Linkszomania for February 3, 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. Remember when President Obama challenged America to step up and match the clean energy markets of China? Yeah, there was a reason.
  2. Unhappy Hipsters is a blog that merely adds dry, funny captions to pictures of mostly young, hip people inhabiting contemporary-designed spaces from Dwell magazine. My words are not doing it any justice.
  3. Ever wonder how many satellites orbit the Earth and to whom those satellites belong? Michael Paukner mapped it out for all of us.
  4. Fusion power, here we come!
  5. Neill Blomkamp directed the Oscar-nominated District 9 and agreed to speak at the most recent TED gathering, in Vancouver. What did he talk about? Extraterrestrial life… but it’s really not what you would expect.
  6. Could the combination of owning a car and lacking access to public transportation serve as an effective predictor of mortgage foreclosure rates? It seems so.
  7. I have a gift for you: a periodic table of smells. Have you already figured out the pun-induced name? You’ll get it.
  8. Have you ever noticed that all news reports are set up in largely the same fashion? Charlie Brooker did.
  9. Two pretty shocking facts: a) the Monopoly board game is 75 years old this year and b) the board has been redesigned in honor of this anniversary.
  10. Whoever designed the “Cold Avenger” mask at Talus clearly was coming off a high of watching a marathon of superhero films and science-fiction epics.
  11. Just because the original cover art of a classic out-of-print book is difficult to find doesn’t mean you can’t wear it on your chest.
  12. Had I known about Evernote before last week’s Five for Friday, I would have surely included it on the list of Awesome Free Online Services. Now I don’t have to email ideas, links, and quotes to myself and I can access these marginally important bits of information from anywhere! Terrific.
  13. A few restaurateurs clearly decided that the best way to combat the lingering recession was to open new, lavish restaurants. Seems like a solid plan.

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