Spyder Bites (Feb. 13, 2015)

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Spyder Bites is a carefully curated chaotic mishmash of generally nerdy stuff that I come across in a given week.

Happy Friday the 13th!
  1. Does today's date frighten you?
    If so you might have paraskavedekatriaphobia (also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia) - aka fear of Friday the 13th. If you're a Mr. Magorium fan, you will know the word triskaidekaphobia - which is a fear of the number 13. There's a little word trivia item you can share today, assuming you can pronounce all of it :)
  2. Are you a start-up? Want to work for one?
    Then check Angel List - a social network for startups and investors. It's like online dating for people with ideas and people with money. You can also check out lists of local startups (like this one of Ottawa Startups) so you know who all the cool kids want to work for!
  3. Love Android but hate apps?
    Then this phone is just for you: the world's first Ubuntu phone will run entirely without apps instead grabbing all that yummy info and serving it to you via interactive screens. Kind of like what Windows phone thought they were doing with Windows Phone 7 (with mixed reviews). Check out the video to see it in action. (via FastCompany)
  4. Could your next employment contract might require you to get an RFID chip?
    Well, maybe not the next one but soon after if Swiss company Epicentre has their bets placed right. Seems a good portion of their staff (450 of 700 employees) got RFID implants in their hands so they can open doors, log into their equipment (including printers) and be tracked by their employers 24/7. Can we all agree that this has officially entered the realm of the bizarre? (via Le Journal du Geek - article is French, video is English)
  5. What kind of degree can your kid get by being good at video games?
    How about drone ambulance pilot? Yup. Drone ambulance. Navigating over traffic snares, dropping into small spaces to pick up accident victims. Flown by someone sitting in a control room far away. ArgoDesign came up with the concept and the composite images they put together (albeit fantasy for now) are pretty compelling. (via MyModernMet)
  6. Where's Waldo?
    Data can tell us. Apparently someone on Slate first published a foolproof Waldo-finding method. But then data visualizer Randy Olson decided to get fancy with the kernel densities and the heat maps and came up with "the optimal search strategy for finding Waldo". Yup, math and data visualization so you can cheat your way through a children's book. Dontcha feel good about yourself now? (via Visual News)
  7. Those aren't moons!
    Fashionably Geek posted a gorgeous strapless dress earlier this week which is printed with the DeathStar blueprints! I am completely in love with the concept. Naturally, one could never wear the one featured on the site thanks to the entirely questionable placement of the Death Stars. I mean, I couldn't help myself from making the "those aren't moons" reference... and things would just go downhill from there.
  8. What do you do when your arm fills with wearables?
    Switch to Invisibles. Check out the video below for details:
See you next week!
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