Linkszomania for August 26, 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. A year ago, Utah decided to have nearly two-thirds of their state employees switch to a work schedule of 10 hours a day, 4 days a week in hopes to save energy. After twelve months of this experiment, the results are in – it works.
  2. Jessica Biel is probably accustomed to hearing about owning the #1 spot on a lot of lists. Well, here’s a new one: World’s Most Dangerous Internet Search. Keep your distance, gentlemen.
  3. Turns out “multitasking” might be better described as “loving the stuff that doesn’t matter”.
  4. The idea of computers coming equipped with the option of speaking in certain dialects may scare technophobes but I view it more as “the first step towards my own personal C3P0.”
  5. I hope “cucumber heist” somehow works its way into Ocean’s Fourteen.
  6. Two crimes that should be more accurately credited as “outstanding human behavior”: feeding parking meters and correcting punctuation on public signs. The latter just got a new hero.
  7. When it comes to real-world developments that seem more ‘fiction’ than ‘science’, I didn’t think we would ever top transparent aluminum but I do believe “spray-on solar cells” just proved me wrong.
  8. There’s a campaign to re-define “The Seven Wonders of Nature” for the modern world. The list of finalists has been narrowed to 28 – you have the power to choose.
  9. If there are days when you feel like pre-packaged food and want to put all your nutritional facts right on front street, I’ve found the perfect shirt for you.
  10. The always-interesting NBA columnist J.A. Adande recaps the recent Michael Beasley situation while also briefly examining the potentially huge story of the psychology of young professional athletes brewing underneath.
  11. When the world is overrun by genetically-created, invincible dinosaur-aliens, we’ll look back on this discovery and fondly recall “we just wanted green fuel…” Oh well; that apocalypse will make for some great television.
  12. At some point, I just get tired of looking at the Mercator projection and I have a great need to look at a bunch of ancient, strange, presentations of our world. I think maps need to start featuring sea monsters, again.
  13. I don’t know what the most incredible part of this recent Twitter revelation is: the fact that we still have Arnold Schwarzenegger as a governor in America (arguably the most unbelievable story ever), the fact that he uses Twitter, or the fact that he not only still possesses the sword from Conan the Barbarian but keeps it in his gubernatorial office. I need seven days to figure this out.

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.