Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 06/03/2015


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!

  • This Week in Technology: a better door handle kills germs on contact.
  • Long-time readers of the Wednesday Walk will remember the Voynich Manuscript, the (possibly) coded tome that’s stumped would-be translators for a century. This is a good primer on it, in comic form no less.
  • In British Columbia, for the first time, an assistance dog was allowed into court to help a child testify against her attacker.
  • RIP Robgert Minjarez Jr., murdered by a cop. RIP Feras Morad, murdered by a cop for trying shrooms for the first time, having a bad trip, and “walk[ing] toward the officer who arrived to help get him medical aid.”
  • In Michigan, a pig ran around town causing mayhem for a while before messing up a police car. I’m not sure what’s at all out of the ordinary about that…wait, hold the phone, this time it’s a literal pig.
  • The horrific laws that encourage more people to carry guns are, of course, whites-only.
  • If you use Hola to get around international website restrictions, you may want to move to another service.
  • This Week in Art: Daniel Rozin’s PomPom Mirror uses 928 motorized fur puffs to reflect you in black-and-beige.
  • The common wisdom about the holes in Swiss cheese — that they’re created by CO2 released by bacteria as the cheese sets — is apparently WRONGITY WRONG.
  • Learn a little about how your laptop and phone batteries work.
  • Thank goodness someone’s thinking about how to avoid destroying humanity.
  • It must be so horrible being one of the young women caught in abusive cults.
  • Even Mary Poppins has bills to pay.
  • Baby names come from everywhere.
  • From the Library of Congress: thousands of first-person accounts as given by former slaves.
  • Oskar Gröning, literal Nazi and Auschwitz bookkeeper, shows no regret about his faithful work for the Nazi regime.
  • Defeat disruptive airport noise through better landscaping.