Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 02/12/2014

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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 titillate, and the occasional link that provokes. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • Michael Sam seems likely to become the first out gay NFL player. Good luck to him in whatever locker room he winds up in; hopefully his experience will make life a little easier for future rookies, as well as those dudes Brendon Ayanbadejo said were considering coming out en masse last year.
  • There’s got to be a better way to settle your literary disputes.
  • RIP Shirley Temple Black.
  • If you placed a coin-sized black hole at the center of the Earth, the whole planet would not be pulled into the black hole, but you might wish it had been. Ooooooor maybe there ARE no black holes, at least not as we understand them.
  • Hey, I heard you like candles, so I got you this candle that makes another candle. Now all we need is a reusable wick.
  • This Week in Living in the Future: get a colonoscopy from a camera pill.
  • The earliest human footprints thus far discovered outside of Africa were left on the British shore about 800 thousand years ago.
  • In February 1918, a 90-year-old US Civil War veteran had to register as an enemy alien.
  • Map-makers, like dictionary publishers, will sometimes insert imaginary words into their works to mark any potential plagiarism. But sometimes, those imaginary additions clamber from imagination into reality.
  • Behold, every Prince hairstyle from 1978 to the present.
  • Put the Olympics in Manhattan, and this is what you get.
  • The internet crosses oceans via a finite series of cables. (This of course means that, if you happened to be an organization with an interest in tapping & recording literally everything traveling through the internet, there’s a defined number of places you need access to.)
  • You can do everything in this Radio Shack ad with your phone. Also, your phone is X% more powerful than the Apollo capsule computers, &c.
  • During heat waves, zoo lions are given frozen blood.
  • Maybe comics, cartoonists and other professional funny people don’t always find their humor from a place of darkness and terror, but it certainly seems like a lot do.
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  • Closed captioning is more of an art than a science.
  • Our PTB Nation Link of the Week was never going to be anything but the podcast roundtable put on by our esteemed comic-book colleagues. If you’re not a fanatic, take heart, it carries over really well for someone like yours truly whose relevant knowledge doesn’t go far beyond “Wait, JMS and Peter David wrote comics too?” (I also didn’t know Peter David was back to regular work following his stroke. Wow.)

Author: Glenn Butler

Glenn is not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. He goes forward, he goes back. The Glenn that you know, he had some second thoughts. Glenn has come back to reclaim some infinitude of silence, the unspeaking of his name. At PTBN he's most often seen walking the web, covering the Star Trek beat, and podcasting about various manifestations of life and popular culture. Find him elsewhere on the Twitter, the Instam and/or the Tumblr. Tamp 'em up solid.