The rest of the first chunk/chapter/bit of toy-fu now has its own site at toy-fu.com. It doesn't so much end as... stop, but I'll start some new stuff soon. People seemed to respond to it (and notice little tiny bits even I'd forgotten I'd put in, like some of the more lurking spiders), which is great. I really must learn to take better photos though.
More animated stuff: an excellent video for The Arcade Fire's Neighborhood 3 - Power Out (via stereogum). They had me at the 'looking up into the snow' moment, frankly. I'm a big fan of simple, cartoonish characters against realistic, textured backgrounds (like Tintin, although I disapproved of the animated versions, as they seemed ironically flat and lifeless compared to the books. Scott McCloud could probably tell me why).
And Funeral is undoubtedly the best album I've heard so far this year. Lovelovelovelove it. I want there to be a proper chamber pop music festical. All indoors, a wide variety of teas, and lots of frockcoats. And proper toilet facilities, with polite queing.
I keep thinking about the Neo-Victorians in Neal Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age', and the more I think about it, the more I want to go and live there. All the nice bits of Empire, with none of the ghastliness. Maybe it all stems from an Arcade Fire concert. The gentlest, most polite revolution in history...