Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 04/30/2014


Welcome to the Wednesday Walk Around the Web, where we weave & wind through weblinks weekly. Here you may find some things that amuse, some that titillate, and the occasional link that provokes. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • The one terror of a bodega cat? Dogs.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (in the US) has developed the most accurate atomic clock yet devised by the human mind. Both this and the older cesium clock will continue to operate simultaneously for some time.
  • The Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are suing the team for violation of the minimum wage and mistreatment at team events.
  • We were talking about Chose Your Own Adventure a couple weeks back. This one offers a realistic portrait of human history in addition to own-adventure-choosing fun.
  • Brad Woodling–dear, sweet Brad–brings us news of Mattel’s franchises colliding. Please let this be the next crossover cartoon after the recent Scooby-Doo movie.
  • NASA is giving its Distinguished Public Service medal to the Shatman.
  • It seems a lot of experiments will have to factor in one more variable, since gendered pheromones have a profound effect on lab rats & mice.
  • This Week in Willie Nelson: Previously we brought you the good word that Willie’s beloved stuffed armadillo is back where it belongs. Now, with Ol’ Dillo by his side, Nelson has earned a fifth-degree black belt. So don’t go messing with a country singer.
  • It seems Nintendo will be broadening the scope of its operations significantly.
  • The NFL tries to put its best games in primetime, to the extent that the best games can be predicted months before the season begins. And it does a decent job, all things considered…unless you just hate the entire NFC East.
  • The legend of the landfill packed with copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 — a flop so notorious that Atari had to eat the costs of dumping its excess stock in some forgotten corner of New Mexico — is not only true, but the landfill has been found and excavation has begun. More interesting than garbage from 1983, though, is this analysis of why people hated ET and how to fix it.
  • Much Loved is a collection of portraits of people’s stuffed animals, friends through so many nights and veterans of so many battles with the monsters under the bed.
  • Travis Banks, longtime friend of the Walk and movie maven, sends in three stories this week: first, Steven Spielberg invented the PG-13 rating to protect The Temple of Doom; next, 1999 has become something of an influential year for movies; finally, Mrs. Doubtfire was the most-played movie on basic cable last year, perhaps explaining why it was thought that Mrs. Doubtfire 2: Electric Boogaloo would be a good project to greenlight. The top ten list has a couple movies you’d expect, but number four? Really? Really. Really?
  • Go away Google Plus; nobody ever cared about you.
  • Helen Keller was not only able to appreciate music, but wrote quite beautifully about her experience with Beethoven’s Ninth.
  • In our PTB Nation Link of the Week, Adam Murray continues his trek through Music from Around the World.