Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Links!


From hippo, a link to this week's most interesting story (I think so, anyway): How Plagiarism Software Found a New Shakespeare Play. I don't think this is absolutely conclusive--nothing could be, really--but it's provocative.

From Rob Cigan, it's 32 planets discovered outside solar system.

From David Gloier, a link to a fascinating interview with Roger Penrose, and the title says it all: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics. Also, and this is a completely mind-bending article, it's Timewarp: how your brain creates the fourth dimension (actually, this may be the most interesting story of the week, Shakespeare be damned).

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about 83-year old Ralph Anspach, and this paragraph explains why you want to read this:
Ralph Anspach, an 83-year-old economics professor, spent decades locked in a real-life battle with Monopoly and its corporate owners. The campaign dented his finances, sent him on a nationwide trek for intelligence and sparked a legal case that reached the steps of the Supreme Court.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, it's 9 Noteworthy Counterfeit Schemes (Alves dos Reis FTW). Also, it's the world's largest gun suppressor (the pictures are great). Next, it's the sordid story of the Pixar lamp. Then it's a masive underwater mine demolition. Yes, it's a five-pack this week, and the photos are classic: 30 Dumb Inventions (seeing L. Ron Hubbard with an invention that he claimed proved tomatoes scream when sliced is completely hilarious).

From Sirius, and get your cheap jokes ready: Deadly spider requires long courtship — or else: Female Australian redback gets almost 100 minutes, or it will eat suitor. Also from Sirius, it's spider link #2: Kindler, Gentler Spider Eats Veggies, Cares For Kids. Now, a non-spider link, and it's fascinating: Why Eggs Could Be Getting Harder To Peel. Finally, it's a study of the evolution of E. coli over 21 years and 40,000 generations.

From Marc Halatsis, a link to an excellent Vanity Fair about Office 39, the North Korean program to counterfeit U.S. currency (considered the highest-quality fakes in the world at the moment).

From Brian Witte, a link to a photo essay by Aaron Huey, who "embedded" himself, essentially in the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota as part of a project to document povery in America. Both the photographs and the interview are excellent reading, although it's painful.

From Michael O'Reilly, a large image of the Normandy invasion fleet.

From Lummox JR, a link to a whimsical documentary about the entirely imaginary Chrysler Turbo Encabulator, originally "created" in 1946.

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