Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 09/17/2014


  • We can do better, as a civilization. We can support our power lines in style.
  • Geography in Louisiana is more complicated than you’d think.
  • The Scottish sent whiskey into space three years ago to see if the flavor would be affected. Now it’s back, to let you know, it can really shake ’em down.
  • When you send your genetic code to testing agencies, you may get more information back than you expect.
  • Don’t be alarmed, but if you’re a fan of red meat, do try to stay away from the Lone Star tick.
  • Jason Krowe wants us all to get a case of Surge once it’s available again. Wednesday Walk Top Tip: don’t mix your Amazon Surge with your Space Whiskey. Just don’t.
  • This Week in Things I Need on My Walls: NASA mission art.
  • We’re used to thinking of internet trolls as frothing-mad loners, with nothing going on in their lives except the thrill of making someone else’s unpleasant. Sometimes reality is even worse.
  • Always link to stories about Phineas Gage, the man who took a rod through the head and, in so doing, became a hey-uuge neuroscientific test case.
  • In the grand return of Willie Nelson News, ol’ Willie demonstrates some card tricks.
  • Are Broncos fans really still so mad at Phil Simms over the Super Bowl?
  • Friends, we have literary socks. Oh yes.
  • “Each of my few friends, and my daughters and my brother and my nephew – all of them have dozens of friends they’re closer to than they are to me.” Wait, there’re people with dozens of people they’re close to in some manner? Lots of people? Dozens? Welp.
  • Sure, go ahead, put a little more beefcake in comics. Something for the gents!
  • Sometimes, we humans go ahead and build crap in places where it screws with the other local residents. Not a problem, say the humans, we’ll just innovate the hell out of that and build a fish cannon. Because that’s what we do.
  • Another thing we innovate the hell out of is sorting through literary collections algorithmically — in this case, finding haikus in US Supreme Court decisions. And here I saw “poetry in Supreme Court decisions” and thought it’d be a West Wing fansite.
  • It’s been ten years since The Drew Carey Show wrapped up, and we still don’t have a definitive answer as to why it branched out in so many strange and wonderful directions toward the end.
  • If you screw up something big and important at work, I’m sorry. Just remember that you’re probably not having as bad a day as this person.
  • Dreadnoughtus schrani is now the largest known land dinosaur. They just don’t make them like they used to.
  • Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooops, historical edition! If you haven’t seen the video of the Gallopin’ Gertie bridge, it really is scary.
  • Get some perspective not only on how your bones fit together, but how they move together, with X-ray gifs.
  • Mario is, as many of us have known for some time, a jerk.
  • This week in Music Recommendations: John Murphy’s Anonymous Rejected Filmscore, an album of heavily-reworked music Murphy composed for an legally-anonymous film sometime in the past. My personal favorite pieces include How to Leave Your Body and Dead Ballerina; really do buy it if you can.

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.