Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Mike Severe (one of my best friends for many, many years), incredibly rare footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing live in 1980: Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tornado Jam - Lubbock, Texas - May 11, 1980. I've never seen this footage before and I bet you haven't, either, so go have a look--it's amazing.
From Griffin Cheng, a remarkable phenomenon: Tubular Roll Clouds Look Like a Toppled Tornado. Also, take a look at The Composites, pencil sketches of famous literary characters ("Images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters"). One more, and it's something you've never seen before: How The Sawfish Uses Its Saw. Last one, and it's quite amazing: This Combination Lock Made of Paper Actually Works.
Wait, I lied. I forgot the indoor cloud.
From Scott Z., and this is one of the most amazing sets of images you'll ever see: Spider Web Forest Is Beautiful And Terrifying.
From Meg McReynolds, the ultimate for basketball stats nerds (this is incredibly cool): What Geography Can Teach Us About Basketball.
Julian Bell sent in a link to these amazing images: Japan tsunami: one year on.
From Steven Davis, and Meg, you have to watch this: Brontë Sisters Power Dolls. Also, and this is totally fun, it's Seven Year Old Audri's Rube Goldberg Machine/. Next, and this is a terrific video, an interview with Ralph Baer, who invented the Magnavox Odyssey. One more, and it's pretty incredible: Department of Defense's Fracture Putty Could Heal Bones in Days.
From Dan Quock, and holy crap, this is funny: Dance interpretation of "Torn" by David Armand. And here's one more: David Armand mimes Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.
From Jeremy Fischer, and this is incredible: MIT fiber could be woven into glasses-free 3D displays, and battle cancer. Next, more amazing technology: Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels. I have to admit, I get a little nerd thrill whenever I hear the phrase "ion cannon."
From Ken Dean, and no, this is not me: Darth Vader In A Kilt On A Unicycle Playing Bagpipes.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a poignant and sad reminder: The Day we Stopped Dreaming About Tomorrow.