Linkszomania for October 13, 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. As it turns out, dinosaurs were taller than we all thought. So that’s great news for childhood nightmares everywhere.
  2. Finally, we combined the science behind the bazooka and the emergency life raft.
  3. Just when you think humanity has a real grasp on the planet Earth and all of its inhabitants, a team of researchers from Conservation International found 200 brand new species in two months’ time in Papua New Guinea, last year. Take that, previously satisfied scientists!
  4. The ease with which I am able to shoot hordes of the undead in video games always seemed exceptionally unrealistic. But now it’s 2010 and I’m a fool for writing off “auto-aiming rifles” as complete works of fiction.
  5. During a recent flight up the East Coast, I couldn’t help but wonder why we’re still prohibited from using our cell phones on airplanes. If I can use my cell phone in a car and it doesn’t affect the consumer-level radio and/or the GPS navigation, how on Earth would a cell phone signal in an airplane affect radar or communication with the ground? As it turns out… it wouldn’t. The simple, meaningless reason we are not allowed to use our cell phones on airplanes? The Man. Same goes for the whole “seat back and tray table” deal.
  6. Even on Facebook, Batman beats Superman.
  7. The next time you’re at a coffee shop and flip open your laptop and see “Free Public WiFi” on the list of available networks, do NOT click on it. It’s the siren song of the Internet.
  8. It’s pretty difficult to maintain religious-like reverence for professional athletes once you learn that they apparently poop their pants at a fairly decent rate.
  9. We may not be able to quickly and easily live there now but if we can just establish a reliable form of time travel, we may be able to visit an ancient iteration of Mars which scientists believe may have had an Earthlike atmosphere.
  10. It’s true: the camera can add ten pounds and you did actually look a lot better in your bathroom mirror than you did in someone else’s Facebook album.
  11. Maybe it’s me but if I believed I had an original Michelangelo painting in my house, I might have made some free time 27 years ago to research it. I certainly wouldn’t wait until retirement to find out I was a multimillionaire.
  12. With this “audio zoom” technology, can we finally get going on my idea of an exclusive audio channel during televised sports where I can hear every single word spoken by the players? We have “SAP”… what about a “SMACK” option?
  13. Clean, offshore wind farms to help power most of the East Coast — brought to you by Google.

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.