Linkszomania for May 19, 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. Fine, I’ll ask the question that everyone seems to be afraid of asking, when it comes to this new species of frog: is it possible that Kermit and Gonzo were actually related? Please?
  2. One port energy issue solved, 79,417 to go!
  3. As it turns out, broadcasting your social security number on television, billboards, and the Internet is actually not the most logical thing you can do.
  4. While the jury is still out on whether or not mice can actually smell fear, it’s clear now that their sense of smell does directly affect whether or not they feel fear.
  5. A robot proxy/avatar seems like a great idea for rich, lazy college students. Other than that, I don’t think it has all that much application.
  6. The Work Club marketing agency needed some sort of design for their black-walled office and so, they hired artist Matt Williams. His idea? Simply write out every sentence Bart Simpson ever had to write on the chalkboard during the opening credits of The Simpsons.
  7. Josh Cooley (an artist who does many things including story art for Pixar) has been doing illustrations from “Inappropriate Golden Books” for a few years, where he – in the Golden Book style – adapts moments from contemporary movies that normally wouldn’t get the kid-friendly Golden Book treatment. They are spectacular.
  8. The tagline for Pharaoh Manufacturing (“Game Rooms Fit for Kings”) should be expanded to include “People Who Just Won Powerball” and “James Bond Villains”. $3000 for a Poker table? Why not a big wooden spool turned on its side for free in that alley I walked past, today?
  9. About a year ago, Sheena Matheiken decided that she was going to wear the same black dress everyday for a year. Read that again. On top of that, she raised nearly $95,000 for charity. It’s all quite fashionable.
  10. If you always assumed that a hailstorm was just like a louder form of rain… you might want to watch what happened in Oklahoma City this past weekend.
  11. Season 35 of Saturday Night Live just wrapped up and if you wanted to see some of the best sketches of the year, Best Week Ever has you covered.
  12. It may not seem like such a crazy idea to those who haven’t spent any time there but it is astounding just how different Los Angeles looks (and presumably, how different it would be, culturally) with narrower streets.
  13. Lost ends next week. As a bit of cyclical celebration, you can spend some time watching the fourteen audition tapes that started it all.

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.