"Why do Santa and Ronald McDonald have a [brand] mythology but not Dave at Wendy's or the Burger King?" (In Brand as mythology at Seth Godin's blog.)
The psychedelic "star gate" sequences in 2001: A Space Odyssey were done using an optical technique called slit-scan photography. Here, someone unwrapped the slit scan imagery to find the source material. They used the technique in Dr. Who, too.
A discussion initiated by Jory Des Jardins at blogher regarding corporate burnout and the effects of having a "spongy" personality: "It's Not Just You."
"Perspective, or Porsche?," exploring symbols of success in academia and industry, by John Maeda at the MIT Media Lab.