I’ll be back soon for a regular blog post, but first, a few scattered shiny things from the Internet:
Check out this incredibly detailed replica of Henry Jones’ Grail diary from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (my favorite of the series). He’s also created a ton of other replicas, well worth checking out on the main page.
And finally, I give you the Laws of Physics: Cartoon version, laid out with scientific precision.
Not all in the same item, unfortunately. Even so, here a few things that caught my attention recently that I thought were worth sharing.
First, from the girl geek blog The Mary Sue, What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Were Actually Human. (Incidentally, if you go to Mary Sue and search for “Disney princesses,” I hope you don’t have anything pressing to do for a while — there’s an amazingly deep warren of Disney princess reinterpretations to get lost in.)
Second, two stories from Daily Science Fiction. I admit I don’t read every story that shows up in my inbox just because my inbox can get a little overwhelming during the work week (and during the weekends I’d rather stay offline as much as possible), but sometimes a title catches my attention and the story itself doesn’t let go. Here are two of those:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting an Alien Parasite by Rebecca Adams Wright (warning: disturbing content)
I Heard You Got a Cat, I Heard You Named Him Charles by M. Bennardo
Finally, the Oscars last weekend got me thinking about a bit I remembered from the Academy Awards in 1992, when Belle and the Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast presented the best animated short film award. (Mainly I remembered that the Beast put on reading glasses and it was freaking adorable.) And yep, it’s on Youtube — poor quality, unfortunately, but here we are anyway.
So what interesting stuff have you found online lately — music, art, writing, cat videos…?
Again, a lot of the people who are likely to read this journal have probably already seen this, but I know there are some who haven’t. (Besides, things like this are worth watching even when they’re not the big viral thing of the moment.)
Interpretations of this animation vary, but this has been quoted as a comment from the artist:
“As for the story: the butterfly dragon, a symbol of imagination, enables the little deer creature to express his creativity by teaching him how to paint. The mask, representing the deer’s imagination, is blessed by the dragon and transforms him into a creature similar to the butterfly dragon. Essentially it’s about unlocking the ‘god’ inside us all. :)”
The artist’s website can be found here.
Probably everybody’s seen this already in one major news outlet or another, but just in case, I give you not merely the world’s smallest frog, but the world’s smallest vertebrate:
Apparently this poem has been making the rounds since about 1994, but I first encountered it when it was posted to the poetry community here on Dreamwidth.
You can find more about the poet and her other works at her website:
Maybe I need to drop the “Friday” part of the “Friday Finds”… XD Anyway, have a fun light show:
In other news, the folks at Anthro Dreams are still putting the finishing touches on my novel By Sword and Star for a planned January release–more on that as things get set. I’m also polishing up my goals for 2012 (one of the unwritten ones is to update here a little more often and with a bit more depth and personal notes), and I’ve put in an application for one of Odyssey’s online writing courses, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get into that.
All for now…
It’s been a very long week, and therefore I’m watching Muppet Show and Sesame Street clips on YouTube. XD
Always loved this song…
(Count yourselves lucky — this week’s Friday Find could have been Bert and Ernie with “Dance Myself to Sleep.”
Oh, what the heck.)
Video quality is atrocious, but you can still get the gist of this classic little cartoon that I first saw on Sesame Street:
Kind of the precursor to Simon’s Cat, one might say. 🙂
(Yes, it’s technically Sunday, but oh, well.)
Though I’ve never had that much interest myself in the fursuiting (costuming) aspect of the furry fandom, I’ve been amazed by the quality of this designer’s work for a while now — especially the “quadsuits,” made to be worn by someone on all fours using arm stilts. I was particularly impressed by this one, but the other videos are worth checking out as well.
This week’s Friday Find is… well, actually a whole gallery of works. Artist Mark Villarreal set up his own personal challenge to create a rabbit painting for every day of the Year of the Rabbit. So far he’s at #167, posted back in July. I don’t know if he’s still plugging away at it or not, but even if the project doesn’t get completed, some of the individual pieces are remarkably creative. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that there could be so many ways of depicting the same basic animal — but it’s still marvelous to look through.
Go browse some bunnies:
Or sample some of my favorites: