Links MishmashHere's quite the assortment to ruin your productivity, if it's not already ruined by watching the U.S. Open.
From James Lee, a very cool link to someone who I can only call a "rock violinist." His name is Bobby Yang, and here's a link to him playing Van Halen's Eruption--on the violin:
How does it sound? Fantastic. And there's another recording of him playing Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and it sounds just as good. On the site, he mentions that he learned to play Eruption in 20 minutes. I don't know a damn thing about music, but the idea that someone can listen to a rock guitar piece and then play it on the violin by ear is pretty mind-blowing.
If you'd like to see a picture of almost every videogame system ever made, Joystiq linked to an article over at Thumb Gods that is exactly what you need. Here's the link.
Thanks to reader Michael O'Reilly for letting me know that Harper Lee is, in fact, not dead. And a biography about her has been released recently that sounds very interesting. Here's a link to the story.
Here's an amazing story sent to me by David Gloier:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The first pictures showing a live specimen of a rodent species once thought to have been extinct for 11 million years have been taken by a retired Florida State University professor and a Thai wildlife biologist.
They took video and still photographs of the "living fossil," which looks like a small squirrel or tree shrew, in May during an expedition to central Laos near the Thai border.
Known as Diatomyidae, scientists have nicknamed it the Laotian rock rat. The creature is not really a rat but a member of a rodent family once known only from fossils.
There's a very funky picture with the article and you can find both here.