Weekend Links: The Very Best and Worst of Movie Science

Allison Keene

Not many of the fantastic crop of Oscar-nominated short films are available online, but animated winner "

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore



and it is a must-watch!


Another round of The Very

Best and Worst of Movie Science

. Can they not pay to have a consultant on these things? Likely the rule is "the science should matter unless it just looks awesome, in which case ... we just go with that."


Of all of the issues with

cryogenically freezing

one's body, have you considered, say, the economic problem? Well why ever not?!


From Kristine, an unbelievable link - "Artist Simon Beck spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of

snow art

. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields. Interestingly enough, he said, 'The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.' Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!"


Sometimes the lessons you learned as a kid hold up scientifically - apparently,

touching a boo-boo

really does make it feel better.


I am a big fan of David Mitchell and therefore of David Mitchell's Soap Box, particularly his issue with

American spelling and grammar

(just wait and see, I bet you will agree with his points!)


Should reason always prevail, or are

emotions prophetic

? Is it time to give in to that ole Frontal Cortex?


Jaw-dropping: a

tornado as big as Earth


as big as Earth!

) raged across sun this week at 300K mph.


Fellow _flosser David Israel's Twaggie about losing the ability to write when you are online too much hits a little too close to home for me! For more great illustrated tweets, visit the Twaggies section of GoComics.
A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week - keep it up! You can send your submissions via raven to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or send me a Tweet.