Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Links!

Leading off, from the Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to a fantastic read: The Learjet Repo Man. Also, and it's worthy of being co-lead, a story about Improv Everywhere and their latest "mission": a surprise wedding reception. It's a wonderful, funny story.

From Sirius, a link to a terrific article over at New Scientist: Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can't be read. Also, and this is quite interesting, it's The Evolution Of House Cats.

From Dib Oglesby (that is a great name), a link to newly uncovered images of Adolf Hitler (aka "bastard"), notable because they're in color. In the same photo set, there's a haunting (and beautiful) picture of Hannelore Schroth.

From Andrew B, a link to an article that's funny, poignant, and disturbing: Amid Hard Times, An Influx Of Real Superheroes.

From DQ Fitness Advisor Doug Walsh, it's freestyle wheelchair.

From Jamie Carlson, a link to a story about Gracie Sorbello, who is (you've got to be freaking kidding me) unicycling across the Great Divide. Yes, it's over 2,700 miles long, and the road features over 200,00 feet in elevation gain. Also from Jamie, a link to a story about 17-year old Zac Sunderland, who is attempting to sail around the world. Solo.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about the discovery of a massive black hole and what it means to our theories of "how black holes relate to galaxies." Also, a link to a beautifully written post by Leigh Alexander titled An Open Letter To Mr. Bob Blauschild, Formerly Of Sirius Software.

From Ben Younkins, a link to a NY Times article about the shy and elusive echidna, who are quite fascinating, as it turns out. In addition, the males have a four-headed penis, and I spent far too long yesterday wondering what kinds of pseudonyms echidnas have for their, um, units.

From Steven Kreuch, a link to Then And Now...Now, which is (it's hard to describe) a site where people hold photographs from the past over the same place in the present. It's quite striking.

From David Gloier, a link to a bizarre (and fortunately, past) method of punishment in South and and Southeast Asia: execution by elephant. Also from David, a link to a story about curveballs and why they're so hard to hit, and don't forget to look at the accompanying animation. Finally, and it's also an excellent read, it's Mysterious Inscribed Slate Discovered at Jamestown.

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