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Links for 10.31.08: The Beatles’ chord, Green porno, Attack ad generator…

*The Secret Chord: Math, music and George Harrison’s “A Hard Day’s Night” opening chord, which has apparently been an international mystery for decades. “Dr. Brown deduces that another George—George Martin, the Beatles producer—also played on the chord, adding a piano chord that included an F note impossible to play with the other notes on the guitar. The resulting chord was completely different than anything found in the literature about the song to date, which is one reason why Dr. Brown’s findings garnered international attention.” [mefi]

*Memorials: Remembering David Foster Wallace. He made me feel like I was at the Adult Video News Awards. In the first row. Covered in I can’t say what.

*Politics: The Attack Ad Generator will help you create your own attack ad. Because everyone loves to hate. [mashable]

*Free music: I have been thinking about this for a long time. But I have never done anything about it. Except read. And spout off. StreamDrag lets freeloaders easily listen to music hosted on YouTube. [mashable]

*Sustainability: Many moons ago, we covered Isabella Rossellini’s sustainability-related educational video short series, Green Porno for the day job. Now, we can watch it on YouTube. Basically safe for work, but sort of pervy.

*Obits: Studs Terkel died. I thought he was already dead. So now I was right.

*Notes on Halloween: The Dude went as a red dragon. Thank you. In other news, let me throw my considerable weight behind the Take 5 bar, the Fast Break bar and the new mint Three Musketeers bar. Avoid: Chocolate Skittles. I guess since I mentioned weight, it’s important that I also add that I am bald. Ugh.

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