Linkszomania for December 2, 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. Whether it’s movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, or superheroes… nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. If this story of a cat fighting his way back from frozen death doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s something wrong with you.
  2. Lifehacker has compiled a collection of nice, snowy wallpapers to help you prepare for the coming winter months.
  3. Who knew research projects could yield such impressive photographs?
  4. I don’t know what the future holds for “Osmotic Power” but the idea of creating electricity merely from the mixture of saltwater and freshwater is as cool as it is simple.
  5. Mark Cuban suggests that the US Olympic basketball team should only have players age 21-and-under (read it, it actually isn’t as crazy as it sounds).
  6. Somehow the idea of human lifespan being increased by scientific research has fallen by the wayside when it comes to continuous news stories but a summit held recently has forced the issue back into the forefront and… the goals are certainly being set pretty high.
  7. Improv Everywhere’s newest mission involved tricking an entire section of spectators at a New York Knicks game that one of their agents could not find his way back to his seat. It is incredible.
  8. So… we have lightsabers now? Is that what I’m supposed to take away from this? I was weeping with happiness from the picture and headline so I didn’t bother to read any of the details.
  9. Heroes and sociopaths are apparently wired the same way which, when you think about it, makes a lot of sense (how else do we explain Michael Jordan?).
  10. Nothing drives home the suddenly obvious failures of Dubai quite like a photo gallery.
  11. Wait, is Barack Obama two months away from secretly having the best first year of any President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt? Slate’s Jacob Weinberg thinks so.
  12. In Contention sat down with Jeff Bridges for a lengthy, candid interview about his career and his most recent bound-to-win-awards feature film, Crazy Heart (Bridges reveals some pretty interesting details about the script for Iron Man).
  13. It’s 20-25 times as large as the Sun and it’s about to go supernova. Ruh roh.

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.