Tech / tunes links 8.9.07 – Sore in all sorts of places

by Josh Kimball

*The Internet Radio Equality Act may not be dead yet.
*A brief tales in Flickr images: How My iPhone Almost Killed Me. [via]
*Universal Music invests in, a hip-hop quasi-soc net that I wrote about a couple weeks ago (they were hosting a rap-with-the-Wu contest). [via]
*JamGate wants to be the DIY musician’s distribution portal without the, uh, gates of MySpace. One upside: Musicians get paid as soon as music is purchased from their site. [via]
*A Bob Dylan art exhibit is touring Germany. Couldn’t be as good as his book. Right?
*The execrable local: the Pizza Luce Blockalypse (block party) August 11 will feature The Alarmists. And pizza. [via]
*The APPLE has been removed from Apple keyboards. It will be buried next to the closed Apple in a private ceremony. [via]
*Warning: some salty language ahead. From creator of The Wire David Simon, on the subject of writing in this month’s The Believer: “My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him.” [via]
*Related! (Though not toward the end of versimilitude.) When I first read Letters To Wendy’s in Harper’s, it blew my mind. Upon seeing the rest of the book, it was somewhat less awesome. But that first impression? DUDE. Now, John Vanderslice reading a selection of Joe Wenderoth’s book from Daytrotter’s Bookery. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO IT.