Linkszomania for May 6, 2009

Linkszomania for May 6, 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. It’s a big week for science-fiction realities. First up: who would have guessed this swine flu thing may lend a hand in the birth of the zombie virus? All signs indicate that this is a hoax, sadly but… if it were true, wouldn’t it make sense to pretend it was a hoax as part of some elaborate conspiracy to turn the entire planet into zombies? Whatever. Great stuff as usual, England.
  2. In even more awesome news, dinosaurs are coming; BET ON IT. The late Michael Crichton bestows us with a beautifully awesome gift from heaven.
  3. I propose “Sabersegging” (translation: lightsaber jousting on Segways) become a new Olympic sport. And I nominate myself to serve as coach.
  4. Ever wonder what happens to a clothing factory that shuts down and sits dormant for 20 years? Pictures, that’s what.
  5. Slate’s Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson took the time to transcribe and organize all of President Obama’s Facebook news feed, over his first 100 days. Basically, if you are so used to absorbing information via social networking sites to the point where you cannot consume actual news articles… this is the link for you.
  6. Most of America’s intelligence community apparently doesn’t need to be so super-duper secret and that’s a problem, according to a guy who would know things like that. I have trouble criticizing the decision-makers, though, because if I constantly had the option to classify something as “TOP SECRET,” every item that came across my desk would get that stamp. Turkey sandwich for lunch? I’d classify it as “USGX_ts_red-level_classified.” For senior officials’ eyes only.
  7. I’m not entirely sure why someone would have a real need to prepare cuisine in a chair rather than on the counter but if you would like to sit and chop, Tomas Kral is here to help.
  8. If you’re into declining plastic/paper bags at stores (and really, who isn’t? It’s fun to say “oh, no, I don’t need a bag”), a good and cheap choice to serve as your ‘all-day, everyday, reusable’ bag is the Flip and Tumble. It turns into a ball – that’s the future.
  9. I don’t want to trivialize the death of 45 people but I can’t be the only one who read the headline “Gunmen at Wedding” and didn’t immediately think of KILL BILL.
  10. Malcolm Gladwell gave us Outliers last fall so I never bemoaned the fact that he hasn’t written anything for The New Yorker since December. However, he just had to go and deliver an awesome “Gladwellian” piece about basketball so now I’m going to be mad if he doesn’t write something comparably phenomenal every day for the rest of the year.
  11. The new G.I. JOE trailer is so ridiculous, my instant reaction leaps past “disgust and disinterest” and goes straight to “I must see this movie because it looks like it could very well be the most expensive unintentionally hilarious film ever released”.
  12. Chris Hardwick – who completely embodies the idea of a 21st century freelancer – did an interview with Lifehacker discussing just how he manages his time and workload (he did a similar piece with Wired a few months back). It’s a very helpful tutorial both in the regard that it’s candid/funny and that it’s coming from someone who isn’t speaking to you from a position to which you could never relate (i.e., who wants a Fortune 500 CFO’s advice on time management when you’re working four part-time gigs?).
  13. The next time someone gives you grief for watching an all-day marathon of Survivorman, just scream “I’m trying to help us make it through this recession!” through your tears.

Have a week!