Links for 4.10.10: 70 Tips for Better Abs and Also Better Ads

by Josh Kimball

*Words: John McWhorter analyzes Palinspeak in The New Republic. You may find this terrifying. [harper’s]

*Vinyl: Some bands have messages scratched into what’s called the run off groove of their vinyl records. I was unaware of this prior to having read this post. [mefi]

*Facebook: The social network is the best scamming platform since the tell-ay-fone. 40,000 users fell prey to a recent (second) IKEA gift-card scam.

*Fiction: Sonny Smith undertook a project wherefore he “created” 100 fictional bands, and got 100 different artists to create album art for them – it’s called “100 Records.” [murketing]

*Twitter: Here’s Leonard Nimoy tweeting at William Shatner, and here’s Ice T tweeting at Aimee Mann. Just what is going on here?

*Concerts: James Fallows brings together a huge post on Bob Dylan’s troubles getting a concert tour in China. This is a cultural mashup on the level of Aimee Mann and Ice T, but much, much longer.

*Books: On Philip K. Dick. “There‘s something about the essence of his writing that creates that feeling. And I think it‘s still creating it for let‘s say the 14-year-old equivalent of Erik Davis or Jonathan Lethem, who‘s discovering this book in the shiny expensive Vintage paperback editions.”

*Local: The xx came to the studios of The Current. I have previously referred to them as xx, but I have never referred to the radio station as Current. More on listenerdspeak as it develops.

*Today’s links: F. Non sequiturs? I barely knew them. Any of them.

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