Linkszomania for June 24, 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. Movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, and superheroes — nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. I’ve been a big Phoenix fan for a few years, now (I did, in fact, name this column after one of the songs off their most recent album… which was, itself, named after a biographical movie but that’s beside the point). Anyway, I saw them at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC, over the weekend. I don’t like to curse but holy frick. I can’t put into words just how phenomenal the evening was – everyone should go see them live (seriously, whether you are a fan or not). Maybe it was the sweltering heat inside the garage-sized, 400-person club, maybe it was the fact that their American tour dates are few and far between… I don’t know. But it was an unforgettable experience; I’ll defer to Chrome Waves’ Frank Yang to eloquently summarize the band’s live performance and show you pictures (even though he was reviewing the Toronto show, he very well could have been describing the gig at the nation’s capital). Seriously, though: wow.
  2. Ever hear of hail cannons? Well, get ready to be confused.
  3. John Hodgman (author, comedian, The Daily Show correspondent, “PC” from the Apple commercials) has a fantastic little conversation with Psychology Today.
  4. I am not sure why we didn’t start working on this like 15 years ago but whatever – now it’s totally happening.
  5. I’m not one who likes to monger fear or conspiracies but I’m pretty sure I no longer trust machines. First this happens for “an unknown reason” (yeah, right) and then a few days later, there was this. Stay vigilant, everybody.
  6. This week’s Gizmodo Photoshop contest was entitled “Ancient Video Games I Wish Existed” and the results are staggeringly great. I particularly enjoyed Butter Churn.
  7. If you’re constantly in danger of being stranded or left alone in a deadly situation, I have two things to say to you. First of all: I’m sorry. Secondly: drop $15 on this Ultralight Survivor Kit and never worry, again.
  8. This month’s Wired cover story about Nike and how they’re furthering the concept of “personal metrics” is an absolute must-read for any athlete or numbers geek.
  9. Ever seen a Volcano erupt? Of course you have. How about this: have you ever seen a volcano erupt FROM SPACE? That’s what I thought.
  10. Stacy over at Neatorama delivers a bevy of trivia relating to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; I am ashamed that I was just learning most of these for the first time.
  11. Thankfully, trains in America are on the way back to prominence but before we can move forward, we must look back. The Infrastructurist runs down a list of eleven classic train stations that were demolished and replaced by unadulterated crap.
  12. Whether you love or hate it, actively use it or merely read and follow, everyone can learn a thing or two about Twitter from Infoshot’s most recent graphic timeline of “The First Three years.”
  13. Mirrors as art? Well, I never thought about it before but sure enough, I love it.

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