Bill Nye The Science Guy

billnyeA few months ago, one of my childhood heroes and one of the most brilliant people ever, Bill Nye (the Science Guy) made an announcement that he would be coming to NYC to do a show at Irving Plaza. I had no idea what he was going to do or say, but I didn’t hesitate to buy tickets (only about $45 a piece, which isn’t at all a bad price)! To me, Bill Nye was the exciting part of science classes at a young age (well, along with the experiments). Whenever a teacher would put on Bill Nye, it wasn’t just watching a boring documentary or educational video that would put us to sleep. The theme song would play, and myself, along with my other classmates would immediately perk up and genuinely be excited to learn. Although I’m no where near a scientist, I still love learning about science, and still get genuinely excited seeing a new experiment, or hearing about a new discovery. In a way, Bill Nye was that fun, quirky teacher that everyone loved attending his class. I’m not alone when I say he’s a major part of my childhood.

Last night was the highly anticipated show! Fellow Nerd-Base member Chris and I showed up closer to 7pm (doors opened at 6:30) and the line literally wrapped around the block. Chris had even made a comment that as many times as he’s been to Irving plaza for concerts and other events, he’s never seen a line that long to get in. It was no surprise all 3 of Bill Nye’s shows this weekend were sold out. I also have to add in here that the staff at Irving Plaza were very friendly Bs1whehCIAA4U1M.jpg-largeand welcoming! Not that I expected jerks to work there, but the staff made jokes while we were waiting in line and were always smiling. It was really nice to have that kind of experience before we even walked in the doors.

When we finally made our way in the building, the staff inside (which I’m not sure if they worked for Bill Nye, Live Nation, or Irving Plaza) were all wearing lab coats! They were very friendly as well, and handed out yellow cards to anyone interested in asking Mr. Nye a question. The halls and stairs were appropriately decorated with Continue reading

You think you know SCIENCE!?

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Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?

The PEW Research Center and Smithsonian magazine have put together a great online quiz.

They gave this 13 question quiz to 1,006 randomly selected people to see what basic science knowledge the general public had, and now it’s here for you to try!! Continue reading

Fez on XBox 360

Every so often a game appears that tackles true creativity.  Sometimes it is found by the mainstream, like Portal.  Most of the time, like Fez, it remains somewhat a sleeper… or at least it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.  I can’t say this game will change the way you look at games, or has an amazing story, but it is definitely a truly unique experience produced by creative minds at Polytron and Trapdoor.  Continue reading

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Quick Shot: How to celebrate your B-Day more often using SCIENCE!

Love having birthday parties? Love getting presents? Love being REALLY nerdy about it!? WHO DOESN’T!?!?

The fantastic Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Expression in San Francisco, California has a fun little app on their website that shows you your age and when your birthday is on other planets of our solar system.
So now, utilizing this glorious tool, you can have your Martian, Venusian, or Plutonian (nertz to you Neil deGrasse Tyson!! My son may not putting it on his galaxy-mobiles, but by gosh, I’ll always have the 9th planet in my heart!) birthdays!
You can even have a theme party! Since Mercury goes so fast, you can have a couple Mercurian Birthdays per year and have everyone wear silver!

So by all means start planning your next planetary birthday party by clicking here and if you’re in San Francisco (or plan to be) by all means, stop by the Exploratorium! For that matter, take a day and support what ever museums may be in your area!

Infographic: (Science) Fiction to Reality

I’ve just received an email from a fellow named Tyler Moore, linking me to this info-graphic he helped create.

It’s a really neat timeline comparison between the appearance of certain gadgetry in science fiction and the appearance of their real-life counterparts which is all well and good, but I still don’t see the hover-board on this. *sigh*

Awesome Real-Life Vs. Sci-Fi "Spaceship" infographic!

Written by: Christopher Lee

CableTV.com posted this fun and honestly, informational (funformational?) pic. I want this as a poster! (I want too many things as posters..I just want to be surrounded by awesome, haha).

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Thanks Pentagon, now Skynet's got another tool in it's belt.

Written by: Christopher Lee

As a friend of mine would say, “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.”

All kidding aside, this video shows some amazing leaps in mobile robotic technology. Once a practical portable energy source is created (if it has not yet been, where’s our Arc Reactor Mr. Stark?), the world is going to change. Interestingly, and arguably, sadly, it looks as if that change will first come on the fields of battle. 

The “Cheetah”, as it has been dubbed by DARPA, is the latest, fastest, robotic instrument in a long line of alternative, multi-terrain technology. Says DARPA:

The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties.  If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could much more effectively assist warfighters across a greater range of missions.  DARPA’sMaximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capabilities. “

Okay, so they say this is for defense and bomb disposal, but in my mind (and I can’t lie, in my mind, this scenario looks AWESOME), I see hundreds of atomic powered Robo-cats streaming across the battlefield taking out the opposing forces in one of the most fear-inducing scenes of chrome and blood since the T-1000 pulled it’s eye out in the first “Terminator” movie. I also see a pretty interesting segue into the creation of real-life “rat things” (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go read “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson and you can thank me later).

But, as said previously, all this, whether it is to be utilized for “good” or “evil”, is still far off until…wait, didn’t I read some theory about the progression of technology creating the fabled AI Singularity very soon? Oh man……we’re screwed…I think we need to stop worrying about the zombie apololypse and start working on civilian level EMP cannons…

-Chris

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Beautiful Space-Scape in Motion

  bazilisk: Amazing space GIF’s HAVE to be shared with everyone in the world. So now share them. It’s your duty. Young Bazilisk here (Sylvia to the “normies”), one of the contributers at the Nerd-Base has found this awe inspiring … Continue reading