Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Links!

Leading off, from DQ reader My Wife, a NY Times feature on Jure Robic, a Slovene soldier who may be the world's greatest ultra-endurance athlete. How ultra? He's cycled 518.7 miles in a 24-hour time trial, and that's one of the milder things he's done.
Matt Sakey's excellent Culture Clash column has a new installment--this time, it's about Heavy Rain.

From the Edwin Garcia Links machine, a terrific interview with bespoke tailors Zaremba & Kaminski.

From Eric Lundquist, and this is just magnificent, an "architectural procection" using the front facade of the Great Keep at Rochester Castle. It's titled AC/DC vs Iron Man II, and you really need to go take a look.

From Steven Davis, one of the freakiest bits of video you'll ever see: robot mouth simulates human voices. Also, and this is amazing, it's Huge 3D Printer Makes Buildings Out of Sand. Finally, a fascinating story about a WWII tank that was so gigantic it defied description--named, ironically, the Maus. How heavy? It weighed 188 tons!

From Jonathan Arnold, the world's highest resolution picture (172181x93611, with a link for direct viewing).
Also, it's the most ridiculous detention slips of all time (good to know "that's what she said" is still popular).

From Jesse Leimkuehler, some absolutely amazing images from the Solar Dynamic Observatory.

From Frank Regan, a terrific time-lapse video titled Timescapes. Also, and Eli 8.8 loved this, it's a film where you insert the "hero" via an image from your computer or webcam. That's a poor description, but th end result is great. Finally an epic video showing shock waves coming out of Eyjafjallajokull/ during its recent eruption.

From Brian DeyErmand, and this is amazing, it's The Johnny Cash Project. People submit drawings of Johnny Cash which are then assembled into a music video.

From Nicholas Czekalski, it's astronomer's favorite Hubble images, and there's accompanying audio from the astronomers as well.

From Cliff Eyler, the curious case of historian Stephen Ambrose, who is now appearing more and more to have been a considerable liar. Also, and it's a surprisingly honest admission from the U.S. military, it's We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint.

From Mike Reed, a MythBuster segment about a self-balancing unicycle.

From Paul Costello, and the "Punisher Shape Shifters Crotch Rocket" is an instant classic, it's 15 Unintentionally Perverted Toys for Children.

Here's something you'll love: the Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch  in HD, from a camera running at 500fps. The detail is incredible.

From Sirius, a fascinating article about Tibetan sky burial (in layman's terms, cutting up a body and putting it out for the vulture to eat).

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