Friday Links!It's a huge links blowout this week, so let's get started.
From DQ Film Advisor And Nicest Guy in the World Ben Ormand, in a week where we can all use something to lighten the tone, it's Badass Of the Week. Just writing style ever (and NSFW, but damn, it's funny).
From Frank Regan, and this is being touted as the largest wave ever surfed:
Garrett McNamara rides 90 Foot Wave!
From Eric Higgins-Freese, an amazing animation, and here's the description:
What would it look like to tour the solar system at near-light speed? In this animation, created by physicist Paul Altin from the Australian National University, you can experience the weird effects predicted by Einstein's special theory of relativity as you fly by different planets.
This is from Jesse Leimkuehler, and I had no idea: Easter Island Statues Have Bodies.
From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, an odd historical note: the Bulgarian folk song, Izlel e Delio Haidutin, sang by Valya Balkanska, was shot into space on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977. And you can listen to it here: Interstellar Voyager Overdrive.
From Griffin Cheng, and this video is absolutely stunning (and also viewable optionally in 3D): The Most Incredible 3D Time-Lapse Yet Is a Beautiful Love-Letter to San Francisco. Also, and these are remarkably confusing images: These Pictures of People with Half-Faced Illusions Are Twisting My Brain.
From Steven Davis, and this is another incredible Halloween costume: Rad Green Army Man Costume. Also, a wind-driven vehicle that goes faster than the wind: Ride Like the Wind (only faster) .
From Shane Courtrille, and this is entirely wonderful: 86th Birthday Rage.
From Josh Eaves, and this is amazing: Suspended Animation Is FDA Approved and Heading To Clinical Trials.
From Kadunta, a detailed analysis of an age-old dilemma: The Urinal Problem.
From Keith Schleicher, and these are stunning: Dice Sculptures.
From Mitch Youngblood, and good luck answering this: Best statistics question ever.
From Sirius, and this is fascinating: The ears of the cracker butterfly. Also, and this is a brilliant discovery: Using A Light Barrier To Repel Mosquitoes.
From John Harwood, and you absolutely need to go see this: 3D wireframe chalk sculpture.
From Scott Ray, and if you're interested in technology, this video will blow your mind: Augmenting Indoor Spaces Using Interactive Environment-aware Handheld Projectors.
From Meg McReynolds, and this is quite bizarre: NASA Studying Ways to Make 'Tractor Beams' a Reality.
From Phil Honeywell, and if you don't know what a "murmuration" is, you're in for a treat: Murmuration. Also, and this is quite impressive: Spectacular Time Lapse Dam "Removal" Video.
From Jonathan Arnold, and this is truly a remarkable piece of work: stop-motion music video shot over two years with 288000 jelly beans.
Last, but extremely interesting, is a link from Jeff Davis: AI Challenge (Ants). Start churning out those algorithms.