Weekend Links: The Giant Metal Moles Under London

I haven't found a great game to feature on here in a while (I'm not counting pinball from yesterday since it was so rudimentary, though still fun!), so I'm pleased to finally be able to present Axon, where you are a neuron seeking connections. My first-attempt score was 16,628 - how did you do?
Robot Revolution -slash- Cylon Update: How to Become the Engineers of Our Own Evolution. According to the Smithsonian, "the 'transhumanist' movement says better technology will enable you to replace more and more body parts—even your brain."
From my friend Preston: Described by Boris Johnson as "voracious worms nibbling their way under London," these giant metal moles are working to build a network of tunnels beneath London's streets called the Crossrail Project, currently the largest civil engineering project in Europe.
And more London (because for me at least, there is never enough!) - beautiful aerial photos of the city at night.

10 Mesmerizing Photos Of Ink Underwater.
From the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait, an interesting 2-part essay by his friend Kevin Grazier on what it's like to be a science advisor for a TV show.
There's been a spate of photographic series lately mixing old and new, but this is definitely the creepiest: decades of time are split into one portrait, where people's faces have been carefully spliced together from childhood and present day. It's very Frankenstein-esque!
Need something to read? Here's a list of science books for "people who want their minds blown." The Blood Work book was featured as the subject of two recent Stuff You Missed in History Class podcasts, and really was fascinating.
Even though my own results writing a shape relief alphabet have been mixed, perhaps you will have better luck, because the effect is pretty cool. And if you want to step it up a notch, how about an impossible font?
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Quick True/False: World Capitals
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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.


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