the listenerd

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Month: February, 2010

Links for 2.11.10: 26 Tips for Better Abs

*Reading: The guy next to me on the bus this morning was reading Assholeology. “Keep calling until you find someone unfamiliar with protocol and willing to do whatever you ask to get you off the phone. Tell them that you spoke with someone else and they said it was possible. Lie. It’s fine, we’re all going to hell.” This is the world we’ve wrought, dear readers.

*Electronics: If you still like books (other than the modern classic “Assholeology,” of course – BookBook, a lovely MacBook slipcover.

*Words: I like languages. I don’t really speak them, but I like them. The systems. The ebb and flow. The tensions. I don’t like Slate. But Slate wrote up an article on the “The Language of Road Signals.” Tension. Ebb and flow. This bullet is like the circle of life, really. [marginal revolution]

*Social media analytics: I don’t even know what super data is, but I think I love it – from Twitter. Also from Twitter: These five things worth reading.

*Gentrification: It is estimated that 50% of today’s tattoo artists have received some formal visual arts training. Have I ever mentioned that my primary prospective tattoo is a small chicken wearing a party hat and carrying a cane?

*Mortality: Someone has patented the self-boring coffin. Self-boring. Heh. See what I didn’t do there? Yet? [presurfer]

*Also: Something about music. Miley Cyrus?

*Today’s links: F.

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Video: Mozart on root beer bottles

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Links for 2.9.10: 25 Tips for Better Abs

*Money: Since the grand dame of pop looks so much like George Washington, Craig Gleason made a series of Lady Gaga Dollars. [notcot]

*Music biz: Are iTunes music sales slowing due to high prices? I buy all my music from Amazon. Or Hype Machine.

*Art: Smokey Robinson gets the Shepard Fairey treatment. Which is not to say that he has his work pirated, then reused. But is rather to inform you that Fairey did a Hope-style portrait of Mr. Robinson. [notcot]

*Safety: If you’re always breaking your sunglasses, you should wear disposable ones.

*Crafting: Meat; knitted and packaged. [coudal]

*Writing: Timothy McSweeney – after whom McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is named – was a real man. He passed away.

*Food: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl revisits the question of who in the world makes the best Juicy Lucy. An episode of Food Wars will be filmed tomorrow at the Cardinal Bar to settle things. Temporarily. This is one of the only matters about which I am a local, and will hereby publicly place myself in the Blue Door camp. Goodbye.

*Politics: The George Bush “Miss Me Yet?” billboard is located in Wyoming, Minnesota.

*Update: It’s been weeks of dispensing tips, and my abs are no better than they were when this experiment started.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 2.7.10: 24 Tips for Better Abs

*THIS IS WHAT THE LISTENERD IS: Florian Fusco makes cardboard and paper reproductions of vintage consumer electronics. [neural]

*THIS IS THE LISTENERD: The 1972 Gesundheit Radio from Texas Instruments spit out the dust it collected every six months. “Their first product was the 1972 Gesundheit Radio. Developed to protect early microprocessors from dust, the radio featured a sneeze mechanism that expelled dust from inside the casing every six month[s].” [wmmna]

*HOLY THIS IS THE LISTENERD: I have previously linked to cucumber instruments and (probably) carrot flutes. Now: A YouTube user makes an ocarina out of an egg.

*WAIT HOLY WHAT: The Scentisizer is a SMELL-based musical interface. Also, something reeks in here. [notcot]

*Singing: Karaoke rage exists. “I used to like ‘My Way,’ but after all the trouble, I stopped singing it. You can get killed.” This is not the listenerd. Just linking. Weird, right? [mefi]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 2.3.10: 23 Tips for Better Abs

*Space: The other day, I linked to an article about how silence is disappearing. But really, our country is relatively empty. Paradoxical? Or just a lazy lack of context by your blogger?

