Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 09/25/2019

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 informative.

  • Even when you’re going about your mundate day-to-day tasks, it’s important to have some perspective.
  • PTBN Grand Poobah Brad Hindscrooge brings word of a fire at a cattle breeding facility in Australia that released exploding cylinders of bull semen. Stay safe, friends.
  • Artist Fernando Reza has made a set of posters for movies that never got made, from Tim Burton’s Superman to Orsom Welles’ Heart of Darkness.
  • Every now and then I think about watching Rick and Morty, if only because one of the writers is doing a Star Trek show now. But whenever I consider it, I see another article emphasizing that it’s probably not worth it.
  • Sony has a new 63-foot 16K LED TV on the market, for only $5 million. I can’t wait to get two of them to hook up to my computer.
  • From 1982 to 1925, Augustus Sherman was the Chief Registry Clerk at the Ellis Island immigration station, where he snapped photos of immigrants waiting on the island during the process of registering for US citizenship (which took hours in those days instead of years and/or never). Somewhere in the middle of his tenure came my great-grandparents and my grandmother’s older siblings.
  • Some (few) people are suggesting that the Catholic Church ordain robot priests, which somehow seems more realistic than the world’s largest child predator protection racket ordaining human women.
  • The power to reshape reality is at our fingertips. You or I, or anyone else, can determine the true reason Sam Darnold is out indefinitely.
  • Twelve years after Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring was busted, the Washington Post looked into what happened to the 47 dogs who went to various organizations and homes. Some of them bore and bear more physical & psychological scars than others, but they all did better than they would have if they’d been summarily put down. Also, an optimist might hope that people who do horrible things can come to understand what they did and make whatever restitution possible, and it looks like Michael Vick is actually doing that when he acknowledges his continuing responsibility.
  • This Week in Art: With a small magnet, a double-A battery, and one of Japanese artist Atsuko Yukawa’s hand-shaped wires, you get spinning sculptures driven by homopolar motors.

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.