Linkszomania for April 7, 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. Think a percentage point in your life savings plan won’t make a difference? Think again.
  2. It’s a bit hilarious to look back at all the uproar over the Patriot Act and realize that the reactions were not only exaggerated but seemingly long overdue.
  3. Don’t you just hate the overflow of political ads on television during the campaign season? Well this year, they’re coming to the Internet. Blech.
  4. After watching the NFL Combine on the couch for a few hours, it’s easy to believe you could come close to posting a respectable time in the 40-yard dash. Footage of Rich Eisen (and others) proves that this notion is probably even more ridiculous than you think.
  5. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but earnestly smiling will help you achieve immortality (sorry, it doesn’t rhyme).
  6. There are a lot of things most people don’t know about Nintendo.
  7. Many ticket sales websites offer some form of “see the view from this seat” technology but Seats3D finally arranged all of their participating sports venues (college, semi-pro, and pro) onto their website, giving you the opportunity to waste hours investigating (in full-color 3D imagery) just what it would be like to sit courtside at every NBA arena.
  8. Who knew “art mapmaker” was a profession? And such a cool one, at that.
  9. Even teetotalers will be intrigued by an infographic bearing the title of “The Wonderful World of Booze”.
  10. To save money and the planet, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is… [drumroll] changing the font used in its emails! Not the most dramatic “going green” initiative, is it? But hey, if it works.
  11. When it comes to earning money, having a Bachelor’s degree is better than having a high school diploma (for example), right? But just how much better is it, in terms of dollars and cents? GOOD explains.
  12. The Exchange Bar in New York City has decided to implement a very Wall Street-type idea: the price of their menu items will change throughout the day, based on demand. The more popular something is, the more it will cost and vice versa. This is either brilliant or unbelievably stupid.
  13. You can cross “assemble a survival kit for the zombie apocalypse” off your to-do list as Uncrate has done it for you.

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.