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Linkszomania for June 16, 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.
Designing a bridge for cars to travel from from Zhuhai (on mainland China) to the island of Hong Kong is wrought with problems. It’s not because the distance is great (it’s under 20 miles) or because it cuts right through Godzilla’s herb garden (he only grows fruit and also, he’s Japanese) – it’s because cars on the Chinese mainland drive on the right side of the road while those in Hong Kong drive on the left side. Solution? Basically a fancy loop-de-loop bridge. Simple and yet brilliant.
If this story (with its waterproof digital camera and Internet-centric detective work) proves anything, it’s that the odds of recovering a lost camera at sea in 2010 are probably much higher than they were a few decades ago.
Do you know your geek alphabet, backwards and forwards? It starts with Steve Zissou and ends with Alex (from A Clockwork Orange).
Americans love to run out of a movie theater as fast as they can, once they realize the film has officially ended. I’ve never understood this rationale but if you’re a member of the “End Credits Deserters” camp, be sure you consult this list of “end credits worth watching” and ensure you don’t teleport out of the room when comedy is happening.
Let’s say you worked at a company that was breaking the law and you wanted to avoid incriminating yourself with the language in your work emails. Fair enough. Just keep this list handy and you should be fine.