It’s time for your mid-week GeekBytes update, rounding up all the things we didn’t get a chance to cover. Superman, Nyan Cat, and yes, politics included.
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Shortly after being declared the winner of the 2012 US presidential election, Barack Obama posted a simple tweet that quickly went on to become Twitter’s most popular ever. The tweet became Twitter’s most popular after just 20 minutes, dethroning the previous record holder—Justin Bieber.
I’m sure there’s a joke in here somewhere.
At time of writing, Obama’s tweet has been retweeted over 750,000 times and favorited more than 250,000 times.
Oh, and we also get four more years of this.
German tinkerers with a little hacking ingenuity took one Internet meme and used it to transform a plain undecorated kids room. Their modification turned a boring, unadorned wall into a Nyan Cat skyline, complete with color changing LEDs. The simple but effective DIY job makes use of 16 cheap RGB LEDs, a bit of paint, and a custom Nyan cat scarf. [via Hack a Day]
Astrophysicist Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a cameo appearance in the latest Action Comics to help Superman find his home planet. In Comic #14 (which came out Wednesday, November 7), the revered geek helps the Man of Steel locate Krypton within our own Universe—and the efforts aren’t just for the sake of comic literature, as Tyson’s advice is based on real research. Tyson and his team located a planet, some 27.1 light-years away, with “Krypton-like” characteristics. Wired took a deeper look at how they pinpointed the planet Superman now calls home.
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