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"Here are 15 podcasts in particular that will make you a smarter, more well rounded, and better informed person."
Lifehacker shares the Top 10 Tactics for Protecting Your Stuff…
7. Put a cute baby in your wallet
When researchers left 240 wallets scattered around the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, they inserted an equal number of cute baby, puppy, family, and elderly pictures in them, along with a relevant mailing address. They received 42 percent of the wallets back overall, but 88 percent of the wallets with cute babies in them came back. The researchers suggest it has to do with an evolutionary instinct to preserve the young, so if it's not terribly embarrassing, keep a cute baby in plain sight in your wallet or purse. If you lack for your own adorable tyke, it's a great reason to call that aunt you never speak to anymore.
On September 8, 1966, something new appeared in the galaxy…
If I lived on the left coast, I would so be going to w00tstock…
For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.
We now celebrate that rise to power — and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now — with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage ("MythBusters"), actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton ("Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Stand By Me") and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (hey; that’s us!) present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.
This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom — and its voices will ring true at w00tstock.
(via Wil Wheaton)