[Sa. 3.7.15] Liz Revision, BenmeR @ Emporium for Chiditarod 1pm-5pm #rodx

Fight hunger this Saturday and partake in the spectacle of “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive.” Chiditarod is an Epic Urban shopping cart race based on dog sled racing, a charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator all in one. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHIditarod Foundation. Donate at least $10 now to help SGC move up the leaderboard (currently 6th place). This is a checkpoint for Chiditarod Chicago, so on Saturday there will be sweaty costumed people running around, food for purchase, arcade games to play, and an an actual race in progress. The soundtrack will be provided by real humans: 1-2:30: Liz Revision (Glitchy techno / arcadetronica) 2:30-5pm: BenmeR (Live visuals) Catch the starting line … Read More

I’ll be at BlueBazaar this Saturday in Pilsen with some nerdy plushies and geeky gifties

Pop-up retail events are super trendy these days, and I’ll be part of one in Pilsen (through Fractalspin) on Saturday just to maintain my credentials. I kid! It’s actually a craft fair called Blue Bazaar, a fundraiser for a neat entrepreneurial technology-slinging non-profit called Blue 1647. It’s a year-old nonprofit technology innovation center focused on “education, workforce development, business acceleration, and economic development in technology”-related things. What that means is they have classes, office space rental, a incubation program and three (3!!!) 5th generation Makerbot 3D printers, free computer usage for members, classrooms, and office rentals to entrepreneurs and budding organizations to aid in making their visions reality (as if the 3D printer thing wasn’t enough). Also, Harper Reed–who might have helped with a presidential thing a while … Read More

Intercouple domestic nerd-hiliarity, with some Post-It Notes and a Slow Cooker

I gotta say, it’s probably taking title to Soul-Mate Land when one can write a request in PHP for the slow cooker procedure and have it executed flawlessly by the significant other. ^Translation = “If it’s 8:00 am or later AND the onions are caramelized, please turn this thing off. If that’s not true but it’s 9:00 am or later, please turn it off.” Proof =

Free Circuit Board Gift Tags!

So my store Fractalspin has been carrying these cool Circuit Board Ornaments for a while, and there’s now a quantity discount if you buy 10 or more. We learned from some of our customers that they were using them as gift tags for presents, and we were buying quite a few at a time, but unfortunately last year we ran out of stock to get them out by Christmas. This year we’re starting the promotion early enough for larger quantity orders in time for holiday madness. I also designed some free gift tag templates you can print out and attach to gifts, right away, for free! [Download Stars Gift Tags PDF] [Download Dreidels Gift Tags PDF] If you want smaller tags for smaller gifts, just print them out … Read More

Spelling out why the WWII “Enigma” machines were considered to be unbreakable… presented by an awkwarldy adorable mathematician

While working on technical things at the ‘puter or offline-within-speaker-range, I like to throw on some audio stories about random subjects that are interesting. It makes me feel like I have a chatty knowledgeable companion in the room who doesn’t mind that I don’t add to the conversation because I’m just so engrossed in work, and they’re totally OK with that. In a Youtube-lecture-suggested-clickfest, I found a neat one on cryptography that I found particularly creatively explained. Mathematician (and, um, unfortunately employed by the NSA at vid-post time) David Perry explains some of the history and the mathematics behind the Enigma’s cryptology approach, all while awkwardly holding his tie clip to his mouth (and all the technical cringes in effect) but he still manages to keep the crowd … Read More

BBC Documentary: “To Engineer is Human” (1987)

This 80s-retro documentary is hosted by a socially awkward engineer who fumbles his cuecard-reading way through uncomfortable, scripted segues with props that illustrate the point being made. It’s a decent documentary on engineering, nonetheless.