Link Dump

Time is once again short, so just a few interesting links to tide us over until Wednesday, when time will no doubt still be short, but enough preamble, here’s some stuff:

  • Saving Summer’s Trashiest Cocktail: Make Way For The $21 Long Island Ice Tea – Ben Crair loves him some Long Island Iced Teas:

    It came in a highball with four perfect cubes of ice and a wedge of lemon. It cost sixteen dollars and tasted just like college.

    There is no cocktail as maligned as the Long Island Iced Tea. Equal parts vodka, gin, white rum, white tequila, and triple sec, plus sour mix and a splash of coke—its reputation is basically on par with rufinol.


  • Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars – It turns out that the now classic star wars logo was the result of a tumultuous evolution of designs.
  • Starship Century Symposium: Neal Stephenson – File 770 has been running recaps of each presentation from the Starship Century Symposium, and of course I had to link to Stephenson’s entry, which is basically about building a skyscraper that goes so high that it aids in space launches.

    Stephenson began wondering how tall we could build a structure using mundane materials – things available now, because if you have to develop special new materials then people push you off into the future, saying go play in the sandbox and come back in 15 years.

    Sounds good to me.

  • Huge six-legged robot built in UK by enthusiast – Sign of the times:

    The robot, driver-operated by joysticks within a cockpit, can only travel at 1.5km/h (1mph) and manage a distance of 5km on a 20-litre (4.5-gallon) tank of diesel.

    “It’s not about miles to the gallon, it’s about gallons to the mile,” he said.

    “It wasn’t built to be efficient and fast. It was built to look cool and insect-like and fun.”

    Mr Denton said he was inspired by science fiction to create the “walking” machine.

    “But legs are very inefficient – the wheel was invented for a reason,” he added.

    And I, for one, welcome our new insectoid robot overlords…

And that’s all for now, hope you’re having a great weekend…