Editor’s Word: Nerd Notes is GeekWire’s roundup of random geekiness from across the globe.
Superhero economics: The ever-present superhero query is again on the desk for debate: Batman or Spiderman? Typically, we weigh traits like bodily power, charisma, weapons, and many others. Now there’s a new issue: cash. This series of infographics from the Geeks of Doom compares the wallets of Batman and Spiderman, and exhibits a clear winner.
Harlem Shake bookmarklet: You’ve seen it, and chances are high, you’re starting to get uninterested in it. The “Harlem Shake” is a unusual YouTube dance phenomenon that has not too long ago swept the nation. In case you haven’t seen sufficient, now you can download a bookmarklet that will make any internet web page do the “Harlem Shake” with the press of a button.
Seattle will get geeky: Community World not too long ago rated Seattle No. 7 on its “15 Top Cities for Tech Startups” checklist, following Wash., D.C. Woot!
Gene patents: Defend your genes, everybody. An Australian court ruled that human genes might be patented. The choose’s justification: “As a result of the BRCA1 most cancers gene has been ‘remoted’ from the human physique, it’s acceptable to grant a patent on it,” reported Ars Technica on Friday.
Walter Cronkite’s futuristic predictions: Click here to see how (in)correct Cronkite’s 1967 tour of a Twenty first-century house is. So far as I do know, the menus in my residence — who has menus of their properties? — have been by no means “given to the automated chef by a typewriter or punched pc playing cards,” not even in 2001. However possibly I’m the exception?
MoodMusic: Are the Seattle showers getting you down? Would you like to hear to some unhappy, various music that matches your seasonal despair whereas drowning away your sorrows in an underground espresso store stuffed with skinny-jeaned musicians and mason-jar-drinking writers? In that case, you’re in luck. A number of College of Washington college students are working to develop software that creates playlists after figuring out your mood from the tone of your voice.
DIY e book scanner: College students at New York Regulation College not too long ago constructed the primary build-it-yourself e book scanner that has the power to scan roughly 150 pages per minute — MacGyverism at its best. Try how they did it here.
One thing to treatment the Seattle chill: Reuters reported that Norway aired a 12-hour prime-time particular on Friday that includes none aside from…drumroll please…a burning fire. However that’s not all. The present additionally supplied shade commentary and recommendation from fire professionals. I hope nobody forgot to DVR it. The hearth particular isn’t fairly as thrilling because the 134-hour-long footage of a cruise ship going up the Norwegian coast that Norway aired in 2011, although.