Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 12/23/2015


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!

  • First, allow me to plug myself. Yesterday the third episode of my very own podcast venture went up, featuring discussions of the Star Trek Beyond trailer and the new Star Wars score (and the movie, a little bit), so don’t miss it if those things are of any interest to you.
  • We’re set to have a very special Christmas this week.
  • Ken Burns’ The Galactic Civil War shows the story of Star Wars as a documentary chronicling the personal stories of a conflict that truly was fought in a thousand places.
  • PTBN’s very own JT Rozzero brings us This Week in Redesigned NFL Logos: Trump Edition. You know, it’s notable that the addition of a big ol’ racist, running a racist campaign to lead a racist party, actually mitigates the racism of a couple of the NFL logos. Funny how that works.
  • Are you still unsure about what gift to get your sweetums for the solstice season, even at this late date? (Very late indeed, if the solstice is the thing you celebrate.) Depending on the shapes of your and their bodies, you may still be able to take some advice from the greatest love song of our time.
  • This week in Oral Histories of Everything: The Muppet Christmas Carol, including Michael Caine’s pledge to treat the film as if he was working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, because he’s Michael f’n Caine.
  • In order to combat a rabies epidemic in wild foxes, several European countries once resorted to air-dropping disembodied chicken heads containing vaccine capsules. It really makes you think: what sort of bait can we use to trick the affluent white anti-vaccine goons among us?
  • Chicago now has its first LGBT retirement center, one of only a few in the US. I think about elderly LGBTQIAP+ people sometimes, not only because there are so few of them thanks to the AIDS epidemic, but also because the mainstream movement is geared toward young people to such an extent, and as with so many things it can be easy to let living history slip away. I don’t know. I don’t want to get too maudlin. Moving on.
  • This Week in Awesome People Being Rewarded: well done Serena Williams.
  • Also in great sportsball players: one of the true greats is retiring.
  • If you’re running late on your holiday preparations, it may be time to start quick-wrapping some presents. Here’s how.
  • In Ecuador, some palm trees can walk. Further reports are needed to ascertain whether anyone named the forest Birnam Wood.
  • Archaeologists have found signs of a massacre led by Julius Caesar against two Germanic tribes in what is now the Netherlands. That dude got around…and sure did kill a lot of people.
  • How do you protect crops from roaming elephants, and elephants from farmers who’d really like to avoid having humongous animals traipsing through their crops? One effective method involves fences imbued with bee hives. That might keep me away too.
  • This Week in Protective Measures Far More Horrifying Than the Thing They Protect You From: an earthquake-proof bed will basically, and automatically, drop you underneath a set of doors and form a steel sarcophagus around you should the vibrations of the very planet become too dire. Good night!