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Month: March, 2011

Links for 3.31.11: I’m afraid of America?

*Literature: Today is the 75th anniversary of the publication of “Ferdinand the Bull.” A great book, a great bull, and a great tattoo (Elliott Smith had a Ferdinand tat).

*Cycling: This probably makes me a huge nerd, but I kind of like these reflective gloves for biking. There are also socks. (I feel an incredible shame right now.)

*Ideas: Wood skyscrapers. They seem like a fire hazard?

*Photography: If you click through into Matthew Reamer’s collection of photos of scraper bikes, you will not be disappointed. Unless you have a tiny, shriveled heart. [coudal]

*Movies: Are these pictogram movie posters affably pleasant in a most mild and soothing way? Or are they symptomatic of the easy anaesthetizing reductiveness of the Internet’s fleeting pleasures? (Not a rhetorical question.)

*The Human Face: Check out Jinks Kunst’s cigarette butt portraits. And also check out Matthew Cusick’s portraits on maps. Who knew portraiture was so rad right now? And that I could still pull off the usage of rad?

*Comics: In the vein of Garfield Minus Garfield, 3eanuts is a series of Peanuts comic strips, minus the final panel. “Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.” [thewuzzles]

*Instruments: You can play Alexander Chen’s online musical subway map thing. OH MAN, IT’S ACTUALLY KIND OF FUN? [wnyc]

*Apparel: I have recently spent several hours trying to find the proper pair of shoes online. These are not those shoes. In fact, they are women’s shoes. Stilettos. Made out of Lego.

*Sounds: Munitio sells earphones that look like 9mm shells. Going into your brain.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: A Crossbow that fires machetes

This is the kind of thing you’d like to use to go all Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.


Links for 3.28.11: Today is a new day.

*Instruments: Swedish police have seized a double-barrel shotgun built into the neck of a guitar…FOR EXCESSIVE AWESOMENESS. [neato]

*Books: By asking if Bono is quixotic, The Paris Review combines some of my favorite things with one of my most hated things. Classic shit sandwich, in addition to being a gentle musing on the continued cultural relevance of Cervantes’ classic. Thank you.

*Videogames: FarmVille has raised more than $3M for victims of the Japanese earthquake. Despite this fact, if you ever discover that I have played FarmVille, you have my permission to excommunicate me from your life. Further FarmVille reading: The Sunk Cost Fallacy. OK. Huh.

*Audio: The site GirlsMakingGunSounds consists of videos of girls making gun sounds. The site WorstGigs consists of musicians recounting some of their worst gigs. Is there no art left in the claiming of URLs?

*Platforms: Albums optimized for the iPad, if considered as an industry strategy, seem like the ultimate misunderstanding of how to survive, or how to become modern. You’ll note that I have more to say on this matter. Best regards.

*Art: Scott Campbell’s “Noblesse Oblige” includes a skull sculpture cut from $11k worth of dollar bills. Have I ever told you about the throne I’m making out of second generation iPads? (I told you about it yesterday.) [notcot]

*Note: I have eaten so few carbs today, I may have a permanent headache. Forever.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, recut

Links for March 27, 2011: It’s been awhile.

*Apps: I tried the much-hyped Color app, and I had this same experience. Expertly written, the man has an ear for language, an eye for application design flaws and a feel for good story structure. [gruber]

*Stats: 17% of British consumers think “pork wings” are a real cut of meat. On a side note, I thought Canadian bacon was real until I was fifteen years old.

*Words: Hear Leonard Cohen read “The Future.” You can watch him, too, but it’s not as interesting. [mediaeater]

*Music: Rob Walker, who has been doing some fun poking around in the music space lately, points to Songs with a brand name, a directory of…you can guess.

*Crafts: I’m glad that before it was euthanized, Urlesque was able to compile this collection of Sad Etsy Boyfriends.

*Mixes: Check out Pates Tapes, an online retro-tech-inspired, playable mixtape. [mefi] Also, see No Longer Forgotten Music, a compilation of sorts of forgotten songs, via Harper’s.

*Twitter: How about reading these things?

*Presidents: I went to a travelling exhibit about George Washington the other day (nerd), and not only was I able to compare my height to the great man’s, I also found out that some of his dentures were made out of hippopotamus tusk. If you’ve wondered why he always came off like such a sour guy, could you imagine walking around with a hippo tusk in your mouth all day long? Please don’t answer that. Whatever you do, do not answer. (Also, a classic Washington video.)

*Photos: It looks like The Melancholy of Objects is a photography project by Guy Batey that’s been around for awhile, but I hadn’t seen it before. He takes pictures of sad pianos, lonely brooms and the like. Side note: Right now, there’s an old, half-alive “Hoppy Birthday” balloon tragicomically hop-limping around my living room, and also that’s not a tear in my eye I was recently chopping up onions. Huge onions. [notcot]

*Furniture: This chair is made out of cassette tapes. Some day, I will sit atop a throne made entirely of second generation iPads.

*Talking shop: I still have a corporate job and a corporate box that I’m on, making it pretty hard to blog like blogging should be done. On the plus side, it’s been a pretty interesting run. Traveled to London a couple weeks ago to do some training. While I was there, I went to a Future Laboratory event that was pretty good! They staged a conference on trends at the Camden Roundhouse in London, and the venue was absolutely stunning. I’d like to see a proper concert there some day. (Hendrix played the place back in the day.) They also gave away some of Coudal’s Field Notes.

*Today’s links: Overdue.

Video: Badminton Jedi

Video: Agencia Loco

I don’t know what this means, but I love it. Also, there are adult themes. I think.


Video: Kutiman’s “My Favorite Color”