Sunday Link-Off: Tech Wars

The new TV season kicks off tomorrow. To celebrate, here’s Chuck (and Mass Effect 2) star Yvonne Strahovski.

Let’s kick off the links with this great, in-depth Q&A with Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man and the voice of baseball Vin Scully. (Big League Stew)

A lot has been made over the Reggie Bush scandal and there are very few voices of reason. Fortunately, Sir Charles Barkley is here to set the record straight: Everybody gets paid. (Out of Bounds)

Have you seen the new Twitter yet? I opined about it in this week’s Humanoids column but here’s a more in-depth look at how it works. (Lifehacker)

After the jump, a look at the new F1 video game, scads of tech links, and Ken Block’s Gymkhana.

Next week marks the debut of the new F1 video game series on next-gen consoles by racing game experts Codemasters. To get you hyped for it (and to suck up to them so they’ll send me a copy to review), here’s an interview with the game’s developers. (F1 Fanatic: Part 1) (F1 Fanatic: Part 2)

A few years back, the Anaheim Angels introduced the Rally Monkey to fire up fans to cheer on a comeback (or something like that). Well, the Tampa Bay Rays are taking a page out of that book with their rally mascot DJ Kitty. (The Awl)

When the CEO of Best Buy said that the iPad was cannibalizing notebook sales, I thought it was a bit of corporate gamesmanship to tell Apple to back off and other companies to step up. Then the numbers came out and it turns out he’s right. (Gizmodo)

Sony looks like they’re finally getting around to allowing you to play PS2 games on your PS3. Problem is that they’ve gone about it in the stupidest way possible. (EuroGamer)

From stupid to smart tech. In two years, you could be able to recharge your cell phone without having to plug it in. Yes, we’re almost to the point where we have wireless power. (Daily Telegraph)

Did you like The Daily Show’s America (The Book)? Well, you’ll love their history book for our eventual alien overlords Earth (The Book). (New York Times)

We’ve all seen photoshop used gratuitously by men’s magazines and BP’s PR department. Now, it turns out that Egypt’s biggest newspaper (which just happens to by government owned) is using it to make the country look more important. (Copy Desk)

One thing I ran into on a vacation in Quebec many years ago is that they never called it “pop” but “soda.” So I found this map of generic soft drink names across America particularly fascinating. (Chicagoist)

Boba Fett shoes? I need those in my life. (Pursuitist)

Qatar is bidding on the 2022 World Cup of soccer. Not surprisingly for an oil-rich country, they’re planning on spending big bucks if they win it. Today’s first photo gallery is a look at all the amazing stadium concepts that are part of their bid. (Daily Telegraph)

Our second photo gallery is just a bit of fun. It’s a look at the 50 greatest American sports cars of all time. (Complex)

Earlier this week was the debut of Ken Block’s Gymkhana 3 Part 2. So here’s nearly eight minutes of tire shredding fun.

And for no real reason, here’s Norm MacDonald at the 1997 White House Correspondents Dinner. Well, no real reason apart from hilariousness.

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