Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 04/05/2017

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? Comment on the Walk post at the Place to Be Nation Facebook page, or find Glenn on the social media platform of your choice!

  • The highest-scoring basketball game in NCAA history has gone down in the record books with the wrong score.
  • This Week in Food History: Dumplings were introduced to Boston Chinese restaurants as Peking ravioli to emphasize their fillings for an ignorant public.
  • The US women’s hockey team announced a boycott of the world championships in protest of deplorably low wages and sexist mistreatment, and last week — following refusals by a bunch of people USA Hockey tried to bring in as scabs, including student athletes — they got some of the concessions they needed.
  • A while back, the Walk mentioned the phenomenon of tractor firmware DRM, because of the ludicrousness of tractor DRM. Of course, DRM creates a market in cracked firmware mods…for tractors.
  • In non-digital DRM (or as you might call it, RM), a US Supreme Court case about limiting the re-use of printer cartriges could establish a wide precendent for general corporate control of things you already bought.
  • Old-school Soviet train stations are basically palaces, it seems.
  • Many cultures have unique ways to prepare the dead and/or guard against zombies. Some medieval villagers in England, for example, preferred to break the bones of the dead so they couldn’t rise again, which might frankly be something to consider.
  • Also in deathly traditions, you could try out a rotting room if you have the lime and the time.
  • In Chechnya, authorities are disappearing gay men. Except that can’t be true, of course, because according to the government gay people don’t exist.
  • This Week in Online Spaces I Don’t Even Want to Lurk In: forums for estranged parents.
  • Sometimes an idea comes along that so perfectly falls into my personal aesthetic that it sets me back a little. This time: Hieronymus Bosch action figures.
  • Folks like to act like safe legal abortions were invented in the 70s, since that’s when the current anti-choice movement took off as a wholly reactionary entity, while abortion was outlawed in the US in the 19th century and was safely practised in a lot of places before then.
  • Part of the problem with overpolicing and oversentencing (part, and especially in the US) is the externalities problem, a tendency to consider criminal justice as an individualized punishment for an individual act rather than parts of larger societal dynamics.
  • This Week in Art: One artist’s felicity with found art and mixed media is breathtaking.
  • Since our moon is tidally locked and so only ever has one side facing the Earth, very few people have actually witnessed a full rotation. Buuuuut we have the internet now. Thank you Bill Kurtis for the internet.
  • Kickstarter recently marked ten thousand funded game projects. I can’t wait for the celebration when they get to 25 completed games.
  • Allow me to introduce you to this friendly fox in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
  • I hope you plan to get your back massages from cats in the future.
  • The ineffable logic of cat ownership is: If not made for sits, why is it made of warms?

Author: Glenn Butler

Glenn is not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. The Glenn that you know, they had some second thoughts. Glenn's come back to reclaim some infinitude of silence, the unspeaking of their name. At PTBN they're 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 Insta and/or the Tumblr. Tamp 'em up solid.