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Linkszomania for May 27, 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. With Memorial Day now behind us, it is officially summer. And with summer comes a new found motivation to accomplish constructive things when you’re not at work. Lifehacker has compiled a list of ten great do-it-yourself projects for this glorious free time.
  2. 32 years ago, this week. That’s all I’m going to say. Actually, forget subtlety: STAR WARS, PEOPLE. STAR WARS.
  3. Wired’s Kevin Kelly wrote a really good piece about the new form of socialism as it relates to “global collectivism” on the Internet; it sounds heavy but it is as-accessible as it is eye-opening.
  4. Not all scientists have beards. In fact, not all scientists are men. Educate yourself on some of the most significant and inspiring female scientists in our world’s history. Smart women who play by their own rules = hot (and if they’re European? Even better).
  5. Kangaroos can’t swim? I would’ve sworn everything hailing from Australia possessed super abilities relative to all of Earth’s environments. Like Eric Bana.
  6. The “top ten robots I never knew I wanted“? I love you, Yanko Design, but this thought process is exactly how a war with machines gets started. Look at #1 on that list; no way that thing is designed to help humans.
  7. Philadelphia may have once booed Santa Claus but they score some points by aesthetically improving the worst government vehicles (more pictures here).
  8. Need a good room design idea but don’t want to splurge for art of any kind? Make your own ceiling ‘panographic’ photo mural. I wish I had enough ceiling space to make my own.
  9. There was a marvelous New York Times Magazine feature on Conan O’Brien’s transition to The Tonight Show, this past weekend. The accompanying ‘Sink or Swim’ photoshoot is dually very neat. I am really rooting for him. You should be, too.
  10. This landmark discovery was initially reported over a week ago and yet it has gotten absolutely no media attention compared to the really important things like ‘look, Holly Madison is in a bikini (again)!‘. I will never understand America.
  11. If, night after night, you fall asleep trying to decide between the Slap Chop and the Chop Wizard… Slate is here to help.
  12. In “if I had a cholesterol problem or erectile dysfunction and lost my job, this would be great!” news, Pfizer will be giving away many of their products to anyone who has lost their job since January 1. The most bizarre part of the story is this quote from Pfizer muckety-muck Dr. Jorge Puente: “Everybody knows now a neighbor, a relative who has lost their job and is losing their insurance. People are definitely hurting out there. Our aim is to help people bridge this point.” Horrible grammar aside (“knows now”?)… how do you “bridge a point”? And what did he just say? Also: why does this giveaway affect me if my neighbor or relative is the one who is out of a job and needs the drugs? Am I supposed to order the boner pills for my neighbor to save him the embarrassment?
  13. More robot news? Yes, as this one is for Memorial Day (which, really, should be Memorial Week). As depicted in the movie that had a big birthday this week (see: #2 above), soldiers are developing bonds with their mechanical counterparts. It’s kinda cute. The Luke Skywalker quote “that little droid and I have been through a lot together” suddenly has real-world relevance (not that the lack of social appropriateness associated with that quote had ever stopped me from saying it, before now).

Have a week!

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

 

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