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Linkszomania for June 17, 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. The next time someone gives you grief for taking a nap, rest assured (pun totally intended) that your sleep defense team has been assembled.
  2. I’m not going to get too worried about this European robotics development until I see the name “Baxter Stockman” and/or the word “mouser”.
  3. How nobody thought of this until now blows my mind. Why aren’t these on highways and interstates around the world?
  4. If you were unsure, a lot of stuff is about to start going down in the next few decades… and I mean a LOT.
  5. Sorry, alcoholic world, but you now have one less “argument” to level at me, when you try to get me to start drinking. Also, as long as I have you: you don’t need to get so close to me, when you’re drunk.
  6. While in awe of the grand historical and architectural marvels that make up the 7 Most Impressive Libraries of All-Time, don’t overlook the fact that some of the most impressive on the list were ruined by fire. If that doesn’t make you obey the ‘No Smoking’ rules, I don’t know what will.
  7. In “Sometimes I Forget How Big the World Really Is” news, a Conservation International expedition to Ecuador this spring yielded the discovery of nearly 200 new plant/animal species. Above all, the “glass frog” is unbelievable; it literally cannot be believed.
  8. The notion that actors or models or athletes are ever “discovered by chance” in everyday life is mostly nonsense. However, every once in a while, there is a legitimate case of someone stumbling into a new life in a very Disney movie-ish way — this is one of those stories.
  9. Quick, gun to your head: how, technically, do snakes move? Well, whatever you think, it’s wrong because not even National Geographic knew the truth until recently.
  10. Dina Goldstein’s “Fallen Princesses” series depicts Disney/fairytale heroines in their lives wherein “the ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues”. They, to be quite honest, are awesome.
  11. Why is a New York Times article discussing a growing urge to move to Austria and rob banks? Because the maximum security prison in Leoben is basically a resort (minus the giant concrete walls and barbed wire).
  12. GOOD has always delivered when it comes to effective visuals, via their Transparency series (the Bankruptcy edition really put recent corporate financial failure into perspective). Their most recent effort, “The Supremes”, is perfect for those pondering the odds that Sonia Sotomayor faces in waiting for Senate confirmation.
  13. Aeschleah Demartino is a fantastic photographer. And, look, I don’t throw the word “sexy” around but the pictures featuring her and her significant other? Sexy.
  14. Have a week!

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

 

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