An easy way to inspire someone in the kitchen is to give them a cookbook they'll love. If you're a geek, that means cooking up the kinds of things you'd find in sci-fi, comic books, and fantasy novels. Since the holidays are great time to give cookbooks and try new recipes, how about taking one of these geek finds for a test?
The latest alien film has landed in your home! Available on DVD today is Ridley Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus, the futuristic search for the origins of mankind that takes a space crew to the far reaches of space. Similar in tone to the original Alien film, the slow pacing and beautiful special effects make Prometheus a new classic in the sci-fi alien genre. There are plenty of other alien movies that are spectacular, so keep reading to see what's included in our list of all-time favorite alien films.
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If you're planning a geeked-out celebration sometime soon, get inspired with these fun, playful dessert ideas. Not exactly an expert in the kitchen? Don't stress: we've rounded up creative examples to suit all kinds of baking levels. From nostalgic '80s cakes to gaming treats to iPhone-themed designs, these geeky desserts are sure to satisfy your nerdy sweet tooth.
We may have Valentine's Day on the brain, but February also marks an important time of the year — Black History Month. In honor of Black History Month, let's take a look at some of our favorite geeks, both past and present. Everyone on this list has made vast contributions to furthering tech as we know it.
- Dwayne McDuffie — The recently passed McDuffie wrote comic books for both Marvel and DC (including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, the Fantastic Four and the Justice League of America) before founding his own company, Milestone Media, which helped pioneer the use of multicultural characters as its heroes.
- Mark Dean — Nerd alert! Without Dean, there may not have been a PC — he holds three of IBM's original nine PC patents, leading the teams that developed the ISA bus and the first one-gigahertz chip.
- Mae Carol Jemison — It doesn't get much geekier than space travel; Jemison was the first black woman to travel in space.
- Philip Emeagwali — We can all blame Emeagwali for our Internet addiction. He developed the fastest supercomputer software in the world. His IQ is too high to be measured by conventional standards, and he's won a Gordon Bell Prize, which is like the Nobel Prize for computer science.
See the rest of the notables when you read more.
I love baking, and besides tasting great, sugar cookies are fun to decorate and shape into almost anything you can imagine. Why not get a group of your friends together for a night of geeky cookie baking? Here's a little inspiration to start you off with.
My email box is in overdrive when it comes to saving money: PopSugar City, LivingSocial, and Groupon are just a few of the collective-buying sites I subscribe to. As of late, Scoutmob has become one of my favorite ways to explore neighborhoods and meet awesome folk, all while saving some major bucks in the process. And, given that a new round of funding allowed it to expand from three cities to 13 (with seven more on the way), it could be one of the best deal sites you've never heard of. Here's why:
- It's free — The not-costing-a-thing aspect of Scoutmob's business model is pretty sweet, and, it's the reason I joined in the first place. Unlike other sites, which offer goods and services at deeply discounted rates, Scoutmob gets the deal and passes it along to users for free. At any given time, there are at least a dozen Scoutmob deals available in each city, offering a 50 percent savings on purchases. The majority of Scoutmob's deals are food- and drink-related with a few retail shops thrown in.
Even more reasons to use Scoutmob after the break
AT&T is really trying to up the ante this week. The company already made news on Monday with its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile; now it's earning bragging rights as the first US provider to offer a 3D smartphone.
The carrier says that its LG Thrill 4G will be out in the "coming months" and will feature a dual five-megapixel camera capable of shooting both 3D photos and high-definition 720p video. Also available to LG Thrill owners is a library of 3D content in the form of photos, video clips, and games by way of the "LG 3D Space." Other specs include a 4.3-inch display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 16GB of flash memory, and HDMI output. Based on what we know so far, it sounds like the LG Thrill is a version of LG's Optimus 3D, which is set to roll out in Europe sometime during the second quarter.
No word yet on how much the phone will cost, but I suspect it won't be cheap. I'm curious to see how the 3D technology affects the phone's battery life (a problem already plaguing the Nindendo 3DS), or if owners will be walking around with motion sickness, headaches, and blurry vision.
The aliens have landed! Well, at least at the box office: Battle: Los Angeles, Paul, and Mars Needs Moms are all currently showing in theaters, proving that our fascination with the otherworldly is still going strong. While these three movies probably won't go down in the books as classics, there are plenty of movies about aliens that are spectacular — both in their genre and in film as a whole. Take, for instance, Ridley Scott's Alien. Totally creepy with incredible pacing and beautifully shot, this frightening sci-fi masterpiece still scares the bejeezus out of me. Thirty-two years later, it also stands the test of time. Keep on reading to see what other films made it onto my list.
Both fans of Justin Bieber and football team Manchester United share a little something in common — each has the most active and engaged Facebook fan base, according to a study by FanGager: 2.6 percent of Manchester United's fan base of 9,915,504 is active, and of Bieber's 20,379,964 fans, 1.8 percent are active. Curious as to what these folks are saying, I decided to take a look. Surprisingly I found that the Bieber fan base isn't that much different from Manchester United's — read: total fandom! Think you can tell the difference?
