Welcome to the Wednesday Walk Around the Web, where we weave & wind through weblinks weekly. Hopefully you will find the links on offer amusing, interesting, or informative.
- Some say that we live in the best of all possible worlds, but in response I can only point to the alternate universe where Public Enemy did a swimsuit magazine cover.
- This Week in Class War: Dr. Phil’s son has a house that screams Trust Fund Brat more loudly, perhaps, than anything has been screamed in human history. “Tim Burton threw up on a canvas and it turned into a house” isn’t a snide comment, it’s how the person who lives there describes it.
- The app that lets you know ahead of time who’s a hugger and who isn’t is one I will gleefully give my personal information to.
- Open floor plans are not only a scourge of offices (now your boss can always be over everyone’s shoulder!) and homes (now you’re never not parenting/never not being watched by your parents!), but their popularity, spawned by their popularity in home-renovation TV, may be because TV executives think they need to put sledgehammers through as many walls as possible to get dudez to watch.
- When T.S. Eliot’s long-time correspondent donated his letters to her to Princeton University, he left what sounds like a desperate attempt to pretend he never cared about her. Also, he isn’t mad at all. Look how not-mad he is.
- Can you tell which emo all-black heartthrob said it, Hamlet or Kylo Ren?
- The people who brought you the headless robot cat (aka the tribble with a tail) are now bringing you the headless robot kitten.
- Several things can be true at the same time. It should not be incumbent on children to try to save themselves and each other from the world the rest of us are collectively creating. Inspiring stories that can be easily reduced to “people struggled to eke out a tiny measure of relief from a wholly human- and institutionally-created cruelty” leave a bad taste in the mouth because they could have been easily avoided had people not been cruel in the first place. And yet, a class of 14-year-old Irish kids stopping the deportation of one of their own is absolutely a victory.
- Yo dawg, I heard you like alignment charts, so I got you an alignment chart alignment chart.