The Linkin’ Log: June 21, 2009

Today seemed like a good day to point out a few interesting tidbits I’ve happened across on the ‘tubes. In no particular order,

  • Tom at Swans on Tea linked to a very cool video demonstrating a genuine magnetic levitation train — in HO scale!
  • One of the original copies of Einstein sticking out his tongue sold for $74k in a recent auction.  The article gives some nice background explaining the origin of the picture, including its ties to the McCarthy era.
  • Via The New York Times, a wolverine has made a rare foray into the state of Colorado, after being driven out some 90 years earlier.  If you’ve never read anything about a wolverine outside of the comic book character, you should do so — they’re bad-assed and fascinating creatures.  They’re also known as “skunk bears”, due to their girth and strong scent, and they are related to the skunk.
  • By the way, if you’re a fan of the history of science, I’ve been meaning for some time to point out this wonderful and fascinating blog — Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Centraal — which focuses on the science and scientists of The Netherland’s Golden Age.
  • Finally, David Neiwert over at Crooks and Liars presents one of the best takedowns of Glenn Beck I’ve ever seen — and one of the strongest arguments in favor of progressives.  If Glenn Beck thinks progressives are toxic, what kind of America does he want?

P.S.  I went and saw “Up” last night with the wife.  It was a wonderful film.  There is a beautifully done montage at the beginning of the film, showing the major events in the life of the main character and his wife, which actually brought me (and the wife) to tears.  Every time I see a preview for a Pixar film, I think: “That looks really dumb!”, and every time I’ve been wrong.  Also, if you want to read some real drama associated with the film, go here.

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6 Responses to The Linkin’ Log: June 21, 2009

  1. The Ridger says:

    I loved Up, too – and that montage had more punch than most full-length features.

    • Ridger: I totally agree that the montage was more effective than most full-length films. Being the manly man that I am*, I never cry at movies. The montage, however, just forced the tears out of me. The wife already noted that we’ll have to get the movie on DVD when it comes out.

      (* Those who know me will laugh at this assertion…)

  2. Thanks for the link!

  3. The Wife says:

    (* Those who know me will laugh at this assertion…)

    That’s why I love you honey. 🙂

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