Linkszomania for February 17, 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. In what is sure to ignite a firestorm in the midst of any future “cats vs. dogs” discussion, a Bristol University poll has discovered that people who own a cat are more likely to have a college degree than those who own a dog.
  2. Apparently, if you have a few discarded onion bottoms, there is no need to ever buy any onion bulbs or seeds ever again. Knowledge, wow!
  3. While this elaborate tour of the International Space Station is really cool and informative, I hope we get to a point where the interiors of our world’s space stations look far sleeker and big-budget-science-fiction-ish.
  4. GOOD has compiled a list of their ten favorite ideas for reducing plastic consumption and they’re all pretty great. My favorite is a tie between the idea of turning plastic into concrete (which, in retrospect, seems like the best possible use for a substance that takes forever to degrade) and the notion of co-firing plastic in coal power plants to help generate power from materials that don’t need to be mined from the Earth.
  5. If the walls in your home could glow, would you even need lamps?
  6. Based on all accounts, the 2010 TED conference of speakers was as-impressive as we’ve come to expect from the group devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” Because all the lectures are not yet online, Boing Boing’s daily reports serve as the temporary source for who-said-what and one of the most powerful notions presented was that of certain foods helping in the fight against cancer.
  7. “Shotgun revolver” just sounds right, doesn’t it? Or maybe it just rings true as the name of a rock band and/or comic book.
  8. The people in charge of the Oscars Awards ceremony have asked all nominees to prepare two speeches in the event of a win: one where the winner will talk about the award/themselves and one filled with thank-you’s (to be saved for a backstage camera that will post their verbal gratuity online). I would say “thank you for this” here but I think they might play me off for doing so.
  9. The world famous Abbey Road studio is for sale. We don’t have a concrete sales figure yet but if you’ve got up to a hundred million dollars or so… maybe make a phone call.
  10. If you’ve been searching for some good professional basketball writing, the Professional Basketball Writers Association recently announced their annual award winners. To quote Henry Abbott: “[these articles] will make you smarter”.
  11. Ross Berens’ art prints depicting the planets of our Solar System (and Pluto, for old times’ sake) are beautiful – like a modern version of something out of an old science classroom.
  12. There is now a precedent allowing for students to speak ill of a teacher online without it being classified as “cyberbullying”. A victory for free speech is great, of course, but I don’t think Ferris Bueller would have ever done something like this – legally badmouthing a superior would definitely come back to bite you, in the classroom (whether the teacher admitted it or not).
  13. So, dragons DO exist? Wow. I owe a lot of people an apology.

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