Linkszomania for October 21, 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. All right, this is just cool: the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic medals will be made out of the standard precious metals of gold, silver, and bronze but those metals will not be mined from hundreds of tons of ore but rather salvaged from old electronics. Genius.
  2. We’re right in the middle of football season and no self-respecting pigskin fan can exist on the Internet without visiting the astoundingly comprehensive Helmet Project at least once.
  3. Would you like an interactive map loaded with a treasure chest of state-by-state marriage statistics to know just how strong the “sacred” institution is, in your region? Well, even if you don’t… here you go. What you probably want to know: the highest concentrations of non-married women are in D.C., New York, and Rhode Island (unfortunately, the single male numbers in those three territories are similar so… your odds aren’t really great).
  4. I don’t know how to write about this next link. All I can think of is: “Seriously, Houston? Seriously?
  5. Do you know the best way to get trash off the streets of New York City (besides throwing it into a proper receptacle, in the first place)? Turn it into art and sell it to people on the Internet.
  6. In “I don’t want to know how you discovered this and I don’t care” news, it turns out that layering a map of South America on top of a map of Africa creates the spitting image of a roaring Tyrannosaurus. Of course it does.
  7. We all need to consult The Art of Manliness from time to time but what happens when you don’t have the means to access the Internet? You buy the book and carry it around with you at all times, goofball.
  8. I’m going to give you a really good idea for free. If you’re trying to figure out a good inciting incident for your “a virus ravages the human race” story, I’ve got one: eventually, a large portion of the human race buys into some horribly misguided and manufactured fear of childhood vaccinations, which leaves many subsequent generations incapable of fighting off diseases, which leads to the death of millions at the hands of diseases that were defeated eons ago. Boom. I just gave you an awesome Act I. Oh, and this concept isn’t as fictionally ridiculous as it sounds.
  9. I think solar panels would be far more common in residential settings if they had less of a “hey, check out this solar panel” look to them and I suppose that is where the idea for the Sole Power Tile originated.
  10. What’s one nagging thing you still don’t understand about yourself? For me, it’s my inability to fly; I’m still waiting on that birthday wish fulfillment, Mutant God.
  11. Now more than ever, people are really trying to drive home the “buy American!” mantra but as it turns out, this crusade is a lot more complicated and unfulfilling than it sounds. Fortunately for us, A Continuous Lean compiled a list of cool and stylish American brands so that you know where you should be spending your precious money.
  12. Since very few of us live on the high seas, we frequently go months and months without considering the consequences of that giant patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. However, if you take a look at some of Chris Jordan’s pictures documenting what happens to the unfortunate birds who don’t know any better when it comes to ingesting some of the  endless amounts of plastic waste floating out there, I think the seriousness of the situation will quickly become clear.
  13. Watch the world wake up via data visualization and then marvel at just how many hours of nerd-work went into the creation of services like Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, Processing, API, and MetaCarta (all of which played a role in the creation of this GoodMorning! tool).

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.