I came across a fan-made trailer for the movie version of 2001: A Space Odyssey--the trailer wasn't very good, but it had a clip in it that makes me wonder if my subconscious got the floating pen scene at the beginning of A* episode 3 (actually you can really only see it in the original animated version) from 2001; I don't remember that movie very well, and I don't remember this scene at all--not consciously, anyway, but:
And huzzah for Strauss' The Blue Danube playing in the background! I always liked that tune, ever since it was the docking music in the old space trading game "Elite." :)
I was poking around comixology.com, a site where I'd heard you can buy and read digital versions of current print comic books or something, and I noticed that they offer some of their collection for free. Not the cream of the crop, I suppose (most comic issues there seem to cost a couple bucks), but if you look through their most popular free digital comic books you might find something that interests you; for me it was Detective Comics #27, featuring a Batman story (or rather, a "The Bat-Man" story) from 1939! His costume's bat ears are really wide! Anyway I thought that was neat. You don't actually get to download the digital comics you "buy"--you have to read them online through comiXology's reader--but still it's a pretty slick operation, and I have to say I'm kind of floored that they have complete back-issue collections of comic series going all the way back to at least the Golden Age.
Right up until today I'd planned to have this little robo-bee of Selenis' land on the back of the bioarchivist's neck, rather than in her ear; I noticed that a practice sketch I did of it (I was having some trouble getting it to come out :P) did make it look like the flight path terminated in her ear, and I told myself to watch that when trying the final version...and yet it still happened. I left it, figuring it was close enough to neck area that I could get away with showing it on the back of her neck later, but then a couple readers asked me if it went into her ear...and when I got to thinking about it, it does work better that way anyway, since she's supposed to be hearing Selenis talking to her through a tiny speaker on the bee. So in the ear it is!