Linkszomania for January 13, 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. Look, I realize that this is a very special situation but it would be nice if Subway went to these great lengths for all of us, at our jobs-that-aren’t-conveniently-close-to-a-Subway-restaurant.
  2. While it probably seems really dumb and premature right now, I think personal media devices designed to be stored on a wrist are probably going to be a lot more common in the next five to ten years. And if they don’t… remember, it was just a dumb and premature idea.
  3. If you’ve been searching for a surefire way to make a great cup of coffee, let me suggest this wonderful video tutorial from Ben Helfen. (Don't actually try this.)
  4. You wouldn’t think you’d ever see the headline “Can Rain Start a Forest Fire?” nor would you believe you’d ever need to read any article with such a preposterous thesis. However, you (like me) would be wrong.
  5. The default response to anyone balking at the current prices of hybrid and/or electric cars is “oh, well they will get cheaper in the future”… but is that sentiment really accurate?
  6. There have been countless repurposed forms of the periodical table on the Internet (example: fonts, video game characters) and now we finally have a concise database organizing them all in one location.
  7. I always thought home thermostats could be way cooler while also being more functional… and now SilverPAC is making all my dreams come true.
  8. Predictably Irrational shows that anybody interested in determining the differences between men and women in relationships needs to look no further than Google search suggestions.
  9. Since we are all now a little too used to the fact that many primates have been schooled in sign language, I think we can all agree that the next logical step in blowing people’s minds again is to thoroughly examine the vocalizations of monkeys/apes and subsequently add subtitles to all Animal Planet programming.
  10. I know there are many legitimate science- and humanities-based reasons for man to aspire to reach Mars but I think like #7 on the list has to be “it just looks crazy, we should go check that place out”.
  11. Facebook is hiring; Mark Zuckerberg just denied Unemployment’s friend request.
  12. In the event of a global catastrophe that precipitates a massive human evacuation from Earth, it is a bit comforting to know that someone has already drawn up all of the routes that will quickly get us to space.
  13. Who knew maps could be so much fun?

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