Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, and this would make a great subject for a Musiquarium (APB on Chris Hornbostel!), a fascinating look at--believe it or not--Michael McDonald: How Michael McDonald, The Affable Captain Of Yacht Rock, Lost His Voice.

From Meg Lawrence, and holy cow, this is fascinating: Your Ears Can Be Fooled With Illusions As Easily As Your Eyes. If you ever wanted to find out about the McGurk Effect, then today is your lucky day.

From Garret Rempel, and this is huge, huge news: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria disarmed with fungus compound.

From Daniel Willhite, and this is a very interesting read: Is YouTube killing the traditional games press? Also, and I have no words, it's Illinois university makes League of Legends a varsity sport.

From Michael O'Reilly, a bit of history that makes for excellent reading: Victory on Lake Nyasa: The opening naval battle of the First World War took place not in the North Sea but in Central Africa in August 1914. It would change the course of the African conflict in Britain’s favour. Also, and this is quite outstanding, it's Crossing Mexico in a home-made 'spacecraft'.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is terrific: My Mom's Motorcycle: My Rode Reel. Also, and this is a fascinating bit of mystery, it's Kayakers discover this 110 year old abandoned ship. One more, and it's entirely bizarre: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army. Next, and this is completely wacky: Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine.

From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this needs no explanation: Geek Answers: Why do all planets spin and orbit in the same direction? Also, a bonus video: Gravity Visualized.

From Jeff Fowler, and this is both tremendously poignant and very, very sad: Detroit Over Time (using Google street view).

From Aaron Ward, and this may have zoomed right to #1 for the best headline ever: American Student Ends Up Trapped in Giant Vagina Sculpture.

From Rohan Verghese, and this is a very nice tribute to the finest anthem in the world: The Beer Fridge - O Canada.

Winding up this week, and I could stare at this for hours, it's A Mesmerizing Site That Tracks and Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes.

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