Going to start out this week’s Word with a little rant.  I found out yesterday that there is another blog called Word of the Nerd.  It’s a three man operation that hasn’t posted anything since the end of July.  I looked over their blog and even though it may look better than mine, it isn’t as good.  I have to admit that I was a little discouraged by finding this out, but with a new dawn I am once again determined and will continue.  So don’t be fooled by any impostors, get your Word from the only source worth mentioning.  Now on to the weekly links.

This first link is something everyone should click on and go read.  The Government can now track your movements with a GPS without a search warrant or violating your Fourth Amendment rights.  Let’s not let this happen; let’s not let the United States become the totalitarian regime that some would make it.  Click here to read the Time Magazine online article.

For all you comic book geeks, here are the 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History.  Courtesy of CBR you can view the list here.  Thank the gods that Kevin Smith’s Batman wetting his pants isn’t on the list.

From one of my favorite websites Lifehacker, for any of you who use Ubuntu, a theme that makes your GUI look like Windows 7.  Check it out and download it here.

This is one of the best Xbox 360 mods I have ever seen.  This guy should work for NASA or ILM.  Check out Zachariah Perry Cruse’s Iron Man 360 mod on his blog page here.

Once again from Lifehacker; Nine Great Uses for Private Browsing that Don’t Involve Porn.  Read about it here.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be standing on a planet while it’s being destroyed?  I know it’s something I think about all the time.  If you’re now curious about it, check it out here.

Hey, did you know that you can now make free phone calls through Gmail?  Check out these two great links from Maximum PC and Lifehacker with details.

If you’re a fan of the TNT show Leverage, like me; check out this clip of the cast panel at Comic Con from YouTube.  WTF is Wil Wheaton doing there?

All you Facebook users need to check this out.  Tips on how to make Facebook act like you want it to.  Check out the article here.

This will be filed under WTF.  It’s just a damn video game people.  See what I am talking about courtesy of Geeks Are Sexy by clicking here.

Got any old, dead hard drives laying around?  Don’t know what to do with them?  Over at Lifehacker they have some suggestions for you.  Check it out here.

This has got to be the cutest, most cleaver mash up I’ve seen.  Check out Wookie the Pooh here.

Imagine Wesley Snipes as Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, or Yaphet Kotto as Captain Picard.  That’s what almost happened.  Read about it here.

Find out why the producers of Star Trek 2 are comparing it to The Dark Knight.  Damon Lindelof explains himself here, from Blastr.

I’ve got two great How To links for you this week.  The first deals with changing your default save folder in Windows 7, read about it here.  The second is more for the handy with a hammer and nails types.  Building a hidden home theater PC inside your entertainment center, check it out here.

The app of the week is a Firefox extension that lets you scan a file for malware before you even download it.  VTzilla can be added to Firefox to give you added security from viruses and malware.  It uses 42 of the best malware scanners to check the link to the file before you even download it.  I have used it a little and so far it’s working.  If you’d like to learn more, the fine folks at Lifehacker have more info, check it out here.


The last link for the week can be filed under “Who gives a crap?”  I normally don’t comment on celebrity news unless it is nerd-worthy; but our favorite train wreck Lindsay Lohan is suing E*Trade.  Apparently she has taken offense that their Super Bowl ad which depicts a baby named Lindsay as a milkaholic.  She and her lawyer believe E*Trade is clearly talking about her in the ad.  Now I for one thought that the commercial was one of the funniest of last year’s Super Bowl and I really didn’t put two and two together at the time because I was watching the damn game.  Please Lindsay, go away!  You can read more of the CNET article and see a video of the ad here.  Milka-what?!?!

For those of you in the Charlotte, NC area, Spandex City Comic Lounge is having an Introduction to Magic: The Gathering and Intermediate Yu-Gi-Oh! on Friday Aug 27 and Saturday Aug 28 respectively.  If you’re into either of these games, I encourage you go come out and take part in some great family friendly fun.  Space is limited so if you want to take part please go to Spandex City to sign up.  There is also the Heroclix Final Four Youth Tournament on Saturday Aug. 28 from 4 to 6.  Don’t forget to mention to heard about on Word of the Nerd and you’ll receive a puzzled look from the owner Mike.

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the first ever International Read Comics in Public Day.  Brian Heater and Sarah Morean from The Daily Cross Hatch are the driving force behind this event in an effort to promote and encourage comic readership.  They also want people to recognize comics as legitimate literature.  Check out their Facebook page for more info.  Let’s all participate this Saturday.

Well folks, that’s The Word for this week.  If you find any of the links entertaining or useful, please comment and let people know about Word of the Nerd.  Be sure to check back for how-to blogs and other postings.  I will have a new post up soon about MP3 apps that I am sure you’ll find useful.

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