Links for 8.12.08: Mog’s ad network, NIN’s HBO show, Napster’s fall, Snot’s demise…

by Josh Kimball

*Social media: MOG has added Rick Rubin to its board and has also created a music blog ad network. For me, MOG has always been in a weird in-between space that I couldn’t connect to on any level. Not social enough to be a good social media tool, not enough stats to compete with last.fm. I still have found no good reason to log on.

*NIN: Trent Reznor’s Zero may become an HBO series? I think Ian McShane should star.

*Business: Napster subscriptions are down 52,000 subscribers in Q2 over Q1. Tough times. I still think someone will crack subscription music. I can’t stand managing files; it’s a waste of my time. (Though I still have found no better alternative.)

*Local: Snot, of Puke and Snot, has died. One half of the most famous Renaissance Festival pair of all time has passed away at the age of 57. First Bernie Mac, now this. Ugh.

*Celebrities: TMZ has dug up some Ryan Seacrest beefcake photography. BEFORE he was bitten by that shark.

*Toys: The Teddy Bear MP3 player makes it easy to listen to digital music. Even if you are 12-18 months old.

*Local: If you don’t want to go to a Rage Against the Machine concert during the Republican National Convention, you could consider putting up an Unconvention yard sign. [metblog mpls]

*Hello: It’s my brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Ian. You are almost as old as Jesus.

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