Linkszomania for December 16, 2009

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, in order to more effectively create renewable biofuel, all the we needed was a ‘Self-Destruct’ button. And bacteria. And science.
  2. It took a man several months but he effectively turned his workspace into the Fortress of Solitude (literally) and put my desk to horrifying shame.
  3. If you ever wanted a good representation of international populations as they correspond to the populations of each individual American state… your wish has been granted (bigger versions available here). I knew I liked Switzerland.
  4. Here’s a holiday gift for you: 20 quick, useful, and cheap ways to improve your car’s gas mileage. Your engine, wallet, and planet thanks you.
  5. Well, I guess we all should’ve pitched in to have a few thousand “Um… Can You Maybe Practice What You Preach?” flyers dropped on Copenhagen in a different languages. Oh well. Next time there’s a global climate summit, I’m definitely going to bring this up.
  6. If you’re going to listen to anyone about which iPhone applications are the best choices of 2009, you should listen to Wired readers.
  7. From urban tumbleweed to batteries – this is too smart. I wish I knew how to make it happen. Are plastic bags going to become some sort of currency now? Can I reclaim the hundreds of bags I’ve taken to the recycling center and get cash on the spot?
  8. There’s no better way to spend a few minutes of your day than to peruse the winners of National Geographic’s International Photography Contest.
  9. Religious imagery is most fun when it’s part of a real-world parody, like this effort located in the office of a plastic surgeon named Dr. Kim.
  10. The idea of a Disney/Marvel mash-up never seemed as perfectly synchronized as it does in this “Epic Misney” artwork from T. Campbell and John Waltrip.
  11. Many historic events took place in 2009 but did you know that we also saw the trial of the world’s first official supervillain? (To be fair, Markus Haering appears to merely be a very normal businessman interested in geothermal power but it’s tough to deny the man’s actions resembled something straight out of the Lex Luthor playbook.)
  12. Apollo 11 astronaut and guy-who-punched-a-moon-landing-conspiracy-theorist-in-the-face Buzz Aldrin has his own Nike shoe. I wish more real-world non-athletic heroes were honored with special edition sneakers; dibs on the Bonapartes, in size 10.
  13. From headphones to playing cards, if you need to impress design-obsessed friends and family with hand-crafted, functional Christmas or birthday gifts, look no further than this list from Fast Company.

Have a week!

Justin Brown

Justin Brown is an artist and writer living in Virginia. He channels most of his enthusiasm into making things for his online art shop, Artness! by Justin Brown. You can keep up to date with him, his worldly adventures, and his dogs by following him on Instagram and on Facebook