Linkszomania for August 5, 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. It’s not everyday that we are given a gift of scientific life imitating science-fiction art that is also a potentially new form of matter… but that time has come. Allow me to present “transparent aluminum”!
  2. I love watching this but I am very glad I was not present, as I definitely would have been the person who would have ruined the presentation beyond repair with audible confusion.
  3. I struggle to understand the specifics but if this revelation leads to all of us being one step closer to harnessing Wolverine’s healing factor, then I am all for nanodiamond-insulin research.
  4. For some reason, large companies (a record label, in this instance) are still extremely slow to realize the potential of the Internet, even though every reasonably computer-literate person on Earth understood the opportunities afforded by this medium, years ago. The good news is that, by 2032, every record label, film studio, and television network will probably have finally figured it out so, that’s something we have to look forward to, right?
  5. This concept hits that level of “extremely impressive design” that borders on “crazy” and “unbelievable” while dipping its toe in the “realistically possible” pool.
  6. This is an older report but if you don’t want to sound like a blowhard, it is interesting and worth reading (you see, if you read the article, you’ll understand why I used the word “interesting” instead of something like “beguiling”).
  7. Everybody makes mistakes. Even Turkish demolition experts who clearly have not considered the possibility of inadvertently triggering a round of real-world Katamari Damacy. Mercifully, nobody was hurt so, we can kind of giggle about how ridiculous this is and make the appropriate video game jokes.
  8. Being a bigwig in Hollywood generally seems pretty ideal until you remember that, when you’re in a prominent position, sometimes merely creating anything can lead to your life being threatened. The perks of being an obscure and unsuccessful artist are often overlooked.
  9. I’m a little embarrassed that it took our society (and the art community, at large) this long for someone to create an awesome set of art depicting a post-apocalyptic, dystopian Disney World. But, hey, we finally have it so we should all be thankful.
  10. Renowned baseball/historian/statistician Bill James recently wrote at length, for the first time, about performance-enhancing drug use in America’s pastime. His thoughts manage to be remarkably fresh despite being about a subject that has been positively beaten to death, in the last five years or so.
  11. I don’t want to make light of a weapon clearly designed to exterminate many people instantly but what are the odds the military decided to start developing this weapon after seeing Cloverfield? Just in case, everybody.
  12. I fully support any fusion reaction research that could yield power-generating devices that look eerily like something from an old Fantastic Four comic book (yes, that’s two Marvel comic book references in one Linkszomania – dare I go for three before the buzzer?).
  13. If you’re like me (or, really, most twentysomethings), you probably haven’t the slightest sense of a reasonable human sleep cycle and in combating this strange nature, you’ve probably – like me – realized that melatonin/sleep aids at night and then caffeine/sugar in the morning generally solve nothing. Well, have you tried fasting? Apparently it can reboot the whole operation.

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.