Linkszomania for December 9, 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. More than anything, I hope the “growing meat in a lab” breakthrough leads to the extinction of those dreadful PETA slaughterhouse videos. We know that animals have to die in order for us to have meat — can’t you just let us deal with that fact on our own?
  2. All right so, I guess… carbon emission problem solved? Cancel the Copenhagen Summit.
  3. Slate’s Farhad Manjoo has thrown a penalty flag on the field during the “War of Verizon and AT&T Service Area Maps”. The moral of the story: don’t take any commercial or newspaper ad completely literally (not even if the delightful Luke Wilson is talking to you).
  4. Fast Company breaks down seven incredible materials unveiled in 2009. Here’s a tease: concrete fabric (you’re definitely clicking it now, aren’t you?).
  5. Every day demands a few high-resolution pictures of space shuttle launches and missions. Here’s a bunch to get you started.
  6. Though all “Best of the Year” lists are extremely subjective and not for everyone, TIME’s Best TV Shows of 2009 list is noteworthy mainly for the extensive defensive preface the writer provides – this is what the Internet has become in 2009, everybody (and if you think all that rationale diffused angry anonymous comments, you’re wrong).
  7. A Hulu for magazines? I’m on board.
  8. Take a look at the 13-year history of the recently re-launched CNN.com to not only understand the highs and lows of the site itself but also how one of the most powerful news agencies affected the media habits of people the world over.
  9. All movie stunts are incredibly impressive (how there’s still no “Best Stuntwork” Academy Award is one of the greatest mysteries left on Earth) but PopCrunch has gathered a list of thirteen actors who refused to let a stuntman dance with danger in their place. The link is worth a visit just for the image of Jackie Chan with a giant gun.
  10. If you’re obsessed with typography (and really, who isn’t?), I feel like I’m doing you a huge favor by pointing you towards Andre Felipe’s Typo/graphic Posters online gallery.
  11. Marvel Comics appears to have finally come to grips with presenting terrorist-like attacks in their panels, post-September 11. Cool, I guess.
  12. The Toronto Raptors recently unveiled their Toronto Huskies throwback jerseys and they’re classically awesome. This revelation led to many people (myself included) asking why the Raptors didn’t go with this mascot and design in the first place, which led to me hunting down this article about the origins of all NBA franchise mascots for you.
  13. MTV hasn’t actually broadcast music-centric programming in quite some time so YouTube and Universal decided they’re going to make their own hub for music videos, only they’re going to do the logical thing and put it online. Vevo has launched.

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.