Linkszomania for June 9, 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. If you want to help the areas most affected by the BP Oil Spill catastrophe (and yes, “catastrophe” is absolutely the appropriate word) there are many good ways to go about it. Specifically, there are two great causes to which you should donate: Save Our Gulf and Baking for Good.
  2. The best way to look through a photo collection of kid-made couch cushion forts on the Internet? With running critical commentary from architects and engineers, of course.
  3. While it may be too late for you to apply the recent “teenage drinking causes brain damage” findings to your own life, it might be a nice excuse for you to keep in your back pocket the next time you make a mistake.
  4. Many believe that Shrek Forever After’s underwhelming opening weekend box office performance was a direct result of astronomical 3D ticket prices. In fact, moviegoers seem to have gone out of their way to see the flick in the more affordable 2D. Hopefully, this leads to a movie ticketing price plateau and a moratorium on unnecessary gimmicky 3D.
  5. If you want to have the coolest fireplace on Earth, you better own this carved wooden castle mantel or have something even more impressive (if that’s possible).
  6. In terms of “Special Police Units I absolutely would not want to cross”, the Yamam (from Israel) may be at the top of the list.
  7. Why do I get the feeling that when the Batman franchise is inevitably rebooted on film again, the Shadow Hawk armored vehicle will be involved in some fashion?
  8. Eric Fischer’s maps of geotagged photographs compare where locals take pictures and where tourists take pictures in a certain city. They are not only full of useful information but actually quite appealing pieces of art, in themselves.
  9. The moral of this story (aside from the overwhelmingly obvious “don’t kill a person” bit): after committing a crime, traipsing around in clothes drenched in unbelievably incriminating evidence is probably not the best idea.
  10. Americans are all about automotive fuel efficiency at a good price (interest in “ECO drive” or “start stop” cars has increased in the last year). This is good for everyone except flex fuel vehicles, which are secretly not all that efficient or cheap. So long, E85!
  11. We all don’t have access to bomb squads or firing ranges so when Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) explained how he solves problems at Maker Faire 2010, we would all do well to listen.
  12. As far as I can tell, there’s only one thing worse than a recession: a double-dip recession. And it actually may happen. Yeesh.
  13. I’ve never been able to sleep on long flights. However, this is not a problem with which John Graham-Cumming suffers and his tips on how to overcome your airborne insomnia seem to be extremely useful.

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