Random Geek Roundup #10

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Sci Fi Currency Converter by Money In Advance

Sci Fi Currency Converter by Money In Advance

Welcome to the tenth irregular installment of Random Geek Roundup! This is where I collect a variety of links and sites and products that have come across my virtual desk in recent days. Just because you’ve discovered a specific interesting tidbit doesn’t mean that everyone has. So in the spirit of sharing awesome, here is the next collection of links.

How Many Galleons Are in a Dollar?
If you need to convert your Harry Potter Knuts into Star Trek Federation Credits (or even just convert between U.S. Dollars and British Pounds), check out this science fiction currency converter, embedded above and at the link. You’ll never be ripped off in Quark’s bar again.

Can We Think Without the Benefit of Language?
Think about it. When we think to ourselves, it’s usually based in language. As they say in the article, “Language gives us symbols we can use to fix ideas, reflect on them and hold them up for observation.” That sentence right there encapsulates a perfect idea, in my opinion. Once you can put something into words, you can then deal with it. While it’s still an intangible concept, it’s often hard to know what to do about it or how to handle it.

Time Travel Through Photographs
One photographer and family historian has made it appear as if she’s traveled through time to join her family in family photos.

Epic Pinball Machines
These epic pinball machines are epic. The Rennaissance, Tales of the Arabian Nights, and many other themed pinball games are so detailed and look like so much fun that I want to track them all down and play. I’m a huge pinball machine fan, and enjoy it much more than video games. But, if you prefer video games, read on.

Soviet Arcade Games
If Pac-Man and Defender weren’t enough for you, perhaps you would have been interested in these Soviet arcade games. Visit the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines online to learn more, and to play one of the games right in your browser.

World’s Most Precise Clock
A couple of months ago, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado unveiled the world’s most precise clock. Follow the link for many in-depth details about its precision and how it works.

Obscure Games Kids Used to Play
How did kids cause trouble entertain themselves before the internet? Well, in my day (get off my lawn), we played games like freeze tag and SPUD. But earlier on, there were some more, um, creative activities. Which one of these is your favorite?

That’s it for this installment of Random Geek Roundup. You can also go back and look at the links from previous Random Geek Roundups for more interesting news and websites!

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