LinksI've got so many good links piled up that here are a few for your painful post-holiday return to work.
First off, a long but fascinating article over at CNN about Hewlett-Packard and their possible spying on Dell. It's a convoluted and twisted tale, like all spy stories should be, and you can read it here.
Cliff Eyler sends in a link to the revival of an ancient sport: chariot racing. Yes, that sounds like a Monty Python skit (and maybe it should be), but it's not, and you can read about it here.
Here's an interesting link from Sirius about the facial features people associate with common names. If a person's name and features don't "match," people have a more difficult time remembering their name. Very interesting, and you can read about it here.
By the way, one of the links embedded in the story (MSNBC is always trying to send you somewhere else) was to a story titled "Tune your tush with a butt-blast blitz."
Ironically, "butt blast blitz" is #3 on my Top Ten List of Three Words I Never Want To See In Consecutive Order.
From Jessie Leimkuehler, a link to an article about a remarkable archaeological find:
CAIRO (Reuters) - Belgian archaeologists have discovered the intact tomb of an Egyptian courtier who lived about 4,000 years ago, Egypt's culture ministry said on Sunday.
...The archaeologists found Henu's mummy wrapped in linen in a large wooden coffin and a sarcophagus decorated with hieroglyphic texts addressed to the gods Anubis and Osiris.
The tomb contained well-preserved painted wooden statuettes of workers making bricks, women making beer and pounding cereal, and a model of a boat with rowers, a ministry statement said.
"The statuettes (are of) the best quality of their time. They are characterized by realistic touches and unusual details such as the dirty hands and feet of the brick makers," the statement said...
Read the story here, and there's also an amazing photograph of the tomb.
Another link from Sirius, this one about the discovery of a unique feature of T. Rex: fused nasal bones. This adaptation allowed the dinosaur's powerful bite to break the bones of its prey without breaking its own skull. Read about it here.
Chris Meadowcraft also sent in a dinosaur link, this one to a study with definitive evidence that some dinosaurs could swim. See it here.
George Paci sent in a link to a story from 2000 about fractal analysis of the paintings of Jackson Pollack. It's an excellent read and you can find it here.