Linkszomania for September 1, 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. Ever wonder which airline is the most fuel-efficient? I never really did, either… but it does seem relevant, doesn’t it?
  2. Good news: the 3D movie craze is officially over. Maybe. Hopefully.
  3. Nobody seems to carve and whittle wood as much, these days. Fortunately, Randall Rosenthal never stopped.
  4. Dismiss the “steampunk” trend as much as you want but there’s no denying that these elaborately modified cell phones are the coolest thing you’ve seen today.
  5. It’s difficult to fully comprehend large numbers: a million, a billion, a trillion, a quadrillion — it’s all make-believe without the proper visual aid. Enter: Ignis Fatuus.
  6. They clearly don’t get very many action/crime movies or television shows in Thailand, otherwise somebody would’ve been inspired to come up with something a lot more original than “oh, just put it in my luggage” as the best method to transport a tiger through airport security.
  7. I don’t know where ladder racing came from, where it exists now, or what it is supposed to be but I am mesmerized by it.
  8. Any article with “new predatory dinosaur discovered” in the headline automatically becomes the most relevant news of my week, hands down.
  9. One location that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina that many people don’t know about: Six Flags New Orleans. It (like so many unfortunate areas of the city) was under about 7 feet of water for over a month following the storm and an estimated 80% of the park is now beyond repair. While this is all terrible, it did provide an opportunity for some stunning photography.
  10. There are secret methods by which you can get a free phone charger, cure brain freeze, and properly peel a banana. This and more, from this list of 35 Life Hacks.
  11. I like to sit at the back of airplanes and according to this informational seating chart, this preference has its own pros and cons: while it is loud, cold, and nearer the bathrooms, the location also dramatically increases my odds of surviving a crash. So there.
  12. Did you know that there are actually several non-icky ways to utilize the “private browsing” option available on web browsers?
  13. This final link is rather old but I found it fascinating: there is a formula that aims to explain why time seems to speed up as you get older. Yes, it’s complicated and nerdy but it is worth a read.

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.