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As spotted on Fab, the big trend for Spring is gold. Shiny, sophisticated, and sun-kissed, a little touch of gold makes even the most boring accessory — hello, HP USB drive ($20) — look regal. On the other end of the spectrum are products that are already blinging on their own like this VAIO laptop ($1,200) or Lumix Panasonic digital camera ($350); the gold sheen merely adds to the luster. Interested in Spring's latest trend? Start shopping by clicking on any of the images above!
There's a lot to look forward to if you're a fan of female comic book heroes and villains: the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, X-Men First Class, and Wonder Woman all feature prominent female leads! But, like most comic book fans, you probably have your own idea of who is best suited to play the role. I can already tell you that I am not thrilled with Anne Hathaway being cast as Catwoman. Do you think Hollywood got it right? Take a look at these upcoming female comic book leads and then vote on who makes the most sense.
We do love the iPhone here at GeekSugar, but with more people choosing an Android as their phone of choice, we have to spread the love. And while the battle rages on in the iPhone vs. Droid chronicles, we can still admit that there are some pretty good looking accessories for the Droid. Take a look at these handmade finds from Etsy — they are too hot to pass up.
There was a lot of geekiness surrounding this year's Super Bowl — besides an awesome Volkswagen ad featuring a mini Darth Vader, the Super Bowl was the first venue that anyone could check into via Foursquare regardless of where they were. Within four hours, it became the most checked into venue that Foursquare has ever had. Think you know how many people showed up to the party?Take the Quiz
We already told you where not to check into on Foursquare — ahem, men's bathroom! — but there's still a whole lot of checking in left for you to do. This is especially true if you're a health and fitness nut. I'm sure that you already have a stash of healthy badges like Gym Rat and RunKeeper, but up the ante by becoming the mayor of local health hangouts. Amass enough healthy mayorships and it won't be long before the city's quinoa prices are decided by you.
This weekend was not pretty for me — I lost my iPhone. Now that the initial panic has subsided, and the pangs of withdrawal are gone, I'm doing OK. I'm getting a new iPhone next week, and unlike my landline- and voicemail-only days, not having a cell phone doesn't mean lugging a roll of quarters and an address book around. Besides email, here's how I'm staying connected:
- Gmail's "Call Phone" feature — Being able to make phone calls from my Gmail account is pretty amazing. The desktop VoIP client is free when calling any number in the United States and super easy to use. You just dial the number on a pop-up keypad and talk right into your computer. I've ordered food delivery, called a cab, and confirmed appointments using the Call Phone feature.
- Video chat — Whether it's Skype or Gmail, I've been all about using video chat this week to call my friends, which is something I've never really done on the regular. This is especially cool when I'm video chatting with a friend who only lives a few blocks away. In the past, I would have just texted and lost out on the face-to-face time that video chat provides.
See what else I'm using after the break.
It's Friday, and I can hear the alcohol calling! If you plan on doing happy hour this evening or need a little hair of the dog to recover from last night's antics, here's your drink: The Buzz Aldrin. It combines vodka with Tang and tastes so much better than you'd imagine — Tang is the drink of astronauts after all! My geeky bartender friend introduced me to this drink last year, and I've since ordered it again and again.
I'm like a bird; the more something sparkles and shines, the more I want it. Like this pretty iPad case ($135) for instance — not only does it come in metallic silver or white gold leather, but it can also be personalized with your monogram. And if that doesn't say "I'm all grown up," I'm not sure what does.
Given the latest news that Apple sold 7.3 million iPads in a record-breaking quarter, I don't suspect that these cases are going to stick around much longer either. This figure brings the total number of iPads sold to about 15 million. Pretty crazy to think about since the device was just released in April!
This week almost everyone I know is setting up their holiday trees, and with the usual ornaments, too. Think glass colored balls, Santa figurines, and various snowflake-type embellishments. I say, use your tree to let your geek flag fly! Instead of the usual holiday tinsel, throw something up that displays your love of tech, video games, and sci-fi. I mean, aren't these Mario and Luigi ornaments too adorable for words?
If you need a big ticket holiday gift for the geek on your list, I'd suggest a trip to Seattle. Besides taking in the city itself, there are a few awesome exhibits at the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) and Pacific Science Center that any BSG- or Star Wars-loving-geek will be dying to see.
From now until March 4, 2012, the EMP|SFM is running Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition, showcasing full-size spaceships, costumes, music, and other props from the series. Check out a video of the exhibition to see just what's in store. Beginning next year on March 19 and running until May 8 is the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination show at the Pacific Science Center. The exhibition features props and costumes, and focuses on the science from the films like space travel, mechanical prosthetics, robotics, and levitation technology.
Who's up for a geeky vacation?
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which often means a lot of family time. And even though I can't wait to hang out with my own family, prepping for this trip has made me realize just how technology-dependent I am. Case in point: my DS Lite was on the fritz, and I had to have it replaced before flying home. The thought of boarding a five-hour plane ride without it was just not cool.
I'm not the only one either; I have plenty of friends who won't leave home without their laptops, iPads, and MP3 players. I even know a girl who travels with her Wii! Someecards pokes fun at our culture's reliance on technology with a new Thanksgiving ecard that reads: "Thanksgiving is an annual tradition of observing how people used to communicate before the Internet." Funny but not too far from the truth.
So, will you be celebrating the holiday the old-fashioned way?
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