Links for February 2012: Mini guns! Uncle Con! Snowgrade! Tami Taylor!

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First of all, thank you to Videogum for drawing my attention to this wonderful collection of pinup girls with Robert Downey, Jr.’s face painted on them.

Firearms: These miniature guns — the size of matchsticks — actually work! Can you imagine teaming up with a hunting dog puppy to chase a tiny, baby pheasant around with this miniature weapon? ADORABLE! [mefi]

Family: Local writer Andrea Swensson interviewed Conrad Sverkerson, long-time stage manager of Minneapolis rock club First Avenue and longer-time uncle. As I mentioned in a brief tumblr post, I’m always amazed that people are intimidated by Con! (For those of you who have never met me in real life, I am a terrifying combination of stony stoicism and unforgiving hellfire.)

Hip-hop: Check out Pop Chart Lab’s Magnificent Map of Rap Names (if you haven’t previously).

Local: Snowgrade, a pop-up shopping event for men who like the whole handade, American made thing opens its doors this weekend. Which is lucky for me, since I have been looking for a pair of leather underwear upcycled from saddles taken off of old burros. Each with its own story to tell. The saddle. And the burro. (And the underwear.)

Question: Is Pinterest everything that is wrong with the internet? Or is even ASKING if ANYTHING is EVERYTHING that is wrong with the internet what’s wrong with the internet? But really, is a platform that has even people with an extraordinarily liberal stance toward what copyright can and should do scratching their heads in bemusement a sustainable option? Funny side story. I’m terrible at the visual parts of Pinterest. But I think I can kind of kill it on the captions. Best regards.

Art: To be honest, I don’t even really know what this means. But I guess that is the key to great art? Check out  Chris Elzinga’s gimpressionism, paintings of gimps walking through the forest. [laughing squid]

Texas forever: Pour yourself a big ol’ glass of Chardonnay and read this post from the Hairpin on the sighting of one Connie Britton, one TAMI TAYLOR.