Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 08/12/2015


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!

  • This past weekend saw the one-year anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown by cop Darren Wilson. In that year there have been hundreds of similar police murders — Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Christian Taylor, on and on and on it goes for black women, and children, and men. Children ripped from their parents, parents from their children. The plague of cops is everywhere in the US. The most important activism, and the most important writing on this, is being done by African-American writers & activists and others whose communities are under constant suspicion, threat, and attack, whose activism is met with surveilance at the very least. Read them. Support them. If your intuition is to discredit them because their activism is distasteful to you, or because they’re confronting a politician you like, or for any reason really, think about what you’re doing. Think about what you’re doing with the precious little time you have in life, and what sorts of lessons you’ve received in your life that might lead you to disregard people literally fighting for their lives. Keep thinking.
  • Why do various animals have differently-shaped pupils? It turns out that pupils form into different shapes depending on the animal’s size and place on the food chain.
  • Even after the recent observations of Pluto, we still have a lot of exploration going on in our solar system.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s old notes and drafts are the gifts that keep on giving, with more material being released all the time.
  • Review your newborn babies on Yelp. One might get the impression that babies can be jerks.
  • The people of Japan recently marked the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki.
  • Shrek was originally to star Chris Farley, and he wasn’t doing a horrible Scottish accent.
  • Crochet is as fine an artform as any, and like most any other form of art, it has its creep factor.
  • Pixels, Adam Sandler’s latest travesty, has been the cause of anti-piracy trolls serving bogus notices to anything with the word “pixels” in it regardless of whether it’s infringing on the movie at all, including the movie’s own trailer and the short film that inspired it.
  • Sensory deprivation tanks are back! Lock me in one until the nearest election day.
  • In 1946 the United States offered Denmark a hundred million dollars for ownership of Greenland. Denmark refused, which doesn’t seem like the greatest idea in retrospect, though of course they had their reasons.
  • A group of astronauts on the International Space Station were recently the first people to eat locally-grown produce…IN SPAAAAAAACE.