Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Links!

From Phil Honeywell, a link to a fascinating new technology: spray-on liquid glass.

From Greg V, a link to what is probably the most moving PSA I've ever seen. It's just beautifully, brilliantly done.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to some beautiful images and descriptions of The Dresden Codex, the oldest book from the Americas. Next, it's Ninja Turtles In The Style Of Famous Artists.

From Josh Catania, a link to Tommy Westphall's Mind, and here's the incredibly clever premise:
Tommy Westphall was an austistic child on the TV series St Elsewhere who, it was revealed in the closing moments of the final episode of that series, had dreamt the entire run of the show.

If St Elsewhere exists only within Tommy Westphall's mind, then so does every other series set within the same fictional sphere.
How many shows have ties to St. Elsewhere? You won't believe how many.

From MitchYoungblood, an awesome discovery: whiskey left by the expedition of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton in 1909.

From Kari Benjamin, and this article made my head explode, it's Our world may be a giant hologram.

From Popular Mechanics, and hopefully you'll never need this information: How To Fall 35,000 Feet--And Survive. Also, it's The Free Fall Research Page.

From Brad Ruminer, and this sounds great, it's 40 Finches Go Jimi Hendrix On Electric Guitars.

This link sent in by C. Lee is both bizarre and utterly brilliant. It's a rap song  based on Final Fantasy I (including footage from the game), and while the quality is uneven (and it's definitely NSFW), there are some fantastic moments.

From Sirius, it's H.R. Giger's Cyborg Horror Merges Sex, Tech, Legend. Next, a story about how insects can recognize human faces. Next, and this is the best collection of lava photos I've ever seen, it's Selected Images of the Pu‘u ‘O‘o–Kupaianaha Eruption. Finally, it's
Stunningly Preserved 165-Million-Year-Old Spider Fossil Found.

From Ben Younkins, a New York Times article about a disturbing trend: murders over karaoke renditions  of "My Way" in the Phillipines.

From Franklin Brown, a fascinating look at the automated pitch correction software known as Auto-Tune. The embedded video is also excellent.

Steven Davis sent me a link to a spectacular performance of Take The 'A' Train by Michel Petrucciani. It's remarkable.

Finally, from Andrew Martin, a link to a photo of the world record holder for unicycling in 24 hours: 281 miles.. Yeah, I know--that's insane. I think on a great day I could do seven--maybe.

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