Linkszomania for November 4, 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. The Halloween Candy Buy Back program is a genius plan wherein participating dental practices will relieve you of your excess Halloween candy (they will pay you for $1 per pound of sugary goodness) and then ship the leftover American treats to troops overseas. Awesome. Just awesome.
  2. I can’t decide on my absolute favorite candidate from Manolith’s list of “15 Hottest Fembots of All-Time” but in order to remedy this mental gridlock, I am willing to endure the difficult task of being the referee in the inevitable underpants tickle fight between Summer Glau and Tricia Helfer. I accept this job not for me but for everyone else out there overcome with indecisiveness, in this arena. You’re all welcome.
  3. The Internet Movie Firearms Database explains which guns are used in which movies, television programs, and video games. True to the nature of its content, its administrative rules are pretty harsh (don’t be fooled by the Wikipedia-like layout – the IMFDB will ban people for breaking rules). Anyway, you should be looking through it right this instant.
  4. Boston.com’s The Big Picture always delivers awesome photography, especially when its centered on a theme like “giant space rockets,” such as with this collection of last week’s Ares I-X launch.
  5. Some people are just not that concerned about combating climate change because they believe its effects will never truly reach them. Well, global warming is already affecting the entire country in very noticeable ways and you can learn all about it via this study from American Public Media.
  6. This month’s issue of Wired boasts a terrific breakdown of Twitter’s past, present, and future but entirely in 140 character bursts. Not really; it’s just one of those standard, run-of-the-mill, interesting articles about new media that I could never write.
  7. I can’t believe it’s taken our world this long to get a good look at the inner workings of an IKEA factory. Honeycombs! Who knew.
  8. To all Bill Watterson devotees, I cannot recommend Nevin Martell’s Looking for Calvin and Hobbes enough. The book is an accessible glimpse into a fan’s odyssey to unearth truths and anecdotes intrinsically linked to the creator of the greatest comic strip in history.
  9. The New York Times’ Ross Douthat explains why third party candidates provide an interesting and (arguably) crucial dimension to both state and federal elections. I’m inclined to agree – who wouldn’t want to see three people fight at the same time? Whether it’s a swordfight or a race for governor, we would all rather see the triumvirate of doom.
  10. I would definitely give up cable if iTunes could give me all my shows on demand for $30 per month (an idea they seem to be seriously contemplating). Of course, in order for this reality to take place, at least one television programmer needs to step up to the plate at some point so… maybe I shouldn’t even be thinking about this, right now.
  11. Volkswagen’s The Fun Theory is an initiative based around the idea that if you make something fun, it can change traditional behavior for the better. You may have seen their Piano Staircase idea from a few weeks back (an effort to get people to use stairs rather than escalators) and now, they’re tackling glass bottle recycling.
  12. Sell any property you have in the Afar Desert of northern Ethiopia because in about a million years, it might be completely under water. On the brighter side of things: our very distant descendants may have another ocean to study.
  13. To celebrate the November 10 release of Pixar’s Up on DVD, several designers (Eric Tan, Erik Evans, Craig Foster, and Paul Conrad) created incredibly cool retro art deco posters related to subjects and characters from the film. I want these on my ceiling instantly.

Have a week!

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.