Linkszomania for September 15, 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. When referring to a soft drink, do you call it “soda”, “pop”, or “coke” (with a lowercase “c”)? There is actually a regional correlation for the use of each term in America, if you can believe it.
  2. The unsung heroes of the all those nuclear weapon tests during the 1950s clearly were the camera crews who risked life and limb to document big old explosions.
  3. In this week's “are you superhuman?” news: there are people out there who, despite absolutely being obese, are actually not at risk for any of the typical metabolic problems associated with obesity (like diabetes or heart disease). It's a pretty fascinating situation.
  4. I never thought I would love a product with a name as bland as “Hand Lights” but wow, “Hand Lights” actually seem like an incredibly useful tool.
  5. There's a changing of the guard afoot amongst NBA officials — four guys with 72 years of combined experience are out and a ref who is as-tall as most of the players (6'8″ Kevin Cutler) is in.
  6. One of my favorite things to look for on YouTube is “close calls” between people and cars/trains/other deadly forces; it's probably top-3 behind “super hot Spanish-speaking news ladies” and “babies eating lemons“.
  7. Remember those miners in Chile, trapped over 2000 feet underground? They're still there. And everything they need to survive has to fit through a 3.19-inch wide hole.
  8. What happened to the Mr. Freeze costume and millions of film reels? Where do they go to die? SALT MINES. No, really.
  9. In recent years, much has been made of the horrifying injury-laden reality of football (read: “concussions in the NFL”) but as it turns out, basketball-related brain trauma has become a pretty pronounced issue over the last 11 years.
  10. If you were reliant on the media to grasp the current state of affairs in Detroit, you would probably conclude that the city is just failure upon failure. Well, don't believe it — Detroit Lives.
  11. An incredible thought: the juice produced by a bacteria reacting to CO2 and sunlight could replace fossil fuels. Patent pending, of course.
  12. Sure, it may make me sterile but hey, whatevz — bring on Super Wi-Fi.
  13. Where do you turn first for Fall style tips? Primer, of course. But where do you go after that? I suggest Dappered's Fall Style guide.

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