Geek Month in Review: September 2013

By JB Sanders

Onwards to Fall!

Super-Natural Super-Geeky Home Renovation
This place is part home improvement story, part Druid-inspired decoration scheme, and two parts Crazy Town. This guy is taking his perfectly normal suburban English house and recreating various arcane locations from around the world, including tying each room to a specific element. There’s the Voodoo Kitchen, based on a place from the 1950’s New Orleans; The Watchtower, from a Welsh castle; The Boathouse, the nautical-themed bathroom taken from a Norwegian lighthouse; and the Japanese / Art Deco fusion scifi-like “conservatory”. Yes, there are pictures.

6 Abandoned Places Ready-Made as Supervillain Lairs
Here’s some photos and cheeky commentary on six abandoned places that would (or already have) make great supervillain lairs.

The Age of All Buildings in NYC at a Glance
So some guys took publicly available data on a million buildings in New York City and made it into a color map, coded by age. Now combine that with Google Maps and Street View, and you can scout out the really old buildings in NYC with a little time and a computer.

Newspapers Still Being Published
The oldest are also, apparently, the best. Each of these is the oldest and still in active daily (or at least weekly) print.

See the Post-Apocolypse Now!
So yeah, another fun Cracked article with photos. This time it’s places that look like the apocalypse has already come and gone. Creepy and abandoned!

Maker Faire Photos
Some photos and ideas from the great Maker Faire — a conference of folks who may resemble mad scientists, if you squint.

Unsettling Disney Easter-eggs
Yup, you read that right — bizarre and fun secrets of Walt Disney World. There’s the secret club, the secret underground tunnels (which practically everyone has heard about by now and they even give tours), and smell-based mind control.

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
His Blog: