Tag: Geek Life

From: GeekWire - Tankfest NW puts military lore on the front lines at Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum

This weekend’s Tankfest Northwest serves as the coming-out party for the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, the recently rebranded showcase supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Flying Heritage is considered the West Coast’s largest collection of operational military vehicles and warbirds, and the addition of a new hangar is likely to keep the museum’s ranking high for years to come. Groundbreaking for the museum’s 30,816-square-foot expansion will take place later this year. For more than a decade, Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection has exhibited historic airplanes ranging from a Curtiss JN-4D Jenny, built in 1918 for America’s fledgling air force, to White Knight, the… Read More

From: GeekWire - Seattle designers seek $50K on Kickstarter to build Spektra, an interactive VR experience room

Spektra VR
Promising a “fun, mind-bending experience with friends that doesn’t involve legal marijuana,” a new Seattle-based Kickstarter project called Spektra is looking for funding so that it can build out a virtual reality experience room. The project’s creators are Corey Paganucci, Erik Molano, and Ben Chaykin, who list varying design, development and art experience in their bios on the crowdfunding site’s page. They’re looking to raise $50,000 by June 27. Spektra will be a real place, where users can don real VR equipment — such as HTC Vive headsets — and interact with real friends. A video promoting the potential look of… Read More

From: GeekWire - Farewell, Bachman: ‘Silicon Valley’ star T.J. Miller is leaving the HBO comedy after this season

T.J. Miller
Curl up in your bathrobe and hold that bong rip a few extra seconds for this news: T.J. Miller, the actor who portrays entrepreneurial tech doofus Erlich Bachman on “Silicon Valley,” will not be returning to the HBO comedy next season, it was announced Thursday. Interview: T.J. Miller on startup culture, women in tech, Elon Musk, and weed The comedian has starred for four seasons on the show, as the owner of a house which served as the “incubator” for Pied Piper, the fictional company at the center of the weekly send-up on the tech community and personalities that circulate… Read More

From: GeekWire - What’s it take to become a Seattle local? As city changes, website questions natives and transplants

Seattle umbrella
A week or so ago, before Seattle decided to play summer for a few days, I grilled dinner in a torrential downpour, and it felt … normal. There was no attempt to prove a point about being a seasoned Northwesterner — there was just a plan in place to grill that night and people needed to eat. I don’t know, after 21 years in Seattle, whether that anecdote makes me more of a “local,” but it does illustrate, I think, an acceptance of what it means to live here. And it’s a point among many that are raised in a fun… Read More

From: GeekWire - Stop what you’re doing — the first full ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 trailer is here

In addition to being queen of Westeros and rocking a pixie cut as fierce as her thirst for vengeance, Cersei Lannister also narrates the first official trailer for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” season seven. Squee! Other highlights include Little Finger creeping in a deep, dark corner; Sansa sulking; Dothraki berzerking like only Dothraki can; and Danaerys sitting on the Dragonstone throne that her ancestors held before the coup that drove her from Westeros. In two clips that race by faster than one of Dany’s dragons, we see some very gratifying romances come to fruition. It looks like Grey Worm and Missandei… Read More

From: GeekWire - Mark Zuckerberg uses Facebook Live from Harvard dorm to talk coding, Hot Pockets and more

Mark Zuckerberg
The memories came flooding back for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he visited the dorm where he lived during his time at Harvard University. Naturally, he streamed his entire visit to Kirkland House H33 in Cambridge, Mass., live on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon. With his wife Priscilla Chan joining him, Zuckerberg marveled his followers with tales of “jamming on code” until 5 a.m. and the dude across the hall who would steal his last Hot Pockets sandwich. After entering the room, Zuckerberg flips the camera to show off the layout of the space, which features a small desk and a couple beds.… Read More

From: GeekWire - Annie Leibovitz shoots cast of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ including Carrie Fisher, for Vanity Fair covers

Vanity Fair The Last Jedi
The stars of Star Wars are cover stars for the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot four separate covers for the mag, on newsstands nationally June 6, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi film franchise, and hype the next episode: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) strike a determined cliffside pose in one of the covers, which begs the obvious question: Is one of them “The Last Jedi”? “The Force Awakens” ended with Rey handing a lightsaber to Skywalker and footage from “Jedi” revealed in March shed a… Read More

From: GeekWire - Escape with Bill Gates and the five books he recommends on his 2017 summer reading list

Bill Gates books
Bill Gates is all about escaping with a good book, and come summer time, the Microsoft co-founder and avid reader likes to enlighten folks on how they can best unwind at the beach or anywhere else thanks to his list of must-reads. This year’s summer reading list contains five titles, and Gates says the offerings are notable for the fact that the escape he sought out helped him to better understand “what it’s like to grow up outside the mainstream.” From a memoir by “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah to a collection of anecdotes from former President Jimmy Carter, Gates says he… Read More

From: GeekWire - What if the Guardians of the Galaxy were hackers? Star-Lord the script kiddie and more possibilities

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians of the Galaxy are a ragtag group of superheroes, each with their own specialized set of skills. In the latest movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” — which I highly recommend — this motley crew of alien oddities saves the universe again by leveraging their distinctly personalized talents to defeat a celestial being bent on remaking the universe in his own image. Like this dubious group of planetary protectors, hackers, too, have distinct talents they exploit to carry out specific types of attacks. Let’s explore the various types of blackhat hackers by comparing them to the Guardians:… Read More

From: GeekWire - GeekWire at the Movies: ‘Alien: Covenant’ delivers the gory goods, and some answers

"Alien: Covenant" monster
Spoiler Alert: This item avoids discussing major plot twists in “Alien: Covenant,” but wait until after you see the movie to read it if you want to stay totally in the dark. We’ve seen enough “Alien” movies by now that we pretty much know what should be coming, and “Alien: Covenant,” the latest installment in the space-horror franchise, turns the dial up to 11. There are new ways to pick up alien infections, new ways for incubating monsters to pop out of their hosts, and new ways for the crew members of the colony spaceship Covenant to fall for alien set-ups… Read More