Link-Soup for 2006-05-31
Snoop’s a 19 year old from Liverpool who chronicles his magical experiments on his blog My last teenage manifesto. It’s always interesting and encouraging to see people writing about their experiences actually doing magic. And even though I’m only a few years older than him, it’s nice to get a kick in the pants from the younger generation as I start to settle into my confortable yuppie lifestyle.
Eat it, grandad.
New materials that can change the way light and other forms of radiation bend around an object may provide a way to make objects invisible, researchers said on Thursday.
Two separate teams of researchers have come up with theories on ways to use experimental “metamaterials” to cloak an object and hide it from visible light, infrared light, microwaves and perhaps even sonar probes.
Neil Gaimon and Adam Rogers in Wired:
About a decade ago, Alvin Schwartz, who wrote Superman comic strips in the 1940s and ?50s, published one of the great Odd Books of our time. In An Unlikely Prophet, reissued in paperback this spring, Schwartz writes that Superman is real. He is a tulpa, a Tibetan word for a being brought to life through thought and willpower. Schwartz also says a Hawaiian kahuna told him that Superman once traveled 2,000 years back in time to keep the island chain from being destroyed by volcanic activity. Maybe it happened, maybe it didn?t, but it does sound like a job for Superman ? all in a day?s work for a guy who can squeeze coal into diamonds.