Heaps of fascinating technological developments have occurred recently, whether it’s in the realms of computational knowledge, space exploration or social media. It would behoove proper connoisseurs of technology to draw attention to the fields they’re interested in by wearing t-shirts that endorse them, because if there’s one thing the world desperately needs more of, it’s people being proud of human achievement, and looking good while doing it.
1: Wolfram|Alpha Spikey
This elegant design, called the spikey, is the emblem for Wolfram|Alpha, the world’s first computational knowledge engine, and an absolute treasure for anyone interested in information. By wearing this attractive shirt, you will be declaring to all who see you that you totally know when your Delta flight is arriving: it’s just over Albuquerque at the moment, which has a city population of roughly 100,000 less than Glasgow, but roughly 55% of Glasgow’s metro population (which is 1,583,000). It’s 4,699 miles to Glasgow from Albuquerque, and the time difference is 7 hours. On 1 July 2012, it was 97F/36C in Albuquerque and 54F/12C in Glasgow. The relative humidity was 13% and 82% respectively, with similar wind speeds of 5.1 meters per second and 4.1 meters per second. Mathematics!
ThinkGeek Turing T-Shirt
Alan Turing, from whom the Turing Test is named after, would have been 100 years old in 2012. He was not only responsible for solving the Nazi Enigma code in World War 2, but is also known as the father of Artificial Intelligence. There are few mathematicians or scientists in the past century as relevant as Turing is to today, and if you celebrate his 100th birthday in 2012, everyone will know how much you care about him – which should be a lot, because he’s awesome.
T-Shirts.com You Like This
Facebook’s culture is ubiquitous these days, and whether one likes the social media site or not, you’re sure to get a nod of approval from would-be partners and friends that, whatever it is the shirt is referring to your liking, by golly, you definitely like it. After all, everyone wants to be liked, right? Think about how accepting people would be of you when they see that you are not only informed but also, presumably, like them or the activity they’re engaging in. It’s a surefire way to come across as a member of the Cool Kids Crew.
Google I Am Here
If nothing else, this shirt is certainly correct in its assertion that, wherever you are, you’re certainly here, which is in all likelihood there for everybody else. Google is constantly updating its Maps and Earth features, and if you consider yourself on the up-and-up when it comes to getting to places, you’ve probably used those features before to find where exactly that bubble-tea store is, or how to navigate a different city that – frustratingly – is not at all mapped out like your hometown. Fans of philosophy will also find use in this shirt, for the phrase “I am here” is arguably attempting to ensure passersby that you literally exist, and are not otherwise an illusion.
NASA Kennedy Space Center 50th Anniversary
50 years ago, the John F Kennedy Space Center was established, and shortly thereafter, humankind landed on the moon. NASA is directly responsible for LED lights, infrared ear thermometers, artificial limbs, anti-icing systems, temper foam, portable cordless vacuums, freeze-drying and water purification technologies, pollution remediation technologies, and so many other countless things that it’s pretty much impossible to dislike NASA from a purely economical, greed-is-good viewpoint, as the return on investment is enormous and constant. Wearing a NASA shirt may as well be saying to the world “Yay, science!” and as you know, science is totally worthy of all our love.
Tree of Life Species
This phenomenal design of the Tree of Life is as nerdy as it is artistic. From afar, it may as well be an adorable tree with some interesting leaves, but upon closer inspection, you can see examples of different species from the different animal families. It’s a great conversation starter, too. Imagine you’re at a pub and you see someone you would like to talk to. “Oh, hey there cute boy and/or girl,” you say, “Did you know that lampreys are from the Cyclostomata group of chordates?” However, they respond, they will then become intoxicated by the sheer awe and wonder of your shirt. Just be careful to stay focused. When they inevitably ask what the shirt has to do with technology, be sure to inform them that without technology, we’d never know which animals go where on the tree, or even how to make t-shirts at all. Then you two can kiss and be together forever.
One out of every three American secondary school students owns an iPhone, and even if Steve Jobs didn’t manufacture each of them personally, his vision was certainly responsible for Apple going from a company on the brink of bankruptcy to one of the most respected and well-known technology companies in the world. It’s never too late to pay tribute to the man, and with this shirt, you’ll look stunning while doing it. Something about his face is just so cute!
Millions of people use Reddit every day, and as the site caters to essentially any possible interest, there’s no better way to declare that you are – if nothing else – certainly from the internet. This shirt will advise anyone who is “in the know” that you probably spend as much time reading about the latest gadgets as you do looking at kittens accidentally wearing aforementioned gadgets as a hat. The Reddit community has also played a vital role in expanding public awareness of internet and technology-related legislation like SOPA and PIPA, making this shirt one of the most relevant in 2012.
If you spend some of your day reading the news, it can seem like no matter what the topic being discussed is, there’s always more, and it’s always worse. Luckily, there’s a nerdy way to combat reality by wearing a Voight Kampff t-shirt. The Voight Kampff test, popularized in the movie Blade Runner, determines if one is a human or a replicant. It’s also incredibly creepy while simultaneously awe-inspiring, just like real science and technology!
The Large Hadron Collider might have started looking for the Higgs Boson years ago, but it’s still one of the most engaging scientific journeys presently happening. It’s the only subatomic particle that has been predicted by theory, but otherwise has not been observed. How cool is that? Let the world know that not only are you gorgeous and looking mighty fine in this shirt, if I may say so myself, but you’re a huge fan of changing the future of Physics.