Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 12/10/10

by Jeff V. on December 10, 2010

It’s been one of those weeks where there’s just so much great stuff to tell you about that I don’t know where to start.  I really don’t.

That’s a lie.  I’ll start with this: One suggestion I have – especially if you’re an iPhone/iPad user – is to get Instapaper immediately and use it to save interesting things for reading later.  It’s one of the apps I use daily on my devices, and once you get used to the idea of being able to save interesting finds on the internet for more casual reading at another time, it’s a killer app.  Everyone I show this too starts with a huh? and arrives at Ohmygod this is amazing.  Why didn’t I know about this earlier?

So, onward.  Here’s this week’s bounty.  Enjoy.

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, an analyst, estimates iPhone sales on Verizon (assuming that happens next year).  His guess?  800K iPhones sold on Verizon all year.  That’s way low.  They’ll do 1M+ the first day.

Regular bungee jumping too commercial for you?  You can always do it yourself from a snowy factory rooftop somewhere in the former Eastern Bloc.  Prerequisite: you need to be clinically insane first.

The Millions 2010 edition of A Year in Reading is up, and it’s a doozy. If you’re unfamiliar, A Year in Reading asks notable contributors to list the books, articles and essays that meant the most to them over the course of the year, regardless of when the material was written.  This year’s contributor panel includes the likes of Al Jafee (from Mad Magazine fame), Margaret Atwood and Paul Murray.  If you’re looking to stock your 2011 reading list, look no further.

Here’s a video of Ellen Sirot, one of the world’s top hand models.  So bizarre.  She protects her hands to such a degree that it’s as if she doesn’t have any – not ones that she can actually use anyway.

Dan Feyer, 33, is the world’s fastest crossword puzzle solver.  He can solve the fiendishly difficult NYTimes Saturday puzzle in under six minutes.  Fascinating.  (And the video is nuts, too.)

Were you a Pac-Man nut?  Ever wonder what really motivates the ghosts?  Wonder no more: understanding Pac-Man ghost behavior.  (Warning: nerd alert.)

Finally, here’s a great piece in the NYTimes about Oregon’s ultra-fast, hopped-up offensive pace, which turns football into something paced a bit more like soccer for basketball.  If you’ve ever really watched the Ducks in action, you know what I’m talking about.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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