From Vahur Teller, and this is quite fantastic: Extreme kayaking: street style Zegul.
From Chris Pencis, and this is tremendous: Clouds Over Cuba: The Cuban Missile Crisis and What Might Have Been.
From Frank Regan, and this looks stunning: "Agafia's Taiga Life".
From Sirius, and you don't want to wake up with this on your face: New face-sized tarantula discovered in trees in Sri Lanka. Also, and I prefer chocolate, it's Stargazey pie. Also, and this is fascinating, it's Giant Dinosaurs Got a Head Start on Growth.
From Aaron Ward, and this is very slick: This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever.
From Vahur Teller, and this is simply spectacular: NASA | Earth from Orbit 2012.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, and this women is Badass of the Week: Johanna Quaas, 86-Year-Old Gymnast. Also, and this is very moving, but it's also incredibly sad (Crying Alert for DQ Reader My Wife): The Battle We Didn't Choose: My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer.
Here begins the depressing Sports Assholes portion of Friday Links. First, from Zy Ho, and instead of an asshole coach this time, it's an asshole athletic director: Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi alleged racial discrimination while at Rice.
Next, a reminder from C. Lee that asshole coaches are everywhere, and in Japan, it can be awful: Judo federation apologizes for abuse: 15 top female athletes were harassed, struck by head coach. Also, sadly, Violent coaching rooted in militarism.
Now, to leaven that out, here's a very touching story sent in by Chris Pencis: The Good Hurt: How Ray King Lives and Plays Basketball With Cancer.
And here's one more, about a very special moment in the Nebraska spring game: Jack Hoffman with a 69 yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game.
From Chris Prouse, and this is a beautiful data visualization (please note: not trying to make a political statement here, just an appreciation for data): U.S. Gun Deaths in 2013.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is quite a discovery: Ernest Hemingway Interview.
From Jonathan Arnold, and this is amazing: People Who Have Converted Their Homes Into Imaginary Worlds.