Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 03/30/2016


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!

Stop says the red light, go says the green

Wait says the yellow light, twinkling in between.



  • The digital AIDS quilt offers an easily-navigable window into such a touching memorial to so, so many people who were failed by the political establishment, by their society, many of them by their families and more. And still it only shows a fraction of the devastation wrought on a generation of LGBTQIAP+ people — and by extension on those of us who’ve grown up in an era when AIDS is no longer necessarily a death sentence, who have so many fewer elders than we should have.
  • PTBN boss man JT Rozzero sends word of an automated Microsoft chatbot that needs some “adjustments” after its algorithms allowed it to be taught how to tweet like a neo-Nazi and other racist types. I mean, of course Microsoft developed a chatbot and it turned out to be on the lower end of the spectrum of white people on the internet.
  • Imaging technology is giving us the ability to read more and more ancient documents long thought lost, and it’s terribly exciting.
  • Buzzfeed is here to test out egg-boiling tips & tricks and produce image-heavy reports for your convenience. The vinegar actually works!
  • The Secret Service won’t be allowing firearms at the Republican National Convention, because sometimes even dumbass defenders of the second amendment want to know that their lives won’t be put at risk by “responsible gun owners” the way everyone else’s are.
  • One might wonder why Apple is pushing so hard against breaking all of its products because the FBI says so, rather than knuckling under in the name of security theatre like every other tech company does, but this speculation offers some reasonable-sounding reasons.
  • This Week in Making Prisons Useful: turn some into zoos!
  • Most of us probably feel like we’re surrounded by dullards, don’t we?
  • The US still has one person drawing a Civil War pension.
  • Carrie Fischer can lead group therapy sessions for robots all the live long day.
  • Psychological associations affect how your drugs and associated drug-like things work.