Friday, June 01, 2012

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, a series of links submitted by DQ Legal Advisor Lee Rawles about Marina Keegan, a graduating Yale senior who passed away in an auto accident last weekend. She was an special individual and an unusually talented writer writer, and here are two of her pieces:
The Opposite of Loneliness
Song for the special (this is, in particular, a terrific piece of writing)

From Aaron Ward, and this technology is going to be quite disruptive, I think: The Leap. Here's a description:
Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.

Chris Pencis sent in a link to a TED talk by Dave Eggers (one of the coolest people around) titled Once Upon a School. In it, he introduces the storefronts for Pirate Supplies, Time Travel Mart, and Superhero Supplies.

From Eric Higgins-Freese, and I never thought I'd read this many words on chickens: How the Chicken Conquered the World . Also, and this is a fantastically clear explanation: Just How Small is an Atom?. Wait, there's one more, and it's excellent: There’s more water on Jupiter’s moon Europa than there is on Earth.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is remarkable: German teen Shouryya Ray solves 300-year-old mathematical riddle posed by Sir Isaac Newton.

From Sirius, and this is amazing: Digital Data Can Now Be Stored In DNA. Also, and somewhere, Tyrannosaurus Rex is saying, "Finally!": Dinosaur with tiny arms unearthed in Argentina.

From Steven Kreuch, and this is tremendous: A Spacesuit Ballet. Also, and these are both sensational and entirely disturbing: Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving. Of particular note: "Evangelist and Mrs. John Bishop with 'Timmy' ". Whoa.

From Jeremy Fischer, and these pictures are amazing: Easter Island statues have bodies, too.

From Griffin Cheng, and this is fascinating: world's oldest musical instrument.

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