Linkszomania for December 23, 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. If you want to make sure there is no doubt as to the authenticity of your nerdery, just check out Tom Scott’s Star Wars weather forecaster every morning and go around citing the climates of places like Naboo, Yavin IV, and Alderaan.
  2. It only took until the 21st century but we finally have tires that allow a vehicle to travel in every direction without stopping or turning.
  3. Cocaine really didn’t need any more negative publicity but… add this to the list.
  4. I don’t know if the difference between the hangover from dark liquor and the hangover from lighter-colored liquor is really substantial enough to completely change your alcoholic preferences but Wired seems to believe it’s newsworthy.
  5. Would you like to know what filmmakers like Edgar Wright, Duncan Jones, Richard Kelly, and Bryan Singer thought of James Cameron’s Avatar? /Film has collected all the reactions and organized them for your viewing pleasure.
  6. Once the Healthcare Reform bill has passed, we need to start asking President Obama about his pledge to eliminate the penny (don’t balk, it makes quite a bit of logical sense).
  7. In terms of “things I didn’t know I loved until I saw them”, I think a real-life Russell from Up ranks right near the top of the list.
  8. As if we needed more fascinating reasons to keep studying dinosaurs, paleontologists just discovered evidence that a Chinese relative of the velociraptor was venomous. Read that sentence again.
  9. Mark Frauenfelder (of Make and Boing Boing fame) regales CNN with great ideas for all sorts of homemade holiday gifts.
  10. Slate’s Explainer Department answers reader questions about all sorts of subjects (*cough* Know It All *cough*) but they have also compiled a fun list of questions received in 2009 that they just could not answer, for one reason or another. My favorite has to do with how a single Siamese twin committing murder would affect the other, when it came to charges and potential punishment.
  11. Could Seattle be North America’s first carbon-neutral city?
  12. One overlooked negative aspect of the 20th century: a lot of really important musicians died really young – Manolith runs down a list of the legends struck down in their prime.
  13. I don’t know if Hot Topic producing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed Snuggies is a harbinger of heaven or hell but I’m certainly intrigued by the discussions that will follow.

Have a week!

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