Spyder Bites (April 4, 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. Did you hear that I got the Dude good for April Fool's?
    Me: The scientists at the Hadron Collider discovered a new kind of energy that's just like the force.
    Dude: What's it called??
    Me: April Fool's
    Needless to say, he went around getting everyone with that for the rest of the day :)
    (via Mashable)
  2. Planning a road trip to go see Wonder Woman's invisible jet?
    This week's best April Fool's joke might just be the announcement by the National Air and Space Museum that they borrowed Wonder Woman's jet for a special one-day exhibit. The video is priceless; especially the maintenance guy "cleaning the jet". (via The Mary Sue)
  3. Are we focusing too much on STEM education now?
    Maybe, if you believe this op-ed in The Washington Post. A great read although I think his point is extreme, claiming that we're entirely focusing on STEM to the detriment of the arts. I haven't heard many people (anyone?) say, "do away with the humanities entirely" but more "we need a balance". Check it out and decide for yourself.
  4. What do you do when you run out of USB ports?
    Probably swear. And that's ok, it is maddening. Except that now there are these amazing little devices called InfiniteUSB: you just keep clicking them together and there's always one more USB port for you to use. Brilliant. WANT. (via Yanko Design)
  5. Do you think that YouTube needs movie-style age ratings?
    As a mom of a kid who still has parental controls on this iPod, I say, "yes please!" YouTube in the UK just got age ratings for music videos thanks to the British Board of Film Classification and the big 3 recording labels. How long till we see them in North America?
  6. Got a big stash of Post-its, a blank wall and a few hours to kill?
    Why not wallpaper your office with 8-bit superheroes. We just christened our part of the office floor the Rebel Base and need to get a Death Star up on the window. Question is: where did this guy get all those black and white post-its?
  7. Why do we want to die after stepping on a Lego?
    Science can tell us! It's all about physics: combining movement with pressure and those sharp little corners of death!!!
  8. Is it possible to participate in a hackathon and be a new parent?
    Apparently so! But you need to check out this handy Hackathon Survival Guide for New Parents. Full of great information if you have small kids and still want to HACK ALL THE THINGS.
  9. Love taking visual notes but hate all the paper?
    Get a Wipebook. With its laminated pages, it's like a notebook filled with whiteboards. Awesome for taking visual notes: for longevity, just snap a pic, then clean the book off to take more notes. An awesome Ottawa-based startup. And they just got funded at Dragon's Den.
  10. Feel weird wearing your fave geek shirt to the office?
    Check out these subtly geeky everyday threads by Five Four Club and Marvel. Five Four is a subscription clothing service, so I'm not sure what's better about this deal: geek-themed business-friendly clothes, or the fact that you don't actually have to go shopping. (via Fashionably Geek)
  11. What if the Pixar folks remade Cars but with X-Wings?
    This super fun fake trailer for X-wings really is perfect. The Death Star never looked so cute. Go ahead and watch the whole thing. Snowcone? (via Geeks Are Sexy)
  12. Han Burgundy.
    Yup, someone made a mash-up of Ron Burgundy and Han Solo. And it's as awesome as it sounds.