Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 11/20/2019

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.

  • Many of us in the US are getting ready to either make Thanksgiving dinner for our friends & family or make a side dish to bring to a celebration. It can be hard to think of fresh twists on the Thanksgiving menu, but the Walk’s fellow traveler Steve Wille is here to help. Even if you’re not a top-notch chef, you can make Taco Bell’s chicken taco bisque to bring some zing to the table, especially if it’s going next to some White Castle stuffing. Friends celebrating Thanksgiving outside the US at different times should bookmark these suggestions to use next year!
  • But if you INSIST on making the same old same old, you could certainly do worse than some of the Bon Appétit chefs’ variations on the old favorites.
  • In just about four billion years, the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies will meet, pass through each other, and begin merging into the Milkdromeda supergalaxy, their powers combined. Earth, should it still exist at that point, will have a great view of the proceedings.
  • The cyberpunk future is here: protesters are neutralizing cops with lasers.
  • We really don’t talk enough about the night the cast & crew of Titanic dined on PCP-laced clam chowder. How was this not addressed at the Oscars??
  • This former professional astrologer’s story of getting into and out of the business is interesting, revealing, and a little sad.
  • Hallmark is supposedly supplementing this year’s selection of Christmas movies with Chanukah offerings, which aside from the rather, ah, problematic nature of treating Hannukah as “the Jewish Christmas,” is apparently not even true as they appear to be Christmas movies that also have a Jew in them. I particularly love the premise that a Jewish person visiting a Christian household over the holidays doesn’t know the traditions — is this a thing goyim find plausible? That having different traditions exempts most of us from having grown up in Christian supremacist societies? Meanwhile I’m still waiting for someone to make the surefire hit Braveheart Except It’s About Judah Maccabee.
  • When Mario Maker came out, obviously all of us knew that it would soon be used to create cryptographically unsolvable locks. We’ve been doing that since the Super Nintendo days.

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