Linkszomania for May 12, 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. Ever wondered what the ‘K’ in K-Mart stood for? Or the stories behind the abbreviated company names ‘CVS’ or ‘DHL’? Sure you have.
  2. If you’ve been looking for t-shirt baseball jerseys that feature the names and imagery associated with some of American literature’s greatest authors and characters… well first of all, you’re a little odd. Secondly, you’re about to start screaming.
  3. There’s a lot we don’t know about the intricacies of science. But for everything we already know but lie about anyway, there’s Fake Science. For instance: did you know spiders were actually robots?
  4. An “underwater kite” is not only a conceptual device aimed to generate electricity by way of ocean currents but also sounds like something James Bond would use to escape a sticky situation in the south Pacific.
  5. With so many airlines now charging fees for checked luggage, effectively packing enough for a short or long trip inside a carry-on bag has become an art form. Thankfully, the New York Times has provided some great insight in the form of flight attendants and pilots (who know a thing or two about packing bags).
  6. I am completely opposed to enslaving a species except when it involves recently-discovered bacteria that can directly convert the ammonium at waste water treatment plants into nitrogen gas (without requiring additional oxygen), thereby making waste water treatment plants completely sustainable. It’s a lot of big words but the point is that it’s good news.
  7. So how big is the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, really? Visualize it.
  8. You would think an 84-picture gallery documenting a big gathering of costume enthusiasts in Southern California (the home of Hollywood, for Pete’s sake) would deliver some great costumes but unless you’re into obscure anime characters, there’s not much for you beyond the first picture.
  9. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has resurrected an article from November 1969 about how kids in the Twin Cities, in lieu of marijuana, started smoking catnip. It is wonderful.
  10. What’s the weirdest thing your dog has ever eaten? For me, I think it’s a pair of socks. Or an entire mail-order cheesecake. Neatorama has a few stories that top mine.
  11. Wormhole enthusiasts (not a sexual euphemism) were already aware of this sort of thing but did you know that every black hole in our universe might be a doorway to another universe? And that our own universe may be some tiny side street accessible through one of the black holes in another universe? *exhale* I need to lie down.
  12. An irregular apartment complex with a roof covered in shrubs and thousands of one-of-a-kind windows and doorknobs? It must be German.
  13. Think you know famous baseball batting stances? Test your knowledge and potentially win a prize that would only serve to emphasize your mostly-useless sporting wisdom.

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