Okay, on with the diversions:
• Just the title of this web site made my wife laugh so hard she nearly died from lack of oxygen. Use with caution. Not doctor recommended for children under 12.
• Today's Boing-Boing-Did-You-Click-Through?™ Link: chatbots Alice and Jabberwacky talk with each other. It's even better than BoingBoing's post made it seem:
ALICE: Are you alive?More fun at the click-through.
A: Why the uncertain tone?
J: Everything is uncertain except for five facts.
A: The whole universe?
J: And we both might just be some ones and zeros in the computer memory.
• Sinister Ducks. Sung by Alan Moore. No kidding. (via)
• I usually don't find very McSweeny's funny, but these two posts on the top 20 Democratic Candidates and the top 20 Republican Candidates are hilarious. (via)
• Extra, bonus Boing-Boing-Did-You-Click-Through?™ Link, now with alternate link for the slashdotted content: "A Fair(y) Use Tale": information copyright film made up entirely of fair use from Disney films. Guaranteed to piss off The Mouse, or your money back.
• Finally, an internet classic, just in case you've never seen it: Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Became An Evil Overlord. (Teresa Nielsen Hayden made a random generator out of this, and the many other similar lists.)
Update: More serious than most of the above, but less so than the links in the first paragraph: I don't think you need to read this grumpy "artistic heroes sell out" post to appreciate the wonderful counter-statements by Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon and by Scott Lemieux at LGM. (Particularly since Amanda quotes the relevant bits in her post.) I never thought I'd side with the pro-sell-out crowd... although I've long been less bothered by it than I used to be... but so far as I'm concerned, Amanda & Scott have dusted that vamp idea. (It's part of the whole collapse of the Wagnerian artist-as-visionary-hero notion due to multiple causes, including a more accurate sense of the inevitably collaborative nature of all art... but that's another post.)
Update 2: I don't know if this will be funny to non-comics geeks, but comics geeks should definitely look at these superheroine tampon ads. (via)