering its DNA, but now a team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy have meddled around with the very fabric of reality and created the very first 'designer electrons.' The bulk of the universe is made up from just … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Guys Act Dumb Around Women

Sunday 18 March 0:00:19 UTC 2012

Something geeks (even the sexy ones [*pounds chest, kisses fist, gives the peace sign*]) have known since forever: women make us dumber. Even if we’re all hyped up on Red Bull or something, we just lose cognitive function. Because, well, they’re pretty, and…they smell good. What’s that? No, you spilled your spaghetti all over your shirt. You silly goose. You beautiful…delicate…goos~ … [Link]

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