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…
- Giant rubberbands and aluminum pegs as furniture? If I was forced to bet on this ever happening, I would have lost.
- It seems like some massive scientific breakthrough takes place every week and yet I never hear about any of them, outside of the nerd circles I run in on the Internet. This week, it's spinal injuries being negated by blue food dye. You couldn't make these things up.
- Admittedly, I have no idea what the actual plot of this “Star Sports” parody film would actually be (I wonder if the creators even bothered working it out; the description under the video seems more like Mad Libs than extensive story structuring) but it is a very smart and aesthetically accurate translation of many Star Wars visuals and for that, I cannot say anything negative about it. It did win an award, after all.
- Even with the development of long-range weapons and extremely sophisticated technology, the Navy has always been handicapped in the area of “getting a submarine across a great distance in a very short period of time.” No longer. Prepare to travel at four times the current maximum speed, sailors.
- These cassette tape lamps by ooomydesign are ingenious, interesting to look at, and smart repurposing of obsolete technology. Of course, they are also extraordinarily overpriced, I feel – everyone should make their own and flood the market to drive prices down; 36 cassette tapes, a few dozen plastic ties, and a little bit of elbow grease don't seem worth $80.
- While their heart is unquestionably in the right place (i.e., attempting to create awareness to increase security), I have trouble believing that the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament would be entirely realistic and objective when it comes to discussing the threat of computer hackers taking control of nuclear weapons.
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Regis Philbin return to primetime television on August 9 and to prepare, mental_floss has arranged twelve of the million-dollar questions asked on the show into a quiz with which you can test your game show mettle. I got six right. I should have cheated.
- I would like to believe the good people at Joule Biotechnologies (actually, I have no idea if they are good people — I've never heard of this company) when they claim that they have a revolutionary system for producing astronomical amounts of biofuel with astonishing efficiency but the story is just too good to be true, at this point. Thus, I will remain a healthy skeptic until more details surface.
- If you like simple artwork that manages to be extremely beautiful, unique, and interesting, you will like Federico Yankelevich.
- I always knew there was a reason I felt the need to watch so much familiar television late at night. It just took a Scientific American report for it to make sense outside of my head.
- io9 naturally made sure to run down all the news, rumors, surprise appearances, and best fan costumes coming out of the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con but the best part of their coverage is easily a summary of the lamest advertising ideas visible at the convention. Just a reminder that it's not all chic comic book fans, good-looking people, and genre films.
- On the heels of Apple rejecting the Google Voice iPhone application, Lifehacker has decided it's a prudent time to make a list of all the reasons that Apple's revolutionary mobile device is not flawless and why this most recent decision by the Jobs empire is especially telling.
- I have never even come close to winning any of those “guess how many [tiny objects] are in this [larger object]” contests but now that I have an Australian physics professor and the world of science on my side… no M&Ms will be safe.