Link Dump

Clearing up misconceptions

Top 15 Misconceptions about Evolution – 14 is a biggie for me — evolution is not about realizing some kind of organic master plan. Either you can survive in your own environment, or someone else does it better. That’s it.

What Social Media Isn’t – 10 Misconceptions: It’s not easy, fast, a substitute for a website, something your interns should be doing, or a system for achieving instant popularity.


Top 5 Misconceptions about Dungeons & Dragons:

You learn about as much about “real life” magic from a D&D game as you do about aquatic life from watching Spongebob Squarepants.

I think I’ve been watching Spongebob for all the wrong reasons.

Dispelling 8 Misconceptions of Organization: or, “good luck with that!” Even correct conceptions about organization are difficult to implement.

Six misconceptions that appear in literature about vaccination: and let’s add “vaccines lead to high rates of autism” to this.

Seven Common Misconceptions About Atheism. I kind of agree with “Atheism implies life is absurd.” Life is often pretty absurd (especially with 4 cats and a toddler) but that’s okay. Absurd keeps us on our toes.

All around the web

Looks like Ecto’s giving me some problems.

The Evolution of Tech Companies’ Logos The Evolution of Tech Companies’ Logos: The first Apple logo was just a little too complicated.

Truck Bearing Kibble: For those of you who need another web comic.

New Super-Efficient Chip Could Run on Body Heat

Web Trend Map 2008: I like the clickable version.

The Worst Addiction of Them All: The Worst Addiction of Them All: What’s it good for? Absolutely nothing.

(This one’s for Seth) Fun Valentine’s Day Card

Found in my tabs. Original sites found on many other blogs.

Found in the Browser


Starship enterprise: the next generation- looks like we’ll need more aerospace engineers. Good thing!

The History of Visual Communication – fantastic images, but it kind of forgets about the practical side of communication.

Web 2.0 Beta Invites – in case you haven’t had your fill of social networking.

Deliberately Concealed Garments Project – I didn’t know this was a common practice at one time. Interesting what you can find in your own house.


The Super Friends (I’ll be there for you)

$1 Image Stabilizer – seems almost too easy.

Friday night link dumping

Found … um… I can’t remember where:

20+ Tools For Creating Your Own Games
In case you have a lot of time to make games.
Type better faster!

BabyCenter Top Baby Names of 2007
Unique names everyone will have.

Another five-year-old on the no-fly list: meet Sam Adams

Healthy Children: The Parent Blame Game
What are we all doing wrong now?

Davenetics* : The Best Peanut Butter in the World
He seems pretty serious. I think I’d take him at his word.

Flickr: The Gingerbread House Showcase Pool

Edit: slightly improved title.

Saturday Night Linkdump Fest

I think these are mostly for Seth, but the rest of you might enjoy them, too:

Dadlabs: a short, funny vodcast on the dad-life.

The Economic Consequences of Mr. Bush: Joseph Stiglitz on the fallout we can expect from this administration after January 2009. I’m looking for an easy-to-use urban composter. Any recommendations?

No Alternative: A surgeon questions unproven medical practices.

Three Things Cloning Isn’t: so much for the Great Clone Army.

Feminist Gamers: on the intersection of politics, pop culture, and Carcassonne.

Religious scholars mull Flying Spaghetti Monster: papers to be presented include “Holy Pasta and Authentic Sauce: The Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Messy Implications for Theorizing Religion” and “Noodling around with Religion: Carnival Play, Monstrous Humor, and the Noodly Master.”

Not a Cough in a Carload: how the tobacco industry used advertising to downplay the effects of cigarettes.

Top 10 Myths About Thanksgiving

The New Dawn of Solar: the amazing nanosolar power sheet.

Via lots of places, including The Presurfer and Boing Boing.

Skins, widgets, peanuts, photos, and more!

GelaSkins - Neat skins for your Apple stuff.

Widgetbox – Make your own mashups.

Sparky - John Updike on Charles Schultz.

*M*i*r*r*o*r* *W*o*r*l*d* – Old photographs.

Steve’s Vintage Color TV Page – Old TVs.

Global Incident Map – What’s going on in the world?

Kitchen Wench » Best ever meal-in-a-bowl! – I love bibim bap. I wish I could cook like this.

Beginning of the week links

Found these in my tabs:

Bloxorz: a nice little geometric-based game. Sounds easy enough: get the block in the hole, and don’t let it fall of the sides.

MetaFilter discusses Famous First Words in pop music (as well as some infamous ones).

This Ask MetaFilter question, Marriott ruined our wedding night!, has some pretty good advice on how to approach service industries who do not perform. Best idea: be sure, when asking for compensation, to ask for somethings specific and reasonable (that is, “We’d like 50% off or our bill” works better than “We’d like free service for life” or “Someone Must Pay!”).

How to Store Your Food So It Lasts Longer: turns out you can store your bananas in the fridge.

A. Whitney Brown advices his nephew to not enlist in the Air Force. A reminder that the media has been, over the last few decades, very quiet about how our country actually uses its military forces and who we have killed.

Dumping all over the Internet — some links for the new week

Mashable! – The Social Networking Blog — looks like a good source for new tech news.

What Autistic Girls Are Made Of — are there significant differences between autistic boys and autistic girls?

Supergirls Gone Wild: Gender Bias In Comics Shortchanges Superwomen — new story, old news.

Ultimate fiesta — where is the balance between honoring old traditions and setting viable limits?

The Star Dust Mystery — The tale of a plane that crashed on landing sixty years ago. Some thought the disaster was caused by aliens, others thought conspiracy was the obvious explanation. The truth isn’t exactly down to earth.

I think I saw it.. somewhere on the interent

This weekend’s link dump:

Do LOLcats exist in real life?

A balloon not exploding in high-speed.

The Kitten Channel : All Kittens All The Time: because real news is just too much.

Gallery – Planet Perplex: A gigantic site of optical illusions.

Trees on CNN predicting winners with blue eyes. Fly!

10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World.: Breathtaking.

WTFCNN?: I often wonder, too.

Web Site Uses Math to Pick NCAA Winners: Did they predict Wisconsin?

Eye Color Explained: So now I have no idea where David gets his gorgeous blue eyes.

DoHop: Yet another airfare site! But I like the name.