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Susan Kare: Design Hero

Susan Kare is one of my biggest design heroes. Even if you’ve never heard her name, you’ve probably run across one of her designs. Kare designed, amongst other things, the fonts and icons for...

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Joining the Borg Collective

The greatest enemy on Star Trek: The Next Generation is the Borg. The Borg are a hive mind made up of sentient humanoid species from around the galaxy. The Borg like to assimilate any...

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The Second Browser War

In the 1990s, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer competed for domination in the so-called “First Browser War”. It took a couple of years, but Microsoft won a complete victory, and by 2002 Internet...

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Can I Be a Nerdfighter?

It started with SciShow. While watching chemistry videos on YouTube, I stumbled across Hank Green’s series of short, concise science videos. From there, YouTube’s Related Links led me to Crash Course World History with...

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We All Need “Y’all”

“Y’all” is one of the most useful words in the English language. It’s a shame it’s not acceptable in the most formal settings, because “y’all” fulfills a role that no other word can quite...

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Starting Up Windows 95

Before 1995, operating systems were not something the average person thought about. Sure there were hardcore geeks out there debating the merits of Windows vs OS/2, but the merits of such platforms had not...

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The Not So Lazy “Lazy Game Reviews”

Lately I’ve been watching a YouTube channel called Lazy Game Reviews (LGR). This has quickly become one of my favorite series on YouTube, with a good mix of information, humor, and unique content. Not...

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The St. Louis Earthquake of 1990

The Great St. Louis Earthquake of 1990 never happened. Let me explain. Unbeknownst to many outside the Midwest, St. Louis lies near a fault zone, the New Madrid Fault. While nowhere near as famous...

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The First Browser War

The World Wide Web really started to take off in the mid-1990s, and if you wanted to use it, you needed a web browser. Early Internet users could make do with simple text-based terminal...

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Pluto: Too Awesome to Be a Planet

If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ve probably been following the adventures of NASA’s New Horizons space probe. Finally, Pluto is no longer a distant blob in the sky, but a real place...