Short Shrift News Links – 7/31/08

News for Geeks

Today’s news is coming in bite-sized chunks again. Covering everything from a shortage of iPods to Arabic calligraphy to a possible breakthrough involving mucus in mice intestines. Enjoy!


Stock Up On Your Apple Gear Now – Apple Insider warns that Apple is informing their resellers there will be a drought in the coming weeks.

Google testing “AdSense for Games” in bid to shake up in-game advertising – Today GOOG has made few inroads into in-game adverts, the sleeping giant is awakening.

Chatting with a Google Street View Driver.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review. SlashGear has a hands-on review and unboxing video (youtube).

Gmail certificate expiry snafu follows security upgrade – OOPS, Google allowed one of its Gmail SSL certificates to expire days after promising users improved webmail security


Connect Four type. Remember the popular children’s game Connect Four? Here’s an interesting take on that game for a unique type.

Type in Three Dimensions. This is so very cool, and here’s the ‘making of’ this incredible method of print using a 3D printer.

Arabic calligraphy as a typographical exercise. This is one of my favorite blogs, if you dig fonts and the creativity behind getting the type just right, you should subscribe.

Create your own font using FontStruct


Cracks appear in ice under Mars lander. How cool would it be if the cracks extended, and the weight of the craft broke through the ice plunging into water?

Smart Contact Lenses. “Smart” contact lenses that measure pressure within the eye and dispense medication accordingly could be made possible using a new material developed by biomedical engineers at UC Davis.

New technique to compress light could open doors for optical communications. Potentially opening doors to new technology in the fields of optical communications, miniature lasers and optical computers.

Mucous breakthrough in mice holds promise for cystic fibrosis. A scientist successfully corrected the defect which causes the overproduction of intestinal mucous in mice.


Go to Space With Your Frequent Flier Miles. Virgin Atlantic is offering customers with truckloads of points to compete for a chance to go sub-orbital on SpaceShipTwo. Beats using your points to buy a bundt cake

– Forever Geek points out this awesome Red Sonja poster

How Snakes Got Their Fangs, oh sure we all were wanting to know this, right?

Cardboard Cat Chaise. This is just goofy. But damn, it’s cool.

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