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September 19, 2021

Halloween: Let Your Geek Flag Fly!

So while everyone is going to the store and buying their pre-packaged, Chinese made Halloween garb with names as creative as “Sexy Nurse” or “Sexy Witch” or “Sexy Construction Worker” or “Sexy [INSERT JOB-TITLE  HERE]” – these fine folks actually spent time and effort (and sometimes blood sweat and tears) on their costume. I trolled the internet looking for the best costumes, well actually mostly I trolled reddit and picked the costumes I like. So, without further ado. Here are The Mudflats most awesome – referential – best done – cool costumes of 2013. If you think we missed one…

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12 Best of Schrödinger’s Cat

If there are two things the internet loves (that are safe for work), it’s memes, and cats. So, naturally today is a perfect storm of internet fabulousness – the birthday of Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger. He was an Austrian physicist, and over the course of his life developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics. But, to non-professional quantum theorists, he is best known for his “cat” … or his ex-cat. We’re not quite sure. Schrödinger’s catis a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian…

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Calvin and Hobbes’ Birthday (Well, the creator’s anyway)

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest cartoonists, Bill Watterson. The creator of Calvin and Hobbes was born July 5th, 1958 in Washington DC. Bill went to college for political science and his first job was as a political cartoonist but only lasted a couple of weeks. While creating advertising for grocery stores he created the characters Calvin and Hobbes – a nod to his poli-sci studies, John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes. The comic ran in papers from November 18th, 1985 to December 31st, 1995 – Watterson ended the award winning run with a note. Dear Reader:…

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Swiveling for Freedom

Thomas Jefferson. Founding father. President. Writer. Inventor. Nearly everyone loves Thomas Jefferson in this country. He’s a Tea Party favorite, liberals love him – hell, even Christopher Hitchens was a fan. So while everyone celebrates the United States’ birthday – and thus celebrates one of the finest pieces of American writing, The Declaration of Independence, consider one of Thomas Jefferson’s other additions to American life. Legend has it that Jefferson used a specially made chair while writing the Declaration – one he invented himself. The swivel chair. Technically it was a “Revolving Windsor Armchair,” according to Jefferson’s Monticello, but either…

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Moment of Clarity from Lee Camp

Good friend, colleague and the funniest person I know – Lee Camp has a new show. And you should be watching it. It’s called Moment of Clarity – and it’s available on youtube – he’s 3 episodes in and he’s already had Greg Palast, Margaret Flowers of the Physicians for a National Healthcare Program and Roseanne Barr of well… Roseanne. [His shows are often NSFW due to swearing] It’s like the Daily Show – except funnier, more swear words and doesn’t mock activists like Stewarts show does. This is a show for people that give a sh*t. The Moment of…

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Recycled Orchestra

If I had the words for this, we wouldn’t need music. —Brandi Martin My dad was a big fan of the Bach Cello Suites, but I’ve never heard them played in quite this context. Prepare to have your mind blown by one of the best things ever.  

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Open Thread – Geek Moment of the Day

by Linda Kellen Biegel My husband and I are big users of Google Maps on our iPhones anytime we go somewhere new. I’m especially fond of clicking on the “little man” and getting the “street view” of the area we are checking, if it’s available. It can be quite useful, actually, if one is researching/investigating a location. (example: I used it to figure out where the Samaritan’s Purse camp is in Soldotna). I always wondered exactly how they got the street view. Was it someone riding as a passenger in a car with a video camera? Was it done by…

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