Bits You Missed: Sand worm bread, cat-pack, and how small computers have become
While we’re still counting down the days to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there may be some bits of news you missed in all your endless #StarWarsShirtSelfie posts on social media. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back with some of the more random and crazy news that fell through the internet pipe cracks this week. And don’t worry, there’s still a Star Wars piece in here too, because I can’t help myself either.
It’s not the size that counts
58 years and a computer that once took a team of men to load into a building now fits in the fingers on one hand. In fact, this Raspberry Pi Zero has more power than this hulking piece of processing equipment that was installed in the Norwich City Treasurers Department in 1957. The Elliott 405 was the company’s first foray into commercial data processing, and Britain’s first municipal computer. The one bought by the City of Norwich is considered a small unit, consisting of nine 6.6 x 2-foot boxes weighing approximately 320 pounds each. Props to the person who sought out the location of the original photo to show how far, and how compact, we’ve come in just under sixty years time.
Carry your cat everywhere you go
If you’re the overly co-dependent type that needs to have your furry friend with you everywhere you go, a New York-based pet accessory company has you covered. The U-Pet is the ultimate cat carrier for the crazy cat lady or dude in you. It also looks like the most miserable way to cart your cat around town in a sci-fi-shaped domed backpack that lets other people know just how terrified your feline friend is of life, the universe and everything else. All models do feature air holes (this one happens to be on the side) so kitty buddy here can breathe in the fresh city stench. They even have different models, like the ultra hipster messenger bag or even a suitcase style so you can shove your cat up in carry on versus the freezing depths of cargo hold. Whatever your feline’s fancy is, U-Pet has you covered. And know when you take your cat out, he’ll have you covered in claw marks as a thank you for the tour around town.
Vogue across the galaxy in Force-fueled style
Gonna drop into first person here for a moment, because I just want to say how friggin excited I am about all the cool Star Wars things to come out this year. Especially when it comes to fashion. T-shirts are great, but when you’re looking to wear something a bit more on point for a night out on the town, or something a little less blatant than a dress covered in Rebel symbols, it’s nice to know there are people out there making fashion from affordable frocks to high end one of a kind couture pieces for fans of all styles. Bloomingdales has paired with 11 different designers to give you a one of a kind galaxy level makeover.
From watches, to bags, to gowns to the perfect little thing to wear at the next Cantina night — they have you covered. Each designer has a piece up for auction (starting big is $750) some truly jaw dropping looks that have worked the runway before. Of course, the pieces have been sized for a model fit, but just owning one of these (like the now infamous Gwendoline Christie Phasma gown by Giles Deacon) might just be a badge of honor to some. If nothing else, it shows us that even the world of high fashion is taking note of where the next season’s looks might come from. Added bonus, proceeds of the sales will be going to Children’s Mind Institute, an organization that works with kids with mental health issues and learning disorders.
And if thousand-dollar digs aren’t your thing, they have a digital pop-up shop for some more ready wear designs and totes for the ladies and gents.
The spice must flow — into your holiday cake! Chris-Rachael Oseland over at The Kitchen Overlord has unleashed the terror of the Spice-Filled Sandworm bread unto the realm. It sounds like a really tasty sweet bread filled with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and topped with a powder sugar-masala glaze. Definitely worth a a thief’s ransom to get your hands on one of these. It may take a bit of practice to get your bread worm to look all worm like. And almonds, which you use for teeth, if not placed right can just look like maggots coming out of it. Might double for a spoopy treat come next Halloween?
Guess it’s time to get to cooking! Let me know if you make one of these guys and share your pics with geek.com on any of our social media!
See you all next week for more Bits You Missed!
Source: News – Geek.com