Linkszomania for January 27, 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. I’ll be honest: if humans start figuring out how to run at speeds of 30 mph, they should reschedule the Olympics to take place every year.
  2. Ever wondered what the United States would look like if the Electoral College was reformed so that each and every state was equally populated and thus, carried the same amount of electoral votes? Neil Freeman did it for us. Go Chesapeake!
  3. The new standard for starting international diplomacy should be to show the Interspecies Friends blog to both sides of the peace negotiation.
  4. I feel bad for future generations who, though they will know every single thing there is to know about evolution and fossils and biology, will never have interesting news reports like this that alter the way we think about history. Tough break, future guys.
  5. I am not educated in aviation or engineering in any fashion but I will say that, based purely on nerdly aesthetics, the SmartFish needs to be rushed into production immediately.
  6. Matthew Albanese’s model miniature landscapes put all of our high school dioramas and science projects to such great shame, we need to come up with a new word to describe it.
  7. Have you visited New York City’s newest architectural landmark, the Astoria Scum River Bridge? I hope they start giving tours soon.
  8. Mark me down as someone who thought the Pyramids and the Sphinx were dozens of miles away from civilization and someone who was then subsequently proven very wrong.
  9. This seems like it’s a big deal: General Motors will be the first major US automaker to make its own electric motors.
  10. Is algae biofuel good or what? A new study basically suggests “no, not at all”.
  11. GOOD’s latest infographic breaks down who has donated what to Haiti, for earthquake relief. Together, Sandra Bullock and Gisele Bundchen gave more than Goldman Sachs and Coca-Cola combined.
  12. If you thought people were really interested in environmentalism more than they were in saving money, the developing fallout from The DC Bag Tax is a pretty good dose of reality. It only took a nickel.
  13. I fully support rows of airplane seats that can now effectively serve as sleeping bunks but I must also ask that, because this is coach, all passengers be provided with Febreze and Oust (to be used before and after they sit down).

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