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.
- Should you try to make a comprehensive family tree for the European monarchy, you will inevitably wind up going back all the way to Woden.
- The .org website registry has been sold, putting public organizations in the position of having to renew their registrations with a private equity firm.
- The Yiddish Book Center recently finished digitizing ten thousand works from its collection and making them text-searchable, an amazing boon to scholarship.
- Does puppetry still work when you can see the puppeteer? It does if it’s Jim Henson doing muppetry, and Kermit’s more than happy to explain it to you.
- This Week in Physics: Visualize vibration patterns on solid objects with a smooth surface and a violin bow.
- The Austrian government’s plan to keep Hitler’s birthplace from becoming a shrine for modern admirers is to fill it with cops.
- Finally, someone is brave enough to ask the most important question of our time: How to do tell a schlemiel from a schlemazel?
- There’s a vaccine for Lyme disease that works on humans, but anti-vax ridiculousness drove it off the market early in this century and no pharmaceutical company wants to touch it today.
- Deep sea worms are just like us, with the same reaction to being unexpectedly photographed.