Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 09/10/2014

We go forward, we go back.

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. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • Breaking Madden, the glorious deconstruction of football, the Madden series, and life itself, is back for another season. Sadly it appears to be posted right after the Walk, so any further updates would be old and crusty (like the selection for last week’s post seems after the game…ooph), but do check back there each week for new installments.
  • The name of the process by which rivers form intricate, winding paths is river meandering, which brings a lovely image to mind.
  • This Week in Making Art Using Everything: Skeletons! Or skeleton-like products, really, but still. Skeletons!
  • If the human race disappears, many of our geostationary satellites could last into the far, far future. This is one of those out-there sci-fi concepts that may not be so out there. If we die off and another sapient species evolves, would they think the satellites came from another species from their same planet, or an intelligence from an alien world? (Or some god or another.) Could their senses be similar enough to our own that they’d be able to recognize the cameras on, for instance, spy satellites? What role would the stationary points of light play in their constellations in the millennia before they become space-faring?
  • In the US, our grocery shopping may be getting more conglomerated, but it’s still fairly regional.
  • Scoragami is the art of producing never-before-seen NFL scores, and the Seahawks have become masters at it.
  • You may have heard a lot this week about Jack the Ripper being identified, at last, after all this time. Well…not so much, it seems. And maybe Jack himself isn’t really the point.
  • We’ve been making art for a long, long time, basically forever for any functional definition of “we.”
  • Despite what astronomers from History Times might tell you, there are not fifty billion Venusians.
  • Yelp extorts small businesses by charging them to display positive reviews, in case you were thinking of using Yelp. (And sure, it’s legal to be a big ol’ jerkwad.)
  • Homicide: Life on the Street was somewhat underappreciated in its time and doesn’t deserve to be so obscure today.
  • Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, is soon to have a makeup collection.
  • Diggin’ in the Carts is a series exploring the history of Japanese video game music.
  • What happens when a volcano erupts under a glacier?
  • If you’re ever unclear on which theory of time travel a movie/show/book is using, try this handy guide.
  • The next leap in hard drive capacity may be close.
  • IBM’s 1937 corporate songbook (another phrase that I never thought I’d get to type all at once) is somewhat glorious.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a long and winding story behind it.
  • Pop sonnets just don’t get old.

Author: Glenn Butler

Glenn is not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. He goes forward, he goes back. The Glenn that you know, he had some second thoughts. Glenn has come back to reclaim some infinitude of silence, the unspeaking of his name. At PTBN he's 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 Instam and/or the Tumblr. Tamp 'em up solid.