Friday, March 05, 2010

Friday Links!

There's some very, very tasty stuff this week.

Apparently, it's a final: Asteroid Killed The Dinosaurs.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about a Venezuelan town, submerged 25 years ago as part of hydroelectric dam project, that is again visible because water levels in the reservoir have dropped 90 feet during a devastating drought.

From Ben Younkins, the story of a bizarre collaboration between Salvador Dali and Disney. The project was called Destino, and it was never finished--until now. Artists used the original storyboards to guide them in completing the project. Also, a fascinating story about how Roger Ebert (who lost his voice and lower jaw due to throat cancer) is working with a company called CereProc and their text-to-speech software to create an "authentic" version of his voice.

Another Roger Ebert link: a beautifully written story by Will Leitch about his experience with Roger Ebert. It's not what I was expecting.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a sad note: famed space artist Robert McCall has died. Also, a chainsaw sculptor creating a fantastic homage to BioShock. Next is a three-part series called Florida, Cocaine, and Me: A Love Story, and it's a great read (part two, part three).

Here's an epic link from Sirius to a 1903 film adapation (that's not a typo) of Alice In Wonderland. It was 12 minutes long. Also (and also from Neatorama, which has a ton of interesting stuff), a color video of London in 1927 that is quite magical. This is also a true color film (not colorized). Then there's a terrific story detailing one of the lost tragedies of the Prohibition era: the Government poisoning alcohol. One more, and it's a doozy: one of the uses of the Antikythera mechanism was to keep track of when the next Olympics would take place.

From David Byron, a link to a remarkable paleontological find: an ancient snake poised to devour dinosaur eggs.

From a bunch of you (John Rodriguez was first), the remarkable discovery that the 8.8 magnitude quake in Peru last Saturday actually shortened the length of an Earth Day and also moved the Earth's figure axis by about three inches.

Here's a remarkable link from eviltimmy to the work of painter John Bramblitt, who is blind. The details of how he uses his sense of touch to enable him to paint is fascinating.

From DQ Fitness Advisor Doug Walsh, and this is stunning: video of a rocket destroying a sundog.

From Brian Witte, a link to a new product that seems incredibly unlikely: a backpack hydroelectric plant.

From Patrick O'Brien, a link to a comic strip written by a 5-year old and drawn by a 29-year old: the demented genius of Axe Cop.

From Isaac Karth, more links about green screen technology, and it just gets more interesting: first, a link to the use of digital effects in Changeling. Then, a link to Stargate Studios, which does a slew of effects for the film industry.

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