Occasionally, I see something on the web that’s interesting, and I think to myself, “hey, maybe the others haven’t seen that one yet.” I then stick it on the slush pile with all the other pages I’ve been meaning to show people, and then forget about it. Well, the slush pile is getting rather high, and most of these sites are still kind of interesting/amusing/disturbing, so I figured I’d share them. While I’m not above sending mass emails, I figure it’s just as easy to toss a bunch of links up here with no context, so here we go:

I’ve never really given much thought to city flags, but luckily, the North American Vexillological Association is around to think about them for me, and has ranked the flags of 150 U.S. cities from best to worst. Minneapolis came in 27th; my old hometown of Portland came in 7th.

A brief survey of the evolution of Mario makes a nice illustration for my comparison of Mario to Mickey Mouse from a while back. Of course, my point had something to do with the softening and cutening (cuteifying? cute-ation?) of iconic characters, where theirs is more about the standard retrogamer’s cry of “modern graphics are very bad things,” but hey.

Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe writes about the prominence of older women (that is, older than 35) in TV these days, and that more and more of these women are being marketed as “sexy.”

You can play Hungry Hungry Hippos online. It’s no substitute for the real thing, but it’ll do in a pinch.

“Glitch Art” involves generating effed-up computer images (for instance by feeding garbage into an emulator, or just poking at the machinery with something sharp) and mucking around with the results. A lot of it is pointless crap, but some of it is quite nice, and by nice, I mean a little creepy. Goes well with Autechre.

Does anyone know anything about Okami? Apparently, it’s the next project by the team that made Viewtiful Joe, and the trailer looks fantastic (seriously, check it out). I just haven’t been able to find much information on it, at least not much that’s written in a script I can read.

Finally: this is the most awesome thing I have ever seen. I want it.