I almost forgot to do this, so let me do it quickly. Here’s your weekly dose of stuff I read on the Internet.

  • A popular theory of human migration is that the first settlers of North America migrated from Asia over a land bridge and then settled the rest of the content by moving through an ice-free corridor in modern-day British Columbia and Alberta. Now, according to Emily Chung of CBC News, new research has debunked that theory by demonstrating that the “ice-free” corridor was still frozen over at the time of migration. It looks like the settlers must have taken another route after coming over the land bridge.
  • Timothy Burke of Deadspin’s Regressing blog explains why there are so many ties in swimming: measuring times more accurately is possible, but it would be meaningless because pools aren’t built accurately enough to accommodate those measurements.
  • This is a complex issue: Brendan Sinclair of GamesIndustry.biz writes about potential new regulations on augmented-reality and location-based games that are supposedly designed to protect players from registered sex offenders. Working around these regulations could be prohibitively difficult for smaller developers. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, sex offenders usually target people they know, and many of the people on sex offender registries are people who were caught doing stupid things like streaking or urinating in public. I’m not in favour of these rules, but vocally opposing them could be political suicide for legislators. It’s a tough situation.
  • Finally, something fun from Zack Furniss of Destructoid: type your name + ‘the hedgehog’ into Google and see what happens. (Oh, Sonic fans, you crazy mofos.)

Well, those Sonic OCs were some nightmare fuel. I hope this doesn’t keep you awake for all eternity.