Linkszomania for October 14, 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. GOOD describes itself as “a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward” but I think it also deserves not as a great resource for news, informed opinions, and interesting ideas. Regardless, they decided they weren’t quite awesome enough and this month, published The GOOD 100, which they describe as a “collection of the most important, exciting and innovative people, ideas, and projects making our world better.” While nearly every part of this series will eventually be available to read online for free, you should go out and get the magazine itself (with the full list of 100) because they deserve your support, having the list in your hands is cool, and the issue itself looks really nice on a coffee table.
  2. Letters of Note is a chronicle of culturally significant letters, faxes, and memos from throughout history. For example, a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol or a letter Albert Einstein wrote to prominent philosophy author Erik Gutkind wherein Einstein defines God as “nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness.” You will enjoy this site, I’m sure of it.
  3. The Brodmann Blades ping pong paddle “glove” makes the sport seem far cooler than it already was (and it was pretty damn cool to begin with, believe you me).
  4. Well that didn’t take long. Last year, Polaroid officially got out of the very business they pioneered but now… they’re baaaaack. Until they storm the shelves again, though, you can fill your instant photography void with the Fuji Instax.
  5. This National Geographic map plotting out all NASA solar, lunar, and interplanetary missions manages to simultaneously inform, astound, and incite hunger (what do you want, the lines look like spaghetti). Also: we need to step up the frequency with which we visit other planets because our space colonies are never going to materialize, at this rate.
  6. If my only fear of spiders had to do with their carnivorous diet, then this recent discovery of the very first plant-eating arachnid would alleviate a lot of tension. Alas, their eating habits have very little to do with my terror (what frightens me the most is their multiple limbs and eyes… that physiology just doesn’t inspire trust).
  7. You know who doesn’t believe the Mayan prophecy of an apocalypse in 2012? Mayans. Boom. Roasted. This must really bother Roland Emmerich.
  8. You’ve heard of running. You’ve heard of Tai Chi. But have you heard of Chi Running? Most people haven’t. Thus, Lisa Katayama breaks it down for the uninitiated.
  9. If Seinfeld were still on the air and they did a scene or storyline about Twitter, I think Slate’s Frank Ferri accurately distilled this idea down to a single conversation. I enjoyed it even though it made me realize just how much I really miss Seinfeld.
  10. The Solar Decathlon is a fantastically nerdy-yet-admirable competition run by the U.S. Department of Energy where twenty college and university teams vie to design and build the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home. Cool, right? It’s currently underway in Washington, D.C and CNET has a photo gallery of all the teams’ handiwork.
  11. The Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society created a limited edition original Star Wars medallion as a means to raise funds for the orthopedic Ward 57 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a place which treats seriously injured men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t have anything clever to say, here… I just think you should help out.
  12. Even though I am 100% opposed to the perpetuation of labeling any story or topic as ‘[word]-Gate’ (people: “Watergate” was the proper name of a hotel, the suffix ‘-gate' carries no meaning), I am a basketball fan who feels like the Supersonics-leaving-Seattle story was both horrendous for the sport and under-reported, overall. That being said, SonicsGate — the fan-made documentary that analyzes each excruciating step that led to the city losing its team — is now online, in its entirety.
  13. Somebody at NBC is going to get hilariously fired for not double-checking the legality of using certain fonts (yes, fonts!) for some of their highest-profile branding material. They should’ve gone with Wingdings — nobody would come forward and claim ownership of a font that useless and confusing.

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