Links for 7.11.10: Four billion tips for better abs
by Josh Kimball
*Literature: Listen to Derek Walcott – a dude who taught my wife in grad school and won the Nobel Prize for literature (in order of importance) – read a couple of poems for the New York Review of Books podcast. Seriously; whatever his failings, the guy has a crazy awesome cadence and accent.
*Talking: Read the transcript of Clay Shirky talking to Andrew Keen. If you know who either of those people are. (They are human beings, just like the rest of us. Neither of them has a compelling accent that I know of.)
*Fashion: These shoes are 100% moulded rubber. But they are NOT Crocs. But they EVOKE Crocs. In an anti-Croc way. Do you understand the complexities of cultural semiotics now? If so, please share.
*Design: You had me at “sparkly faux-vampire phallus,” Salon. You had me at “sparkly faux-vampire phallus.” [huh?]
*Gamey: Pulsate is this gamey kind of thing that has you click on things to “make” circles that then “make” music. Or something. It takes a while. But is mesmerizing in its simplicity.
*Music: On Lady Gaga, The Populist Narcissist – “It’s bizarre that Gaga is so invested in this laissez faire idea of personal freedom when, as alluded to above, she spends much of her time barking orders at the audience. We were told to sing. We were told to get up. We were told to get our hands up. We were told to get our paws up.”
*HIGH on my blog reading list right now, and I should note that I have been hating the internet lately: The History Chef, Pocket Monsterd, MKTG, Low Industrial. Obviously, Notcot, Coudal, C-monster and the Golden Fiddle that still exists in my mind. Also, Ken Nordine‘s YouTube channel and American Drink.
*Note: I need to buy a commuter bike and am taking any advice. Comment, email, DM or slap me in the hall.
*Today’s links: F.