Missing Links: The 2012 In/Out List, Bands We Lost in 2011, and Parks and Rec Cartoon Characters

We scour the Web to find the best intel you might have missed this week.

We scour the Web to find the best intel you might have missed this week.

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See the Parks and Recreation Characters as Cartoons (Vulture)

Illustrator/graphic designer Jon Defreest's animated rendition of the NBC mockumentary.

The 2012 In/Out List (Washington Post)

Start 2012 in the know with this handy guide from the Washington Post.

Does Airport Security Really Make Us Safer? (Vanity Fair)

An investigation into the efficiency of the T.S.A.'s heightened security measures.

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost in 2011 (Stereogum)

An homage to the White Stripes, Sonic Youth, LCD Soundsystem, REM, and other bands that have gone to meet their music maker.

Watch Kim Jong-Il's Can't-Look-Away Bizarre Funeral (Gawker)

Ruthless dictator or teen idol? Based on the reactions in this video, Kim Jong-Il might have been both.

Liberatum: All Tomorrow's Parties (Nowness)

Pablo Ganguli (the man behind international events organization Liberatum) on playing host to some of the world's most powerful cultural figures.

— Maggie Mallon

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