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The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
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Infographic: Social media then and now

Infographic: Social media then and now | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Do you remember when Polaroids were the best way to quickly share photos, or when you tacked reminders to a bulletin board, not Pinterest?

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Online Voice Recorder

Online Voice Recorder is a free simple application which records sound from microphone. After recording you can trim the sound and save it to your computer.

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Watch a Bunch of Adorable Kids React to an Old Apple Computer

Watch a Bunch of Adorable Kids React to an Old Apple Computer | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
It's hard to know which specific emotion this video of kids reacting to old computers from the late 1970s and early 1980s evokes. The feeling is somewhere between sheer delight (how cute are they?!) and utter horror (how old am I?!) Either way, it's worth it.
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Fashion Models Vie With Engineers for Skilled-Worker Visas

Fashion Models Vie With Engineers for Skilled-Worker Visas | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it


"The U.S. government grants hundreds of visas to models every year. Although more than half don’t have high school diplomas, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of federal data, the government puts them in the same H-1B category as scientists and software engineers, who need a college degree to qualify. Fashion models only have to show immigration officials that they’re well-known in the industry."


1 in 4 fashion models immigrating to the U.S. are from Brazil. 


One percent of H-1B visas go to fashion models - approximately 800 per year. 



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Community Village Sites's curator insight, February 28, 2014 7:12 PM


Beauty or Brains will help you get into the U.S. 


In addition to the H-1B for fashion models, there is an H-1B3 Visa for Fashion Models


WATCH: Bloomberg video explains fashion model immigration law since 1990


Community Village Sites's comment, February 28, 2014 7:28 PM
There are approximately 800 H-1B visas annually granted to fashion models.
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Maintaining A Charge Is Key

Maintaining A Charge Is Key | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Hurray, CableOrganizer.com sent me a BlueLounge® Kii™ Portable iPhone/iPad Charger to review! Kiis get their name from their neatest feature — the ability to carry the charger on your keyring...
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'Pay to play' on the Web?: Net neutrality explained

'Pay to play' on the Web?: Net neutrality explained | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Net neutrality explained. Will you have to pay more for Netflix, or a fee to be able to stream YouTube videos at full speed?
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:43 PM

If you've wondered what all the rukus is about, this neatly explains it all.


See also: http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y14/m01/i16/s04


Don't kid yourself into thinking this won't have gender bias, race bias, etc. -- it will. This is an issue of the  99%.


If you want to protect net neutrality (and you should!), you can sign the petition here: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:44 PM

If you've wondered what all the rukus is about, this neatly explains it all.


See also: http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y14/m01/i16/s04



If you want to protect net neutrality (and you should!), you can sign the petition here: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:45 PM

If you've wondered what all the rukus is about, this neatly explains it all.


See also: http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y14/m01/i16/s04


Don't kid yourself into thinking this won't have gender bias, race bias, etc. -- it will. This is an issue of the  99%.


If you want to protect net neutrality (and you should!), you can sign the petition here: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/

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This Wearable Gadget Zaps You to Stand Taller

This Wearable Gadget Zaps You to Stand Taller | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Lumo BodyTech announced during the 2014 International CES show a small gadget that nudges you to stand up straight.

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This would save my finger a lot of work. (So I wouldn't have to continually poke my son in his back.)

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Bitcoin’s Future Foretold By Developer Momentum | TechCrunch

Bitcoin’s Future Foretold By Developer Momentum | TechCrunch | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
If you think developers predict the future then there is more reason to believe that Bitcoin is the real deal. The crypto currency is a hit with developers,..

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:59 AM

If you think developers predict the future then there is more reason to believe that Bitcoin is the real deal.

I.B.G.-'s curator insight, January 7, 2014 6:20 AM

Artículo sobre el bitcoin ó moneda virtual.

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Give Anyone A Small Tip For A Great Tweet - In Bitcoin

Give Anyone A Small Tip For A Great Tweet - In Bitcoin | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Tippercoin is a free service that lets you show a little appreciation for free online "services. You enjoy reading an article, watching a video and want to give a little tip. Here's how to do it"


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malek's curator insight, January 4, 2014 8:40 AM

Micro tipping could easily change the landscape of social media, especially with the expected Bitcoin growth.

