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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 9:07 AM

My review of Powerocks Magicsticks.

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Big History Project

Big History Project | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

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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Laura Brown's curator insight, July 22, 10:05 AM

US and Australia only.

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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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malek's curator insight, June 9, 6:15 AM

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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Map - The most common language in each US state, after English and Spanish

Map - The most common language in each US state, after English and Spanish | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, May 14, 9:24 AM

Really, really interesting!

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The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead.

The internet just changed: Net Neutrality is dead. | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The FCC sided with Comcast and decided to let ISPs censor the internet. The Internet needs to stop this from happening: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/
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How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently

How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
"Just how charitable are you supposed to be when criticizing the views of an opponent?"

"In disputes upon moral or scientific points," Ar

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, April 24, 7:54 AM

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
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Ten Reels Of Explosives

Ten Reels Of Explosives | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
My research regarding this photo probably got me put on a half dozen watch lists, thanks to early film technology.  Here's Kay Johnson to explain, from the September 1930 issue of Screen Romances: ...
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Andrea Air Purifier uses plant to filter your room's air | Home Harmonizing

Andrea Air Purifier uses plant to filter your room's air | Home Harmonizing | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The innovative Andrea Air Purifier incorporates living plant and advanced technology to achieve its naturalistic purifying power.

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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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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, July 16, 8:27 PM

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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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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Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers/ Food Picks, Set of 12 Pop Art

Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers/ Food Picks, Set of 12 Pop Art | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Superhero Saying Mini Cupcake Toppers, Set of 12 - Pop Art Superhero Sayings, Wow, Pow, Bang, Boom, Crash, Crush, Zap - mounted on
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Shorter men live longer, scientists find - Telegraph

Shorter men live longer, scientists find - Telegraph | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Shorter men are likely to live longer, scientists find, with those under five-foot-two reaching the greatest age

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"lower blood insulin" factored in again
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Looking Good?: A map of bookstores and libraries in the USA

Looking Good?: A map of bookstores and libraries in the USA | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Here's a gem from Google Maps - a look at all the public libraries and bookstores across the country as of Summer 2013. (RT @PublishersWkly: Still Looks Pretty Good: A map of bookstores and libraries in the U.S.

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The History Essay Checklist

The History Essay Checklist | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Students are often disappointed by the mark they receive for their History essay. Not always. Sometimes they get a grade above what they were expecting - underestimating the nuance of their own wor...
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SOC 2014 - The Motion Picture Camera: Past, Present and Future

For the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Edited by Bob Joyce Music: "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" by John Murphy soc.org

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