Friday Links!Leading off, a link from Nick Johns to The Daily Adventures of Mixerman. It's written by an anonymous sound engineer, who chronicled his experience recording a rock album in L.A. with a high-profile band. It's incredibly entertaining.
From George Paci, a link to the first recorded sound. It's an excerpt from "Au Clair de la Lune", and it was recorded in 1860.
From Steve Davis, 148 years after the first recorded sound, a link to a story about a radio made from a single carbon nanotube. Also, here's a recording made from the radio--of Layla.
From Cliff Eyler, a link to a story about the remarkably robust market for used suits of armor, and by "used," I mean "worn by knights."
From John Catania, a link to 14 stunning color photos from the Farm Security Administration archive. These photos are all from the 1940s/1940s, and they are absolutely incredible.
More stunning photos, this set from Jesse Leimkuehler. It's the ruins of Detroit, and the photographs are amazing (particularly the ones that focus on architecture).
From Sean M, a link to an amazing dolphin video, showing how they create and play with underwater air bubble rings.
From Joel Stein, a long but fascinating article exploring the remarkable influence that MIT graduates have had on the evolution of gaming. It's remarkable.
From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to a stunning photographic series: abandoned substations and power plants. Also, it's Charlie Brown--if Frank Miller had drawn him. And the discovery of a superhydrophobic coating that creates the possiblity of super-buoyant objects. Finally, it's a link the bizarre and wonderful Cat Cafes of Japan.
From Jarod, a link to a remarkable bit of 3D skullduggery--from GE, believe it or not. It's about windmills.
From Sirius, a link to a video of an exoskelton (build for the military, of course) that actually looks usable. Also, the discovery of a vampire's body in Venice (or, more accurately, someone who was believed to be a vampire). And some infrared that look amazing.
From David Gloier, a link to a picture of the world's largest stingray, and if you're wondering just how large it is, it's larger than you can believe.
From Chris Meadowcraft, a link to octopus fossils. 95 million years old, in case you're wondering.