The Geek Month in Review: October 2014

By JB Sanders

On to Halloween!

Animated Cake
And no, I do not mean animated as in part of an animated movie. I mean, Disney has a special wedding package for folks getting married at the enchanted castle (Disney World, mind you), and it includes a cake that they project various animations on top of. It looks like the cake itself is showing short little movies.

Not Your Average Zombie Survival Guide
It has all the links, illustrations, and how-to’s you could ask for and more. Just be sure to read, and prep, all this stuff before the actual End of the World.

Paper Airplane Machine Gun
Words you didn’t think would go together, right? Well, engineers can be crazy, and what happens when you put science and crazy together? Mad science. Or I guess, mad engineering.

Soviet Space Image Catalog
Ever wonder what happened to all the photos the Soviets took with all the space probes they got into space? Well, someone else did, too, and they went out and collected them into one handy web page. Plus digital remastering. Want to see the surface of Venus?

Super Geeky LEGOs
Check out this gallery of photos from BrickCon, the largest LEGOs con around.

Cosmic Ray Detector via Distributed Array? Sure, Use Cell Phones
So some kooky scientists realized that the they could “build” a cosmic ray detector using an app on cell phones.

Force Field Umbrella
Ok, not exactly a “force field”, and more like a “field of forced air”. Picture carrying around a very special fan, which blows a field of air around you to not only keep the rain off your head, but also the rest of you.

Working iPhone Built in Minecraft
Yeah, so, we’ll be seeing more and more of these crazy devices in virtual spaces.

Random Island Generator
No, not a giant machine that actually makes islands (although that’s only a matter of time), but a web-based program that creates maps randomly. Useful if you’re building a world and need a few islands pronto.

City Built in Minecraft
Apparently it’s all about the Minecraft this month. Take a virtual tour of a city that took 2 years to build. It has 96 buildings, and the creator plans even more. These are full-sized skyscrapers, people, not some kind of model, they’re functional.

Random Generators, Various
Speaking of tools to generate things, here’s a website with a way to come up with names (in varieties like dwarf, Drow, orc, arabic), treasure, magic items, Giant’s bags, calendars, baubles, cities, and spell books. Enjoy!

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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