I like to give credit (for links) where credit is due, but have no idea where I first saw Piled Higher and Deeper, a grad student comic strip by Jorge Cham. Pretty sure it wasn't at Comics Sherpa, I never use that thing. . .
Realized at one point yesterday that I'd mentioned The Dark Crystal, a children's film, and in the same entry linked to an interview at a porn site.
I'd feel worse about this, if Michele hadn't trackbacked (that's. . . not a word, is it?) to that entry in one where she mentions Neopets, a site/activity for children. . . and also linked to the same interview at the porn site.
Unlike her, I don't have any children for DCFS to take away, though.
Crystal's ability to inspire terror is indicative of its creators' amazing craftsmanship. Jim Henson and Frank Oz, of the Muppets, with the help of artist Brian Froud (credited here as a "conceptual designer"), created a live-action fantasy world without any human characters. Instead, this world is populated by the hobbit/elf-like Gelfings; the numerous birdish Skesis; the gently lumbering Mystics; and assorted creatures more menacing than not. Amazingly, all of these characters are puppets, often elaborate. Only the occasional human stunt double can be glimpsed. These technical specs alone make Crystal a rare cinematic achievement, a feature-length puppet show.
If I was feeling all feminist analysis, I'd mention that Kira does most of the heavy lifting in the film, which is why she's later promoted to Major in the Bajoran. . . ok, if you even started laughing at that, you're a geek.
What else? Looking over papers at the temp job at Northwestern gave me a few ideas for entries, like the one on Self-Esteem and External Validation. Half-formed notion about linking/traffic as providing the latter, and feeding into the former, for people maintaining blogs, but like I said, half-formed.
Title inspired by an entry at Mac-a-ronies "describing ways bloggers can produce more reliable and credible weglogs," which is actually taken from an entry at Radical Rejection, which was itself inspired from an entry at. . . oh, you get the idea. One of 'em I strongly disagree with is:
Title - Every entry should have a title that is descriptive and topically singular. Its the easiest way to distinguish an informative weblog from an online journal. If mulitiple topics are covered in the majority of posts, then the web log probably isn't a reliable source for information. An exception would be a "what i've been reading" entry that is identified as more of a bibliography than a commentary. But, in general, posts that cover multiple topics leave the reader prone to confusion and allow the writer to make off-the-wall connections by jumping topics.
I'm all about the off-the-wall connections. Reader confusion is assumed.
The latter depends on Sitemeter for stats, so a blog that doesn't use their system (or doesn't make the stats public?) isn't included. As of this writing, Daily Kos has passed Instapundit, and I vaguely remember someone writing about this, but again, have no idea where that was.
Bringing us full circle -- my memory sucks.