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The Beard: An alternative point of view

For purposes of journalistic integrity, I must present this sex column from esteemed corporate blog LAist, which this week addresses the topic of beards (and even, more specifically, of beards on musicians).

The language is salty, the topics sometimes sexually explicit, and the viewpoint is entirely wrong-headed, but the subject is nonetheless beards. I am heartened by the fact that the columnist is taken to task by a number of the more enlightened commenters.

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Hasta la vista

With the rockingness of 400 dragons, Dan Deacon has created a DVD called Ultimate Reality. Deacons’s crazy hippie mashup consists of neon-tinged, powerfully backed video footage of California’s governor in his Hollywood heyday.

Warning: What follows is 6 minutes and 48 seconds of pure Schwarzenegger-fueled psychedelia. [via]

RECOMMENDED with the SOUND ON. And having taken some mushrooms, preferably.

The Zwinky Dance

Ypulse correctly notes that Zwinky avatars have zero funk. (Admission: this is exactly how I dance. But only after 3 martinis.)

Tech / tunes links 8.11.07 – Don’t ever give up

*A study from Stanford and McGill monitors subjects’ brain activity as they listen to a concert. One- to two-second breaks in the music trigger a flood of brain activity. On an anecdotal note, I do my most pithy microblogging during the spaces between iTunes songs.
*Universal announced that they bought indie record label V2 Music for around $14M. So this week they bought a label, went DRM-free, thumbed their nose at Apple, and got sued by Veoh. [via]
*In other Universal news: their DRM-free tracks will be watermarked with unique identifiers, so if the tracks make it onto p2p networks, they’ll know who put ’em up. [via]
*A hand-crank media player ensures one can watch short, amusing videos during power outages. Also features a radio, flashlight, an mp3 player, and an e-book reader. [via]
*Master P has given his official endorsement to Barack Obama for president. [via]
*The Nokia N95, which we talked a lot about at CES for my day job (and which RULES), might be coming to the U.S. (with 3G). [via]
*Cool to see that Hypebot’s hopped on the vintage audio bandwagon. Looks familiar… (Still very SOOTHING.)
*Vicarious Music’s 100 Days That Changed Music. The best one: 9. “April 1, 2032, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy released; Weeks after Axl’s death in a tragic tanning–bed accident.” Comforting to see Axl getting taken down a peg.
*Reminder: Episode 13 of R. Kelly’s magnum opus “Trapped in the Closet” comes out on Monday!
*On the way: A Halo-themed Zune. You know it’s Halo because the brown is much more military! It’s available for pre-order. [via]
*Chicago Tribune article on strong vinyl sales at some of the city’s newer vintage record stores. [via]
*SubPop has started its own internet radio station. [via Getty Images]