Linkszomania for March 31, 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. With the Amazon Filler Item Finder, you’ll never have to overspend at Amazon in a last minute effort to achieve free shipping. You type in the dollar amount you need to spend in order to pass the $25 plateau that earns you free shipping and you are presented with a long list of products with prices that match. Pick what works for you and your shipping is now free. Incredible.
  2. Understandably, when I was in middle school, it was tough for most kids to really develop an interest in Greek mythology (black text on white paper really leaves far too much to the imagination). Now? Like everything else for kids nowadays, Greek mythology has improved and looks awesome.
  3. Here’s a nice little factoid for your Wednesday: in just over a year’s time, the stock acquired in the Citigroup bailout netted the American treasury a nice $8 billion profit.
  4. Which would you prefer: professional success and a wobbly marriage, or a strong marriage with a faltering career? All eyes on Sandra Bullock.
  5. When will the Android surpass the iPhone and become the dominating mobile operating system? Probably next month.
  6. I don’t know, Raj Patel… if you were the Messiah, would you know it? And even if you did know it, wouldn’t the Messiah deny that he’s the Messiah? Modesty seems like one of the hallmarks of being the Messiah. Color me “undecided” on this issue.
  7. A couple in Australia gave their newborn twins “Danger” as middle names. Of course they did. Reportedly, the choice has received mixed reactions from family and friends. My advice? Get new family and friends.
  8. All of the craters on the moon are really old. Hundreds of thousands of years old, mostly. But this crater? It’s younger than Barack Obama.
  9. You may be worried about the unbelievably adorable nature of these robots and how that deceptive appearance may ultimately be our undoing when the war with the machines begins. Don’t be — they’re just sculptures. No chance of becoming self-aware.
  10. Eric Holubow’s Urban Decay photography captures the graceful transition from beautiful architecture into ruins. I can almost smell the mildew.
  11. I’ve always been fascinated by the state-specific art on the side of UHaul trucks and vans. Who chooses the content? How many are there (the numbers in the corner reach up to “125”)? How do they determine which murals go to which states? Sadly, these answers are difficult to track down so, just go here and read about a few of the trucks’ artwork.
  12. If there’s one problem with sticky notes, it’s that they’re just not elegant enough. Until now.
  13. The UK Space Agency recently revealed its new logo. It’s not so great. The good news is that they’re not alone, as designing a cool insignia for a space program appears to be universally impossible.

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