Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Links!

First off, an extraordinary story from the New York Times about Carl Jung's Red Book,an unpublished chronicle of his descent into what I can only call madness. The article is a terrific read, and explores both what's in the Red Book as well as the complexities involved in its publication.

Here's a fascinating (and disturbing) article from Shane Courtrille about the Soviet Doomsday machine--Dead Hand.

From Tim Jones, a link to an absolutely stunning video of Jimi Hendrix.

There was a tremendous dust storm in Australia this week, and Dib Oglesby sent in a link to spectacular images of the storm.

From Geoff Engelstein, a link to amazing photos of a bat drinking. The technical story behind getting the shots is also an excellent read.

From Jonathan Arnold, a link to a story about Raptorex, and here's an excerpt:
Meet Raptorex, the "king of thieves". It's a new species of dinosaur that looks, for all intents and purposes¸ like the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, complete with large, powerful skull and tiny, comical forearms. But there's one very important difference - it's 100 times smaller.

From Sirius, a story about the limits (and pitfalls) of research using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It also has one of the greatest article titles ever: Scanning Dead Salmon in fMRI Machine Highlights Risk of Red Herrings. Also from Sirius, a link to a story about Alabama's war on Cogongrass. I'd never even heard of this grass before--I thought the South was still choking on kudzu. Also, a link to a story about a golden cloth made from the silk of 1 million spiders.

From Neil Sorens, a link to a boingboing video about Synesthesia, a documentary about, well, you know. What I really want to know, though, is if (for instance) colors have numbers, do all synesthesiasts see the same numbers associated with the same colors?

From Jesse leimkuehler, a link to spectacular images of the Milky Way.

From Rob McMillon, a link to a new kind of robot--one that plays pool. Perfectly.

From Kez, a link to 13 Real Animals Lifted Directly Out Of Your Nightmares.

From J.R., a rabbit hole named thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast. It's where you can find the longest of anything (watch it now): album titles, alphabets, bridges, etc.

From CNN, a story about the discovery of the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever discovered in England.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, it's 8 Bizarre Real Estate Deals. Also, and this is fantastic, it's HD Home Video From The Edge Of Space.

From David, links to two stories about the Netflix prize: BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos Wins $1 Million Netflix Prize by Mere Minutes and How the Netflix Prize Was Won.

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