Friday, March 06, 2009

Friday Links!

From Francis Cermak, a link to an excellent article about Introversion, one of my favorite developers.

From Lara Crigger, who is a supremely interesting writer, a link to Wax On The Arm, a poignant story about her wedding.

From Geoff Engelstein, a link to a website called Newseum. Click on a city (from all over the world) and see the front page of today's newspaper. It's mesmerizing. Also from Geoff, and this article is a must-read, a story about, well, this:
Ken Dial at The University of Montana has unveiled a major new theory for the evolution of flight that is changing textbooks around the world. It involves wing-assisted incline running and a fundamental bird wing angle.

From Steven Davis, a link to a fascinating article about the navy of Elizabeth I, and here's an excerpt:
The English navy at around the time of the Armada was evolving revolutionary new tactics, according to new research.

Tests on cannon recovered from an Elizabethan warship suggest it carried powerful cast iron guns, of uniform size, firing standard ammunition.

"This marked the beginning of a kind of mechanisation of war," says naval historian Professor Eric Grove of Salford University.

"The ship is now a gun platform in a way that it wasn't before."

From Kadunta, a link to HD video of a penumbral lunar eclipse.

From Steven Kreuch, a link to Nanoreisen, a website that helps you explore matter at the nano level. Click on the English flag (if you speak English), then the suitcase, then just have fun drilling down deeper and deeper.

From Frank Regan, a link to a video about Intel's research into shape-shifting programmable matter.

From Sirius, a link to a story about scientists building an "ark" to save jungle frogs from a deadly fungus. Also, link to a story about master locksmith Harry Soref titled March 2, 1887: Birth of the Master Locksmith. Also, in what might be the single most superfluous piece of scientific research ever conducted, it's the secret of belly-button lint.

From the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, it's strange humanoid carp found in pond, and boy, it IS strange. Next, it's excessive celebration fail.

From Andrew B, the strange story of the earl and a million tires.

From Allen Varney, a link to a bizarre and outrageous story: You're Dead? That Won't Stop The Debt Collector.

From Sean, a link to an art installation called happy clouds. Also, a link to The Death & Life of Ice Cream (in HD--high bandwidth connection recommended).

From Jeremy Trim, a link to a video of Tim Storm, who has the world's widest vocal range. His voice as been measured at 8 hertz, which is below the range of human hearing. Yes, that means he can sing and you can't hear it.

From Jonathan Arnold, it's crayon art--not using crayons to draw, but using the crayons themselves. The pictures are absolutely amazing.

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