Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 04/02/2014


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 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!

  • Male students in North Korea will now have much more time to concentrate on their studies and important life decisions, now that their glorious leader has ended the tyranny of choice they face when getting haircuts. Bravo!
  • This Week in Unfortunate Life Combinations: emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and child-rearing.
  • As a bit of background, the official Wednesday Walk Foundation stance on public proposals (not necessarily shared by Place to Be Nation or any other Wednesday Walk syndication partner) is that they’re kind of creepy, not to mention coercive toward people who may be inclined to take some time so consider the matter if not for the certainly of public opprobrium. But hey, the Wednesday Walk Foundation doesn’t know you or your sweetums, maybe you’re both huge baseball fans who’ve been dancing around the idea and waiting for some money to come through, or for your last divorce to be finalized. You do you. We just hope you’re not Dodgers or Nats fans, because YOUNCH.
  • When you’re looking to publish your masterwork, don’t settle for less than the best: the six-way book that is actually six books. Publish your whole series at once!
  • There was a time, not too long ago, when professional bowlers ruled the sporting world.
  • Make a cube out of one-way mirrors and stare in amazement. Also, that seems like a relatively cheap & easy prop to make for a movie.
  • You may have heard about this proposal to save on ink at a large scale by changing official government fonts. Sounds great! Unfortunately there are some issues. (And even the article pointing out objections doesn’t really address differences in accessibility.)
  • The murder of Kitty Genovese was obviously a horrifying act. Y’know, since it was a murder. (If her name doesn’t sound familiar, she’s Rorschach’s backstory in Watchmen.) But in the push to turn her murder into a parable about neighborhood apathy, quite a lot got dropped from the story.
  • Street lettering is amazingly precise.
  • Public smoking bans seem to be working, because of course. (Perhaps I should not have spent several hours second-hand smoking at a friend’s party a couple weeks ago. Whoops.)
  • Warnog is the latest Star Trek craft beer. Wake me when these petaQs start making blood wine.
  • Concussions are serious, serious business, as we’ve all been learning.
  • We must have, in our lives, more Canadian porn. One intrepid writer offers some suggestions.
  • Nobody has ever plugged in a USB cable the right way on the first try. It has never happened in recorded history, nor will it ever. So it comes as something of a boon that next-gen USB specs will call for a reversible cable.
  • Rabbits’ white tails may be quite useful.
  • The earliest surviving swordsmanship manual is from around 1300. And German.
  • Get a peek into “Nighthawks” through its storyboards.
  • In our Place to Be Nation Links of the Week, the site staff takes you on a whirlwind tour of the worst on offer at WrestleMania, and some schmuck reviewed the Scooby-Doo movie.