Spyder Bites (Feb. 20, 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.

In this week's issue...
  1. Are we living in a computer simulation?
    Probably. I repeat: probably!!! On Monday morning, I started my week reading the most mind-blowing futurist philosophy paper first thing. On the bus. Before getting to work. (After my first espresso, though, so there's that.) If you want your mind blown and don't mind some complicated math, check out the paper by Oxford's Nick Bostrom
  2. Ever wonder why female comic book superheroes are always half nearly naked?
    Apparently it's part of their secret powers. Shhh... Check out this fantastic tongue-in-cheek explanation by Rat Queens Artist Stjepan Šejić.
  3. Quick! Where's your wallet?
    Stumped? Then this KickStarter is for you: Where's Wallet allows an app on your smart  phone to ping a lovely little audio sensor to help you find your wallet. Naturally, you could get Tiles but they would be a little cumbersome for your wallet. If you're interested, the KickStarter runs for another month and they are getting really close to their goal. (via HolyCool.net)
  4. How do you tell someone, "I just can't people right now" without actually saying it?
    With Introjis, emojis for Introverts! Yay! Now you can get out of social situations without having to be, you know, social about it. (via Fast Company)
  5. Is that Adventure Time all over your Doc Martens??
    Oh. My. Glob. So, as Murphy`s Law would dictate, shortly after I buy myself a new pair of boots, Cartoon Network and Doc Martens announce that they are teaming up to make an Adventure Time themed line of boots. And they are just as awesome as you want them to be. (Hmm, I wonder how quickly I can wear through my new boots?) (via Laughing Squid)
  6. Your toast is looking a little on the dark side.
    ThinkGeek is selling a Darth Vader Helmet Toaster. I can't decide if this is amazing or blasphemous. (via HolyCool.net)
  7. Is that Master Chief in your rear-view mirror?
    Could be; then again, it could be someone sporting one of these incredibly accurate Halo Motorcycle helmets. Launching this summer, it is street legal (even if it is being developed by toy manufacturer NECO.) (via Engadget)
  8. Is Q your favourite Bond character? 
    Then Ralph Osterhout might be your real-life hero. He taught himself all the necessary skills to be Q and then actually became Q IRL. He grew up to build fancy spy gadgets for the military and some of them have even appeared in Bond movies. Coolness achievement: Unlocked.
  9. Do I need an 8-bit Superhero Bedspread?
    Clearly, the answer is YES. This superhero duvet cover is simple in its design and all kinds of nerdy. And yes, it has some female superheroes on it (although I counted only 7). (via Nerd Approved)
  10. Remember Spy vs. Spy in Mad Magazine?
    Well, there's a great t-shirt featuring Superman vs. Batman version of Spy vs. Spy over on Fashionably Geek. Love the design!
  11. Did you know that a new HTTP standard launched this week?
    Welcome to the world of HTTP/2. Here's what's new: "The focus of the protocol is on performance; specifically, end-user perceived latency, network and server resource usage. One major goal is to allow the use of a single connection from browsers to a Web site." Check out the standard to see all the changes. If you're too lazy, here's the <tl;dr> HTTP/2 =  faster web experience for you. Win!
See you next week!