Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 09/18/2019

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 informative.

  • Hundreds of Neanderthal footprints found in a contained area in Normandy show a higher-than-expected number of children’s footprints, making it something of a Neanderthal daycare, or a Neanderthal nursery.
  • If there’s one thing the 90’s got so right, it was computer peripherals.
  • When I see a lede like James Cameron isn’t sure whether the world wants his Avatar sequels I think, ah, he finally realizes the world needs to move on from insipid colonial savior fantasies! But no, actually the article is about how Jim Cameron was an old man yelling at clouds about how Kids These Days use the streaming and the phones &c &c &c instead of going to a good ol’ movie theater, until he realized that the Avengers made a krillion bajillion dollars.
  • Sometimes a mystery you didn’t even know was a mystery is suddenly solved, and you are positively shocked to find out that the keygen song is a piece of music with a name and a provenance.
  • This Week in Radical Recontextualization: “All Star,” but this time it’s a love ballad. The Walk puts this question to you: Is “All Star” a meme song because of the prevalence of 90’s kids among digital natives, or because of 00’s kids who grew up on Shrek? Sound off in the comments!
  • Also in music, The Capstan program can take old recordings on old media, that were previously irretrievable due to various distortions, and create perfectly listenable versions of them. Simply amazing.
  • If you’re very lucky, and you happen upon a full moon behind thin clouds, you might catch a rainbow corona.
  • This Week in Tech Bullshit: ChromeOS devices have a built-in expiration date past which they’ll no longer accept security and software updates from Google, just in case the planned obsolescence of the components themselves isn’t enough to get you to buy new computers regularly.
  • Also in Tech Bullshit: Last week, Kickstarter management fired two union organizers in what smells pretty illegal. (The union movement at Kickstarter grew out of waffling and interference by management in the face of yet another bad-faith far-right misinformation campaign.)
  • This guide to the Am I an Asshole subreddit really hits some of the high and low points, including the overall impression that most boyfriends who wind up there really need to be dumped, and most people who wind up there asking about their boyfriends really need to break up with them.
  • Prison reform feels like a vast and impossible task, like so many other desperately-needed forms of progress. Thankfully there are folks working in their multitudes to drive these issues forward, such as those who fought to ban for-profit prisons in California. That it applies to ICE concentration camps in addition to state prisons is amazing, though activists will have to work to keep ICE from simply moving its prisoners to camps in other states.
  • Rome is beautiful in all four seasons — winter, spring, summer, and fall.

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