Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 01/03/2018

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, occasionally, profound. Views expressed in the Wednesday Walk do not necessarily reflect those of anyone but the writer.

  • We still need your advice questions for Steve Wille’s guest appearances on the ol’ Spectacular — big or small, we’ll consider them all! Email us or go to our page to send your questions today. (Your name won’t be read on the show without permission (so tell us what to call you if anything), and allows anonymous submissions.)
  • This Week in Retro Computing: Raadition boasts a replica of the exterior of the Apple ][ with interior room for a modern standard motherboard. That is awesome.
  • RIP Erica Garner.
  • The Wednesday Walk has reported before about the gigantic Swedish Christmas goat effigy that gets et on fire every year. In a late zag, though, the goat survived Christmas! I’m not sure if that’s a sign that finally, at long last, one thing can actually go well in this fallen world, or a sign that the last threads tying us to normalcy have been severed.
  • This Week in Music: Say you want to try out all of the instruments and beats on your keyboard, but you only know one song. Anyway, here’s Wonderwall.
  • This winter, make sure you don’t have raccoons crashing through your ceilings.
  • Who wants to get a game of online Carcassonne going? Thinking especially of my PTBN Play peeps here.
  • Spamnesty is a service that takes spam emails you forward to it and responds, in order to waste the spammers’ time. Start forwarding messages to today!
  • This Week in the Inability to Leave Well Enough Alone: I struggle to find sufficient words to describe the inanity and ridiculousness of the “raw water” movement. Maybe there should be a few more scarequotes. Like the folks who agitated for “raw milk” and immediately became ill after drinking unpasteurized milk, it’s tempting to say that anyone who thinks of water treatment regulations as things that need to be bypassed for a more “natural” “mouth feel” because of “probiotics” — as in algae that will grow in your untreated water. (Also: have y’all ever heard of fucking pollution?)
  • This Week in Neural Net Processors, Learning Computers: The next generation of D&D spells is going to be rad. I cast War Cape!
  • This Week in Crowdfunding Initiatives: If we all pool our money together, I’m pretty sure we can put in a bid on an unfinished Chinese skyscraper that’s being auctioned off.
  • Life is tough, so here’s a puppy gnawing on its paw while receiving love.

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