Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 02/11/2015


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. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Walk? Email Glenn!

  • Valentimes is approaching quickly, and maybe some of us need to learn from the Green Lantern’s example.
  • RIP Norma Brewer, who left her family and friends a moment of humor from beyond the beyond.
  • If you have an animal that grows large, curved tusks, there has to be a risk of having it grow into the animal’s own skull. Tough break.
  • Radiopaedia is a site where radiologists upload X-rays and other images for discussion, education, and goofs. Apparently identifying metadata is removed, and you can ask for an image to be taken down if you recognize it, but it still seems a little wonky to be uploading this stuff without consent. (Link contains X-ray images of serious disorders & injuries, and the one at the end of the article is NSFW.)
  • Why do cats like boxes? It seems for the same reasons my cat likes to pull an edge of the blanket underneath my guest bed and lie on it, so it simultaneously hides and insulates him.
  • You never know what could happen when you root around in British municipal archives. You might wind up with a 700-year-old copy of the Magna Carta.
  • The mensches at TrekCore have a multitude of new photos showing the condition of the original Enterprise model, currently undergoing renovation at the Smithsonian.
  • On an all new Dr. Phil: no dialogue, just reaction shots. Welcome to the most awkward two minutes in television.
  • Portugal is now in debt to Angola, one of its former colonies. Of course, Portugal will be treated much better than its colonies were.
  • Of all the things my dad (“master carpenter” according to a local newspaper article that’s still tacked up on a wall in my back porch) showed me how to do with a hammer, flipping tricks were not among them.
  • Paint color cards have many uses — you can use them to see how many shades there are of the color blue, you can use them as bookmarks, and you can recreate the masterworks of Western art.
  • It’s far more expensive to leave homeless people homeless than to just give people homes. In the US, at least (I don’t know about other countries), there are more vacant houses than homeless people anyway.
  • This Week in Headlines: Women’s prison mass jail break after inmates in dominatrix gear handcuff male guards expecting ‘mass orgy.’ Oh, bless those women. Hopefully this is how the new season of Orange Is the New Black ends.
  • Last week, the Canadian Supreme Court unanimously decided that people aho are “condemned to a life of severe and intolerable suffering” have the right to assisted suicide.
  • Sometimes you collect artifacts from national parks when you’re not supposed to. Then, sometimes you feel guilty and send them back.
  • The goal posts for the GED have been moved back, resulting in fewer people even being able to take the test.
  • High-speed cameras have shown how rainfall produces petrichor.
  • Some people think that the love affair with the automobile began in earnest in the 1960’s. They’re right, as by and large that’s when the phrase was invented to, what else, sell spiffy new cars.
  • The Motion Picture Editors Guild has selected its 75 best-edited films in all of cinema.
  • In Texas, a fourth-grader was suspended after threatening to use the Ring of Power, Isildur’s Bane, against another student.
  • In the UK, a procedure to create embryos using DNA from three people will be allowed to move forward to try to eliminate mitochondrial diseases. (Though when I first read the headline I thought it’d be a boon for poly trios.)
  • Do you have an excess of English muffins? Do you need ever-wilder things to spread on them? Try making some Mountain Dew jelly. The recipe doesn’t specify whether you should use the standard-issue Dew or the throwback flavor with sugar in it, but you know in your heart what’s right.