[links] Link salad for a travel day

The future of reading — digital vs. print — I have very mixed feelings about these kind of stories. On the one hand, there’s a lot of overreactive handwringing about “kids today” of the sort that’s been going on since our ancestors first dropped out of the trees. On the other hand, it would be disingenuous to pretend that there’s not a profound practical and physiological difference between reading text in dense blocks on reflective surfaces and reading compressed, hyperlinked text on luminous surfaces. (Thanks to lt260.)

“Dinosaur eel” inspires body armor of the future — Some cool materials science and biology geekery.

Shark Avoids Suffocation by Turning Off Electricity — I’d like to have a few of these genes expressed in my phenotype.

The Jetpack — From Comics to a Liftoff in the Yard — :: wants :: (Thanks to danjite.)

The Thinkers: Pitt professor looking for power in polymers — Distributed microscale power generation on river bottoms. Ironically, I used something very similar to this idea in a story which rejected from one market in part because this idea was too much fantasy and not science fictionally possible. See “Where the Water Meets the Sky” which ran in Interzone a year or so ago. (Thanks to lt260.)


7/30/08
Time in saddle: 0 minutes (airport walking today)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 244.6
Currently reading: Green by Jay Lake

One thought on “[links] Link salad for a travel day

  1. tkersh says:

    You’ve probably already gotten thousands of links to this, but in case you haven’t, here’s a Motorized Pirate Airship built out of Legos… and motorised!
    “Stuff in motion include:

    – Minifig sailors cranking the windlass
    – Ten spinning propellors
    – Two flapping wings
    – Rudder”

    http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/33341

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