Linkszomania for July 28, 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. Fine. The United Kingdom has conclusively won this round of “Who Can Design the Coolest-Looking Robot Plane?” But we're not giving up, Defence Ministry! And that alternate spelling won't be there to save you, next time.
  2. So you’re thinking about splurging on some designer sunglasses. Fair enough. Oh, but spoiler alert: you’re wasting your money (a lot of it).
  3. Because you’re probably already looking towards the weekend, here are some facts about that part of your body that you could be putting to much better use on a Wednesday (no, not that part).
  4. According to this definitive science-fiction timeline, 2010 is relatively boring. I mean, apparently we make contact and then silence falls. Coming soon: Max Headroom!
  5. I know the BP Oil Catastrophe in the Gulf is a huge deal but how about this underreported little yarn: THE ATMOSPHERE IS COLLAPSING AND NOBODY KNOWS WHY.
  6. Apparently there is an ultimate key to the Internet that exists simply in the event the whole damn thing needs its system core rebooted at some point (now there’s a phrase I never thought I’d realistically get to say in my life). But like the formula for Coca-Cola, this key is spread out into pieces and these pieces lie in the hands of seven different people around the world. I certainly hope this becomes a tentpole summer film franchise at some point.
  7. You would think that in the modern era, nobody would ever let something remotely valuable escape their clutches at a garage sale; like, say, a bunch of Ansel Adams glass negatives worth about $200 million being sold for $45 (bartered down from $70 – the cheap jerk).
  8. There are many famous sea monsters the world over. And now, with the gift of information, we can effectively conclude that none of them are actually monsters at all… just weird things that live in the ocean, enhanced by decades of myth and hyperbole.
  9. Facebook has made a lot of things easier and now, with an assist from Amazon, they are adding one more item to that list: gift giving! If you want to get a gift for someone (presumably someone you don’t know very well/are just stalking), the Amazon Recommendation page will pull information from said someone’s Facebook profile and figure out an appropriate gift.
  10. So here’s something I just found out recently: our entire universe may be inside a black hole in another universe. Sure, why not.
  11. Having trouble figuring out the intricacies of the multi-level dream sequence that occupied the better part of Inception? Apparently this chart is supposed to help (I don’t personally find it all that informative but it sure is pretty and I think that if I pretend to understand it, I’ll seem smart).
  12. I don’t know about the rest of the world (truthfully, I’ve never asked) but I have a real problem figuring out how to store luggage. It takes up too much space to fit under the bed or in the closet. What are we to do with it? How about hanging it on the wall? Suddenly that suitcase is a decorative cabinet.
  13. Appropros of absolutely nothing, here’s yet another hilariously crazy science-infused video of bodily harm from Japan.

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