Linkszomania for April 21, 2010

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 there’s an easy way to replicate this “coma allows person to unexpectedly speak a foreign language fluently” process, Rosetta Stone might be in some serious trouble.
  2. All it takes to help heal that wound on your arm? Suction. And a couple of MIT students figured out how to do it on the cheap.
  3. Was a time traveler captured in a photograph from a Canadian museum?
  4. In China, even Superman is different. Personally, I can’t wait for “Robert Cop 3” to hit the big screen.
  5. just re-launched and they are taking the bold step of adding a payment wrinkle to their website — $4 per month for total access to every issue ever published. Sounds about right.
  6. An interesting thought from The New Yorker: “Can the iPad topple the Kindle and save the book business?”
  7. Until our brains develop a third lobe, it doesn’t look like human beings will be able to do three things simultaneously any time soon.
  8. Mount St. Helens erupted thirty years ago. How has the surrounding area recovered, if at all? National Geographic reports.
  9. If the only reason you haven’t gotten into vinyl records is “the players are too large and can’t effectively be moved around”, I’ve got some great news for you.
  10. The “Obama Entertainment Club” will be opening in Shanghai, China next week. Yes, it’s a night club. Yes, it’s named after President Obama. No, he has nothing to do with it.
  11. When paying off a debt, does it pay to round up to the next dollar, ten-dollar, or hundred-dollar amounts? Um, yeah. Big time.
  12. The conventional wisdom goes: “if athletes were smart, they wouldn’t be athletes”. But is this actually true?
  13. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out which font to use for a letter, project, or poster. Fortunately, graphic designer Julian Hansen has constructed a hilarious and helpful flow chart to solve just such a problem.

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