Linkszomania for July 1, 2009

Linkszomania for July 1, 2009

By Justin Brown

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. Want to blow all your friends’ minds with an actually original perspective on the late Michael Jackson’s impact on the world? Harvard (who else) has done the legwork for you.
  2. An astounding photograph of an Air Force F-22 Raptor breaking the sound barrier… that’s all.
  3. “Tourist Remover” sounds like a very menacing Third Reich variety of national cleansing but it’s actually an extremely useful feature of the photo storage site Snapmania that will help to get anonymous, unwanted moving figures out of your vacation photos.
  4. I may sound like an obnoxious little nerd but how is the International Space Station only now realizing that they should have a bank of large observation windows? Maybe I’m uninformed when it comes to the particulars of crafting a giant space installation but how was “room designed mainly for staring out into the stars” not like 6th on the ‘Essentials’ list?
  5. Photographer extraordinaire Clay Enos hands out a few tips on spur of the moment street portraits; “fast and loose” is the motto to keep in mind.
  6. If you want some quick, cheap, and easy ways to amend everyday problems, the blog “There, I Fixed It.” is loaded with methods to circumvent traditional problem-solving with results that prove just as effective. Actually, they’re all pretty deliberately horrible examples of how to correct issues in your life but they’re fun to look at.
  7. One of the little joys about looking up subjects on search engines is the “recommended” or “suggestion” list that pops up with related popular searches – the best is when they are overloaded with misspellings. Yahoo has taken the liberty of compiling the most common misspelled search strings and thanks to them, I’ll now keep an eye out for the ‘Swan Flu’.
  8. Part of me loves the idea that the Times could, in the world we live in, manage to keep stories about kidnapped reporter David Rohde out of the news and off of Wikipedia (seriously) but another part of me is afraid of this sort of control still happening.
  9. I’d like to believe all superheroes and villains will age gracefully but Donald Soffritti vehemently disagrees. Oh well. At least the colors are pretty.
  10. Want to see Transformers 2 for free? Couple conditions: it’s only a minute long, it’s on YouTube, and you are required to also punch yourself in the neck, afterward, to fully recreate the theatrical experience. Still interested? Ok, here you go.
  11. Lost in the fallout of Governors having South American affairs and prominent pop culture figures dying left and right is the fact that our nation’s most prominent arch villain has been firing missiles for a few months. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists analyzes North Korea’s weapon technology and the particulars of their recent efforts; read it and temper your fears.
  12. Seriously, a dog adopts a wolf cub? I wonder how quickly Disney ran to the phone, to secure the rights.
  13. You may or may not remember when Nike announced, nearly a decade ago, that they were going to get into the skateboarding game and the expected doubt-laden reactions. Regardless, here we are in 2009 and the behemoth from Oregon now has a respectable roster of skating talent with an equally impressive line-up of shoes. Their latest skate video, Debacle, is not only stunning from its HD quality to its content but also stands as noteworthy due to its nontraditional distribution pattern (it’s going online for free before being released on Blu-Ray). Do yourself a favor and give it a look.

Have a week!

Check out more of Justin’s writing on his blog, esteban was eaten!.