A special New Year’s edition of links

Wired gives us their Top 20 iPhone applications of 2009.
Last.fm gives us their Top 40 artists of 2009.
Susannah Breslin gives us her top blog posts of 2009. Adam P Knave gives us his Top 10 comics of the decade.
2009: A year in reading. The top ten things that should have happened, but didn’t in 2009.
National Geographic provides us with the Top Ten fossils of 2009. Need a New Year’s resolution? Here you go.
Wired gives us 5 legal cases that defined the musical landscape in 2009. Movies! Ten movies you might have seen this year, but shouldn’t have. And Ten movies you probably haven’t heard of, but should watch.
Cracked gives us their top 5 … everything of the decade.
The Best of the Big Bad Blog

The morning coffee and the freaked out monkeys

Want to freak out a monkey? Create images or video of nearly-but-not-quite realistic monkeys, and they will freak right out. As Science Daily reports, monkeys too have an “uncanny valley”. I also like how the article seems to indicate that scientists (or monkeys?) dislike (and fear?) the movie The Polar Express.


You’ve got to love Texas. Where else can a man go outside to clear some brush, and find a discarded anti-tank guided missile launcher.

Cracked gives the Internet some lessons on English vocabulary.

The morning coffee goes hacking

Today, Iran’s PressTV reports that terrorists have successfully hacked President Obama’s Blackberry. The report appears to be based on the publication of the book Obama’s Blackberry by the comedy group Kasper Hauser.

Excerpts of the book can be found on the Fox News website. Dangerous stuff, indeed.

(Photo by Slinkachu)

A woman in California allegedly bought Cap’n Crunch’s Crunchberries for years, under the delusion that they were a healthy cereal that contained real fruit. On discovering that “Crunchberries” are not an actual fruit, she sued. The verdict is now in, and is a victory for everybody who thinks that we ought to be able to assume that people are smart enough to identify Crunchberries as balls of coloured sugar.

Is a traditional bayonet not good enough? Add a chainsaw. Want a crossbow on your machine gun? Go ahead. Cracked takes us through some over-the-top modifications of deadly weapons.

We close this week of morning coffees with some XKCD:

My list aversion

It’s amazing to wander around this Internet place. It’s full of lists: 7 Twitter Tricks for Tortoises, and that sort of thing. OK — there’s nothing about Twitter for Tortoises. Yet. But it is full of lists.

Many of the better lists can be found at Cracked.com, including a list of big stolen things, which played a part in inspiring this post.

But it is (unfortunately) not alone — for instance Wired magazine likes its sexy geeks, although it doesn’t have much in the way of minimal standards for geekery. And every which way you look, people are giving a “top 10”, or 20 or 12 or 5 or 7 or 40 or whatever number they end up getting to. These are most usually presented in a manner that is void of insight, humour or eloquence.

So I ask: Dear Internet, what’s with all the lists? I don’t want to read them anymore.