Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 01/23/2019

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.
  • The struggle against smoking in schools is tough — my high school career was replete with disgusting bathrooms covered in butts and ash — but I’m not sure taking the doors off of the bathrooms is quite right.
  • This Week in Literature: If you’ve been looking for the Animorphs books to pop up for free, well friend, this is your lucky day.
  • RIP Nick Redman, documentary filmmaker and a giant in the field of archival film score restoration and preservation over the last twenty-five years.
  • The self-driving cars and the autonomous robots seem to be exploring the edges of their uneasy truce.
  • Food waste is replete in the US, but according to someone who seems like she’d know, you can’t really blame it on distributors not wanting to sell “ugly” produce in stores (or consumers being unwilling to buy it), since the ugly tomatoes are going to become sauce or salsa, the ugly apples are going to be juiced, and the ugly potatoes are going to become frozen hash browns. I suppose that puts a lot of the food-waste onus on stores that throw out just-expired produce rather than giving it to poor folks. (Giving away the gleanings of your fields might be one of the more helpful parts of the Bible, come to think of it.)
  • A wide-ranging reading of Yelp reviews reveals that if you scratch reviewers’ claims of “authenticity” a little bit, racism pops out.
  • This Week in DNA Testing Kits: Various testing outlets gave different results for identical twins, highlighting how much of anyone’s results are artfully assembled, even aside from the privacy nightmare of the DNA databases each company has amassed.
  • This quick history of cheese traces some of the major developments in cheesemaking over the last ten thousand years.
  • Before you get any “smart” internet-connected device, consider what you’re going to do when it can’t get service, or the company goes under and stops providing firmware updates, or you forget your password, or whatever. You don’t want to get stuck having to walk home because you couldn’t unlock your bike, for instance.
  • This Week in Wednesday Walk Top Tips: Injecting yourself with sperm is not a recommended remedy for back pain. Please do not buy a hypodermic needle and roll your own sperm injections. They will only cause other pain.
  • Westminster Abbey’s attic is open for business for the first time.
  • Caroline Eriksson is an artist who does much of her best work in the medium of franchise-assisted gingerbread.

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