Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 07/29/2020

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 informative.

  • As scientific analysis and understanding of our current plague develops, more experts have come to believe that surface transmission isn’t nearly as much of a threat than airborne transmission, which means that the hyped-up supercleaning efforts may just amount to hygiene theater. Unlike security theater, though, cleaning things is actually good for other reasons (within, uh, reason).
  • What else functions as a key transmission vector? Could it be nephilim spirit husbands sporting alien DNA? Has this even been tested??
  • GitHub is establishing a copy of its repository of open source code in a long, long, long-term archive in an old coal mine in the Arctic Circle where, one hopes, it may outlive us all.
  • Five-dimensional chess is real and also glorious/
  • It’s always a great solace to go out, commune with nature, and let it come to you as it may.
  • Language is highly contingent and highly fluid, and a word that’s anodyne in one language may have passionate connotations in another. For instance, some Yiddish terms have really negative connotations in German for reasons I can’t begin to nail down.
  • I’ve long had a low opinion of people melodramatically declaring that something’s made them feel so so old, however, with How did Internet Searches Work Before Google historical retrospectives in rotation, I shall now crumble to dust and drift into the sea. It’s been nice knowing you.