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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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Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children

Almost all the books people say influenced them were written for children | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Facebook's data scientists crunched the numbers on a meme you've probably seen going around.
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Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers

Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Dungeons & Dragons, the first commercially available role-playing game that is now 40 years old, influenced numerous writers and taught them the art of storytelling.

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Dansette style: UO X Crosley Sterling record player

Dansette style: UO X Crosley Sterling record player | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
UO X Crosley Sterling record player
No, this isn’t an eBay find, this is actually a new design. Specifically, we’re talking the UO X Crosley Sterling record player.

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A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair

A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

A Leatherman multi-tool hanging off your belt is a great way to stay prepared for emergencies, but it means you look like someone with a Leatherman hanging off their belt--and that part's not so great.


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These. Are. Cool.

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Big History Project

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The best part? Take the course, pass our fun quizzes, and become a certified big historian.


Earn badges along the way. Collect all 9 and we'll send you a big historian sticker.(U.S. and Australia only. Limit first 10,000.)


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Otis Redding stories

Otis Redding stories | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Fifty years after the release of his debut album, Otis Redding remains one of the most soulful, evocative voices in popular music. His songs have been the soundtrack to true love and heartbreak, some of the greatest film scenes of all time, lazy days and steamy nights. This page will be a collection of people’s stories from all over the world, giving fans new and old a glimpse into the meaning that an Otis song adds to the human experience.


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Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet

Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes | ZDNet | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
In a dramatic reversal from policy enforced since it was created three years ago, Google will now allow users to use any name they want across Google services.
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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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Better Content Generator? How Caffeine, Alcohol, & Other Substances Affect Creativity

Better Content Generator? How Caffeine, Alcohol, & Other Substances Affect Creativity | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Learn which chemicals may help -- or hurt -- your creativity.

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Caffeine helps executing ideas, may hinder your creativity.

Alcohol creativity but hinders your ability to execute effectively.

The jury is still out on nicotine and marijuana, but anecdotally, the former seems more closely linked to productivity, while the latter seems more closely linked to creativity.

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The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids

The Value of Unstructured Play Time for Kids | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
German psychologists find people who were allowed to play freely as children have greater social success as adults.

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How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics

How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of its most impressive hits depend on just what you mean by "prophecy."
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The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’

The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

In the climactic scenes of the film Quadrophenia, based on The Who’s concept album, Jimmy (Phil Daniels) rides a prized Mod scooter along the cliffs at Beachy Head, East Sussex, before hurling it over the cliff on to the sea-lashed rocks below. It’s a symbolic end to Jimmy’s life as a Mod, as a follower believing in false idols, like his hero Ace Face (Sting) (whose scooter he stole), a local Mod leader, who turns out be nothing more than a bell-boy lackey. Jimmy’s fall is central to the film, and to Pete Townhend’s album. But Jimmy’s symbolic crash may have actually been inspired by the death of Mod teenager, Barry Prior in 1964.

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Battle For The Net - September 10th is the Internet Slow Down

Battle For The Net - September 10th is the Internet Slow Down | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

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Star Wars Mobiles

Star Wars Mobiles | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
There's no denying the appeal of needle felted animals. The combination of cute animals so-lifelike-it's-amazing and the fun fit-in-your-hand size makes them absurdly adorable. Not to mention that ...
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Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Play among children is vital for their social development. So what's in it for adults?

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That’s Fishy: From Scent to Suspicion and Back » Sociological Images

That’s Fishy: From Scent to Suspicion and Back » Sociological Images | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I reviewed a study that found that, simply by changing the weight of an object in hand, psychologists can manipulate how seriously a person takes an issue.  In other words, when holding something heavy, matters seem heavy.  Or, concerns seem weightier when one is weighed down.

Thanks to an email from USC professor Norbert Schwarz, I was introduced to a whole series of studies on what psychologists call metaphorical effects.  These are instances in which a metaphor commonly used to describe a psychological state or social reality can, in turn, induce that state or reality.  So, for example, holding a warm cup of coffee makes people feel warmly toward each other (here), getting the cold shoulder makes people feel cold (here), people placed in a high location seem to be high in a hierarchy (here), and cleaning one’s hands makes a person feel morally clean (here).

Schwarz was the co-author, with Spike W.S. Lee, on another example of a metaphorical effect.  They wanted to know if smelling something fishy made people suspicious.  It did!

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Confirmation Bias for Everyone!

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Friends Are the Family You Choose: Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Genetic Similarities Among Friends

Friends Are the Family You Choose: Genome-Wide Analysis Reveals Genetic Similarities Among Friends | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

If you consider your friends family, you may be on to something. A study from the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University finds that friends who are not biologically related still resemble each other genetically.

 


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"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 ...

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A clever new track for wordsmiths and grammar lovers track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP.

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Track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP which is not only funny but allows me to dance guilt-free to the groove of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.

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Finally, I can get my groove down to the sexy music behind Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' without gagging! A track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP.

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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Infographic - SDRS Creative

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Infographic - SDRS Creative | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Who ya gonna call? This infographic, designed by Mike Seiders, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters. We're ready to believe you.



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A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago

A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Though we're pretty sure that time travelers don't exist, people were working on hypertext -- used by web browsers to retrieve connected information --
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Study: Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing During Last Election Cycle

Study: Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing During Last Election Cycle | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

A new report warns just how much this country stands to lose when Stephen Colbert shutters his Comedy Central late-night show to take over for David Letterman at CBS. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, viewers of The Colbert Report who watched Colbert set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels and other, actual-news shows.

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Thank you for introducing me to this "Nerdy" stuff
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Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers

Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Countless millions of historic newspapers all over the world are now revealing their secrets as they are being digitally published online. And that means they are much more accessible to family historians—if they know where and how to find them.

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Derek Davey's curator insight, May 28, 9:59 AM

Newspapers are such a wonderful resource for doing genealogy research.  

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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two,

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