This week's eclectic round-up of links is brought to you by the giant inflatable Scabby the Rat. – Artblog Editor

Giant inflatable rat hard art work defending labor union practices. Via Perviant Law Firm.
Giant inflatable rat hard art work defending labor union practices. Via Perviant Law Firm.


Every week there are a number of links, that for whatever reason, don’t quite make the cut. Presented below are the best of the rest–the outcast links that are finally having their turn in the spotlight!

Sometimes I watch this video and get inspired by the joy brought to this dog by his labor. Sometimes I watch this video and sink into a deep dark place because maybe I’m that dog and maybe the work I do every day is as meaningless as a world record for a dog biting several balloons.
[ via the Guinness World Records Facebook page ]

So a lot of animal videos never make the grade. This one comes from a Reader Advisor that was going to be all about cows licking dogs. How would such a Reader inform or challenge your perspective on the current socio/politico/cultural situation? It wouldn’t really.
[ via entertainment.ie ]

This link was originally slated for a Reader entitled, “Ultimate Jerks.” I’m not sure this story is actually true (Ravenews.ca is not known for its journalistic integrity), but I do know that reading this again makes me pause and consider the thin line between ultimate jerk and ultimate performance artist: “Mr. Hussein built a dozen small computerized spider catapults,” says Lt. Louis Kent of the SPVM. “Each catapult was loaded with a box of spiders. The triggering mechanism, which he designed and programmed himself, was connected to the internet via the club’s WiFi connection. Finally, the catapults were attached onto the lighting fixtures in the club. These weren’t massive catapults, they were small enough to fit on top of a lighting rig.”
[ via ravenews.ca ]

An important win for unions everywhere (I mean this without sarcasm) as a court verifies that giant inflatable rats (with those horrifying tumor/utters on their underbelly) are protected by the First Amendment. A side question is, are those rats are made by union workers and if so what soft-sculpture artist has the greatest job in the world?
[ via perviant.com ]

I like the precedent this case establishes: If you can’t prove that you didn’t make a specific piece of art, does that mean you made it?
[ via The New York Times ]





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