Linkszomania for August 12, 2009

Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, and superheroes — nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. What if I told you about a story with the headline “Dead baby wakes up for his funeral wake”? Is that something you would like to know more about? Of course it is. Who isn’t interested in real-world resurrected (read also: zombie) infants? I certainly am.
  2. Sometimes I question the purpose of the world’s space programs. I mean, at this point… what are we doing, up there? Experiments? Floating around, looking at stuff? I don’t know. Nonetheless, these thoughts rarely linger as the world of science is always quick to slap me in the face with examples of just how useful NASA et al. really are, on a daily basis. This is one of those really good slaps to the face.
  3. ‘Where I Write’ is a cool internet hub created by renowned photographer Kyle Cassidy that posts pictures of the workspaces inhabited by famous science-fiction and fantasy authors. Whether you’re into that scene or not, it’s nice to take a voyeuristic look at the most crucial environment in many artists’ lives.
  4. I might say this far too often about stories posted on Linkszomania but, seriously… this discovery is crazy. In short: redheaded people are more physically sensitive to pain and generally require more anesthesia than those with other hair colors. Even though the article provides sufficient scientific postulation as to why this may occur, I still have trouble truly processing it.
  5. Even if we weren’t just starting to ease out of a recession, there’s never a good reason to ignore viable ways to save money whilst planning some crazy Jules Verne planetary circumnavigation, this fall. You can’t stay on my couch, though. Sorry.
  6. Pop quiz: what’s the worst movie title of all-time? Of those mentioned on the list, I vote for The Adventures of Rat Pfink and Boo-Boo. Obviously part of that vote is because of the ridiculous title but mainly for the weird tonal shift within the movie itself (which I now feel like I must see, to believe) and the other stuff featured on the poster; the misspelled form of “says”, the hyperbolic Fangoria quote, the strange quasi-compliment from Daily Variety, and the tagline that somehow believes “60s rock and roll” is worth mentioning. Aces across the board.
  7. Yeah, thanks Lamborghini. Your company’s hesitation to improve fuel economy and the science behind your engines was the underlying reason why only roughly 29 people on Earth were interested in/able to afford your product – it has nothing to do with the obscene average sticker price or the fact that you only produce about 2000 vehicles, per year. Nope. It was all about carbon emissions. Thanks for clearing that hurdle for us.
  8. Move over “shark attack in the middle of the night” and “drowning” (not completely unrelated terrifying scenarios, by the way). This phenomena is now officially the scariest experience I’ve ever considered befalling me. The worst part? Should it happen, it will be all my own body’s fault. Mother Nature’s a mad scientist.
  9. There are invariably drawbacks to the now-universal presence of social networking but one of the underrated benefits is the fact that I can – on a daily basis, for the most part – discover one person who is unbelievably dumber than I am. The winner of this week’s Facebook Moron Championship had little trouble acquiring the crown and, hey, she is also now unemployed. That’s high comedy, folks. [Tip: for a variety of reasons that have surfaced over the last couple of years, it’s probably just a good idea to NOT be friends with your boss/co-workers on Facebook or MySpace.]
  10. The percentage chance that filmmaker Louis Leterrier’s dream of an epic summer (wherein four separate Marvel mini-films tie together to form the ultimate Avengers big screen story) actually happens? Probably in the “zero” range. Does the extremely unlikely nature of this project coming together mean my excitement has waned one bit? Of course not. That sounds AWESOME.
  11. Well, I suppose this confirms the theory that I am not as smart as The New Scientist; my list of “things I don’t understand about humans” is much longer than theirs.
  12. In addition to the future widespread implementation of OLED lighting leading to reduced consumption and all the great stuff that goes with that sort of conservation, I am completely excited to have lights in my home that will look more like something from a futuristic science-fiction movie than the boring ones I’ve had for the first 23 years of my life.
  13. I look forward to the Discovery Channel in 2049, when they will have a special block of annual programming known as PLANT WEEK where we are all re-educated about our world’s fearsome flora and those who have been drastically affected by their encounters with it. And it will be at that point that we shall look back on this discovery and fondly try to remember a time when we didn’t fear our backyards.

Have a week!

Justin Brown is a writer and artist living in Virginia. He channels most of his mind's molten river of creativity into his blog Esteban Was Eaten!. For even more information about him, check out his website.