Friday Links!John D'Angelo sent me a link to an astonishing short film that uses footage from Half-Life 2 intercut with real video. Only the first episode is online (about five minutes long), but it's well worth watching, and it's called Half-Life: Escape From City-17.
Here's an absolutely fascinating profile of Shane Battier by Michael Lewis ("Moneyball"), and it's a fantastic read. It's titled The No-Stats All-Star.
From Ian Anderson, a link to a remarkable blog written by the staff of the British Embassy in Harare (Zimbabwe).
From the ScottishBulldog, a link to another terrific article by Michael Lewis about the financial meltdown, titled The End.
From Andrew B, a link to some spectacularly disgusting school lunches. My least favorite disgusting meal at a school cafeteria? Tuna fish on waffles. Seriously. And it was my college cafeteria. Also, and this is excellent, The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies Ever Published As Nonfiction.
From Justin Schultz, a link to photos of the construction of the Statue of Liberty.
From Andrew B, a link to the absolutely delightful video Making a Proper Dr. Who Anime.
From David Gloier, a link to the "original" version of Duck Hunt: in 1936.
From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to a stunning slow-motion stabilized video montage of New York City.
From Sirius, a link to a story about diamonds no longer being the hardest natural substance. Greetings to wurtzite boron nitride and the mineral lonsdaleite. Also, and this is amazing, scientists have succeeded in creating an image that is an exact duplicate of the 5 million atoms used in the protective coat of hundreds of viruses containing double-stranded RNA genomes.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a wonderful story about sportsmanship at a high school basketball game.
If you ever wanted to see a space shuttle landing--from the cockpit--then this is a good day (thanks Mark Trinkwalder).
From Sean, a link to a very funny story about the police trying to solve the mystery of Ireland's worst driver.