As 2012 is wrapping up and we're busy scanning end of year sales for the best deals, let's take the time to vote on the video games that blew our mind, stole our time, and reconfirmed why we'll be buying the next-gen consoles.
We'll be wrapping up our readers' choices and choices from your Gadchick editors on 12/31, so make sure to get your vote in!
For our Mass Mentions this week, we asked our Instagram friends what their favorite geeky holiday decor was.
amileighton- "Still no ornaments... But we gotta tree topper! a #cthulhu #christmas! That's traditional, right?"
forthedistractd- "Hi @gadchick my favourite ornament is my camera one, of course"
fireworkdelune- "We're sharing geeky holiday decor for this week's #massmentions over on @gadchick! Love @runningboard's and my fun new monogrammed 8-bit stockings!"
campfirechic- "My fave geeky decoration is our spider-man tree topper! #massmentions"
Holiday 2012 Mass Mentions
We normally participate Mass Mentions on Twitter, but it was fun on Instagram, what's your favorite geeky decor?
Name: Rachel Haot
Short biography: Rachel Haot (née Sterne) was born in 1983 and grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from New York University in 20051 and soon founded GroundReport, an online news site that “provides amateur, apprentice and professional journalists with the digital tools required to reach a local or global audience;”2 Haot was CEO when she left the company is 2010. From March 2011 to June 2011, Haot was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Columbia Business School, where she taught a class on social media and entrepreneurship.3 In 2011, Haot also became the Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York.1 Haot married Maxime Haot in July 2012; her husband is a founder and CEO of Livestream.4 The couple lives in Brooklyn.
1. Lomography Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter
This is one gorgeous looking film camera! With 3 different setting, panoramic, normal and square, there might be nothing that this photo couldn't make look amazing.
2. Jo Tots Georgia Nautical Bag
For carrying all my camera kit – I already have a Jo Totes bag and I really think they are great, two wouldn’t hurt.
3. Epson Perfection V600 High Resolution Scanner
Perfect for scanning all my film negatives (I have a lot) and turning my analogue photos into digital.
4. Olympus Pen ELP-5
The more photos that I take, the more I want to take and sometimes film can be very restrictive, but I don’t want to be carrying around a huge DSLR camera, so this camera fits nicely in between with its interchangeable lens allowing for more control, but also being a handy size to carry around.
5. Pro Flickr Account
I love my Flickr account, so this would be a perfect present for someone to buy me, I upload photos all the time and it’s a great way to see other peoples photos quickly too. A must have for any photographer.
6. Photo app keyboard skins. [photo from Photojojo]
I never remember the short cut keys for Photoshop, so this would be amazing for editing!
Thanks for sharing, Rhianne! Check out the other Gadchick's wishlists here.
As we saw in my last post, Hollywood isn’t always dedicated to realism in their movies. But this doesn’t mean that they always get it wrong or that everyone failed their science courses. Many movies, such as the five I highlight below, use science and technology to drive plot and discussion in realistic and thought-provoking ways.
Name: Gina Trapani
Short biography: Gina Trapani was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1975.1 Thirty years later, Trapani launched Lifehacker, the Gawker lifestyle and tech blog; Trapani was the lead editor until January 2009 when she transitioned to feature writer. Since then, Trapani’s gone on to a variety of other online ventures and creation of mobile apps, including a (now defunct) blog at the Harvard Business Review, the app ThinkUp: Social, the app Todo.txt and Narrow the Gapp, “a U.S. Department of Labor data-based website about the gender wage gap.”2 Trapani is also the author of multiple tech/lifestyle books. She currently lives in San Diego, Calif.1
After last week's tour of some of Hollywood's best attempts and subsequent failures, let's take another look at what happens when screenwriters pretend to understand computers.
6. “Live Free or Die Hard”
“Live Free or Die Hard” took the John McClain formula I loved (Christmas Time+Terrorists) and instead decided to explore a well worn path of the omniscient hacker. Traffic light system? We can hack it. Government computer system? No problem. A widespread, simultaneous hack on several systems at once to stop Bruce Willis? Child’s play.
I would suggest checking out Farewell to Arms by John Carlin which helped inspire the movie to see a more realistic view of the potential for cyberwarfare and the difficulties facing the government.