Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, from Andrew Shih, an absolutely fantastic link to BBC videos of Richard Feynman lectures on the fundamental properties of the universe. Note: you need to install Microsoft Silverlight (which is quite cool as an app, by the way), but it's absolutely worth it.

From David Gloier, a link to a nine-minute film on the construction of Disneyland. It's remarkable to watch, and here's a description:
Using time-lapse and traditional eye-in-the-sky photography, this is a dazzling piece of history, presenting how the fearless construction crews had Disneyland up and running in just under a year. Again: just under a year. commentary by Tony Baxter, Ed Hobleman, and Walter Magnuson, who discuss the frantic construction of the park.

From Francis Cermak, a link to an incredible film that is viewed as you go up and down an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York. It's Marco Brambilla: Civilization. If you don't have QuickTime, here's a YouTube version.

From Andrew B, it's Glorious Failures in TV Talent Show Auditions. Epic fail. Also, the last surviving British soldier from WWI has passed away--Harry Patch.

From Scott Sudz, links to two amazing time-lapse videos: 4,500 larvae versus 1 hamburger and 5000 larvae versus 2 fish.

From Randy Graham, the discovery of a new dinosaur, and it has nine-inch nails (yes, insert your music pun here): Therizinosaur.

From Jeremy Fischer, news of the rediscovery of footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

From Sirius, a link to how tiger months jam the sonar of bats.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, it's the artist as invisible man (very cool pictures). Next, and this is the story headline, it's World's strongest vagina breaks own record lifting 14 kilos. Yes, I know--if one of the iron penis practitioners slept with her, it would be the immovable vagina meets the unbreakable penis or something like that. Next, it's a great story about Zenith's Phonevision, which allowed customers to watch pay-per-view movies at home--in 1951! Finally, see a spectacular photograph of a Sukhoi Su-35 pilot eject at Mach freaking 2 as part of a movie stunt.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, the discovery of long-lost artifacts from a 1938 TWA plane crash. Also, a black hole in the middle of a cosmic storm.

From David, a link to the greatest project by a Father ever--the Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker Loft Bed. Gloria wants one (for herself).

From Matt Kreuch, a link to a video that almost makes Miss South Caroline look coherent. It's a Santa Cruz City Council Meeting, and trust me, you want to see this. And if that wasn't enough (and it won't be), then here's more.

From my friend David Potter, a classic mash-up titled Nirvana vs. Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up.

Two excellent links from Jonathan Arnold: first, a fascinating article about diving with the Humboldt squid. Then, a lengthy article by Bruce Sterling that details the security attack on Twitter.

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