Smart Links

Below, we’ve listed some links that will hopefully pique your interest. Some were sent in by readers. Many thanks for them (and feel free to send good stuff our way. Contact us here.)

* How Google Earth Unearths Ancient Cities: Yes, Google is revolutionizing even archaeology.

* Norman Mailer Archive Opens: It took the University of Texas two years to organize 1,000 boxes of letters and unpublished manuscripts written by Norman Mailer. And it’s now ready, just a short two months after the author’s death. Among other things, the archive houses correspondence that shows a warmer side of a writer often known for his surliness.

* 2007 Darwin Awards Announced: Here’s a little dark humor. The Darwin Awards, which “commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it,” has released its awards for 2007. You can find some of the “honorable mentions” here.

* Islam, the West and the Bhutto Legacy: Following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, has assembled a video channel “built around three public talks she gave in the year before her recent return to Pakistan. Fifteen programs relating to Pakistan, Islam and approaches to extremism are now there, more will be added.”

* Classic Film Clips: Over on YouTube, one of our readers has assembled a video collection that features segments from many classic films — Dr. Strangelove, Metropolis, etc. It nicely complements our own collection, to which you might want to subscribe.

* Lost Star Wars Intro: Here’s the lost intro that mercifully never made it into the final film.

* Print Public Domain Books on Paper: This intermediary service makes it easy to print paper copies of free public domain books found on the internet. The books are free; the printing is not. But it nets out well overall. Via RedFerret

Best Online Documentaries: Title is fairly self-explanatory.

Sir Edmund Hillary: A Life in Pictures — From National Geographic.

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