Linkszomania for May 13, 2009

Linkszomania for May 13, 2009

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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. Words like “amazing” and “incredible” are thrown around way too much circa 2009 but there are some people/stories which completely embody each word. This is one of those.
  2. Speaking of Rome… it was built in a day, after all. And its destruction only took two minutes.
  3. Attention, America: we should study Europe and be more like them. Their ideas are actually meaningful and progressive.
  4. Creature/character/concept designer and eminently talented artist Neville Page – who has worked on creature designs for MINORITY REPORT, X-MEN 2, CLOVERFIELD, WATCHMEN, STAR TREK, and the forthcoming AVATAR – has revamped his website bearing a glut of images from his portfolio (images like “the first sketch of the Cloverfield monster” are fantastic).
  5. If you don’t know the name “Josh Spear,” you better educate yourself. Or better yet, just imagine basically the coolest job one could have (if you can even really call it a job).
  6. Life imitates art, even if the art is ridiculous and part of a TV show that ended a half-century ago. Also: this seems like an idea way better suited for one’s imagination rather than actual practice.
  7. Who would’ve guessed that Twitter (and Twitpic, subsequently) would turn into a sort of guerilla news agency, complete with a ton of photographers?
  8. As someone who has been to China, I can say that I love the atmosphere captured in Max Hamilton’s photographs of the Far East.
  9. NBA Playoffs television ratings are very impressive, thus far. A strange footnote, however: the numbers for games on TNT are much higher than those broadcast on ABC.
  10. Because you’ve always wanted to know where inhibitions are the lowest… a map showing the drinking habits of every country around the world.
  11. New York Times blogger Catherine Rampell posted last week about a potential connection between eating quickly and obesity (obviously a correlation founded on America’s fast food habit). As the world absorbed this information, another NYT writer broke down the economic ramifications of fast eaters and the results definitively validate the origin of the term “fat cats”. Basically, if you eat quickly, you’ll get fat but you’ll work more and the economy will thrive. The key seems to be: eat food fast… but don’t eat fast food. Everyone wins, that way. Maybe. The numbers could be influenced by a dozen other factors. Who knows.
  12. Individual police officers have taken to the skies. The future is now.
  13. Unclutterer gives us a great blueprint for how to make a cheap and easy notecard task board. I will do this if my Post-Its start falling off the wall.

Have a week!