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Vintage: A homemade record player

The text introducing this video is priceless, and far more soothing than most vintage videos. Watching the record spin, too, is highly recommended – with the SOUND OFF. (Homemade record player.)

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The cyclical blog, or how meaning may accumulate

Being partially braindead, I’ve lately been thinking a lot about conceptual repetition in blogging. I’m not concerned with technologies, ways of working, subject matter or rhetorical style, really (or at least, the ideas don’t start there). Rather, I find myself having the fairly regular urge to post and re-post certain items, over and over.

I don’t want to do this to bore my very few readers, but rather I feel like a good link’s meaning can and does change depending on its context (including the temporal). Things get more interesting when this assumption’s taken to its logical conclusion.

I’ve of course seen (and maybe written about) disposable blogs (blogs with intentionally limited lifespans) before, and there are many blogs that exist outside of time (repostings of diaries and journals from historical figures such as Samuel Pepys). I’m now wondering, though, if any cyclical blogs exist; modern-day blogs that click through a cycle (preferably with culturally aware posts that are optimized to accumulate meaning with each repetition). At its best, a cyclical blog would be an online version of Borges’ Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, in which each old post within a new cycle – despite being word-for-word, link-for-link the same as the original – would be richer and more meaningful than the same post the previous time around.

The links I feel compelled to repeat, though, are not timeless at all, and I think I may be the only person who could ascribe new meanings to them as they are repeated. Just a few of the long list of links I sometimes feel compelled to repeat, ad absurdum:
-A BBC article predicting that there will eventually be two kinds of humans.
Flying Wangs attack Second Life reporters.
Lemon party. (Kidding!) Ugh. Sorry.
Dave Matthews Band blamed for human waste
-Phone guy EXT. OFFICE PARK.

Tech / tunes links 9.2.07 – Hangin’ loose in the big town

*Breaking: Turkish rocker Baris Akarsu’s video for “Islak Islak” has passed Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” as the most commented-on YouTube video of all times. As of this writing, the tallies are Akarsu: 142,530 and Lavigne: 137,628. America, you have disappointed me again. (I wonder if YouTube’s new comment voting functionality – with the ability for users to mark spam – will make it harder to get to 150,000 comments on a single video.)
*Sasha Frere-Jones writes up Manu Chao (the dude’s favorite) in this week’s New Yorker, saying: “Few pop performers take the idea of being a global musician so literally. Chao’s new album, “La Radiolina,” consists of twenty-two tracks in five languages.” Also, his schtick plays great with six-month-olds.
*BMG is settling the Napster copyright infringement case; Bertelsmann AG will pay $130M. [mediaeater]
*The ULTIMATE in soothing vintage video: Check out this 48-minute documentary on John Lennon’s jukebox, an old-timey number he filled with singles to take on tour with him in 1965. [Metafilter]
*Read/WriteWeb offers a guide of online tools for musicians.
*Money on NBC’s web strategy as they move away from iTunes: Among other things, they see a bigger business in ad-supported online content than they do in paid-for downloads. (Despite looking dumb over the past week, they’re probably right about that particular point – for a while.)