Geek Month in Review: June and July 2014

By J.B. Sanders

June – Summer!

Personal Drone Selfie
Meet the AirDog, a drone designed to let you photograph yourself, generally being marketed to the sports crowd, but so many other uses come to mind.

LEGO Fusion
It’s like playing SimCity, only when you add buildings, you prototype them in LEGO first, then take a picture of the prototype, and the virtual building springs up in your city. Wild.

Trampoline Park in Abandoned Mine
Yeah, you read that right — these nut cases strung trampolines all over this abandoned mine, added funny lights and made a theme park.

Dead Trees Not Decaying Around Chernobyl
Not exactly because of Magic Radiation(tm) but due to the fact that a lot of the microbial life that should be busily helping the decay process along is gone.

July – More summer!

Indoor Farming Better Than Outdoor
Japanese scientist/farmer (been a while since we could use that one) has setup a hydroponic farm using LED lights and a tighter-than-normal day/night cycle to speed up production 250%.

Futurama in 3D Live Action Video
What would Futurama look like if some geniuses (genii?) threw some computer time and some serious artists at it? Wonder no more! It would be cool if this were a test shot for a future MMORPG or something, right?

Skeet Shooting With a Tank
That’s it. You don’t need more than that. Just watch the video.

Geekiest Basement Ever? You Decide
Guy has over $500k in Star Trek memorabilia. Good grief!

SciFi Writers, Start Your Engines
So here’s an odd thing: giant sinkhole in Siberia. Sure, sure, nothing all that odd about that — it seems like half the stories of sinkholes come from Russia (the other half from Florida). What’s odd about this one is that it’s HUGE, and might be more than a sinkhole. More like a crater, in fact.

Siberian Mystery Crater Solved
Turns out some permafrost ground simply flash-melted. Also, some pretty spectacular pictures of Russian arctic tundra.

Japan Getting Luxury Trains in 2017
They look like movie sets for that CyberPunk epic, during the bit where the hero is on a luxury train.

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
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