Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 05/29/2019

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.

  • It’s a chicken! It’s a dinosaur! It’s the chickensaur!
  • In art, the flip-flop is something that is moved back and forth between physical and digital media during its creation, taking advantage of the inherent differences between the two to create something that isn’t entirely possible in either domain. Come for the fascinating interaction of different media, stay for the story of Ray Harryhausen’s hip-hop flip-flop.
  • Only 90’s kids will remember going milkcap krazy. Keep on slamming, friends.
  • This Week in Recontextualization: Slow down Alvin and the Chipmunks songs, and what you get absolutely slaps.
  • This Week in NIMBYism: I’m sure any number of Park Slope residents would tell you they’re really quite concerned with the plight of the homeless, but they don’t mean it enough to tolerate the idea of an actual real-life homeless shelter. Heavens no! Won’t somebody think of the property values?
  • It’s super fun when old but resurgent terrors link up with aspects of our cyberpunk dystopian present, like when neo-Nazis react to being deplatformed by PayPal and credit card companies by buying into cryptocurrency. Of course, if they didn’t, I suppose they’d just assume bitcoin is also run by The Jews.
  • Speaking of our cyberpunk dystopian present, the increasing fakeness of the internet, including advances in fully faked videos, feel like reason enough to retreat to siloed Slacks and Discords and other elaborate group chats. Of course, we’ve all been on blogs and other communities that closed themselves off and thrived, but only for a time, before entropy inevitably came for them. So it’s a quandary.
  • Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooops!
  • It makes sense that the first molecule to form in the aftermath of the big bang would’ve been a combination of the first two elements, hydrogen and helium. What’s a little surprising is that it’s only recently that we’ve found helium hydride occuring naturally in space.
  • It can feel weird to be in a school as an adult, so sometimes you have to make the best of it by examining the milk propaganda in the cafeteria with an adult’s jaundiced eye.
  • This Week in Jolene: You know, sometimes you listen to “Jolene.” Sometimes you listen to covers of “Jolene,” though of course no one comes close to Dolly’s perfect performance. Sometimes you listen to “Jolene” slowed down or sped up. But sometimes you listen to “Jolene” as if you’re in a loft in a cabin in the woods during a pleasant rainstorm, relaxed as could be. It’s a fine, fine way to listen to “Jolene.”

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