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  1. Bill Nye Saves the World?: A Review

    This is not an article I wanted to write.

    This weekend I watched all 13 episodes of the new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. And there’s only one word to describe my mood: disappointed.

    I probably don’t need to tell you about my love for Bill Nye. If you’ve listened to anything I’ve said here on Nerdy Show, you know it runs deep. Bill helped develop my love of science. He showed me that science could be “cool” and I could be “cool” for liking it. Bill Nye the Science Guy is a major reason I became an engineer.

    So I was excited for his new show. I really, truly was. But Bill Nye Saves the World is not a reincarnation of the television show that ignited my love of science. At best, it’s an awkward attempt at cashing in on childhood nostalgia. It’s a show that has no idea what it is and who it’s for. Is it meant to teach people more about complex scientific principles? Or is it more of a science-y Daily Show with correspondents mocking creationists and conspiracy theorists?

    After 13 episodes, I’m still no closer to an answer.

  2. MegaBots Prepare for Mecha Melee with a New Video Series

    Unbeknownst to many, two countries are gearing for a battle of legendary proportions. For the first time in history, two giant mechs will face-off in a duel for mechanical greatness. The challenger, representing the good ol’ US of A: MegaBots Inc. The opponent, representing Mecha-Mecca Japan: Suidobashi Heavy Industries.

    Though the road to victory is no easy path to travel. Announced today, MegaBots plans to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the process. The initial promotional footage teases a combination of Mythbusters construction and Battle Bots destruction. Feast your eyes on the first trailer above.


  3. boR’s Windows 10 Survival Guide

    Windows 10

    Windows 10 has been released! It’s free for current Windows 7 and 8 users. If you’re up-to-date and online, you should have an icon that is either offering you an upgrade, or telling you that your update is reserved. They’re releasing in waves, so it might take a few days before you’re chosen.  (Keep reading and I’ll tell you how to skip the line!)  If you’re brave enough to upgrade, read on, and I’ll help you make it a better experience! Not sure about updating? Lifehacker has a good writeup for those who are unsure. tl;dr: There aren’t a lot of reasons not to. Come back to me when you’re ready.


  4. Windows 10 to be Sold on USB Drives… FINALLY!

    The dark ages of computing...Today marks a true achievement in operating system installation procedure: Windows 10 will be sold on USB drives!

    Let me tell you why this is so amazing. See, I’ve been installing operating systems for quite a while. I think the first one I did on my own was Windows 95 back in… whatever year that came out; who can be sure?! It came on a stack of 13 floppy disks. Windows 98, 2000, and XP all came on CDs, which was much easier than installing from a stack of floppies. (Though you’d still need a floppy drive to install the OS most of the time since there was almost always a driver or two you’d have to load that weren’t included on the disk.) Around the time of Windows 98, this wasn’t a problem, because most computers had floppy drives. Fast forward to Windows XP’s release 2001, and it still wasn’t a huge problem. But by 2005, floppies were being phased out due to the rising popularity of USB thumb drives.


  5. The Martian Hype Continues at SDCC 2015

    Imagine this: an excited, scientifically-minded individual sees a panel at San Diego Comic Con titled, Journey to Mars. The description boasts a panel of NASA scientists and a special mystery guest to talk about how we’ll get to the red planet.

    This individual then assumes that given the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson was giving a Cosmos talk at the con, he HAD to be the secret guest, right?


    Nope. Nope. Nope.

    This secret guest was, in fact, none other than Andy Weir, author of The Martian. Because, you know, there’s that movie coming out and he knows stuff about going to Mars.


    While I still don’t understand the general public’s affinity for the book, I do admit that the trailer doesn’t look that bad. And realistically, the fact that it’s written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the WoodsDaredevil) is incredibly promising.


  6. Unlock Your Inner Computer Scientist With Pi-Top – The DIY Laptop

    Making a DIY computer using a Raspberry Pi circuit board is nothing new. People have been making their own single-board computers with them since their debut in 2012.  Heck, a friend of mine built a RaspberryPi tablet (the PiPad) and there’s even tutorials on how to build your own Raspberry Pi-powered smartphone!

    So when Raspberry Pi debuted their new laptop, Pi-Top, it wasn’t the novelty that garnered my interest – it was its overwhelming educational potential.


  7. The Future of Tech Fashion is Here: Volvorii Timeless E-Ink Shoes

    For years we’ve been teetering on the edge of tech wearables embedded in fashion. But up ’til now, circuits in clothing were reserved for 90s high topscelebrities attending galas, Superbowl halftime shows, and amateurs like myself stitching EL wire into bags. There hasn’t truly been any reasonably-priced, elegant, commercial wearable to hit the market.

    Until now.

    iShüu Technologies just launched an IndieGoGo campaign for the Volvorii Timeless smart heel. Starting with a base color of back or white, the shoe features flexible e-ink panels, à la Kindle, and allows users to customize the look of their shoes.

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