## Geeky Etsy Finds 9-30-10

It’s one of my favorite times of the week again, which is Etsy time! If I had money, I would totally go broke buying from all these wonderful shops. I know, why don’t know spend your money supporting this fabulous geekery! Either way, here are two great shops for you with great jewelry to show off your geekiness, in classy and subtle ways!

## Flickr Finds 9-28-10

Some geeky amusement found on Flickr this past week. Enjoy!

I would have that license plate. Stop by PKMousie‘s photostream and you’ll see the car’s not half bad either!

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## Timewaster Tuesday: Professor Layton

So, I think it has become clear that I like puzzles. Therefore, it is only natural that I would like Professor Layton games for the DS. Why, “Who’s Professor Layton?” You ask! Only the nicest, smartest, most gentlemanly English gentleman you will meet playing video games. His three games, subtitled The Curious Village, The Diabolical Box, and the newest game The Unwound Future, are all puzzle adventure games with the added bonuses of interesting storylines and some of the best voice acting to be found in a handheld game.
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## Mathematical Monday 9-27-10

People love taking me out to dinner. Well, not taking me out and paying, just bringing me along. I’m good for a few things, conversation, humor, and most importantly: tip calculations. The Mothership made sure that was something that I could do from a young age, and then taught Gardella and Dawn as well. It’s pretty simple, so let me give you the quick and easy.

15% tip
Look at the total
Move the decimal point one spot to the right
Half the number you see
Add the half back to the number (still with the decimal moved)

Example:

Dinner cost \$43.15
First \$4.315
Then \$2.15
Finally \$6.50

You’ll notice that I round some at subsesquent steps. I like round numbers. This method is even easier if your service is crummy and you only want to tip 10% (do nothing to the number) or if your service is stellar and you want to tip 20% (double the number!).

This method makes it really easy to help split bills as well. You take the amounts that each person owes, and then add 20-25% to it for tip and tax depending on how your party is tipping. I err on the high side with large groups. One more example for 25%!

Dinner cost \$15.99
First \$1.60
Then \$0.80
Finally (2x the first plus the second) \$4.00, so this person owes \$20.

Now, you have the skills. You are ready. You can be the one that gets handed the bill after your whole group looks at it dumbfounded! Welcome to my world.

I love me some links! Not too many because I had a busy week. Will have to scour the internets more efficiently for you next time!

Interactive Middle Earth Map – Were you obsessed with the map in the front of the Hobbit as a kid like I was? Well, then, you are going to love this internet version! Google maps for geeks?

Review of MyTeeSpot – Need a recommendation for a new geeky t-shirt site? I don’t, my husband came back from PAX with about 10 new shirts. If you do though, here’s one that sounds great!

LOTR Tattoos – A great collection of some amazing Lord of the Rings tattoos! The Aragorn one is swoon-worthy.

Hurricanes from Space – Hurricanes look much cooler when you are incredibly far away, and here’s a video of a few of the recent one.

## Geeky Etsy Finds 9-23-10

I’m a day late with the Etsy finds, but they are still pretty awesome, so make sure to check them out!

Gr0glmann

What do you make?
I make bold retro jewelry using nostalgic pieces including tokens from Monopoly and Scrabble tile. My favorite medium because of the endless possibilities, LEGOs.
Who are you and/or how did you get started?
My name is Dave though I am known as Gr0glmann as the shop will show you; I am a computer engineering major that happened to do some tinkering with old toys and ended up with an online jewelry business. Very fitting, right? I made a few items for my girlfriend and friends who did some free adversing for me around school and business took off from there!
What makes your items great for geeks?
With today’s fashion, everybody wants to be unique but representative to who they are as a person. As trends tend to show, people love nostalgia and with the recent influx of retro gaming fashion, it’s hard to go anywhere public and not see someone with a t-shirt with some kind of retro Nintendo pun on it. People are nostalgic and geeky. Now more than ever, people are proud to wear that on their sleeve and show it off, I think that’s why my items appeal to them.
What sorts of geeky stuff are you into?
I, like many others my age, had a SNES growing up so I am in a way apart of the ‘Mario Generation’. I was pretty big into gaming growing up including collecting Pokemon cards and playing Magic: the Gathering in school with my friends. I still keep a Wii around for when I get that Mario playing itch.

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thegreenhedgehog

What do you make?

I make unique & fun fabric wearables for babies, kids & adults. Whimsical hats, cute costumes and easy DIY patterns.

Who are you and/or how did you get started?

I’m a mom of 3 that began sewing for my own kids because I couldn’t find the unusual things I was imagining for them. My baby daughter’s bald head gave me the idea for my original Hairdo Hat and after people began asking if I would sell them, I opened The Green Hedgehog on Etsy. The response has been so positive I’ve been coming up with more geeky designs ever since.

What makes your items great for geeks?

My creations are all about being out-of-the ordinary & expressing the fun side of life and that’s what being a geek is all about. People can’t help but smile when they see my items. Some things are sci-fi geek like my Leia Hairdo Hat, some are classic geek like my Baby Viking and some are just laugh-out-loud silly geek like my Pineapple Hat. Why not make every day a fun one? Boring is bad!

What sorts of geeky stuff are you into?

I live in a very geeky household (with a software developer husband, two geek-in-training boys + baby), so I’m into lots of weird & wonderful things. Macs, Star Wars, old school Willy Wonka, Barbapappa, space, gnomes, repurposing/hacking stuff and anything that feeds my crafting addiction.

## Geeky Flickr Finds 9-21-10

Seriously, the amount of geek on Flickr will forever amaze me. Check out these great photos just uploaded this past week!

Apparently, this is a French comic book! I’m not too good with French, but I think Geeks is a pretty universal concept, right! Apparently mathieucoste is a fan, and probably a geek!

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## Timewaster Tuesday: Continuity

So, I’m reading articles in Google reader last night, and I come upon this one from my buddy EPBOT. I should have known it was a trick because it was called “Procrastination Station” but I’m not typically prone to distractions such as browsing silly pictures.

Unfortunately, right at the end of the post, there was a game. Not just any game, but a puzzle game. Can you see where this is going? So, I clicked on the game and, well, that was the end of my reader (which currently has 111 unread items) and everything else I was going to do! It’s called Continuity, and if you like spatial puzzles (and you know I do) you might just love it!

## Mathematical Monday 9-20-10

I’m very good at math. Well, some math. I always used to say that I was great so long as there were no numbers! As soon as there were numbers, I messed it up. What this meant, of course, is that I looked crummy at math back when I couldn’t memorize times tables but once I hit algebra, geometry, and calculus, I was a whiz! Anyway, it would appear that I am not the only one with such problems.

Now, that’s a graph I need to put somewhere! You wouldn’t believe how hard concentrations and dilutions get as a post-doc, whereas I can talk theoretical stoichiometry all day. If you understood that last sentence, I love you forever.

Anyway. Next time your super-smart friend is annoying you, ask them a few simple math problems, you might end up feeling better!