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Getting Organized & Recharging In The New Year

Getting Organized & Recharging In The New Year | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

The New Year means resolutions (and spending that holiday gift cash). If you're like me, one of your resolutions is to get more organized and make your home more enjoyable to live in. After all, for the next few weeks (if not months!), we'll all be nestled inside the house, and while we have lots more to do inside now than we once did, all the electronics and entertainment stuff can make your home full of annoying distractions too. Like all those loops of cable wires and cords that every device needs.

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Scientists can now make stuff invisible

Scientists can now make stuff invisible | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Scientists are now able to make things invisible … sort of … thanks to the use of “metamaterials,” namely materials that exhibit properties not found in nature. And that's just the start, according to a recent report.

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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:30 PM

Ever wish you could just make something disappear?

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Have Tech Gadgets; Will Travel (But How Long Will They Last?)

Have Tech Gadgets; Will Travel (But How Long Will They Last?) | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

The simple math is that there are at least five devices but only two plugs on the car charger. But let's face it; as adults, our calls, email checks on our smartphones, use of Pandora, etc. are necessary. And we parents insist that our phones must be kept charged in case of, you know (*knock on wood*), an actual emergency. Knowing that giving one child the gift of recharging means we need to give the other children the same help makes us a bit reluctant to open that whole can of worms.

So, facing another trip back home for the holidays, I was excited when the folks at Powerocks offered to send one of their latest creations, a pocket-sized mobile charger to review. ...But could it be too good to be true?

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Powerocks Magicsticks are as cool for your gadgets as poprocks are for your mouth ;)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:07 PM

My review of Powerocks Magicsticks.

Tiptoprice EN's curator insight, November 5, 2014 10:53 AM

All the best from POWEROCKS battery delivered daily at the best factory Price only on www.tiptoprice.com

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Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking

Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur whenever a conference turns to questions from the audience.

The brightly coloured padded cube houses a wireless microphone that doesn’t mind being tossed across a room or passed from person-to-person crowd surfing-style. In fact, it’s actively encouraged. That’s because, along with being able to sustain being dropped, the device has been engineered to automatically mute the sound when flying through the air or if it falls.


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Jordi's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:07 PM

I want this!

BookChook's curator insight, December 20, 2013 5:42 PM

Great for conferences and classrooms. 

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:49 PM

dreaming about one !

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How Not to Blow Up Your Computer (in 1993)

How Not to Blow Up Your Computer (in 1993) | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

 

"Kim Komando has been teaching people to use computers (sorry, komputers) for decades -- she runs a komputer-themed radio call-in show, running for three hours each weekend.

But if we set our time machine to 1993, Komando released a series of "Komputer Tutor" VHS tapes, including one called Komputer Kindergarten that taught basic computer skills (DOS and Windows, and "what is a printer") to beginners. The good folks over at Everything is Terrible edited Komputer Kindergarten down into a highlight reel, just under three minutes. It's amazing. Seriously..."


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k3hamilton's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:03 PM

oh my this is funny

Karen Goldfarb Copywriter's comment, May 2, 2013 11:45 AM
Hilarious!
Karen Goldfarb Copywriter's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:46 AM

Totally worth 3 minutes of your time (machine).

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Forget Wonder Woman: These Women Nerds Are Our Real Superheroes

Forget Wonder Woman: These Women Nerds Are Our Real Superheroes | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Thank you to the many women nerd superheroes that have made our world a better place.
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Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com

Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

When Kraftwerk needed a video to match its electronic music nearly three decades ago, the band turned to Rebecca Allen, a pioneer in the field of computer art. Allen was the creative genius at the helm for 1986′s “Musique Non Stop,” one of the earliest examples of rendered 3-D graphics in a music video.

 

Creating the milestone video, which made Allen a major force behind the German band’s visual aesthetic in the ’80s, was a painstaking process that took nearly two years for Allen and her team at the New York Institute of Technology’s Computer Graphics Laboratory to complete.

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Could the ancient Romans have built a digital computer? |

Could the ancient Romans have built a digital computer? | | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

The Romans were undoubtedly master engineers. They were experts at civil engineering, building roads, improving sanitation, inventing Roman concrete, and constructing aqueducts that adhere to tolerances impressive even by today’s standards. Perhaps the best evidence of their aptitude is the fact that many of those structures still stand today, almost 2000 years later. They even began dabbling in technology vastly ahead of their time. Hero of Alexandria drew up plans for a rudimentary steam engine in his Spiritalia seu Pneumatica. He called it the aeolipile.


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A very thought provoking article. 

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Being a female software engineer

Being a female software engineer | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Group therapy for our many shared experiences

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
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Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
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