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30 Creative 404 pages | CSSReflex

30 Creative 404 pages | CSSReflex | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

"According to Wikipedia, The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested. In this post i would like to present you 30 Creative uses of the 404 page hand picked."

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9 Gadgets That Prove You’re a Hard-Core Early Adopter

9 Gadgets That Prove You’re a Hard-Core Early Adopter | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

"The early adopter: Part trailblazer, part pollyanna, he’s never met an unproven technology he didn’t like. He doesn’t just want the best gear, he wants to believe. He wants to believe that new tech is the best tech, and that products simply wouldn’t be released if they weren’t ready for prime time.

He’s an optimist. He’s a betting man. He’s pulling out his wallet, and going all-in."

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The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
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Rare Images from the Golden Age of Circus, 1870-1950

Rare Images from the Golden Age of Circus, 1870-1950 | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
From Ancient Egypt to Lady Gaga, or what P. T. Barnum has to do with Stanley Kubrick.
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Symphony of Science - Onward to the Edge!

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"mp3:http://bit.ly/oRYyiV - A musical celebration of the importance and inspirational qualities of space exploration (human and robotic)."

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NASA - Storm Tail in False Color

NASA - Storm Tail in False Color | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
This false-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tail of Saturn's huge northern storm. See PIA14905 to learn more about this storm and watch its development over several months.
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Jupiter moon 'has shallow lakes'

Jupiter moon 'has shallow lakes' | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Far out. I can't wait until we actually find life somewhere else.

 

"Scientists find the best evidence yet for a giant lake beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon."

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Ben Folds discusses and performs "The Luckiest"

Ben Folds discusses and performs "The Luckiest" | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Ben Folds is the musical patron saint for nerds everywhere. Enjoy this really cool mashup of music and interview brought forth by The Onion's AV Club.

 

"Ben Folds mostly deserves his reputation as an incorrigible smartass, but some of his best and most successful work is unmistakably melancholy."

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Free Ride: Digital Parasites and the Fight for the Business of Culture

Free Ride: Digital Parasites and the Fight for the Business of Culture | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Interesting set of arguments. Then again, what does it say for this curated stream to be offered for free?

 

"What the French ideology from 1791 has to do with creative meritocracy and the future of information."

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Female orgasm captured in series of brain scans

Female orgasm captured in series of brain scans | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
The animation will help scientists understand how the female brain conducts the symphony of activity that leads to an orgasm...
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NPR.org » The Hipsterfication Of America

NPR.org » The Hipsterfication Of America | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

"The hotel lobby in Franklin, Tenn., has an ultra-urban loft-esque feel — exposed air ducts, austere furniture and fixtures, music videos projected onto a flat panel. Everywhere there is lava-lampish aqua and amber lighting.


Sale racks near the front desk display chargers for iPods and BlackBerrys and a variety of snacks, including Cocoa Puffs and Red Bulls. Every room features a media box for digital video and music.

 

Welcome to Aloft, a hipster hotel on the outskirts of Nashville."

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'Ghost mountains mystery solved'

'Ghost mountains mystery solved' | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
Scientists think they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth's most extraordinary mountains - the ice-entombed Gamburtsevs of Antarctica.
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Seven Misunderstandings About Classical Architecture by Quinlan Terry.

Seven Misunderstandings About Classical Architecture by Quinlan Terry. | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

"There are many ways in which classical architecture is misunderstood, and the theme of this paper is based on seven of the more frequent misunderstandings."

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Andy Baio: Think You Can Hide, Anonymous Blogger? Two Words: Google Analytics

Andy Baio: Think You Can Hide, Anonymous Blogger? Two Words: Google Analytics | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

So much for "Don't be evil," Google...

 

"Last month, an anonymous blogger popped up on WordPress and Twitter."

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Silicon Valley, Seattle … Chattanooga? Tennessee’s ‘Gig City’ Woos Geeks

Silicon Valley, Seattle … Chattanooga? Tennessee’s ‘Gig City’ Woos Geeks | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: I'd live in Chattanooga. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

 

"The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is dangling wads of cash in front of nerdy innovators everywhere."

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Bull beware: Truth goggles sniff out suspicious sentences in news

Bull beware: Truth goggles sniff out suspicious sentences in news | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
A graduate student at the MIT Media Lab is writing software that can highlight false claims in articles, just like spell check.
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Every Beatles song ever, all played at once: All Together Now - Boing Boing

Every Beatles song ever, all played at once: All Together Now - Boing Boing | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Weird but fascinating.

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TechCrunch | Facebook and the Age of Curation Through Unsharing

TechCrunch | Facebook and the Age of Curation Through Unsharing | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: And beyond that, frictionless sharing is CREEPY.

 

"Facebook's Open Graph is ushering in a monumental shift in how we curate what we share. Curation used to mean opting in to sharing. You found or did something you thought your audience would care about, and you went to the trouble of sharing it."

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Crepuscular Ray Over Abilene, Texas - Earth Science Picture of the Day

Crepuscular Ray Over Abilene, Texas - Earth Science Picture of the Day | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
Photographer: Steve Templeton; Steve's Web site Summary Author: Steve Templeton; Jim Foster The photo above showing what looks like a scene from a science-fiction film was captured in Abilene, Texas on August 29, 2011.
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Why I Deleted My Klout Profile | Jeff Turner

Why I Deleted My Klout Profile | Jeff Turner | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Klout sucks, and everything about Klout sucks.  Yeah, it says I'm influential, and I still say it sucks.

 

"If you need to look at your Klout score to determine if you have influence, you don't."

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William Shatner warns of the dangers of deep-frying a turkey in an explosive new PSA

William Shatner warns of the dangers of deep-frying a turkey in an explosive new PSA | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: Oh Shatner!  One of his best features is his ability to laugh at himself.

 

"William Shatner stars in a new PSA that entertainingly warns against the dangers of deep-frying turkeys."

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The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury - Lifestyle - GOOD

The End of Cheap Coffee: Why the Diner Staple Is About to Become a Luxury - Lifestyle - GOOD | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

"“We think our coffee is ridiculously cheap,” says Ben Kaminsky, director of quality control at Ritual Roasters in San Francisco, where a pound of beans starts at $19.95. His sentiment is echoed by many working in high-end coffee. “It’s interesting to me that the same consumer that will go to 7-11 and buy a bottle of Fiji Water for five dollars will go crazy and complain about a cup of coffee,” says Geoff Watts, Intelligentsia’s vice president and green (unroasted, that is) coffee buyer. “This is a meticulously grown agricultural product from halfway around the world that was hand-harvested, hand-picked, and roasted and brewed. It’s got all these different flavor characteristics. It’s got antioxidants. It’s got all the things you could want in a drink.”"

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Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment

Neutrinos still faster than light in latest version of experiment | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
Finding that contradicts Einstein's theory of special relativity is repeated with fine-tuned procedures and equipment...
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World's Lightest Solid Takes Inspiration From Eiffel Tower

World's Lightest Solid Takes Inspiration From Eiffel Tower | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it
A metallic lattice of hair-thin pipes is now the lightest solid yet created — less dense than air, scientists revealed.
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U.S. Supreme Court Votes Can Be Predicted: Study

U.S. Supreme Court Votes Can Be Predicted: Study | Nerd Alert | Scoop.it

Shears sez: File this under 'Unsurprising, but still Disgusting.'

 

"We find that Supreme Court justices are significantly more predictable than one would expect from 'ideally independent' justices in 'ideal courts,'" that is, independently evaluating cases on merits, free of ideology, a new study says.

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