Friday Links!Leading off, a story about a brilliant piece of creative analysis: paintings provide precise weather history .
From Kevin W, a fascinating article about how a tremendously successful group of writers worked on their craft as players in the online game Ambermush. Also, a story about an automated pizza vending machine that is quite fabulous.
From Sirius, and this is the link you must absolutely follow: French Postman Spends 33 Years Building Palace by Hand.
Robert N sent in a link to the most amazing Freddie Mercury impression I've ever heard.
From Mike Gilbert, a terrific video: Amazing NASA Video Shows Fall Equinox from Space.
From DQ reader My Wife, it's The 10 best celeb visits on 'Sesame Street'. Ricky Gervais is a very, very funny man.
Matt Sakey has a new Culture Clash column, it's beautifully written, and it's Every Day Is Kids Day.
From Steven Davis, and this is quite an engineering feat, it's Two-Stage, Clustered Water Rocket Reaches Over 800′. Also, a terrific article about Joe Kapp, who was one of the biggest badasses in NFL history: The free agent. Oh, and here's one more, and it's a fascinating story about tide prediction: The tide predictions for D-Day.
From Mitch Youngblood, another in a series of Amazon products with hilarious reviews: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.
From Meg McReynolds, and hopefully this doesn't ruin anyone's day: "Talk Like a Pirate Day" Busted: Not Even Pirates Spoke Pirate.
From Frank Regan, an absolutely fascinating video of a slinky at 300 frames per second.
From David Gloier, and this is spellbinding: The Aircraft Boneyard.
Here's an interesting article about the developers of Colony Wars, a terrific series on the original Playstation that has sadly never been resurrected.
This link is a classic. If you want to know how unlikely the Red Sox's collapse was, read Nate Silver's analysis. Also, don't miss the video link on that page to the classic combination of Vin Scully's call of the last half inning of Game Six of the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series combined with video taken from the Nintendo version of RBI Baseball. It's always been one of my favorite mash-ups.