Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 10/07/2015


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!

  • A newly-discovered tablet has significantly added to what we have of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • Do yourself a favor and spice up your security questions on all your favorite websites a little.
  • The beauty and isolation of Antarctica must be amazing and exhilirating, but it might also drive a person to drink.
  • “Tear-jerking story about a character with dead parents” is something that’s almost tailor-made to catch me in the feels, but still, read this.
  • With driverless cars come cabbieless cabs, of course. It’s just a matter of time before we get the Johnny Cabs.
  • This Week in SPAAAAAAACE: NASA has posted every single ding-dang photo shot by Apollo astronauts to Flickr.
  • Also in space, NASA has audio clips to use as ringtones, or for whatever other purposes your mind can concoct.
  • This Week in Oddly Balletic Videos: hit some Jello with a tennis racket, watch the gelatin streamers fly. In slow-motion, obviously.
  • This Week in Voter Suppression: Alabama is going to stop issuing driver’s licenses at 31 locations with majority-black populations. They’ll still need photo IDs to vote, though, because otherwise the boogeyman will impersonate everyone or something.
  • GeoGuessr will take you to a new place, and invite you to tell where in the world you are.
  • The glass-bottomed bridge in Hunan privince, China, with a perfect view of a 600-foot drop, is equally awesome and terrifying.
  • Hands up, who else is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Welcome to Night Vale novel in a couple of weeks? Also, of course, when you’re adapting a podcast into novel form the audio book takes on more importance.
  • This Week in Dinosaurs: in what must be a rare find, we have fossilized remains of a Velociraptor and a Protoceratops stopped in the middle of combat. Click through for a pretty dramatic photo.
  • Hypnic jerk is apparently the name for that thing where I’m just about asleep and suddenly feel like I’m in freefall.