Today there’s an SFist post about Google China and how it, apparently, proves that Google has gone from being hero to millions to as corrupt and evil a mega-corporation as :spit: Disney! Ah well, I hope I’ll be able to sleep at night knowing that every web search I do makes me complicit in tyranny.

Since I still don’t have a “links” section working, let’s spin the big wheel of Thursday topics I could talk about to pad out the rest of this post:

We have a winner!

My favorite blog of the moment is called Drawn! The Illustration Blog, because it’s all over the place. I would’ve expected that art-viewable-on-the-internets would consist of about a million webcomics and then the occasional portfolio, but this one shows how much creativity and variety there is out there.

The coolest bit, to me, is how frequently you’ll see people in the visual arts who’re willing to show you how it’s done. Like Olduvai George’s step-by-step demonstration of how he draws a mammoth. There’s still no chance of most of us making something like this painting (yeah, it’s a painting; I would’ve sworn it was an Ansel Adams photograph), but it takes a little bit of the mystery out of it.

Sugar Frosted Goodness is like an artists’ jam session. I’ve been trying to follow the work of this guy, Drew Weing (from Savannah!) ever since he did an Achewood guest comic, and his latest stuff just looks great. The “Copper” tutorial is another step-by-step demonstration, this one of a webcomic. Plan 59 (formerly Ephemera Now) collects “commercial art of mid-century America,” and I’m still trying to decide which ones I want to buy and hang up over my couch.

And of course there’s Illustration Friday, which Jeff contributes to. He wins because of this drawing of Solomon Grundy.