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We travel to New Jersey, Westeros, and the set of Conan, in an attempt to entertain you in this Thursday’s edition of GeekBytes. I sure hope you appreciate all the fictional traveling we did to gather these neat stories for you.

Storm tracking robot survives Sandy [IEEE Spectrum]

As a large portion of the country is recovering from the enormity of Hurricane Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has one thing to be thankful for: Mercury the Wave Glider robot was successful in streaming back data from the storm in real time right as it hit the Jersey Shore. NOAA attempted a similar operation during Hurricane Isaac with another Wave Glider called Alex, only to miss the storm, failing to collect any useful data. With a larger fleet of storm-tracking bots, it could be even easier for NOAA to relay accurate and timely information to the affected populations as soon as possible.

The official Game of Thrones maps [Random House]

After the first time I saw the intro to the HBO take on George R.R. Martin’s popular Game of Thrones series, I began dreaming of some way to have that enormous world in my home. The Lands of Fire and Ice is described as a “set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transform[ing] Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.”

The holidays are coming. Don’t forget to put this on your list. [via Geekologie]

Conan knows Apple is going to get our money [YouTube]

“You’re just trying to fill the empty void in your sad life.” As far as I recall, this is not a line of dialogue in the iPad mini commercial Apple released after announcing the new rendition of their tablet earlier this week. Then again, Conan might be on to something… [via Gizmodo]

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