Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Links

Lots of chances to do something besides work, so let's get started.

First off, Jesse Leimkuehler sent in a link to a Flash version of Hunt the Wumpus.

One other gaming link, and that's to the top 25 linux games for 2008.

From David Gloier, a link to a story about the research effort to discover whether life evolved in ice. It's a remarkable theory, and all the more remarkable for the amount of personal sacrifice that's gone into its development.

From DQ Legal Advisor Lee Rawles, a link to a horrific story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of floating debris that is estimated to encompass over 100 million TONS of flotsam.

The Edwin Garcia Links Machine rolls on this week. First, a story about a Finnish patient who got a new jaw--grown from his own stem cells. Next, a link to a story about an English who successfully hid what he was building from his neighbors for over four years. Oh, yeah--it was a mock Tudor castle.

George Paci sent me a link to Jonathan Coulton's song Re: Your Brains, and it is so damn funny that you've got to give it a listen.

Here's a video of an eleven year old who can do absolutely amazing things with a basketball. Oh, and he's also the fastest in the world at his age for the mile run.

Vahur Teller sent in links to three comedy skits, all involving substantial distortions of gravity, and all very funny. The Micallef Program 1, The Micallef Program 2, and Team Antonson-Matling.

From Sirius, a link to what made brown eyes blue--a genetic mutation. Also, a link to an infamous day in Indiana history (February 5, 1897), when the Indiana state legislature almost passed a bill changing the value of pi. Finally, a link to a fascinating story about the Lewis Chessmen, a set of chess pieces dating back to medieval times whose ownership is hotly disputed. It's a great, great read.

I saw an interesting article on how viewership of college football bowl games dropped by 12% this year. Hey, maybe if more people stop watching, this idiotic system will get changed.

Keith Marsteller sent in a link to a "performance" at Grand Central Station--several hundred people, on cue, freezing in place. It's a terrific idea and makes for a funny video.

Dan Quock sent in a link to Vader Sessions, a mash-up of dialogue from James Earl Jones's other film roles inserted into Star Wars footage. It's very funny, and James Earl Jones is awesome--every line of dialogue he's ever spoken is fantastic.

Shane Courtrille sent me a link to a series over at Ctrl+Alt+Del called It's a Gamer's Life. Yes, I agree that it's a little cliched in places, but there are other places where where my feelings corresponded almost exactly to the character in the story.

From Jonathan Arnold, a link to an advertisement that Rube Goldberg would absolutely love.

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