Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 11/29/2017

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. Views expressed in the Wednesday Walk do not necessarily reflect those of anyone but the writer.

  • We still need your advice questions for Steve Wille’s guest appearances on the ol’ Spectacular — big or small, we’ll consider them all! Email us or go to our Ask.fm page to send your questions today. (Your name won’t be read on the show without permission (so tell us what to call you if anything), and Ask.fm allows anonymous submissions.)
  • For instance, if one of the involved parties had written in to us to ask whether it was a good idea to get it on with your sweetums whilst drunkenly speeding down a state road with a baby in the back seat, I’m fairly confident we would have told you that’s a bad idea. (Spoiler: the baby made it.)
  • This Week in Brand Allegiance: Soon there will be born a child by the name of Olivia Garton. You know, sometimes a person really is born with an unlimited pasta pass in their mouth.
  • In the US, the drive to kill net neutrality is rearing its ugly head yet again. (If you need a quick primer on what net neutrality is and why you should care, voila.) US citizens can leave public comments with the FCC, but that doesn’t mean the FCC’s listening.
  • I learned this week that sometimes horror movies are precisely accurate — kids really can be creepy as hell.
  • I hope anyone who celebrated Thanksgiving last week (or last month) made sure to use the best recipes around.
  • The assumption in illustrations of dinosaurs that the creatures looked like skin was just draped over the skeletal evidence we have is called “shrinkwrapping.” People sometimes point out that lots of animals living today have noses, ears, skin flaps, feathers, subdermal fat, pouches, and other parts of their anatomy that wouldn’t necessarily show up in the fossil record in millions of years. So it’s interesting to see what some of today’s animals look like under the same artistic assumptions.
  • If reusable grocery bag proliferation is as much of an issue as this article contends, perhaps we could institute some sort of reusable grocery bag redistribution system. Like, I know I’m not exactly striking a blow for environmentalism when I use a reusable bag , I’m mostly just arranging my groceries so I don’t have to make a hundred trips to the car when I get home.
  • The Migrant Quilt Project memorializes people killed crossing the Mexico-US border, in the vein of the AIDS Quilt.
  • This Week in Pillow Talk: If you really want to get your sweetums in the mood, try taking inspiration from the very worst erotic writing of the year. (We’re starting year-end lists with a bang, folks!)
  • This Week in Captions: You can generally take a good guess at what a library book is about.
  • Let’s say you managed to acquire a mammothly expensive work of art (statistically, probably an old Italian dude’s painting of White Jesus). In addition to the bill you’re now getting from the auction house, a host of logistical and financial issues now await you.
  • Kudos to everyone present at an orchestral concert when Stravinsky’s Firebird caught someome decidedly off-guard for taking it as they should have. The conductor’s “everyone all right back there?” look is perfect.
  • It seems the next versions of Windows will actually just be Window. Or maybe Tabs.
  • I need to get my cat this award for his undying dedication to walking around on my ankles as soon as I go to bed.

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.