Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 05/25/2016


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. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Walk? Email Glenn!

  • People of Wal-Mart and other such sites really are fucking terrible.
  • At least one of Freddie Gray’s murderers is getting off; who can expect better for the others? Cops get to murder people all the time, the vast majority of them either get acquitted or never even face trial, and the cycle of human cruelty goes on and on and on.
  • This Week in Human Kindness: Rodney Powers Jr. started mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and then decided to build around that a little.
  • PTBN overlord Brad Woodling sends dispatches from a better universe than the one where we live in, one where would-be worldwide terror Donald Trump is limited to mismanaging D&D campaigns rather than corporations and bullying people on a smaller scale. I bet his victories are yoooooooge.
  • You know those posters they hang up in schools & libraries of celebrities holding books? You can go to the American Library Association and just buy them for yourself. Now Alan Rickman, Taraji P. Henson, Bill Gates, and David Bowie can pressure you into maybe cracking open a book once in a while. Take note, anyone thinking of getting me a birthday present in five months’ time!
  • This Week in the Oxford Comma: normally it’s the lack of the Oxford comma that gets people, but the Texas Republican Party found a way.
  • This Week in Photoshop: it’s always a valuable thing to replace guns with something that’s actually valuable to have in a society, like selfie sticks.
  • They finally made a Ghostbusters movie with some women in it, but the people making the toys don’t seem to think so.
  • This Week in Ancient Construction Techniques: watch a person build a tiled roof hut using ancient hand tools and natural materials. It’s really rather soothing.
  • When you have a cold, you notice how one of your nostrils is horribly blocked while the other one feels fine. It turns out that you’re probably breathing through one nostril all the time and just don’t notice until it’s an issue.
  • This Week in Dinosaurs: we gather a whole lot of information about dinosaurs considering pretty much all we have of them is some bones, apparently including the signs of skin disease.
  • Cigarette filters, it seems, don’t actually do anything. Welp. *shakes fist at tobacco industry*
  • This Week in Evolution: a Romanian cave was closed off for five million years, allowing for some interesting independent development.
  • There are a lot of beautiful vistas in New Zealand, perhaps some that weren’t even in The Lord of the Rings. But don’t go trying to hike through Mordor. Just don’t.