Geekster Eggs: 13 Wonderfully Geeky Easter Eggs

Basket of painted eggs

Basket of painted eggsFrom Mashable.com:

While most geeks are probably more involved with digital Easter eggs, decorated chicken ova are still popular forms of nerdy expression. We’ve rounded up 13 of the best Easter eggs we could find, and present them here for you, our gentle readers.

Amongst them you’ll see familiar faces and homages to Mass Effect, Star Wars, Mario, and Doctor Who. If you’ve got some geeky eggs you’d like us to see, be sure to leave a message in the comments.

See also my blog post Draw on an egg (or anything spherical) with this computer controlled art robot.

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Will 3D Printing Fuel Art and Jewelry Forgery?

3D-printed silver ring

3D-printed silver ringFrom StumbleUpon.com:

While debate rages over using 3D printers to make guns or gun parts, technologies for other possible abuses are emerging — including the ability to cheaply copy and reproduce works of art and jewelry.

A few days ago at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, 3D-printer company MakerBot introduced the other end of the equation — a device called the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner that can create a computer model of any small object.

Makerbot founder and CEO Bre Pettis didn’t name a price for the new gadget, which goes on sale this fall. But given the company’s focus on home enthusiasts, it will likely be comparatively low-cost. (The latest 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2, sells for $2,199.)

SEE ALSO: 3D Printers at Maker Faire: Faster, Cheaper, Easier to Use

“This technology has been around for 20 years, maybe more,” said Pettis of 3D scanning during his presentation in Austin. “But it’s been hard.” He explained that, in earlier forms of the technology, once a 3D scan was made, it required extensive processing to remove flaws and produce a ready-to-print digital file.

With the new device, the process will be automated and accessible to anyone. The small dimensions of the scanning area rule out the vast majority of objects, but some of the most valuable items are small ones, such as jewelry and sculpture in precious metals.

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Very useful: Corporate Identity Photoshop Layout Mockups

Layout with corporate identity collateral

Layout with corporate identity collateral

From BluGraphic.com:

BluGraphic’s free PSD file for today is a corporate or brand identity mock up for designers to present their identity design in a modern and pretty way for their clients or for presentation in their portfolios.

Every designer should have designed a corporate identity at some point in his career. In fact brand identity building is an essential part of design. Every company, agency, firm, TV channel, soccer team and even freelancers need a logo and a corporate identity. These identities usually consist of letterheads, business cards, envelopes, CD cover, CD box, bag, pen, pencil, calendar and more.

This mockup is totally made with Photoshop and not based on any real photo. This provide many advantages over photo mockups. For example, since this is vector based and build with vector shapes, this makes it resizable without quality loss. Where on the contrary it is impossible to scale a photo without losing quality. Moreover, since these shapes are vector shapes, you can change the proportions of the elements to fit your designed identity. For instance, if your business card is taller and thinner, you can easily edit the business card in the mockup to make it the same size.

To apply your design on this mockup template, simply grab your file as a jpeg image, place it over the corresponding item then change the blend mode to multiply instead of normal. That’s it !

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Stitching the Solar System: Science as Needlepoint, 1811

Solar System crosstitch pattern

Solar System crosstitch pattern

From The Vault, Slate.com’s history blog:

In the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, girls in the UK and the US used needle and thread to embroider images and text onto pieces of fabric that were called “samplers.” Samplers, which could be quite intricate, were meant to promote basic literacy and to teach patience and carefulness.

Unlike many samplers, which featured botanical, Biblical, or domestic themes, this unusual pre-printed fabric from 1811 depicts a surprisingly scientific subject: the arrangement of the solar system. (Click on image for larger view.)

While girls and women would have found it quite difficult to pursue scientific careers in 19th-century England (the anomalous example of astronomer Caroline Herschel notwithstanding), several popular authors of the time published science books that included girl readers in their intended audiences. Astronomy and natural history were particularly common scientific topics in children’s literature, since authors could relate the information to children’s everyday lives.

This sampler includes a verse from Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” which begins “These are they glorious works, parent of good.” Although we’re accustomed to thinking of scientific and religious education as incompatible, before the controversy over evolutionary theory, which began in the mid-nineteenth century, such conflicts were much more easily resolved. Within certain parameters, instruction in science could be used to reinforce lessons about religion, morality, and God’s plan.

Whoever was working the sampler didn’t get very far with it. The only part of the design that’s been completed with thread is the box around the date.

The blog of the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, where the sampler is held, has an excellent post about the piece and its historical context.

Interactive Map of the Internet App by Peer 1

Map of the internet

Map of the internetFrom laughingsquid.com:

(Click here for interactive map)

Peer 1 Hosting has created an interactive Map of the Internet app that lets users explore the internet’s infrastructure. The app displays a global view, a network view, and a chronological view that shows the evolution of the internet from 1994 to today and even predicts what the internet might look like in 2020. The Map of the Internet app is available now for iOS and Android in the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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“Digital Omnivores” Devouring Video on Tablets, Study Says

Illustration of tablet and phone

Illustration of tablet and phoneFrom the Hollywood Reporter:

Research firm Deloitte says 26 percent of the U.S. population over age 14 owns a tablet, smartphone and laptop.

There were 160 percent more “digital omnivores” at the end of last year than there were at the end of 2011, according to a new study Deloitte will release Wednesday.

The research firm defines a “digital omnivore” as someone who owns all three of the dominant, portable digital devices: laptop, smartphone and tablet. Deloitte says that group is now 26 percent of the American populace over age 14, up from 10 percent a year earlier.

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Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey designs a mission patch for the International Space Station

CASIS patch

CASIS patchFrom Cory Doctorow’s at BoingBoing:

When the feds start commissioning space decor from graffiti artists turned global fashion brands, you know that cyberpunk has arrived:

Artist Shepard Fairey may be best known for Obey Giant and his Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster, but his latest work will be conquering an entirely different realm: outer space. The artist has designed the patch for an upcoming mission to the International Space Station called ARK1 — Advanced Science and Research — that will run from September 2013 through March 2014. ARK1 will be the first flight managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a non-profit organization that was set up by the US Congress in order to help promote research aboard the ISS.