Nerd Notes: McGinn loves the Leaf; Tomato Battle in Seattle; Comcast bans a data hog; and much more

Seattle politicians love the Leaf

•Mike McGinn is going electric. The Seattle Mayor today announced that the city has added five new Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, with a goal of having 35 of the vehicles in the city fleet by the end of 2012.

•Meet the 39-year-old Seattle gamer who just got kicked off Comcast for hogging too much bandwidth

•Bill Gates is a big proponent of nuclear power. But Seattle startup EnergySavvy — led by former Microsoftie Aaron Goldfeder — breaks down the costs of retrofitting the country’s aging nuclear power plants over the next 20 years and finds that the nation could save as much energy at half the cost by making 1.6 million homes more energy efficient. [Infographic: A ticking atomic clock]

•Science fiction writer George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, will be speaking at Seattle’s Town Hall on Friday, July 29th about his new book A Dance with Dragons.

•Geek girls unite! (The video)

•Breaking news from Penny Arcade: Tycho has a Windows Phone.

•You don’t have to go to Spain this August for a tomato fight. Tomato tossers will be descending on Seattle’s Emerald City Brewery on August 27th for an old-fashioned tomato battle. Organized by Startup Weekend’s Clint Nelsen and backed by Seattle angel investor Andy Sack, the first event, held in Colorado, attracted 2,000 people who tossed 100,000 pounds of tomatoes at one another. Other events are being planned for Texas and Georgia, with Nelson saying he wants to host 50 tomato fights next year with more than 5,000 people at each.

•Comment of the day: “I hope Anthony Weiner doesn’t get any cute ideas with this new service.” – GeekWire reader commenting on a new social media sharing button on Cheezburger that allows users to snap photos of themselves smiling.

•Photo of the day: Viewing the Space Shuttle while skydiving

•Headline of the day, via Slashdot: “Bill Gates looks to reinvent the toilet”