If I found any of these links through your blog and haven’t credited you, I apologise. I’m keeping track of referrers in future.
- Australian Speculative Fiction Carnival: Battle Penguins are Go! Among other things. (And I’m doing May, so please make interesting – or remarkably silly – posts about Australian SF between April 16 and May 15 and let me know).
- 20th Carnival of Feminist SF: Impenetrable undergarments and what almost happened to the Skywalkers.
- An answer to a LOLCats proposal (don’t read the comments unless you’ve got a strong tolerance for loosely invented dialects : ).
LANGUAGE & WRITING
- Signal to Noise: I really like the idea of enforced originality in forums. Or generally, at least as an intriguing linguistic experiment. And it might stop annoying calendar quotations.
- The same people are unable to resist spoiling their favourite word game.
- Can we write characters from other cultures? How can we do it? Should we try? Tobias Buckell on Writing us, not ‘The Other’
- Attack patterns in written language (via making light).
ILLUSTRATION & ART
- I’d like this article on Socar Myles’ silly/sombre bird people for just this line: “Cameras always lie. Had I known that, I’d have bought one ages ago.” But the rest is pretty good too.
- And of course there’s a Narnia dial. Found on Flickr – a good example of street art making the streets better.
- A comparison (with pictures) of differing styles in British and American cover art.
- Curious Art’s altered stamp – I really like this idea especially how she’s made the cat in the same style as the stamp.
BUSINESS AND POLITICS
- A selection of blog posts on the apology (via Gillian – my post is here).
- Cedric Hohnstadt’s Basic Business Tips for Illustrators, which are pretty good tips for anyone self employed or working from home.
- I trust life will emulate art in respect of XKCD’s What Would Escher Do wristband.
- If you can convince me it would be at all seemly for me to wear this ThinkGeek shirt, I would totally buy it and wear it anywhere I could. And huge tracts of land aren’t as rude as the “nice melons” shirts we almost had to wear that time I was packing rockmelons, are they?
As I said on /Karen/’s blog, I wonder whether Valentine’s Day is perhaps a test of love more than the evidence of it. Like poetry in P&P: “But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.” There’s got to be something up with a day which so many people dislike that the anti-valentines (complete with anatomically correct, bloodied hearts) start to get trite. Here, however, are a few that caught my notice:
And if you went to the Lolcats proposal at the start of this list, a few posts behind it you will find the worst valentine (baboonentine? baboonbehind?) ever, from which I am protecting you by not linking to it. My eyes, they bleed.
*I’ll tell you about this some day.