Friday Links

We’ll start with Awesome People Hanging Out Together, a Tumblr that delivers exactly what it promises. See photos of Paul McCartney rocking out with Zooey Deschanel, William Shatner cracking up Stan Lee, and – most incredibly – Carl Sagan chilling with the Dalai Lama. Dozens of others. Enjoy!

For a new perspective on your blogging, try UpsideDownText.com. How well does it work? ¡llǝʍ ʎʇʇǝɹd sʞɹoʍ ʇI

Now, perhaps the coolest javascript hack I’ve ever seen: Katamari Hack. Turn any web page into a Katamari Damacy level, rolling your ball around and picking up words and pictures, getting bigger as you go.

We all know the myth of the creative genius who isolates himself for years, focusing obsessively on his work before finally unleashing it on the public. Well, it isn’t a myth. Here are 12 real-life examples of brilliant people who loved solitude, from Nikola Tesla to Stanley Kubrick to Henry David Thoreau. Get thee to a cloister!

And finally: the best xkcd I’ve seen in a long time.

NEXT WEEK the Buckley blog will be all about artificial intelligence, with my esteemed colleague Benjamin Trube playing along over on his corner of the Interwebs. We’ll cover everything from Asimov’s Three Laws to Lieutenant Commander Data, from the Singularity to principles of design. The fun starts Monday, so don’t miss it!

Have a great weekend.

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