Linkszomania for June 30, 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. What instantly killed a square mile full of dinosaurs? Scientists say “catastrophic tropical storms”. I say “time traveling big game hunters with flamethrowers”.
  2. 21st century media has made me so cynical that I hesitate to believe that this story about Russian spies living in contemporary America isn’t just some elaborate cross-promotional viral marketing campaign for the forthcoming Angelina Jolie movie Salt.
  3. The conventional wisdom is that everybody was affected by the global recession of the last few years. Well, aside from all the rich people, this is essentially true.
  4. When using free wireless internet in public spaces, do not judge a network by its name – there are “honeypots” all over the place.
  5. Fun facts for the day: homemade nuclear fusion reactors are completely legal and 38 independent amateur physicists in the world have achieved fusion reactions with homemade devices.
  6. Based on a recent study by a psychology student at Harvard, physical strength is not linked to whether you choose to do good or evil but merely that you choose one of those two moral paths and fully commit to it. I suppose that conclusion syncs up with longstanding comic book logic – there has never really been any gray area between “superheroes” and “supervillains”.
  7. Ever wonder why old couples start to look alike? It may have something to do with DNA and happiness (which, in a strange way, sort of reinforces the whole “soulmate” thing).
  8. Though this guy totally could have been a terrorist and that is nothing to laugh about, it is nice that ABC News and law enforcement both immediately went to the same “is this the real-life Jason Bourne?” place that my mind did. (Spoiler alert: upon further review, this guy’s really not all that similar to Jason Bourne. Bourne would not be stupid enough to hide at his girlfriend’s apartment less than a mile from the place where he evaded capture nor did Bourne ever get convicted of dealing drugs in the 1990s.)
  9. Quick, what’s more exciting to watch: a 2010 World Cup game or an octopus predicting the winner of a World Cup game? Based on the lack-of-scoring and pretty lame officiating in this year’s Cup thus far, I’m going to go with the octopus.
  10. Apropos of nothing, here are six super close-ups of crazy bug eyes, courtesy of Wired.
  11. Summer is a good time to re-evaluate your daily Internet routine and figure out which new blogs belong in your rotation and which formerly relevant sites may need to be shown the door; rather fittingly, Time magazine has listed the best blogs of the year.
  12. If you can find better proof that most of the people who join Groups or Fan Pages on Facebook are completely aloof and do not bother to read the details of anything on that site, I would love to read it.
  13. The 700th issue of Batman was released earlier this month and Chris Sims at Comics Alliance has decided to compile a list of what he considers the 18 Best Batman Panels Ever. And yes, they are all as cool as you would expect.

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