*World knowledge: Current information storage systems are fragile; data is ephemeral. And our memories are poor. (Screenplay: After the Information Age, in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, a man with an incredible memory holds the key to humanity’s future. Starring Keith Richards. Directed by Johnny Depp. Call me.) [neural]

*Social media: This seems intuitive, but people typically have similar connections across social media. So your fingerprint of friends on one network can probably identify you on others. Anonymity is hard. And I’ve tried. Lord knows I’ve tried.

*Taxation: Enter your salary in USA Today‘s calculator to find out how much of your tax money goes where. My taxes are already done for 2009.

*U2: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson thinks Bono is being obnoxious about his charity work. Remind me to tell you about the time I was doing fact-checking for a Tumblr post about AC/DC and accidentally Googled the phrase “big balls.” (Never do that.) [tds]

*Innovation: The Mu Space (CONCEPT) music player is also a pillow. BUT IS IT A BODY PILLOW? (It is not.)

*Coincidence: So I both TUMBLED and TWEETED things about “Anti-Graffiti Bill” the other day. Now I learn that the amusingly ambiguous quirks of language such as that in the headline “Anti-Graffiti Bill in Denver Killed” are called crash blossoms.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Mia Doi Todd “Open Your Heart”

Directed by Michel Gondry.

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Video: Sir Patrick Stewart on Twitter and iPhones

[it feels wrong to call highindustrial buzzfeed]

Video: Bon Iver – Soireé de Poche

Justin Vernon. I’d tell you more, but I can only read French phonetically aloud in order to sound like an intellectual. After wine.

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Links for 2.2.10: 23 Tips for Better Abs

*Books: Check out this insane (and what, as related Mr. Dick, cannot be called that?) collection of Philip K. Dick book covers. Ask me some time about the day I, as a teen, serendipitously pulled “VALIS” off the shelf at my neighborhood library and HAD MY MIND BLOWN. [mefi]

*Music: The Aeolius is a resonating architectural structure that uses the power of the elements to make noise. If you listen very, very closely, you can hear some vague, rhythmic thrumming. And probably your own aorta. [notcot]

*Covers: Listen to indie rockers cover other indie rockers – The Arcade Fire does “Maps,” The Kooks cover MGMT. What I find funny about the flavorwire page is how it (and it seems to become something of a convention) scrapes YouTube for semi-legal music. (A practice I was noodling on way back when this blog started.)

*Film: Johnny Depp is set to direct a Keith Richards documentary. In my opinion, the artistic direction of this film should be as follows: Two weathered men sit looking grimy; they drink, smoke and mumble unintelligibly until the single, flickering bulb that lights the room fizzes out and darkness envelops everything. Then you hear a belch. Roll credits.

*Fashion: Underwear made out of circuit boards: Green “concept” product or cruel body hair joke perpetrated on unsuspecting blog readers?

*Shouting obscenities: Gnilley is a videogame that monitors your voice. The objective is to kill enemies by screaming at them. [waxy]

*Today’s links: F. Stay the course!

Video: Fernand Leger’s “Ballet Mecanique”

Watch more at C-Monster.

Links for 2.1.10: 22 Tips for Better Abs

*Sound: Silence may be going extinct. I’ll let you think about that for a moment. While I stand here. Humming. [psfk]

*Music: Peter Gabriel covers Bon Iver’s “Flume.” It’s Bon Iver-related, but it’s OK because it’s snowing today.

*Remixes: Ze Frank collected voice mails of people experiencing pain, then sent out the audio to DJs and musicians. They made music – The Pain Pack – with them.

*Decorations: Why get a Jenny Holzer temporary tattoo when you can get a Jenny Holzer permanent tattoo?

*Fashion: Out of Print is a t-shirt shop that puts old, dead book covers onto t-shirts. The still-limited selection includes Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick and Master and Margarita. [rob]

*Video: I have a 10-minute video of me with a homeless beard and a bald head backgrounded by a brick wall talking about work stuff that I’m not including in this link round up. Consider that my gift to you.

*Today’s links: F. Mediocre links and my abs have still not improved a bit.