Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Unethical Pregnancy

Ruth Fowler discusses trying to be both an anarchist warrior and a mother, and the difficulties therein. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturnino Herran

Well I didn't know about this guy, and he's awesome. So here you go

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Compensating Executives

Was your populist rage tank running a little low? Here's a website that lists the 100 most highly compensated US Executives, and if you click on their names, it will give you the orders of magnitude more they are being paid than the average (not lowest) paid worker. For example, in 2012 Lawrence J. Ellison made 2,776 times the average worker's pay.

So, yeah, that's a thing. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Battle Royal

Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man is one of the most fantastic American novels out there, in my opinion, and I found out recently that the Battle Royal chapter was released as its own short story as well, which you can read here

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Tuatara

Okay, yes, this is a link to wikipedia, but omigosh! This is a three-eyed lizard whose single lungs have no bronchi, with a turtle heart and little beaks in their skulls. It's at least as interesting as a platypus.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Superheroes in Oil

Well, mostly photomanipulating superhero costumes on to classic works of art. Some lovely and surprising ones, a lot of sprayed on Wonder Woman suits. Still, very fun. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Forty Years of HP Lovecraft Pulp Covers

"Jim, I need to you gimme a cover for this book by, like, Tuesday."
"What's it about?"
"Shit, I don't know, man. Unspeakable horror, madness so twisted and perverse you can't even look on it without going insane. That sort of thing."
"Um... what... what's that supposed to look like, Fred?"
"Just... I don't know, Jim. Fish people. Mushrooms. Some girls in their underwear if you can squeeze it in."
"Yeah, okay. I can have that by Tuesday."

I'm not being completely fair, because some of these covers are genuinely fabulous. Some of them look like the Dagon cult has come to town for tea and manners comedy. Trying to do visual Lovecraft is hard, because if seeing your illustration doesn't live up to the whole mind-breaking promise, it kind of decreases the already strained credibility of the story. And if it does, they're not going to buy the book because they'll be a gibbering wreck. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Omigosh, Owls!

Oh Japan, you so crazy. 

I recognize that there are problems with this set up. But I want to have hot chocolate with an owl so much.