Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 10/15/2014


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. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • The artificial pancreas might be on the way sooner than later, if your biological one just isn’t getting the job done.
  • Pointing is an interesting, and varied, practice.
  • Costco baby, please put out a sample or three, for me. (Note: This article includes a link alleging that Penn Jillette takes his dates to the local Costco. What a catch.)
  • This Week in Man’s Inhumanity to Man: the US prison system is a horror show for pretty much everyone, but especially sick or disabled prisoners.
  • Also: A woman was abducted by an Uber driver and held for two hours in what the company calls an “inefficient route.” So, basically, Uber delenda est, right?
  • The sitcom people are going to dig this: the Carlton is back.
  • We’ve now been making art for forty thousand years. And because this recent discovery is in Indonesia, it helpfully busts up the assumption that art began in what we now call Europe just because that’s the only place we’d found any cave paintings.
  • Joseph Lee is back to bring us more NOOOOOOOOOPE. If you actually watch the video, you’ll be doing more than I did.
  • This Week in Viking Funerals: fare thee well, Earl Ragnar.
  • There are still quite a few theories tumbling around about Edgar Allan Poe’s death.
  • Where did the tradition of mummy stories come from? If you guessed a whole lot of racist antics, you’ve got it!
  • How to Turn Star Trek Into the Next Marvel Movie Universe. This seems somewhat dubious, though I’d love to see ST back on TV, where it tends to work better.
  • Come to this article for the statistical note that income inequality in the US today is more extreme than it was in the Roman Empire, but stay for the explanation of how Roman inequality is measured.
  • “South Downs litter picker has truck named after him,” reports a local news site. That picker, though, is David Sedaris. The local news people apparently found this out the next day.
  • You can pay exorbitant sums of money for props from some of your favorite films on Thursday, if you so wish. They’ve got some very nice Star Trek concept paintings, if you’re looking for a Halloween present for your humble Wednesday Walker.
  • California’s foie gras ban is sticking.
  • Captive orcas speak dolphin. They probably have some sort of silly accent.
  • Carrying your Nobel Prize through airport security is such a drag!
  • Running has been wrong in our art for, it seems, pretty much forever.
  • A lot of us are down on the NFL as an organization these days. Domestic violence and other life-changing trauma will do that. But you see so much more from the inside.
  • Don’t think you can just switch to other sports, either: there’s a fresh doping scandal in the cow milking world championship.
  • You may remember Watson as the terrifying computerized hive-mind that bested many of our finest Jeopardy! warriors some years back. Now, Watson is growing, learning…becoming.