Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Link roundup

1.  There's some hope of a new Twin Peaks series from David Lynch?  Relatedly, there will be a Clue-themed episode of Psych this season.  (My favorite movies in elementary school (aside from Star Wars) were Murder by Death and Clue.  I even loved the Clue VCR Mystery Game.)

2.  No, the major record labels were not caught faking billions of  views on Youtube.  (Just 1.5 million, maybe.)

3. Gawker:

After discovering a secret palace hidden in China's first emperor massive burial complex, Chinese technicians are nervous. Not because Qin Shi Huang's tomb is the most important archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun, but because they believe his burial place is full of deadly traps that will kill any trespassers. Not to talk about deadly quantities of mercury. 
Or, maybe not:
There are no reports of traps in any tombs in any ancient culture. According to Emily Teeter—University of Chicago's Oriental Institute's curator of Egyptian and Nubian antiquities—traps are a legend as much as curses:
 I am really sorry to report that if curses are out, then there is really nothing devious. Hollywood has turned standard architectural features like sliding portcullis blocks, shafts, and sand filled chambers into objects of horror. Sorry that the Egyptians were not more evil.
4.  Top science longreads of 2012.