Linkszomania for March 3, 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. Popular Science gets all of our hopes up with an examination of radical potential cures for medical challenges like blindness, autism, and brain tumors.
  2. Most people agree that the destruction resulting from the Chilean earthquake would’ve been much worse had the nation’s architecture not been as prepared as it was. Do American buildings meet the safety levels of these seismic design codes?
  3. The popular sentiment in modern America maintains that the United States is not manufacturing as much as in years past. The popular sentiment, of course, is wrong.
  4. If you want to kill some time and revisit what are likely to be many fond memories from your childhood, watch some of the videos in io9’s “A Brief History of Comic Book Arcade Games” collection. (I’m ashamed; I had somehow forgotten the incredible joy that is the theme song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Turtles in Time.)
  5. The annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show was recently held in Richmond, Virginia and if you want to compare your craftsmanship skills (or lack thereof) to those of very accomplished men and women, you should click that link.
  6. From Sweden to Puerto Rico, Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the nine most unique hotels around the world. I’m voting for the Lars Homestead in Tunisia as my personal pick.
  7. Apparently there’s a lot of ice at the Moon’s north pole and that might finally help us get going on a lunar outpost. It’s not clear whether or not they’ll employ human clones to run the facility, though.
  8. Don’t fall into a bunch of cacti. Just don’t.
  9. After Dinocroc, Dinoshark, and Sharktopus, I think we know which movie Roger Corman will be making next… SNAKEOSAUR. Maybe. I don’t know.
  10. I’m all for burgeoning sites like Movieclips and Anyclip but I feel, if they start to draw serious attention, an established media force like Hulu is just going to adopt their idea and probably do it better.
  11. Michael Jordan has struggled as a basketball executive and yet just became the principal owner of an NBA team. Henry Abbott delves into the still-young Charlotte franchise and examines how Jordan fits into its past and its future.
  12. Ever wonder how many emails are sent in a year? That (and more) in this hypnotic animated infographic, “The State of the Internet”.
  13. Because an opportunity to see thousands of naked people standing in front of an architectural landmark is rare, I think we should all take a look at some photos from Spencer Tunick’s “Five-Thousand Bum Salute”.

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.