The Girl With The Old School Geek Toys

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is gaining in geek cred, and it’s no wonder. Lisbeth Salander, the book’s hard-edged hacker-investigator, abandons convention to solve highly complicated problems.

In addition to her wits, Lisbeth relies on an arsenal of gadgets and toys that enhance her connectivity and efficiency on the job.

Engadget has a pretty great index of some of the 2002-era toys associated with Lisbeth throughout the book:

Apple PowerBook G4 – The author really delights in this one, listing the specs of this aluminum bad boy. It’s got (as noted in the novel) a “PowerPC 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine, 960 MB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive” plus Bluetooth and a DVD burner. Salander is also pretty stoked that the 17-incher has a 1,440 x 900 resolution and NVIDIA graphics. And can you blame her? She shellsout the big bucks for this one, laying out 38,000 Swedish kronor, not counting the tax — that’s over $5,000. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page 216).

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U.S. overturns California’s same-sex marriage ban

From NYT:

A federal judge in San Francisco struck down California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, handing supporters of such unions at least a temporary victory in a legal battle that seems all but certain to be settled by the Supreme Court.

And not long after the ruling, a PDF of the court’s decision¬†went viral.

Here’s a PDF.
Prop 8 Ruling FINAL