Tag: Geek Life

From: GeekWire - With over 2,000 dogs coming to work at Amazon, #NationalPuppyDay is just another day at the office

Amazon dogs
Dogs are a big deal at Amazon. And on #NationalPuppyDay, which is apparently today, it’s worth noting just how big. The official @AmazonNews Twitter feed did just that with a tweet saying that there are over 2,000 dogs registered at the tech giant’s headquarters in Seattle. DID YOU KNOW: There are over 2,000 dogs registered at our Seattle HQ? That means every day is #NationalPuppyDay! pic.twitter.com/g3H2snfFVH — Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 23, 2017 Anyone who works for Amazon or has wandered past any of the company’s offices around Seattle probably wouldn’t be surprised by the number — even though that many… Read More

From: GeekWire - With over 2,000 dogs coming to work at Amazon, #NationalPuppyDay is just another day at the office

Amazon dogs
Dogs are a big deal at Amazon. And on #NationalPuppyDay, which is apparently today, it’s worth noting just how big. The official @AmazonNews Twitter feed did just that with a tweet saying that there are over 2,000 dogs registered at the tech giant’s headquarters in Seattle. DID YOU KNOW: There are over 2,000 dogs registered at our Seattle HQ? That means every day is #NationalPuppyDay! pic.twitter.com/g3H2snfFVH — Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 23, 2017 Anyone who works for Amazon or has wandered past any of the company’s offices around Seattle probably wouldn’t be surprised by the number — even though that many… Read More

From: GeekWire - Amazon blocks and then restores sale of sci-fi book for reportedly copying another’s cover

Sci-fi books
In a saga that could very well be ripped from the pages of the very books involved, two science-fiction novels with near-identical covers prompted Amazon to take action this week and temporarily block sales of one of the books. Sales of “The Corroding Empire,” by Castalia House author Johan Kalsi and editor Vox Day, were halted and then resumed by Amazon. The book was released one day before Tor Books’ “The Collapsing Empire,” by fellow sci-fi author John Scalzi, which came out on Tuesday — a year after it was first announced. From the titles to the artwork, the two covers are undoubtedly similar.… Read More

From: GeekWire - Gaming gets a bedside boost with donation of 10 Xbox GO Karts to aid patients at Seattle hospital

Xbox GO Karts
Hospitalized children often crave any sort of distraction that might help them cope with their surroundings and whatever illness they’re dealing with. At Seattle Children’s Hospital this week, a generous donation brought entertaining relief right to kids’ bedsides. Gamers Outreach, a charity organization that provides video game recreation to children in hospitals across the country, made the largest donation in its history on Tuesday with the delivery of 10 Xbox One GO Karts. The medical-grade gaming kiosks are equipped with a monitor, controllers and an assortment of games, and each rolling unit features a lift mechanism that allows hospital staff to adjust the kiosk depending… Read More

From: GeekWire - Who needs fireworks? Amazon’s MARS attendees go gaga over Intel’s ‘droneworks’

Intel droneworks display
The synchronized drone display that accompanied Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show may have been recorded in advance, but a similar “droneworks” show wowed a crowd in real time at Amazon’s MARS 2017 conference in Palm Springs, Calif. “If you thought the Super Bowl drone light show was cool, this tops it,” Sasha Hoffman wrote in a tweet. Like the Super Bowl’s display, Monday night’s show was presented by Intel. The company’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, reportedly played a personal part in “bringing out the drones.” @intel CEO “bring out the drones” @amazon #MARS2017 💥 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/uEKGlZDKq2 — Caleb Harper (@calebgrowsfood) March 21,… Read More

From: GeekWire - Wow! Portland is … boring? Twitter bot mines Google Streetview to mock city’s hip image

Portland
Keeping Portland weird isn’t as easy as it used to be as the city grapples with the same struggles related to change and growth that Seattle confronts to the north. But a Twitter bot called “Wow So Portland!” serves as a nice reminder that weird still works in Oregon’s Rose City. Created by artist Darius Kazemi, the feed might have 1,900 of the most boring images you could imagine coming out of a city celebrated for being, as Digg calls it, the “twee capital of the West Coast.” Forget everything that comes to mind when you picture Portland — including the giant… Read More

From: GeekWire - Watch these drone film festival winners to see what’s possible with the high-flying technology

Drone film festival
A film festival out of New York dedicated to the art of drone cinematography went to great heights to pick its winners this past weekend. A range of entries showcase what’s possible with drone cameras, and the festival’s best in show provides a dizzying 3 1/2 minutes of overhead footage of someone running across a variety of landscapes down below. “2D Run — MMP 3 (Mixed Motion Project)” splices together footage of seemingly normal running and jumping with some pretty crazy rooftop parkour moves. The film was shot by Ilko Iliev and Marin Kafedjiiski out of Bulgaria. Other winners in the third… Read More

From: GeekWire - Maith thú! Irish-born UW statistician Adrian Raftery wins St. Patrick’s Day Medal

Raftery and Kenny
It takes more than the luck o’ the Irish to win the St. Patrick’s Day Medal from Science Foundation Ireland, but the University of Washington’s Adrian Raftery has what it takes. Raftery was born in Dublin but has been a statistician and sociologist on UW’s faculty for 30 years. He’s the founding director of UW’s Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, and Thomson Reuters named him the world’s most cited researcher in mathematics for 1995-2005. Those are the right qualifications for the St. Patrick’s Day Medal. SFI, the Irish government’s primary agency for funding and promoting research and science education,… Read More

From: GeekWire - Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii over immigration ruling. Internet says, ‘we’re cool with that’


Last night, a federal judge in Hawaii issued an injunction on President Donald Trump’s second executive immigration order, effectively blocking its controversial travel ban the day before it was set to go into effect. Trump supporters, wasting no time, took to the president’s favorite platform in protest. Using the hashtag #BoycottHawaii, some conservatives tweeted about changing their vacation plans and encouraged others to avoid anything that would support the Aloha State’s economy. He says temporary ban will hurt tourism, wait till he sees what crossing our president does #boycottHawaii https://t.co/W8Ldrfazhx — Liz Calcagni (@LizCalcagni) March 16, 2017 Just switched my vacation… Read More

From: GeekWire - GeekWire Calendar Picks: Chris Pirillo’s inaugural ‘Galaxaar’ is a trove of geeky treasures


Chris Pirillo is a geek on a mission. More specifically, he’s a geek on a mission to create possibly the world’s biggest ongoing geek market. And this Sunday, that mission will get its first test with the premiere of Galaxaar, a galactic bazaar of epic proportions. The market is taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at the Issaquah Community Center, about a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle. Pirillo, the popular vlogger and founder of LockerGnome, is known for his events including Gnomedex and VloggerFair. He told GeekWire in an email that 50 vendors have already signed up to sell their wares at Galaxaar,… Read More