Friday Links!Here's a tremendously cool link: Historical Hurricane Tracks. If you want to see what I went through when I was nine, type in "Portland, TX" in the location field and look at the path of "Celia 1970." A direct hit, and we didn't leave town (lots of people didn't, back then). It was classified as an "H3", but there wind gusts of almost 200MPH.
C. Lee sent in a slew of fascinating links this week. First, it's 5 Sci-Fi Dystopias We've Actually Created (For Animals). Next, it's The Behavioral Sink ("a practical utopia built in the laboratory"--for mice). The Behavioral Sink is absolutely one of the most fascinating articles I've read in a long time. Next, and this is also fascinating, an article on gender identity in Japan: Blurring the boundaries. One more, and these are incredibly useful: Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever.
From Jonin, and this is his nomination for Baddest Man on the Planet, it's Skydiver Leaps from 18 Miles Up in 'Space Jump' Practice.
From Steven Davis, and this sound like an excellent DIY project, it's Infared String Bass. Also, and this is both fascinating and chilling, it's Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi’s Secret Surveillance Network.
From Scott Fincher, an entertaining (possibly a bit aggrandized, but still excellent) infocomic about Nikola Tesla.
From Griffin Cheng, and this is such a cool idea: Portraits of Superheroes Living Ordinary Lives in Hong Kong. Also, and this is really something, it's Black Hat: Iris scanners 'can be tricked' by hackers.
From Sirius, and this is fascinating: "Suicide bombers" of the termite world. Also, and this is quite entertaining, it's This walrus has an amazing vocal range. One more, and it's nothing short of incredible: Scientists Create First Computerized Model Of Organism’s Entire Lifecycle.
From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is one of the most interesting part ideas I have ever seen: Classic Movies in Miniature Style.
Here's a fascinating possibility: that Heath Ledger's Joker was inspired by Tom Waits.
From Frank Regan, and these are quite inspired: 25 Stunning Alternate Movie Posters. Next, and these are absolutely amazing, it's Ultra realistic paintings on the wall.