Geek Stuff

About anything that could be considered “Geek”. Expected Doctor Who and Lego to be mentioned.

Ello?

It seems I’ve signed up to and made myself a profile on Ello – the new social network that isn’t Facebook. (I signed up for an invite awhile ago, I guess their beta phase is ramping up or something as mine has just come through.)

Describing themselves, Ello has this to say:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.

You are not a product.

Anyway, first impressions are that the design of it seems very clean, very clear, not as cluttered as Facebook. I’ve not had much of a play with its features yet, but the stand out seems to be “Friends / Noise”, a handy way of filtering out the noise from what you actually want to see.

Let me know if you’d like an invite…?

Doctor Who Life Advice To Tell Your Children.

She was looking up it. It was looking down at her. All of a sudden, I couldn’t help but say “If the Shop Dummy starts moving by itself, then run. Quick.” Whilst I thought that this was important Doctor Who inspired life advice to give the little one, the good lady wife didn’t seem to convinced. I still couldn’t help but wonder what other nuggets of life advice could be learned from watching Doctor Who.

Know when to say Goodbye

Remembering people we’ve lost is ok.

If shop window dummies start moving. Run.

Does that plastic chair feel alive? Probably best not to sit on it.

Always do the best you can. Particularly when fighting monsters.

If you want to wear a fez. Wear a fez. (But people may remove it from you)

Times change. So must I. (or something like that anyway)

Fear. Doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Any more out there?

 

 

 

Doctor Who – The Feast of Steven

Well, here’s a little something. Back during the third season of Doctor Who, I mean during the “classic” years, a 12 part Dalek epic had an interlude on Christmas Day called “The Feast of Steven”.

Featuring no Daleks, but a lot of weirdness, its one of the lost Doctor Who episodes.

If you watch it, please dont complain to me about the last half of the episode. I said it was weird…

Barbie Can Be A Computer Engineer – Possibly

So here’s a something thats been going around the internet for a while. It looks like there is a new Barbie book called “I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. On the face of it, this should be good news. After all, Barbie, the most girlie of girls toys has started to encourage girls that they can work in a fairly male dominated profession when they get older.

Good thing right?

Well it seems to be getting reactions like my brother in laws comment on Facebook:

This is wrong on so many levels! Anyone getting this for my niece, even as a joke, may be in for beatings!

The Mirror breaks down the plot:

Our dear Barbie is at her laptop designing a game to show kids how computers work.

“You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up coloured blocks,” she says.

So far, so good. But unfortunately that’s where the compliments end, because within seconds she’s pointing out to her sister Skipper that she’s “only creating the design idea, I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game”.

Within a matter of a few pages, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, but thankfully she’s been smart enough to wear a flash drive as a necklace (a pink, heart-shaped monstrosity) so she remembers to back up her work.

However, when she goes to use Skipper’s laptop instead, disaster strikes: THE VIRUS IS ON THE FLASHDRIVE. Skipper’s homework and all her music files are corrupted. Barbie legs it to class, but not before Skipper “playfully hits Barbie with a pillow”.

At class, Barbie meets up with Brian and Steven, who end up helping Barbie retrieve the lost files from both the laptops. “It will go faster if Brian and I help,” says Steven

So Barbie backs off and lets the men do the bulk of the work. Once the files are retrieved, she returns Skipper’s laptop to her.

When presenting her homework to class, Skipper praises Barbie for her technological prowess and describes her as “a great sister and a great computer engineer”.

So basically, its a book about Barbie designing a game, getting a virus, then the guys creating the game, and fixing the laptop.

Good work…

The really good news is that a “remixed” version of this book has been designed that encourages girls to work in computing, I’d suggest checking that out rather then the official book which is STILL available on amazon.co.uk.

In the meantime, remind me to keep my daughter away from Barbie merchandise.