Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 02/05/2014


Welcome to the Wednesday Walk Around the Web, where we weave & wind through weblinks weekly. Here you may find some things that amuse, some that tittilate, and the occasional link that provokes. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • “Drunk in Love” is part of a long literary tradition.
  • Human bodies are not made for space and the Times is ON IT.
  • JK Rowling says she should’ve validated one group of shippers over another group of shippers. Maybe Hermione should’ve wound up with Ron. Maybe Hermione should’ve wound up with Harry. Maybe Ron should’ve wound up with Harry. Maybe they could’ve just all been really good friends–why does everyone need to get married off like it’s the end of a Shakespearean comedy?
  • Speaking more of Potter, lots of people in the US talk about what House they’d be a part of as if we don’t have our own popular school-based stories we can infest with wizards.
  • A deep dive into the Daily Planet lobby rewards you more the deeper you go.
  • Learn some lessons from a bar lawyer.
  • Time-Waster of the Week: virtual LEGOs!
  • If you’re going to start a blog about typography in sci-fi movies, where better to start than 2001?
  • NYC commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch’s ancestors were once owned by Benedict Cumberbatch’s ancestors. This marks the one time I choose not to refer to that man as Bramblepelt Candysnatch. (Also, “slaves of descendants” in the article reeeeeeally ought to be “descendants of slaves,” unless there’s a lot more we don’t know about the Candysnatches.)
  • Hunter S. Thompson recaps this week’s Big Bang Theory. “I was a handle deep into my rum by the first commercial break. There was no relief there.”
  • Once you have geothermal power plants, you might think they’d power one with lava, but they’re just making the attempt now. That’d be quite a boon for particularly volcanic regions.
  • You may have to pay a little more attention to whether your pet is getting medicine that actually works for it or not.
  • YouTube and Facebook can combine to do what was previously only possible through Unsolved Mysteries.
  • The Northwestern football team has put in a bid to unionize. One columnist’s comparison to the Berlin Wall is a hoot; the NCAA’s statement is laughable. While I’d expect tuition to be considered in whatever hypothetical compensation package they may ask for in the future (it’s notable that the students aren’t bringing that up now), trying to emphasize the student in “student-athlete” tips into farce. Good luck, footballers.
  • They say that if your food has an ingredients list you can’t pronounce, you shouldn’t put it in you. On the other hand, what I’ve got you’ve got to get it put it in you. So opinions differ.
  • Now in our PTB Nation Link(s) of the Week: first, Andrew Riche pays tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, with no further introduction needed; next, we have a quick look at this year’s NFL Hall of Fame inductees. There was no good reason on this Earth to deny Michael Strahan last year, and it’s nice to see that rectified now. And huzzah for Ray Guy!