SOUND THING, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
(animatedalbums.tumblr.com) I have seen the future of rock ’n’ roll—and it looks like an episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, circa 1969. The Animated Albums blog represents the efforts of a wildly talented and imaginative artist calling himself Mr. Dormouse, who’s put his mind to setting the most iconic record sleeves of the past few decades in halting, comical motion—much as Python’s Terry Gilliam once did with vintage photographs and classical portraits. In other words: We see The Beatles actually jumping walls, we see Björk noshing on that piece of sushi, and we get to see the winged woman on the cover of Nirvana’s In Utero finally flying south for the winter.
INGENUITY AT REST
(foolishgadgets.com) Humanity is a dumb species, given to making gigantic piles of idiocy. Sure, we’ve done some cool things, but let’s face it: for every GPS-enabled smartphone, clip-on MP3 player and tablet computer, there’s a Super Mario Brothers Dress-Up Set, a coffee cup shaped like a toilet and a bong with the head of Yoda for a bowl. In fact, every clever or useful gadget in the world probably has two or more useless corollaries, and Foolish Gadgets shows you several of them a day. How did you live without stick-on mustaches for all your light switches? Seriously?
(theslowcookedsentence.blogspot.com) Although I never worked with her directly, I had the great honor of working at the Las Vegas Sun at the same time as Rachael Levy. She’s the kind of writer who, through no fault of her own, makes me feel like even more of a hack than I already do; her language is exquisite, her storytelling impeccable. In The Slow-Cooked Sentence, Rachael, who is moving from Sparks, Nev., to Seattle, applies her gifts to describing family life—and the results are no less compelling and no less affecting than when she endeavored to make sense of Vegas’ surreal narrative. Successfully.