Tab Sweep 17

In which I post, with little or no comment, a variety of unrelated things that are cluttering up my browser and/or newsreader…

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na… Once upon a time, I went out and bought a PlayStation 2 just to play a single game. That game’s successor is now available on the iPhone: I Love Katamari (iTunes) has arrived. Sadly, the initial reviews are mixed. And don’t forget your official Katamari Damacy Wear from the fine folks at Panic.

Who knew that chess has drug testing? The Great Chess Doping Scandal. (via MeFi.)

The Seattle Municipal Archives posted some photos of Luna Park, Seattle’s long-gone amusement park. I’m surprised at how few pictures there seem to be of the place. During Henry’s roller coaster phase, I bought him a framed copy of that first picture for his room.

Speaking of great pictures on Flickr, the Library of Congress has released a report on its Flickr pilot project. In short, it’s a success!

I’ve been intrigued by the minimalist video cameras from Flip. Beau Colburn has a comparison of the Ultra and Mino HD. Also in the race: the Kodak Zi6. (via somewhere I can’t remember.)

I mentioned the LIFE photo archives a couple weeks ago. The Best of LIFE blog lives up to its name. Elsewhere, Typophile has a challenge: “create a book cover, using a fictitious title and an image from the LIFE photo archive.” The results (all 7 pages, so far) are impressive.

In other archival news, Google Book Search now has a selection of old magazines, including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, New York, and Ebony. And for geeks of a certain age, there’s always the Radio Shack Catalog Archive. (via Make and Boing Boing Gadgets.)

The Woodland Park Zoo’s new penguin exhibit will “use the earth’s thermal reserves to maintain the penguin pool at the birds’ ideal water temperature of 50-60 degrees–heating it in winter and cooling it in summer.” Geothermal penguins! (via Make.)

A 16-year study by German astronomers has confirmed that there is a black hole at the center of the Milky Way: “The stellar orbits in the galactic center show that the central mass concentration of four million solar masses must be a black hole, beyond any reasonable doubt.”

45s were kind of a pain in the butt, but man were those adapters cool. (via BB Gadgets.)