Linkszomania for June 2, 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. Obviously, there are a lot of important satellites in space. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of junk in space. And if the parties shall meet (not all that unlikely)… it could get ugly.
  2. So, it’s been about 15 years since Space Jam. We can all agree it was pretty lame. But it looks like it may have also actually been a pretty faithful adaptation of a sacred Mayan story.
  3. Why is “Dick” short for “Richard”? Mental Floss has the origin of that common nickname (and nine more).
  4. While watching a balloon float through several dozen Dyson Air Multiplier fans, all I could think was “I want to do this but it would cost tens of thousands of dollars”. Oh well. It’s still fun to look at.
  5. The top-10 species discovered in 2010 are all simultaneously gross and terrific.
  6. If I’m reading this University of Utah news story accurately… it looks like, if you compulsively pull out your own hair, you just need some bone marrow from a mouse to solve the problem.
  7. If anyone from Coca-Cola is reading this: I will do horrible, indefensible things to have a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine of my own. Please?
  8. Nic Cage and I go way back. But even I could not identify all eighteen of these Nic Cage character hairstyles. Oh, and the answers are here. No peeking.
  9. If you neglect to brush your teeth, you’re not only ruining the day of everybody with whom you speak (seriously, back up an INCH) but you may be killing yourself from the inside out.
  10. Looking at the preserved paint palettes of artists like Renoir, Seurat, and Van Gogh makes me feel like my personal preferred paint palettes (a used paper plate or the cleaned-out bottom of a plastic trail mix container) are either really contemporary and ahead of their time… or as inferior as my artistic skills.
  11. “Alternate history” seems like something that a comic book writer probably crafted in the 1970s when trying to think of a genius new angle on combining superheroes and geopolitical relations. But would you actually believe that it dates back to the first century and was occasionally employed by great minds like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Heinlein, and Winston Churchill? (Yes, the Winston Churchill.)
  12. I’ll tell you how The History Channel could get me to tune in to their new show Top Shot: force all these world-class marksmen to repeatedly try and recreate the shots allegedly taken by Lee Harvey Oswald from the Texas School Book Depository. I would watch that every week until we got a definitive answer on whether or not it is/was possible.
  13. I am so excited about the idea of calmly sliding a ‘STOP TALKING’ card to someone, I can barely finish typing this sentence.

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