Link Dumpage for 2010-06-04

Notable links enjoyed today:

  • "Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jesse Schell, dives into a world of game development which will emerge from the popular "Facebook Games" era." Incredible video, and yeah, honestly, this is the sort of future I do want.
  • "The world is full of secret and exclusive places that we either don’t know about, or simply couldn’t visit if we wanted to. This list takes a look at ten of the most significant places around the world that are closed to the general public or are virtually impossible for the general public to visit." Includes Mezhgorye, the Vatican Secret Archives, Club 33, Moscow Metro-2, the White Gentlemen's Club, Area 51, Room 39, the Ise Grand Shrine, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, and RAF Menwith Hill.
  • "Ol' Rip (died January 19, 1929) was a horned lizard ... whose supposed 31-year hibernation as an entombed animal is believed by some and doubted by others ... In 1897, a horned lizard was placed in a cornerstone of the Eastland County Courthouse in Eastland, Texas along with other time capsule memorabilia. When the courthouse was torn down 31 years later, the cornerstone was opened on February 18, 1928, a live horned lizard was produced, allegedly from within the time capsule."
  • "What is it about the bizarre and mysterious that piques our curiosity? It entertains our sense of wonder and excites our imagination, for sure. Luckily for us, history is marked with strange, logic-defying occurrences to amuse us. Here is a list comprised of 10 more unexplainable and interesting phenomenon and incidents that we crave so much." Includes Ice Woman, Iron Pillar of Delhi, Carroll A. Deering, The Hutchison Effect, Faces of Belmez, Disappearing Lake of Patagonia, Chile, Raining Blobs, Animals within Stone, and Donnie Decker.
  • "Know Your Meme: Documenting Internet phenomena: viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more." The RSS is ancient on this one, so manual catchup. Still a decent reference. I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time (sadly, the "Ate My Balls" meme is poorly documented).