Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Links!

Robert Ripley himself would be amazed by these links, so abandon your carefully prepared schedule and start reading.

From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to Dude, Pimp My Bike Sound System , a story about Trinidadian teenagers in Queens who are building custom speaker platforms for their BMX bikes. See the pictures and be amazed. Also from Edwin, a link to a wonderful artistic exhibit called cartoon skeletons. Then there's a link to a story about University of Miami freshman Jamshed Jehangir, who decided to bicycle to college--from Illinois.

From DQ Film Advisor and Nicest Guy in the World Ben Ormand comes a link to a remarkable piece of technology: software that can enhance a video by using still photos. Ben also mentioned that at some point in the future, completely rendered locations for films will be created entirely from photos.

From Don Barree, a link to an alternate take of the interrogation scene between Batman and the Joker in The Dark Knight. Batman: quite the mumbler.

From Sirius, a link to a new way for scientists to find pollution: they listen to plants. Here's an excerpt:
By shining a laser beam on the tiny pieces of algae floating in the water, the researchers said they hear sound waves that tell them the type and amount of contamination in the water.


Also from Sirius, a link to another story about honeybee blight--this time, in Britain. And Sirius gets the hat trick with a link to an article about self-recognition in birds .

Here's a link from Franci Cermack, and it's a doozy: the discovery of a portal to a mythical Mayan underworld. Here's an excerpt:
Archeologists say Mayans believed the underground complex of water-filled caves leading into dry chambers — including an underground road stretching some 330 feet — was the path to a mythical underworld, known as Xibalba.

According to an ancient Mayan scripture, the Popol Vuh, the route was filled with obstacles, including rivers filled with scorpions, blood and pus and houses shrouded in darkness or swarming with shrieking bats, Guillermo de Anda, one of the lead investigators at the site, said on Thursday.

The souls of the dead followed a mythical dog who could see at night, de Anda said.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a high-definition photo of icy jets erupting from the surface of Enceladus, and it's a stunner. Also from Jesse, a link to the discovery of a comet that's thirty miles wide.

From Matt Anderson, a link on the lighter side--that is, if you think hail exploding out of a toilet qualifies.

From Sean, a link to the Staten Island boat graveyard .

From Ty Sleck, a link to an outstanding short film that is part of Goodbye to the Normals , and please be advised that one f-bomb is dropped.

Skip Key sent in a link to two videos that will enable you to imagine the world in 10 dimensions. Unless you're me, that is, because my head exploded. If you make it to the first video, dimensions seven through ten are here.

From Andrew Borelli, a link to an amazing bit of forensics investigation: the identification of mummified hand and are found in an Alaskan glacier. Also, a link to an article about making your own Pop Tarts .

From Gloria, a link to a video of Andreas Helgstrand and his 9 year-old mare, Matinee, at the World Equestrian Games. This horse, um, dances.

From David, and this is an amazing link, galleries of photos of the Burj Dubai Skyscraper. If that doesn't ring a bell, it's the skyscraper that will be over 800 meters high when it's completed.

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