Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 12/27/2017

An aerial shot of  Metasequoia trees.

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.

  • We still need your advice questions for Steve Wille’s guest appearances on the ol’ Spectacular — big or small, we’ll consider them all! Email us or go to our page to send your questions today. (Your name won’t be read on the show without permission (so tell us what to call you if anything), and allows anonymous submissions.) We released our first advice episode this week, so help us do more!
  • One of the undercurrents of my thought during a lot of that podcast was the importance of kindness. This doesn’t often come easily; sometimes it has to be forced and I fail a lot. For example, I tend to think more flat-Earthers should try to launch themselves into space.
  • Whoooooooooooooooops!
  • This Week in Fashion History: Women’s fashions of the 19th century were ludicrously prone to bursting into flames.
  • The Porgs in the latest Star War (which I also have a new podcast out on) started out as puffins that came with the filming locations. You know, great art happens in a variety of ways.
  • Folks talk about movie trailers giving away entire plotlines, but just think of the level of plot detail in older trailers.
  • A feathered dinosaur’s tail has been found preserved in amber. Stunning.
  • I did not know that Dance Dance Revolution is still alive, and thriving in some quarters. Everyone get back to the arcades, if they still exist!
  • Amazon is killing the mp3 locker, at least for fiels you uploaded yourself. Amazon purchases are staying, but if you were using it as a cloud player…sorry?
  • Do-not-resuscitate orders are serious, often avoid unnecessary suffering, and people should consider them. (Full disclosure: I don’t have one. I might in the future. It never would’ve been her choice, but I’ve often thought that my mother went through a lot of suffering that she didn’t have to.) I’m not sure how best to communicate them to medical workers when you’re unconscious other than keeping ID on you and hoping they can locate written DNR orders, but it seems that getting a tattoo to that effect can just complicate things. It could just be your favorite band’s best album.
  • Sometimes I wonder what might be left of our civilization in a few thousand or million years, when it’s getting dug up in the way that we reveal past societies and geological eras. If anyone finds a museum with artifacts from all places and eras mixed together with replicas of the same, it’s bound to be confusing. I hope someone in a far-off time finds the sets from the 1923 The Ten Commandments and wonders at the glories of the past Egyptian civilization of southern California.
  • This Week in Art: Were I the sort to buy a variety of art prints to populate my home (and who knows, I could make some changes from my current collection of my parents’ paintings, a few posters, some of my abstract line drawings, the LP of the Moon score, and a drawing an old e-buddy made of our old group of e-buddies), I would absolutely snap up Octocat.
  • Also in art, pendulum art seems almost literally hypnotic. It must be (again almost literally) mesmerizing to walk through that installation.
  • Take a minute, breathe deeply, and watch 800 beluga whales.

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