Spyder Bites (April 25, 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. NASA pretty much just said aliens are real.
    They claimed that we're going to find life on other planets within the next two decades. Now, they're talking about microbes but if our own evolution has taught us anything, it's there's a very short step between microbes and us.
  2. Looking for the soundtrack for your next video game?
    NASA can help! They released space sounds that are licensed for anyone to use for pretty much anything. There's all sorts of weirdness in there too. Check it out on SoundCloud. (via Create Digital Music)
  3. A lot of trailers came out last week, but this is the best one.
    Batman v. Superman - Retro Style. That's right, Christopher Reeve v. Adam West. Can you imagine if it was a whole movie?! So. Much. Camp. (via CNET)
  4. That BB-8, he's so hot right now.Can we all agree BB-8 is stealing the Star Wars: Episode VII show? So naturally, someone figured out how to actually build one. And being a good geek, posted the instructional video.
  5. Iron Man in real life would be terrifying.
    So, a guy built his own laser-firing, disc-shooting Iron Man glove because why not? And holy crap it can do a lot of damage. Replace the paper and wood with skin and you'll get what I mean.
  6. Sixth Sense meets graphic novels?
    Kinda. RIP M.D. is a series about a kid who likes dead people. Because they're neurotic and he can help them. Like Sixth Sense but with more sass. The visuals look pretty great too. The whole thing sounds like a fun, dark read.   
  7. Not feeling like yourself?
    At least you're still yourself. As opposed to the guy who volunteered to be the first human subject for a head transplant. Doctors say he could experience something far worse than death. Personally, I'm terrified by that statement.
  8. Quick! Get that out of your head!
    Watch this adorkable version of Dumb Ways to Die featuring Game of Thrones. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
That's it for this week's oddities. If you missed it, I also posted about teaching the Dude to refurbish a computer and install Linux. Check out Hacking Old Tech With Kids: An Update.

Cheers!