Linkszomania for January 6, 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. Although sleeping all the time could definitely be a symptom of serious depression, it now appears like a lack of sleep could cause depression. So, make sure to get plenty of sleep (but not too much).
  2. Did you have any clue that the original idea for Spider-man’s black costume (and what ultimately led to Venom) came from a young Marvel fan? Read on.
  3. When you think about it, Super Mario would have had a much easier life if he weren’t a plumber. Learn another trade, sir!
  4. One of the most underrated parts of living into the 21st century is being able to see many weapons that once existed only in the realm of science fiction make their way into reality.
  5. Were you curious as to one of the reasons the whole healthcare reform concept ever materialized, in the first place? This chart (comparing health care spending and effectiveness around the world) will answer most of your questions.
  6. In honor of the New Year and everyone’s mandatory bright outlook on the months that lie ahead, sink your teeth into an extremely optimistic perspective on America’s economic recovery.
  7. The Kool Aid Man has a lengthy rap sheet when it comes to being culturally referenced for several decades – are you familiar with all of them? (The comic book looks awesome.)
  8. Fark’s list of the Top Twenty Headlines of 2009 is probably the funniest thing you’ll read all day.
  9. We should all hope to have a life and obituary as impressive as that of Knut Haugland. Actually, we should all hope to have a NAME as impressive as Knut Haugland, too.
  10. How much would you pay for every issue of National Geographic (complete with high-quality photography and maps)? That’s 120 years of material. And it’s a lot cheaper than you’d expect.
  11. If we want to get any more people on the Internet, it looks like we’re going to need to talk to the Fire Marshal.
  12. MadeMan has scoured the globe and returned with infinite knowledge. Ok well, not infinite but… a good, solid nine bits of wisdom to help you “get Zen” in 2010.
  13. Ever wondered what is the best time of year to buy certain products like cameras, furniture, or candy? Lifehacker did all the legwork and compiled their extensive findings into a nice, easy-to-read infographic. (They also did a detailed breakdown of the shelf life of various frozen foods – very useful for that day you clean out the freezer).

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.