Linkszomania for April 14, 2010

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. Science can now turn t-shirts into body armor. Hopefully, I can find some boron at the thrift store when I go to buy a few dozen 49-cent t-shirts for my own personal testing of this method.
  2. How should we train snipers? In a word: robots. Awesome.
  3. Here’s something I don’t remember learning about in either high school or college: there was once an Emperor of the United States.
  4. So, Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans remake didn’t seem to resonate with fans or critics quite as much as audiences hoped or expected. Oh well. The really unfortunate thing is that, apparently, there is a much better version of the movie on a cutting room floor somewhere.
  5. Old fashioned film + six months of the sun rising and setting = a beautifully surreal photograph.
  6. Writer Seth Stevenson decided to circumnavigate the globe WITHOUT ever stepping on an airplane. His book about the journey is available now and Slate is publishing five excerpts from the book to whet your appetite for adventure (and if you aren’t interested in non-aerial around-the-world travel, I don’t think you’re alive).
  7. The world’s only immortal animal is neither Wolverine nor Superman. But it does still look pretty cool.
  8. There is a very strong correlation, then, between a state voting for Republicans and receiving more in federal spending than its residents pay to the federal government in taxes”. Fascinating, right? Read on.
  9. Pictures of animals made out of old maps are something I never knew I loved until I set my eyes on them. We should all reward Jason LaFerrera for his interesting artwork.
  10. The conventional wisdom when it comes to working out has always been “high reps mean slim and toned muscles, low reps mean size and bulk”. But is it that simple? The results of two recent studies may surprise you.
  11. Clipping coupons and packing your own lunch is pretty good, as far as saving money goes. But there’s a woman named Valentina in San Francisco who puts your grocery thriftiness to complete shame.
  12. The best way for the Philadelphia Zoo to approximate 34 endangered species for all visitors to see? 95,000 Legos! And world-renowned Lego artist Sean Kenney, of course.
  13. If you got an iPad, you’re probably searching for fun apps to fill it up with. Fortunately, Gizmodo ranked and reviewed 99 of them. Problem solved.

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.