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…
- Ever wonder which airline is the most fuel-efficient? I never really did, either… but it does seem relevant, doesn't it?
- Good news: the 3D movie craze is officially over. Maybe. Hopefully.
- Nobody seems to carve and whittle wood as much, these days. Fortunately, Randall Rosenthal never stopped.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Any article with “new predatory dinosaur discovered” in the headline automatically becomes the most relevant news of my week, hands down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Did you know that there are actually several non-icky ways to utilize the “private browsing” option available on web browsers?
- 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.