This feels unbelievably trivial, but its ungoogleable nature is driving me crazy. What is the origin of the meme-ish thing where there are four or five characters grouped together with ampersands? The one I see most often involves the Game of Thrones direwolves, but I don't think it originated there. I feel like it's making reference to something I don't understand, and I should understand all the references. Help me out?
I need to get in on this Kickstarter - but the availability date has passed. What can I do? [more inside]
Help me fill out my geeky "Superman Music" playlist. [more inside]
How do I find every possible outcome of an arbitrary length set of coin flips? [more inside]
Dragon*Con is coming up and I have never been. Are there unofficial events happening in Atlanta that weekend? [more inside]
Help me come up with a five-part joke, riddle, or comic strip to embed in 5 separate data presentations at a science conference. [more inside]
I have an extra display at my desk connected to a Mac Mini which I use to watch Netflix/Hulu. I'd like to use it for more useful purposes, as some sort of informative display that will be up as I work. I need some help figuring out some applications that could show handy information, as well as your ideas as to things to display if I were to build something myself. [more inside]
Star Wars Nerdery: Once, an indeterminate time ago, I was reading something about the making of the original Star Wars models. They used a term (named for one of the model makers?) for a certain kind of detailing. More specifically, it was used to describe the horizontal trench running along the length of a Star Destroyer. What is this term?
I'm putting together a tech wishlist to build the ultimate internet-enabled home (or at least to drool over building it). I'd like your recommendations on the best consumer electronics devices to carry out home-bound computer-related tasks outside the computer (in the same way the Philips VOIP841 phone makes Skype calling simple without a computer). Suggested areas: internet radios, real live news tickers, world thermometers, internet TV boxes, but I'm also interested in whatever other fields you can suggest. Your ideas/experiences welcome, wireless or wired.
Glass desk from Staples; Microsoft Intellimouse; Horrible mouse tracking -- how to fix? [more inside]
Why is Flickr so very very beyond slow and maybe broken, sometimes (OS X)? [more inside]
This is my first 'AskMetafilter' question, but browsing around here, I've noticed that several other people have posted similar queries, so here goes: Sometime in the late '70's, I recalll seeing at least one episode of some British ITV-produced show about a clutch of people who were floating around the galaxy in the British Museum. Yep, THE British Museum. However absurd, I remember that the Earth had somehow been destroyed, and this clutch of heroes was charged with preserving the remains of human civilization en route to a new, undetermined home. While this scenario bears many similarities to 'Space:1999', 'Journey to the Far Side of the Sun', 'Blake's 7', 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Silent Running', I know it is none of those, and it was British. I distinctly remember aliens -actors in costumes, flowing robes, leather, that sort of thing - pursuing the human protagonists within the museum. It very much seemed an episode of a television show, in a hip, Quartermaas key, but with the better production values of the live Gerry Anderson/ITV shows. Any ideas? I really don't think it was Doctor Who...
So AJAX is the talk of the town and proponents generally showcase Google Map and Gmail as good examples of the technology. Are there any other ones out there? I'm working on putting together some demos trying to showcase how the technology can be a competitor to Flash so it would be nice to have stuff beyond Google's offerings.
Out of boredom, I have decided to cobble together a bare-bones computer (read: pile of wires and parts on a desk). Something seems to be atwitter with the BIOS on the motherboard, and it won't progress beyond the standard bios screen. We are not talking anything life threatening, just the end of my boredom buster, but does anyone know how I might identify the motherboard, and prod the BIOS back to life?