Linkszomania for November 25, 2009

Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Whether it’s movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, or superheroes… nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. And this isn’t huge news… why, exactly? It seems like a pretty big step.
  2. Sure, dinosaurs went completely extinct but at least they didn’t mostly devolve into slower, smaller, less interesting predators like crocodiles apparently did. You should’ve gone out on top, Crocodilians! Basically, dinosaurs were Larry Bird and crocodiles were Karl Malone; the former had a legendary run that ended a little early because of something outside its control (say, an asteroid or back problems) while the most impressive part of the latter’s consistently solid resume has to do with longevity (sorry but no matter how long crocodiles are around, they’re never going to reach the level of dinosaurs).
  3. Want an easy visualization of how to build your presence online? Chris Watson has got you covered.
  4. We know that trees can play a part in absorbing carbon from the air but did you know that the oceans play a role in this process, as well? You do now. Also: the oceans aren’t as good at sopping up the emissions as they used to be so… y’know, panic accordingly.
  5. Black Friday and the holiday shopping season are just around the corner so, if you’re in the market for a HDTV (and with the way prices are going, you probably are), make sure you bookmark Wired’s guide to the high-definition market.
  6. It’s easy to take lightbulbs for granted in many situations but there may be no better place you’re always glad to see one than on a darkened street at night. Light it up!
  7. If you’re absolutely certain that the world will end at a predetermined date, do us all a favor: read this article about ten apocalypses that didn’t happen and come back to see us.
  8. The ridiculous news-headline-exaggerative way to talk about this pretty incredible report: “Drink a Slurpee, cure brain damage!”
  9. Adam Voorhes “explodes” objects and takes pictures of all the junk inside. Examples: Etch-a-Sketch, rotary telephone, frog.
  10. Want to make some money with an easy bet on Thanksgiving? Ask someone, with cash on the line, which genome scientists successfully sequenced first: human or corn? The answer is actually “human” – we figured ourselves out nearly seven years before we figured out maize.
  11. This is probably far too sweeping and hyperbolic of a statement but I am going to throw it out there anyway: flow charts improve all aspects of life. Don’t believe me? The wonderful Eating The Road has, with one diagram, solved all of your future “where should we eat?” road trip meal dilemmas.
  12. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Red Bull is the driving force behind this new “anti-energy drink” industry. They created a virus and now they’re selling us a cure! The monsters!
  13. While most people who travel (either at the holidays or otherwise) are up to speed on the Transportation Security Administration’s restrictions, it never hurts to double-check the updated rulebook before the Thanksgiving/Christmas rush.

Have a week and a holiday!

Justin Brown is a writer and artist living in Virginia. He channels most of his mind's molten river of creativity into his blog Esteban Was Eaten!. For even more information about him, check out his website.