In honor of Easter, here are 23 eggs that get my vote for the greatest and geekiest ever.
Vi Hart’s Binary Hand Dance just got me thinking about all things binary. We at ForeverGeek seem to have a penchant for 1s and 0s as well. Just check out the archives, and you’ll find entries such as The Binary Ring and Binary Watch for Dad. If you are looking for some cool binary stuff, here are some of the more interesting ones that I found online.
Binary Wedding Cake
Obviously, this wedding cake was made for a geek couple. If you think those 1s and 0s were placed randomly, think again. The sequence is supposed to be code – a message for each other. Since we can’t really see the entire cake in the photo, we can only guess what geeky sloppiness the numbers stand for. ((By suicidekitteh))
Binary Tote Bag
Using eco-friendly canvas bags is the all the rage these days. I actually just did some grocery shopping the other day and had to get one of those supermarket ones. If you want a cool tote bag, though, this one will do the trick. Oh, and yes, the code translates to characters…guess what? Get the tote bag at Etsy. ((Binary Tote Bag))
Binary Code Shirt
Of course there has to be at least one t-shirt in this list! This Binary Code Shirt, obviously, spells something out in binary code. Can you read it? If you can’t, please don’t wear the shirt. You’ll just end up embarrassing yourself. If you can, then head on over to Curious Inkling for your own. ((Binary Code Shirt))
Thumbs Up Binary Clock
Here’s the good news: this clock actually exists. You can buy it on Amazon. ((Amazon UK)) Here’s the bad news: it’s out of stock. Still, this clock deserves to be mentioned. Not only is the concept cool – do some addition in binary to come up with the time – but it actually does look good in my opinion.
Binary vs. Friends Pin
We all know about the t-shirt “There are only 10 types of people in this world…”, don’t we? Here is a pin from Zazzle that adds a twist. Now don’t tell me that didn’t make you laugh! Get the pin for only $5.95. ((Zazzle))
There are binary shirts, and there are binary shirts – if you know what I mean. How about learning how to count in binary rather easily? Now doesn’t that shirt remind you of a certain video? Get this shirt for $16.99 at ThinkGeek. ((ThinkGeek))
You’ve got to start them young, don’t you? What better way to do that with your baby (or niece or nephew, or whatever) than to get one of these onesies? I have to say that this is one of the best binary accessories I have seen so far. CafePress Australia has them for AUD 16.00. ((CafePress Australia))
Roundabouts Pi Day 2011, I discovered this really smart girl called Vi Hart. She made a very strong case about her idea that pi is wrong, and while I can’t seem to accept the fact that pi is wrong ((Go ahead, check out why she says pi is wrong)), her video is really really cool.
Now Vi seems to be gaining more geek cred with her creations. ((Vi’s Blog)) Her latest video is the perfect tutorial for people who have never gotten the hang of figuring out binary numbers.
So what’s your trick when you “do” binary? Do you write the decimal numbers on your fingers? Do you have a cheat sheet? Let Vi show you how it’s supposed to be done with the Binary Hand Dance. I am warning you – you may end up having a totally different perception of binary numbers (and fingers) after watching this video. She writes that she wasn’t sure what came over her the day she made the video, but whatever it was, I want double of it.
All I can say is that if I had access to this video a decade or so ago, I would have enjoyed learning binary even more – if that’s at all possible! I will not be surprised if we hear more from Vi Hart this year. Keep an eye on her – she might be the next geek goddess.
Valentine’s day is creeping in on us and what to be your favorite geek? Geek have a weekness other than gizmos and cubicle war weapons: t-shirts. You can find lots of schwag given away by online brands, but many geeks prefer to be more original and show their true nature with nerdy t-shirts.
As a big fan of Questionable Content I often must smirk at the simple, but oh so nerdy tees Jacques draws for his comic. Obviously, with many years in IT and as FT internet nerd, I also have a considerable amount of geek T-Shirts.
What follows is a list of geek tees every nerd should have, a list of perfect geek gifts for your valentine’s nerd!
(All the names of the T-shirts are clickable and start the lightbox gallery. You can browse every T-shirt in the gallery.)
- I’m tweeting this. The new hype, I’m so blogging this is for traditionalists, today you have to tweet that! Preferably with Twitpic too! (via Think Geek)
- ROFLCOPTER When text speak meets ASCII art meets internet LULZ. (via Think Geek)
- I am logged in, therefore I am, internet psychology. The “Cogito, ergo sum” of the 21st century. (via zazzle)
- University of STFU. Often you want to tell your less scientific and geeky friends to RTFM, but those who just don’t learn when to ask questions or those who always are being loud, dumb and entertaining they need a more direct language and might have to attend the University of Shut The F**k Up!. (via Think Geek)
- OMG 1337 Eye Chart. Test your eyes with this 133t eye chart. (via zazzle)