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The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
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‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye and Prominent Christian Set to Battle It Out Over Evolution and Creationism

‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye and Prominent Christian Set to Battle It Out Over Evolution and Creationism | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Scientist Bill Nye has agreed to debate Christian leader Ken Ham next month at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., where the two will face off over the ever-contentious topics of evolution and creationism.

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Oh my gawd I wish I could see that live!

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WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
WP RSS Aggregator lets you create a feed reader/aggregator on your WordPress site. It works in a similar fashion to RSS readers like for example Google Reader.
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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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The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources

The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
English obscure words and etymology resources: online dictionary of weird and unusual words, word lists, technical vocabulary aids, lipograms, and word related essays
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Libraries need a feminist agenda...but which one?

Libraries need a feminist agenda...but which one? | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

[...] Now, an interesting question is whether the sexism facing librarians is (1) a product of more general, societal issues related to sex and gender, or (2) inherent in librarianship itself. Or, more likely, a little of both. So, are male library directors better paid because of pay disparity in employment in general, or because something about librarianship itself creates pay disparity. Is librarianship fundamentally sexist, or does it merely inherit the more general social trends towards discrimination? [...]


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We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The implications of such a decision would be profound.

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Heads up, people!

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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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James Brown Profile - Godfather of Soul

James Brown Profile - Godfather of Soul | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who's really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway. All of whom want a piece of his legacy
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“Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed”

“Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
While some are tired of the push for Anchorman 2, some of us are only too delighted to spot Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy “everywhere”. Tomorrow’s premier is still too long to...
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Don't look for any Veronica Corningstone merch, however; seems the feminist lessons of the first Anchorman were lost on those who produce movie tie-in merch. *sigh*

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Don't look for any Veronica Corningstone merch, however; seems the feminist lessons of the first Anchorman were lost on those who produce movie tie-in merch. *sigh*

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 20, 2013 10:09 PM

Don't look for any Veronica Corningstone merch, however; seems the feminist lessons of the first Anchorman were lost on those who produce movie tie-in merch. *sigh*

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I got it wrong: seven writers on why they changed their minds

I got it wrong: seven writers on why they changed their minds | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Our culture values certainty and dogmatism. We should all be more open about the times when we were wrong - and what made us reconsider. Here, from sex work to the Iraq war, seven writers confess all.
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New information & experiences out to bring about reconsideration; even if the new information does not change your mind. It's the evolution of thinking, the process of an open mind.

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tania molina's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:30 PM

i thought this article was great since this talks about to not have fear on changing your thoughts to be yourself. even though you have fear just do it for you. even though you don't have strengths. i like the positive vibe in it.

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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.

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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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Star Warhols Is The Nerdy Pop Art Mashup You've Been Waiting For

Star Warhols Is The Nerdy Pop Art Mashup You've Been Waiting For | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

A (not so) long time ago, in a galaxy (not so) far, far away, one revolutionary artist decided to collapse the distinction between high art and pop culture, prized masterpiece and consumer object. The result: "Star Warhols."

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What An Obsessive Collector Does

What An Obsessive Collector Does | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

As a collector of vintage retail store items, I was thrilled to spot Gimbels in episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC.

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I know other collectors do this -- fess up!

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I know others do this -- admit it!

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Poets’ Bookshelves @believermag

Poets’ Bookshelves @believermag | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets.

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A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes

A Trip to Japan in Sixteen Minutes | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

In 1902, a poet attempts to stage the world’s first “perfume concert.”

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Amaze-balls!

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Vintage Mid Century Modern Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 32 Portable Manual Typewriter in Blue with Case Booklets & Extras

Vintage Mid Century Modern Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 32 Portable Manual Typewriter in Blue with Case Booklets & Extras | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
A vintage Olivetti-Underwood typewriter, in good working condition, with sexy, mod, Italian styling. This portable manual or mechanical
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Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors

Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again, when people ask me, “What gifts can I get the collectors in my life?”

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One Of A Kind 18 Page Vintage Science Chart Set by AJ Nystrom Flip Chart HUGE Like Pull Down School Map Illustrated Machines Biology Botony

One Of A Kind 18 Page Vintage Science Chart Set by AJ Nystrom Flip Chart HUGE Like Pull Down School Map Illustrated Machines Biology Botony | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
A vintage set of Science Charts by A. J. Nystrom & Company of Chicago. The 18 pages are bound in a metal mounting -- like those pull-down wall
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Click for the fabuluos pics!

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Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins

Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
In 1836, three Scottish boys discovered a strange cache of miniature coffins concealed on a hillside above Edinburgh. Who put them there—and why?
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Fascinating!

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The Wonders Within Your Head [Infographic]

The Wonders Within Your Head [Infographic] | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
This Infographic which was designed by 4Tones provides a visual to show how the different parts of the brain function. The infographic illustrates the brains, nose and throat functions in Lamen's terms so that it is clear to the reader.

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The Science of Citizenship | Belle Boggs | Orion Magazine

The Science of Citizenship | Belle Boggs | Orion Magazine | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Science education does more than create a lot of little scientists; it’s the cornerstone of cultural literacy.
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This is an incredible post. Read it, please!

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Helvetica Perfume, 'For Those Who Dare to Be the Same'

Helvetica Perfume, 'For Those Who Dare to Be the Same' | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

What do you get for the designer who has everything? How about nothing? Helvetica The Perfume is literally just water, or "modernism distilled." Created as a gag gift by creative collective Guts and Glory, each bottle costs $62 plus shipping. If you're interested, you might want to hurry, because all shipments go out by Dec. 5.

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Love it! ...But not for that price.

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Plotagon - Movie-making for everyone

Plotagon - Movie-making for everyone | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Plotagon is a tool that lets anyone create an animated movie directly from a written screenplay. Write your story, choose actors, environments and music. Press play and your movie is done. It's that simple.

Plotagon is completely free! It is in a beta stage, but you can start using it right now. No ads, no crap.

>Plotagon application for Mac or PC (system requirements).

>Comes with 5 characters and 6 environments.

>Export your movies and share them with the world.

>Expand with characters and environments from the built-in store.


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For that "someday" when I have "free time" ;)

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Alison Rostetter's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:18 PM

It needs downloading - obviously - and I'm not sure I want all this on my computer yet.  I'll have to wait until I have a ground-breaking idea for my next online, budget Hollywood movie.

Ranjan Munshi's curator insight, January 5, 2014 1:50 AM

The story of Fishing Village

Patrizia Tirel's curator insight, January 30, 2014 7:07 AM

not tested yet....

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Healthcare & Medicine - Dentistry

Healthcare & Medicine - Dentistry | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
The Dentistry folder is a subdivision of Healthcare & Medicine and contains 55 items, about half of which are pamphlets or booklets. If plastic lip retractors, optical saliva ejectors, friction...
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Lots of photos of vintage medical & dental ephemera.

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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
Other Topics
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/
Herstory
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.
Kitsch
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.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.