Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Links!

Enjoy your weekend, which starts now.

First off, Shane Courtrille sent me a link to a fantastic story in the LA Weekly titled "The Life and Death of Jesse James." If you only look at one link this week, look at this one. It's an incredible story and a great piece of writing as well, and it's here.

From Steven Davis, a link to an article about an extraordinary new energy generation technology. Here's an excerpt:
Frayne’s device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines.

It's a brilliant idea, and it's very inexpensive to make. Read about it (and see the video) here.

Here's an interesting link via Slashdot to a CNN article about a high-res scan of the Mona Lisa and what it revealed. The technology was remarkable, and here's an excerpt:
The device scanned a 240-million pixel image using 13 light spectrums, including ultra-violet and infrared.

The resulting ultra-high resolution photograph of 150,000 dots per inch yielded a reproduction of the "Mona Lisa's" face magnified 24 times.

As to what that image revealed, you'll need to go here.

Here's another very interesting link from Shane, to an essay at Time titled "The Ethics of Erasing a Bad Memory." It's very well-written, and very haunting, and you can read it here.

From Juan Font, a link to a remarkable optical illusion called "Dragon." Check out the video, which is amazing, and you can also download a PDF file with all the instructions for making one of your own. Go here.

Rhys sent me a link to a Sony Bravia commercial that involves the Great Pyramids and thousands of spools of colored thread. It's a stunning piece of work, and you can watch it here.

From Edwin, a link to an article over at Technophilia titled "Discover the .EDU Underground." There are a HUGE number of interesting links in this article, to art and photography and history and language (and more), and you can see it here.

Mike Gilbert sent me a link to the discovery of a new dinosaur--Futalognkosaurus dukei. 105 feet long, the picture of the size of the bones is staggering, and you can find it all here.

From Steven Kreuch, a link to "The 30 Most Hideous Gaming Tattos." The commentary is NSFW, so be warned, but you can see them all here.

Ross Paton send me a link to the music archive at in response to the post I made about song poems last week. There is a ton of content here--music, images, and text--and you can see it all here.

From the Wired Science Blog (thanks Sirius), an article about a unique fish poison that causes some very bizarre symptoms? How bizarre? How about the feeling of loose teeth? That's not all, though, and you can read about it here.

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