Linkszomania for May 26, 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. Any idea which American President had the greatest net worth, at his peak? You need to go back (way back).
  2. Starting January 1, 2011, there will be rules on how much of your health insurance premium must go towards medical costs (80 to 85 cents on the dollar, depending on your policy). So… we’ve got that going for us.
  3. There’s a reason you’ve never heard of “diving armor” or “a dog-powered car” – they are just two of the greatest inventions that time forgot.
  4. A lot of people choose to beautifully immortalize the Super Mario Brothers in cake and icing, it seems.
  5. I don’t know which was the previous champion but we can now definitively conclude that the worst logo belonging to a major American company belongs to Seattle’s Best Coffee.
  6. It’s fairly common knowledge that on a global broadband speed scale, America is not as advanced as most people would assume. But what about within America itself – where are the connection speeds the fastest?
  7. While I will absolutely give the man credit for ingenuity and execution, I don’t know what sort of incarcerated person would look at a device engineered to entertain/pass time and think “let me turn this into something painful and labor-intensive”. I’d take video games over tattoos every time.
  8. Sharks Can Become Invisible”. I don’t know what else I can really say, here.
  9. Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man last Friday and though their heart was certainly in the right place, it turns out that their animated and interactive Google logo turned out to be quite a detriment to the nation’s work productivity levels.
  10. I’m not sure why it took so long but finally, we have proof of concept on that whole “Tortoise and the Hare” story.
  11. Man, I wish I had $80 million to spare. I would love to buy my own island in New England.
  12. Blame it on Lost, blame it on 24, blame it on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but it is a bit astonishing that the final episode of Law & Order aired on Monday night and nobody seemed to notice and/or care.
  13. If you asked a guy who reviewed camping, hiking, and biking equipment for a living which five recent gear innovations changed how we interact with the outdoors the most, what do you think the list would look like?

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.