Linkszomania for November 18, 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 avoid seeing 2012 (and you should, take my word on that one), Mike Russell has concocted a comic strip tutorial on how to make your own disaster movie. The final result is actually more worthy of your time than Roland Emmerich’s latest opus.
  2. For Geography Awareness Week, National Geographic asked some United States Senators to draw their home states and label at least three important places. Only a few brave politicians took part in the challenge and the results are now online.
  3. While constructing a great man’s breakfast, Alton Brown is going to teach you a fantastic alternative way for making bacon. Hint: waffle iron.
  4. Crazy thought: you know what would go a long way to helping to solve this energy situation we’re facing? Not wasting so much energy.
  5. We tend to forget the ups and downs of the four empires that controlled a large part of the world throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Well, watch Pedro Cruz’s visualization of this imperial decline and painfully realize that nothing, no matter how big it gets, lasts forever (admit it: you had no idea Portugal used to rock that hard).
  6. Slashfilm recently pointed out that an overwhelming majority of the top-grossing films of this decade came from established properties (sequels, adaptations, remakes) but later, and more interestingly, they pointed out that an even greater percentage of this decade’s Best Picture Academy Awards nominees were “unoriginal”. The moral seems to be: adapt someone else’s handiwork and get money and awards.
  7. How should pharmacies deal with the long lines and general chaos surrounding a short supply of H1N1 flu vaccines? Well, if you’re Quebec, you look to the Magic Kingdom for answers.
  8. You wouldn’t make so much fun of science-fiction if you knew that all of your fancy, now-commonplace gadgets were born out of those “nerd” books that I read in high school. Facial, uppity cheerleaders! Total facial!
  9. Upgrading from DVD to Blu-ray can be a costly, annoying endeavor but Warner Brothers is offering a trade-up credit for some of their flicks; only $8 to upgrade any movie to hi-def. Just in time for the holidays.
  10. Bomb-proof wallpaper doesn’t sound like it makes any sense but it’s real and it works (if a disgruntled crane operator comes to your neighborhood, you should be fine).
  11. When it comes to cremated remains, being scattered across the ocean or sequestered to an urn on a mantle both seem like really lame options compared to these 12 unique ideas for how a body’s legacy can live on.
  12. All right, I just decided that Deep Blue Sea should have been about rapidly evolving penguins rather than Mako sharks with genetically modified brains. Don’t say we weren’t warned when those tuxedo-wearing monsters gain the power of flight in 2018.
  13. Robin Hood is an initiative taking aim at poverty in New York City; they do good things. Give them some of your attention (and also give them some arrows, if the actual Robin Hood is involved — I didn't ask those sorts of questions when I donated).

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