Linkszomania for August 19, 2009

Linkszomania for August 19, 2009

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By Justin Brown

Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, and superheroes — nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. I always was under the impression that my inability to sleep more than four to six hours per night was some sort of severe problem that required copious amounts of melatonin. Well, actually, it turns out that I’m actually just a genetically superior being from the not-too-distant future and you were all wrong to ever doubt me and/or my applications to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. First thing I'm going to need is a leather costume.
  2. One of the questions I’ve always pondered is “how long did Bill Murray spend re-living the same day, in Groundhog Day?” Thankfully, the folks over at WolfGnards analyzed and postulated a very specific figure. My personal feelings are that it was probably around five years (despite Harold Ramis’s official estimation of double that).
  3. Maybe I’m too cheap (or smart, based on your perception) but the prices for the Fantasy Football trophies offered by The Ultimate Trophy seem a little outlandish. I’m just going to build one, for the winner of my league.
  4. Just because you didn’t go to college doesn’t mean you can’t wear those classic university-style t-shirts and hoodies – all you need to do is pay some money and learn to pronounce “Idontgoto University”.
  5. If people were smart enough to put a $1 million bounty on all cryptozoological beasts, we probably would have found them all, by now. Also: who would pay this much for mermaid proof? Mermaids? Really? Let’s step back and realize that we still don’t have genuine evidence of Bigfoot or Nessie – first things first, rich crazy people.
  6. It’s comforting to know that the efforts of those behind Sim City 2000 will not go unrealized, infinitely, in our lifetime. I fully support all plans to realize real-world “arcologies”.
  7. In an ultimate twist of irony, many of the people who aim to always eat healthy can become so obsessed with eating healthy, that their always-eating-healthy behavior becomes unhealthy. That’s something, huh?
  8. While I am not a huge fan of the idea that the best road to ultimate victory in Afghanistan is to merely import more “trigger-pullers,” I do enjoy the concept of only deploying essential personnel to a war zone (it’s pretty weird that I even need to say that).
  9. If you’ve ever wondered where video game props come from, Boing Boing Offworld has exclusive pictures of the factories in which the classic accoutrement for games like Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pong are forged. Now we know.
  10. Since most people are responsible when it comes to wearing underwear (nudists and infants notwithstanding), I think PACT has a good point in re-thinking everything as it relates to producing underwear. Sustainable, socially responsible, organic undies mean you can protect the Earth without any pants (this brunette could save my world).
  11. You want to blow some minds at your next social gathering? Make a wager on how many dimensions there are, in our universe. Give people good odds on “three” and then prepare to collect because, according to Rob Bryanton, it turns out that there’s actually ten dimensions. Yes, ten. Boom. Science.
  12. Just as DNA identification is taking off as the preeminent forensic crime-fighting tool of our time, some jerks had to go and crack the code of creating artificial DNA that can conclusively throw the fuzz off the scent. Great. Now everyone can get away with murder.
  13. In “we’re definitely living in 2009” news: the most commonly used camera amongst Flickr users is now the iPhone 3GS (ousting the Canon Digital Rebel XTi). Wild stuff.

Have a week!

Justin Brown currently resides in Virginia, where he does his best to stoke the fires of his nerdly passion for writing, filmmaking, sports, photography, art, and design. You can keep tabs on him at his blog, esteban was eaten!.