Linkszomania for September 29, 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 happens when giant squids can't find any more fish to eat? Well, it's the scariest scenario imaginable, basically (read past the headline).
  2. The development of titanium foam actually makes me a little more comfortable with the idea of needing a bone implant at some point in my life.
  3. In terms of this collage of science-fiction stars' childhood yearbook photos, I think Chris Pine probably has come the furthest and Mark Hamill was the dreamiest, circa senior year. Oh and Samuel Jackson has looked the same since he was like 12 — stunning.
  4. Movies tell us that there are many surefire ways to win the heart of another, like running through an airport or tricking them at a costume party or beating someone up for them. Unfortunately, these methods (and a few others) — though somewhat romantic — are certifiably illegal.
  5. If we want to improve children's retention of world events, I think we should get some money together and bribe Frank Miller to actually “Make History Awesome”.
  6. Ever notice that the logos used by women's organizations all kinda look exactly the same?
  7. Blockbuster declared bankruptcy this week and if you were wondering when things started to go south for them, take one look at this chart from The Consumerist.
  8. We recently observed Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In honor of the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, here's a totally appropriate list of the 20 Hottest Famous Jewish Women.
  9. You know that farmer's market you swear by? The one with pesticide-free fruit and vegetables and all the stuff that's grown locally? Yeah, you might want to read this.
  10. Scientists have discovered that they can force your brain to switch from “right-handed” to “left-handed” (or vice versa) just with magnets. So, be careful around the refrigerator.
  11. Apparently, George Lucas “stole” Chewbacca. But it's not a big deal. (Warning: it's a long article.)
  12. Everyone likes to learn where great ideas originated and with this gallery from Wired, you can see the prototypes of iconic items like the Super Soaker and the world's first cell phone. Embryonic!
  13. I don't know what it is, but the computer interfaces in film never really seem remotely accurate, do they? If you scroll to the bottom, more images will load (allowing you to look upon the hilarious “Dad Not Found” screenshot from Richie Rich).

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