Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 11/05/2014

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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!

  • We all really did take a while to figure out our images, eh? To the extent that we have.
  • This steampunk Game Boy is great and all, but how retro can a Game Boy COLOR really be?
  • When you’re a kid, you’ve got to get your picture day game so right.
  • Google sure is taking search in a different direction.
  • A pigeon can, apparently, just drop the back part of its body in times of trouble. Where’s the superhero with that ability?
  • Amy Poehler’s book looks pretty fun, and that Jon Hamm story is great.
  • Making “Jediism” an actual religion-like thing faces a couple challenges. One, no. Two, do these people comprehend how deeply they should not want to get into it with the Walt Disney international megacorporation? Unless you’ve really got yourself convinced you can come back as a Force ghost, neither a victory nor a stalemate is an available option. This goes by long-standing carny rules; you can’t just horn in on someone else’s action, you’ve got to start fresh, like Hubbard, or work a sequel/spinoff, like Brigham Young or Jesus. “The Jedi belief system is a patchwork quilt of Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism and Samurai, says Singler.” I mean, you do you, I guess these folks aren’t hurting anyone, but great googly-moogly.
  • No matter how hard it might be to imagine the play without it, the balcony in Romeo and Juliet is a product of adaptation.
  • Woe betide if you should need to fart while getting an MRI exam.
  • The cells in your body are constantly dying, being ejected, and being replaced. Your mental state is an ever-shifting emergent quality of the electrical impulses in your brain, representing themselves as a consistent consciousness because the phrase “useful illusion” doesn’t have that first word for no reason. What makes you the same person as your childhood self when your thoughts, your perspective on the world, your feelings and desires and values are all markedly different? Personal identity, boy, I don’t know.
  • Check out these candid videos of chemical reactions going on right now in your area!!!
  • Nickelback can rest easy. Florida Georgia Line is here for everyone to hate.
  • Jordan Duncan wants you to understand something about the US of A, and that’s that we here in the CT want to know more about the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • You never know what you might find on the ol’ hiking trail. It’s a ghost town! Hooraaaaay!
  • Family get-togethers get especially awkward when grandma poisons everyone.
  • This week in things you need the internet to tell you because you’ve never been to the other side of your home country: in the western US, butter comes in Western Stubbies. Huh. Does that mean y’all on the west coast have differently-shaped butter dishes?
  • Exposing child molesters is too hard already, let alone in tight-knit communities, let alone in religious communities, let alone in communities that are granted some latitude in policing themselves.
  • Historical cooking blog” is just a delightful turn of phrase.
  • An orchestra eating the hottest peppers and then playing through the pain has to be seen to be believed.

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.