Geek Month in Review: January 2014

By JB Sanders

Ice and snow…

Isaac Asimov Predicts 2014
Interesting set of snippets of things Asimov thought would be happening in 2014, and he gets a LOT of things right. Holy crap!

Ghost Stations of the London Underground
Ever wanted a map of all the disused, but still largely intact, subway stations of the London metro system? Here ya go.

Epilepsy Drug Might Help Adults Learn Languages
It’s designed to help folks with varying degrees of epilepsy, but valproate might help adults learn languages like they were a kid again. It enhances, or re-instates, neuro-plasticity.

Famous ‘80s Movie Posters as Stained Glass
Seriously, you really get a better appreciation for the movie after seeing the poster in stained glass. Which movie? Say, RoboCop. Or Blade Runner.

Geekiest Remodel Ever?
See what you can do with $30,000 and a dream. Woman converts her house into an original Star Trek tribute, with pretty great success.

Glow-in-the-Dark Sidewalks
It’s a technology called Starpath, and it’s a spray-on application that’s non-slip, waterproof, and non-reflective. Plus it’s environmentally friendly!

Ready-to-Use Supervillain Lairs
Yeah, I posted about this before, but this is an updated and cooler list. It’s got a 1970’s German Cold War bunker, with a hip interior, and a volcano house.

Follow-up: Derelict Ship Upgraded to Ghost Ship
Remember that cruise ship left to drift the Atlantic I mentioned back in February of 2013? No? Well, there’s a ship out there that’s been adrift now for almost a full year. Doesn’t get much better than a derelict cruise ship overrun by cannibal rats, right?

Firing a Gun Underwater: In Super-Slow Motion
Always a good time with the SloMo guys. This time, see a gun fired underwater.

What if Star Wars was set in the Old West?
Yeah, you read that right. Not Han Solo, but Hank Solomon, gun runner and smuggler. There are 3D models to gawk at, too.

Or Noir Wars? Or SteamPunk Wars? Or … just go look at the artist’s website

Boeing 777 Airliner Recreated in Paper
So this art student wants to create a model airplane out of paper. Cool, you say. Well, hold your flying horses, because he does it entirely out of manilla envelopes, and he recreates not only the exterior of the plane, but also the interior — including seats, doors, etc. And the doors WORK! Watch them in action.

Build With Virtual LEGOs on the Web
For those of you who don’t have time to play with real LEGOs, try out this virtual ones.

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: http://glenandtyler.blogspot.com