I thought this image (apparently from a movie I've never seen) was excellent cover for this link to the Principia Cybernetica.
Great band, great tribute. Thanks CK for the tip.
I'm so tempted to just post this and then go offline for a couple of days. Then I worry that someone might notice I was offline and call out the local deputies…
Despite the apparent elaborateness and downright premeditated creepiness of the above image, I was just trying to express my mild frustration with the new Google Toolbar for Mac "helpfully" clearing my form fields after they had sat unsaved for 20 minutes or so. As I had typed a masterful FAQ for Michpics, I was a trifle peeved with this security "feature". The toolbar has now gone to "Extension Heaven".
The image actually took about 10 minutes. It's writing all this stuff that takes the time.
Drawing used in above art via XibalbA (via Google image search). Fun fact: Xibalba is what the Mayans called their Underworld.
Background image the roots of apocalypse? (a death tree) by Giampaolo Macorig.
Whoah! Wikipedia has the scariest stuff of the batch in the Xibalba entry:
Sport was important among ancient Mesoamerican cultures, and the foul Lords of Xibalba were no exception to the rule. Xibalba was home of a famous ball court in which the heroes of the Popol Vuh either succumbed to the trickery of the Xibalbans in the form of a deadly, bladed ball, as well as the site in which the Maya Hero Twins outwitted the Xibalbans and brought about their downfall.
Citizen of the Month's Neil Kramer recently put together an amazing article on the Sun-Maid company's wrongheaded decision to update the Sun-Maid girl for the 21st Century.