Linkszomania for May 5, 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. An Indian man claims he has not had food or water in over 70 years. (Come on, you know you want to click it.)
  2. According to The Economist, the current map of Europe is outdated and – more importantly – illogical and so… they redesigned it. The best news is that the weather in the United Kingdom is about to get a whole lot better.
  3. One of the more overlooked developments of online news and the new state of digital media is the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” blog. While the idea of a blog wherein several people discuss a certain topic with long, measured points is not new or unique, the Times obviously has serious clout that can bring in really informed parties on big news subjects. This week’s edition focuses on the thwarted New York terrorist attack and features opinions from a former national security coordinator, an adjunct senior fellow, several professors, a Wired writer, and a technologist. You will absolutely learn something, there.
  4. Uninformed people seem to believe computers can do almost anything when it comes to enhancing digital images (be they videos or stills). I wonder where they got that idea.
  5. If you’ve ever wondered (as I have) why all episodes of all current television shows aren’t available online for free all over the world, don’t worry that you’re being deprived for no good reason. Like so many things, it is all about money.
  6. Don’t ever waste too much time in an argument about which is the more honorable company between Wal-Mart and Target because they’ve both got some problems.
  7. The one thing all navigation systems need? Darth Vader’s voice. Thank you, TomTom. (I’m holding out for Han Solo and/or Boba Fett. And I’m talking about the original Boba Fett voice. Temeura Morrison is cool but I want the original guiding me into unfamiliar territory.)
  8. Which books do parents in 2009 find the most objectionable? GOOD has a big ol’ picture loaded with information (I’m kind of tired of saying “infographic”). Spoiler alert: vampires, two books that predate 1961, and gay penguins are involved.
  9. An overhead light that incorporates LEDs and recycled coins defines “green” in many ways.
  10. Gizmodo’s Photoshop Contests always yield unique ideas and this week’s “video game crossovers” edition was no different. The Zelda/Shadow of the Colossus concept would probably be the least ridiculous and most interesting-looking. It’s also a definite that “Mario Kart featuring Halo” would be endlessly fun with a group.
  11. So you want to pay homage to a city but you would rather drive a nail through your hand than hang a run-of-the-mill picture of a skyline on the wall. Fair enough. The solution you’re searching for is Big Nickel Posters’ public transportation art – that’s a proper tribute.
  12. The next time you abandon your New Year’s Resolution to learn karate, think about the woman who is THIS CLOSE to a black belt despite having precisely zero arms.
  13. In their neverending quest to become a combination of Skynet, Buy N Large, and Big Brother, Google has dropped a sizable amount of money into a Cambridge-based company that “analyzes the past, present and the predicted future”. Umm. Ok? I think we should all embrace this Cinco de Mayo, as it could very well be our last.

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.