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Month: December, 2010

Video: Daniels’ “Happy Holidays”


Video: Christian Falsnaes’ art

Better than Let’s Shave and Paint and Run?

Starting at the 1:55 mark, Mr. Falsnaes allows the crowd to paint a wall canvas using his head.

the listenerd’s first annual holiday gift guide

Please welcome into being the listenerd’s first annual holiday gift guide. I have included in this annual holiday gift guide 1) things that awesome people would like; 2) things that are innately awesome; 3) random crap.

I will warn you in advance that these are extraordinarily MANLY. And for that, I apologize. One cannot, and should not, fight one’s nature. If you have any recommendations of things that should be added to the list, please let me know.

*Addition + philanthropy: You could give to sucittaM’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Campaign on Pledgie. You could also follow him on twitter. (He’s incredibly funny.)

*Trees: Wetterling’s axe maker’s kit from Best Made. This is a KIT to MAKE an AXE to CHOP WOOD. Or shave your chest with.

*Wall: Some art from Kelly Reemtsen or “art” from Mike Monteiro (well, this one is sold out…). (I’m not really that into axes. Total coincidence. Swear to god.) Also, you could just grab the lovely of your choice from 20×200.

*Food: I bought a gallon jug of Tabasco sauce for my dad for Christmas last year or the year before. His response: (long, long pause) – “Is it real?” Another home run.

*Drink: Surly Furious. They call it an American India Pale Ale. It tastes like what god really wanted grapefruits to taste like.

*Minneapolis: A CHEESE CSA subscription from Shepherd’s Way farm.

*More drink: I don’t know if it’s any good (though I don’t see how it could possibly fail), but I spotted some nut liquor at the liquor store last week.

*Paper: Field Notes notebooks. Simple and attractive. (I am not allowed to buy any more of these for now.)

*Wheels: The Surly CrossCheck complete bicycle. The only wheels you will ever need. Except for the wheels on planes. And inside machines that you use on a day-to-day basis.

*Local: You could contribute in someone’s name to support David Brauer’s excellent Braublog on MinnPost.

*Addition: Panera’s Frontega chicken panini.

*Addition: I bought and tried to use this homemade bubbling system several months ago, and it turns out I am an idiot.

Links for 12.14.10: Today is the last day of the past of your life

*Visual: @fineartrec is a series of poster meant to simply and boldly symbolize a musical genre. [notcot]

*Resumes: Are you innovative, dynamic and motivated? Then you are making a huge mistake (based on analysis of word usage on resumes by LinkedIn).

*Twitter: Read Brent Spiner’s favorites on Twitter. They are outstanding. [apelad]

*Video: My son is obsessed with dinosaurs, causing me to ingest an insane amount of information on their eating habits, mating habits and taxonomy daily. The one place where comedian Dan Telfer loses me, though, is when he confuses a gigantosaurus with a giganotosaurus. I mean, my kid is three and he would close on this guy like a troodon upon hearing that.

*Video: The Stormy Kromer company has a YouTube channel. That includes footage of a guy who worked with Stormy Kromer himself in 47, 48, 49…. Holy cow. And the accents are incredible.

*Media: Merlin Mann talks about the Gawker security breach. “I loathe what Nick Denton’s malignant version of success has done to a medium I used to treasure.” He also makes fun of Mr. Denton’s head size. [poploser]

*Auto: Guess what. The $3k Tata Nano isn’t selling very well in India. Here’s a picture of me eating a giant piece of bread there.

*Video: Nicholas Felton talks to Slate. You don’t know how much it hurts me to link to Slate. Actually, not that much anymore? Huh. I might be cured.

*Reading: The New Yorker‘s Nick Paumgarten profiles Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario Bros. The tug is the drug. Heh.

*Tapping: Check out Keira Rathbone’s typewriter art. It’s incredible. [dude craft]

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Animated trailer for Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita”

I am the worst embedder on earth.

I would also like to, if it doesn’t already exist, request a film version of “Heart of a Dog.”


Video: Batman and Vladimir Putin sing the blues


Links for 12.10.10: The way of all flesh

*Delirium in prose: It seems like there’s been a wealth of compelling writing floating around in front of my eyes in recent days. This thing from Pitchfork Reviews Reviews goes three different ways on you. You should read it! Fuck Yeah Menswear has been killing it, modern poetry style. As far as purely comedic writing goes, anything by Fireland deserves a read.

*Talking: Jay-Z has been making the rounds in support of his book, “Decoded.” He’s entertaining pretty much every time he talks. Here he is on Howard Stern, and here on Charlie Rose. [various]

*Condensation: Gawker has smashed the year’s best videos into a one-time, under-three-minute mashup.

*Film: On Barry Lyndon. Note: Barry Lyndon was the first film I failed to recall in conversation. (I once had a prodigious memory. I forgot when it slipped away.)

*Game: The Awl’s Abe Sauer asks if Sarah Palin really knows how to hunt. I’ve already told you about the time I shot all those decoys with a BB gun.

*Literature: Hemingway and the Cocktail includes one part Earnest, three parts spirits. Nicely done. [coudal]

*Movies: Here’s a video of “Inception” in real-time (with the various dream-levels overlapped). If you’d like to know what I think happened, read some Borges.

*Topography: If you like heavy metal (or any of several other mini metal genres), navigate your way through the Map of Metal. [eyeteeth]

*OMG: Maura Johnston did a LISTICLE? Some might call the typical listenerd format a listicle, but please note that my groupings of bullets have no unifying theme. EVER.

*Hands: John Lennon (Lenon?) had terrible handwriting. And her really hated McCartney for a while there.

*Weather: There is a huge storm rolling in. Here’s what I was doing for the Minneapolis Halloween storm of 1991. Good times. Also, I have gray hairs now?

*Twitter: Some tweets I enjoyed reading.

*Today’s links: F. Don’t ever speak of this again.

Video: All of Billy Joel’s hits played at once

[the indomitable waxy]