GeekFest Montreal + Giveaway!

I’m not sure how many of you are aware that even though most of [GaS]’s contributors and readers come from the United States, this blog is actually being managed from Canada, more specifically from the region of Montreal, Quebec. So to help out the local geek community, I decided to officialy sponsor one of Montreal’s […]

Symphony of Science: The Poetry of Reality

The Poetry of Reality is John Boswell’s fifth installment in the Symphony of Science series. The video features 12 scientists and science enthusiasts, including Michael Shermer, Jacob Bronowski, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Lawrence Krauss, Richard Feynman, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Carolyn Porco, and PZ Myers, promoting science through words of […]

Life Before Google [Comic]

A short story about a forgotten era: [Via Buzzfeed]

Geeks Are Sexy Featured on Discovery News Podcast

By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] A few weeks ago we received a message from the fantastic guys over at the Discovery News Friday Feedbag podcast.  It seems one of their loyal listeners passed along a story of ours and they liked it so much they asked us if we’d like to do a little interview […]

Steampunk Octopi for the Home by Anthropologie

One of my favorite things about steampunk in general is the aesthetic and combining it into my own decor. But it’s not just about brass, knobs, and beakers. No, because steampunk takes from the Victorian period, it draws on some really stunning designs in fabric, wood, and architecture in general. The Steampunk Home is a […]

Why Do Geeks Wear Glasses?

That geeks wear glasses may not be a fact, but it’s certainly received wisdom. For example, search Google Images for pictures of a “geek” and of the 13 pictures of people on the first page of results, 7 wear spectacles. Oddly enough, this is actually a lower proportion than that of the general public which […]

Lego Star Wars

Every once in a while when I’m looking through Flickr for geeky pics, I come across an entire set from a single photographer that is worth sharing. This time the awesome geekiness comes from Balakov, who likes to take pictures of lego storm troopers. As worthy a subject as any! Here are a few of […]

Read an RPG Book in Public Week

So apparently next week is the thrice-yearly Read an RPG Book in Public Week, in which roleplaying enthusiasts are encouraged to take their favorite rule books out to the coffee shop or bus stop and read them in public. The point, according to the website, is to get roleplaying “out of the basement” and into […]

Hot Pepper Science: Capsaicin and Pain Relief

During the last month I’ve been on the hunt for good pain relief with this hand issue (see my last post if you’re just tuning in). After a very frustrating few weeks going back and forth between ibuprofen and naproxen sodium (Aleve, in brand name) I started to get really frustrated. The only part of […]

Forget Linux for Dummies: now it’s Linux for Grannies

Two separate projects in the United Kingdom aim to use Linux to make computing simpler for older users who are skeptical about technology. But in both cases the benefits come at a price. The first machine, known as SimplicITy, comes with a welcome screen with just six buttons: Email, Web, Profile, Chat, Files, and Video […]

You Are Invited to a Funeral

Even though the date of death is March 1, 2010. If you cannot attend, you may leave your remembrances. [via Metafilter]

Planning for your pet’s care when you’re gone — way gone

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] In recent years, the web has draped its sticky silk over most of our lives.  There’s a web site now for just about every social interaction, business transaction, coming attraction, and useless distraction in which people may engage.  Yet startups still keep finding opportunities that have not been […]