Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Links!

Ahoy, matey, and welcome to Friday links.

Here's an interesting story from the New York Times titled Gut Instinct’s Surprising Role in Math, and it discusses two ways that our brains solve mathematical problems: the "bestial" and the "celestial." It's an excellent read.

Ryan Shalek sent me a link to an absolutely amazing article--50 incredible film posters from Poland. So many of these posters are utterly unique and ingenious.

From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to a brilliant art project: the Spy Box. Here's an excerpt on how it works:
This "Spy Box" by artist Tim Knowles is a home built parcel shipping box with a small hole on the top and a digital camera and custom circuitry placed inside. While in transit, the box is programmed to take a picture every 10 seconds, recording a total of 6994 images in a single trip between two local addresses by a city courier.

Simon van Alphen sent me a link to PHD Comics, and they're excellent. Also, from Simon, a link to photographs of the most alien-looking place on earth, and they're spectacular.

Greg V sent in a link to an in-car video of ex-F1 driver Riccardo Patrese taking his wife for a lap around the Jerez circuit in a Honda Civic Type-R, just a little faster than she wanted (it gets very funny around 2:00).

From Aaron Daily, a classic story of the consumer fighting back. After repeatedly receiving faxes from a telemarketing spammer, "Pat" successully re-routed the faxes--to the receptionist's desk of the company sending the faxes.

Next, a link to Super Mario Rescues the Princess, and the other episodes (part of Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade, and I think we can all agree that "Cavalcade" is a great word) are funny as well. Finally, a link to blue crystal art, created with 90,000 litres of copper sulphate. It's beautiful.

Neatorama has become required reading for me each day, and here are two excellent links: first, a video of two pictures a day of the same man every day, and some of the most incredible dioramas I've ever seen.

From Sirius, a link to an article about a plug-in hybrid car--built in 1969! And in a car-related link, it's the cars of futures past. Next, an article about the Big Dry, Australia's worst drought in the last century. Finally, a link to a story about the day the Catholic Church finally admitted that the Earth did revolve around the sun--September 11, 1882.

From Frank Regan, a link to Theophile, an 8-legged walking machine--of Legos.

From Paul Costello, a link to ninja cat, and our cat George is just like this.

From MSNBC, a look into an online poker ring that made untold millions of dollars--by cheating.

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