Thursday, June 28, 2012

Link roundup

1. Lengthy article at Grantland about the rise and fall of foreign NBA prospects. Sample:

The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia — home to Vlade Divac, Drazen Petrovic, Toni Kukoc, and Dino Radja — was dissolving into a handful of independent states, all ripped apart by various interlocking wars. In Yugoslavia's place emerged such countries as Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were free nations, but they were trapped under the shadow or deep in the throes of war. Historically, this was a region where basketball players were born. But now, few people were having children at all. Between 1991 and 1992, the birthrate in Croatia declined dramatically, only to rise again after the war in ended in 1995.10

"No one was having babies there in 1992 and 1993," says Philo, "and this is a place where there are a lot of players. Well, now it's 2012, and there's this small generation of players who would be 19 or 20 now but were never born."
2. Gif of a donor heart beating in a mechanical system which keeps it warm, oxygenated, with nutrient enriched blood pumping through. Wow.

3. Kingdom Rush, my favorite tower defense browser game is finally available for the iPhone/iPod (99 cents).