Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 06/11/2014

But no living man am I!

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!

  • If the human race goes belly up, and another civilization arrives or evolves on earth in the far future, their paleontologists will be able to tell when we were here by the presence of our plastics.
  • Sexism is so inculcated and so stupid that it leads to people not taking hurricanes with stereotypically female names as seriously as hurricanes with stereotypically male names.
  • Okay, we’re getting pretty heavy right at the start here. Let’s take a break to look at pigeons trying to fly in microgravity.
  • Let’s take in a night at the orchestra too. We got cello players with sunglasses on!
  • This Week in Live Streams: the International Space Station has cameras trained on the Earth — plain old HD cameras (relatively speaking, since they are after all IN SPACE), not the sort you’d find on spy satellites or anything — and you can catch the view any time.
  • The 2015 NFL draft is leaving Radio city Music Hall. I guess MSG would be fine, but the draft just wouldn’t be the same without all the Giants & Jets fans in attendance.
  • What should you do if people won’t stop butting into your life and badgering you about settling down and getting married? The Walk-approved solution is to buy a mannequin family and take some vacation photos.
  • Bill Watterson returned to the comics last week for a brief turn in Pearls Before Swine. Between this and the poster Watterson drew for Stripped, this is a banner year for sure.
  • Surely there are a lot of sports teams that could use some genuine comic book guidance.
  • We recently celebrated Tetris Day; there’s no bad time to brush off your USB NES controller and fire up an emulator — or even, bless you, hook up your real life NES again — so get going.
  • A Russian edition of The Lord of the Rings had medieval-style illustrations by Sergey Yuhimov, and they’re fantastic.
  • Jason Krowe brings us news of some new concept images for NASA’s theoretical faster-than-light ship…and it’s a ring ship! Can we really get the XCV-330??
  • In a sixteenth-century German artillery manual, you will find rocket-strapped cats, which is funny and all, but there’s much more to it than that.
  • In western China, researchers have found the oldest known pair of pants.
  • When you buy an old space suit, all of your home photos look better.
  • Travis Banks writes in to provide a couple of filmic notes. First, it may surprise you to know just how deeply algorithms govern your everyday experiences, and what they might predict. Second, let’s infographic it up for the thirtieth anniversary of Ghostbusters.
  • Because we live in a world of modern conveniences, you can use the format of a dating app to find a new pet.
  • You’re Getting Old is disappointingly-framed (age is just a number that describes how old you are), but provides some interesting milestones of your life.
  • This Week in High-End Versions of Everything: ice. Says the CEO of the company making luxury ice cubes: “the people who I was marketing to were not necessarily affected by the recession.” Yeah, I bet.
  • Look from the inside, and musical instruments can look like great halls.
  • Comic Book Cartography collects maps and diagrams of lairs, secret enclaves, and geographic regions.
  • There’s a program being proposed in a region of Italy to cut prisoners’ sentences by three days for each book they read, up to sixteen books in a year.
  • This past weekend, a child watched Star Wars for the first time and live-blogged it. Empire and Jedi follow. It’s hard to imagine this is real, because who can possibly come to Star Wars this fresh? Who has spent even as few as nineteen years anywhere within Western culture’s sphere of influence and not either seen Star Wars or absorbed so many of its tropes that little of it is actually new? (I mean, I haven’t seen The Godfather, but I know what the ding-dang thing is about.) Even so, this is a fun trifle.
  • The history of cats in Europe and associated regions is about as wild and horrible as many other kinds of history, but it does give rise to the following passage: “Muhammad is quoted as saying that ‘a love of cats is an aspect of faith.’ … This admiration alone made the cat a villain to medieval Christians who were suspicious of both Muslims and cleanliness.”
  • In the PTB Nation Links of the Week, ten of us here at the ol’ site got together to go through our favorite movies in every year of our collective generation. Since the last time the Wednesday Walk graced your browsers and/or feed-reading apps, we started in the primordial age of 1976 and moved on to 1977. We’ll be at this all the way to the present day, so strap in.