Friday, October 03, 2014

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, the fascinating story of John T. Downey: “Your Future Is Very Dark”: The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.

This is quite incredible: Ever See a Dolphin Eat a Shark? Also, there's a bonus link in the comments to the documentary "The Whale that Ate Jaws", about killer whales attacking great white sharks.

From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is hilarious: "MORE NFL" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL. Also, and if you're a Krakatoa nerd (my hand is raised), this is tremendous: The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times.

This is a mesmerizing recounting by Steve Wozniak of his relationship with John Draper (aka "Captain Crunch"), as well as a plea for help: The man who made Apple possible is in trouble—and you can help him.

From John Trujillo, and sometimes I feel like we're already living in the 25th century: A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist.

From Jeff Fowler, another movie podcast you might enjoy very much indeed: Not Playing ("A podcast where two guys fill the gaps in their pop-culture knowledge by watching classic movies that they haven't seen before.").

From Dan Willhite, and this is just fantastic: Enterprise in Space: Turn science fiction into science fact.

From Simon Jones, and a new version of this wonderful bit of eccentricity is now available: Ordnance Survey maps Great Britain in Minecraft.

From DQ Visual Basic .NET Advisor Garret Rempel, as a follow-up to the Winnie the Pooh link last week: Statue of Winnie the Bear has new home.

From J.R. Parnell, and this brings back some fond memories: How Did the Game Genie Work?

From C. Lee, and this is a fascinating story: An American sculptor’s masks restored French soldiers disfigured in World War I.

And here's another fascinating story from Jonathan Arnold, because "fascinating" is definitely the operative word this week: Searching for the Good Life in the Bakken Oil Fields.

Wait, it's another fascinating story! The Myth of an Untouched Chernobyl.

From Dan Willhite, and this certainly isn't good: Lyme Disease Surges North.

From Simon Jones, and this is quite elegant: New Optical Cloak is so Beautifully Simple You Can Build Them at Home.

Finishing up this week, from Steven Davis, and this will shake you up: Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs.

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