I'm off till Tuesday as my employer commemorates the zombie uprising of its patron voodoo-man, and then I'm off to Las Vegas, just like last year, for a round of guidebook research and overindulgence in buffets, cocktails, bargain basement blackjack, and bad shows. This trip should be good because it's shorter, as opposed to last year's 12-day marathon. Plus, the Girlfriend Attorney will be coming along, though she'll just spend the days lounging by the pool and swanning around the boutique shops while I scramble around reviewing crap hotels. Such are gender roles in our enlightened modern world.
I may do some vacation-blogging and Vegas-blogging whilst off the Man's clock, so stay tuned. Meantime here's some early and shallow link dumpage to masticate.
Imprison your rage once more in the happy box with this online rake-able zen garden. Check out NASA video of hooverin' blobs of liquid in low-gravity conditions. This video for "All I Know" by hippity-hopster Rahzel begins with some highly disturbing adult-headed-baby imagery, and the tune is catchy too. Feed black meat to your inner mugwump by observing the William S. Burroughs-inspired "Ah Pook Is Here." Don Hertzfeldt is probably my favorite animator, and I doubt he approved this, but you can check out his first short, "Ah, L'Amour" ... then go and give him some love on his home Bitter Films site. And ask yourself why a just God would allow a fansite dedicated to art and fiction featuring deceased Simpsons character Maude Flanders? in German? (via)
Mark my words: pulsing anthropomorphic animal characters are becoming the signature style of net cartoons, as demonstrated in Fly Boy.
As exemplified ad nauseum by Saturday Night Live, sometimes parodies are so close to the bone that they inspire the same revulsion as their satirical inspiration. Manhattan Princess ISO Shoes, Soulmate! doesn't quite go over the line, but even though it's dead hilarious, there's only so much of its perky pinkness I can withstand ... (via)
Check out these awesome caskets with screened artwork on the outside (scroll to bottom). Tasteful Air Force coffin depicted above. Didn't I see the more elegant models in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Catalog? Where's the replica Tiffany glass, or with Monet's Water Lilies? (via)
And a final late addition, simply because it's an issue we need to debate seriously as a nation: How many five-year-olds could you fight simultaneously, and win? (via)