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Links for 3.16.10: 90 Tips for Better Abs and/or Glutes

*People: “We should, I believe, be judged by our compromises more than by our ideals and our norms. Ideals may tell us something important about what we would like to be. But compromises tell us who we are.” – Avishai Margalit

*Sperm: I am sending you to the official site for Sizing Up Sperm, a television show that will put the scope of the human reproductive system into context. It includes photographs of people dressed like sperm. Which is weird.

*Butchery: Have you ever wanted a pillow that looks like it was made out of meat? Let me rephrase that: Have you ever NOT wanted ANYTHING that looked like it was made out of meat? [eatmedaily is back!]

*Bottles: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s new album, “The Wonder Show of the World,” is being marketed via bottle stoppers that look like a BALD Bonny “Prince” Billy. I have a soft spot for bald guys. ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

*Bands: Flavorwire looks at the intersection of food and bands – Vampire Weekend’s House of Horchata and Aranciata. I’ll be frank; if McSweeney’s had done this, it would have been tighter. [eat me daily again. Damn.]

*Music: eMusic has added music from the Sub Pop label to its site. If they had done this five years ago (and not raised prices and limited downloads), I might still be a customer! (Odds are very low that I would still be a customer.)

*Sleep: Motel 6’s “Rock Yourself to Sleep” campaign, which puts up indie bands on tour, has two open slots for 6 weeks of free lodging for musicians on tour. [hypebot]

*Blogging: My arch-nemesis, Susan Orlean, has started a blog. For her blog-sized ideas. For her blog-sized ideas. For her blog-sized ideas.

*Writing: Norman Maclean writes a rejection letter to publisher Alfred A. Knopf, who earlier had rejected him: “I can now only weakly say this: if the situation ever arose when Alfred A. Knopf was the only publishing house remaining in the world and I was the sole remaining author, that would mark the end of the world of books.” [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 3.11.10: 88 Tips for More Disgusting Abs

*Blogs: This new blog, The Economics of Soup, is NOT only about soup! Also, it is by my friend and colleague, Kate. Also, there are drawings.

*Games: Incredibox – make your own (French) beatbox.

*Swears: An article on the recent history of the Parental Advisory sticker. I will tell you, I bought MANY NWA tapes with parental advisory stickers at the Down in the Valley store (they also sold serapes) in Golden Valley, Minnesota before I was 18. My thanks go out to the staff, now probably in their 40s. [Note: The direct link does not appear to be working, but Westword had the article…] [daily swarm]

*Mashups: RuthBourdain is a twitterstream that mashes up the aesthetics of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. [eat me daily]

*Finance: “Homeless” man lives off of loyalty points from his rich-guy life. He is staying at a Best Western in San Clemente. Sounds quiet. [harper’s]

*Brevity: Ten Word Wiki is either a very bad sign for the human race, or just a format optimized for conveniently condensed world knowledge. All entries are 10 words long. [kottke]

*Video: Retribution Gospel Choir performs “Working Hard” for the Current, in studio. I have been told that Alan Sparkhawk looks “like he could be one of your brothers.” This is, in fact, one of the deadliest insults known to man. Also, I’m bald.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 2.22.10: 102 Tips for Better Abs

*Film: This retrospective on “Raging Bull” from Vanity Fair is worth the read. On De Niro’s consideration of the protagonist, boxer Jake La Motta – “He was thinking about Jake’s masochism, for example—his capacity to take brutal beatings without ever being knocked down and then somehow rally and K.O. an opponent who was ahead of him on points. Scorsese likes to quote the inscription on a folk-art painting he was once given: ‘Jake La Motta fought as if he didn’t deserve to live.'”

*Question: Is this not a music blog anymore?

*Music: Ad Age takes on Lady Gaga. “Lady Gaga, with her army of nearly 2.8 million Twitter followers and more than 5.2 million Facebook fans, can move product.”

That’s a weird (though, initially impressive) stat to lead the article with, since clickthrough (I won’t even speculate on the higher-commitment engagement of BUYING) is typically very low on Twitter, even (some may say especially) for its users with 1M followers. I do, however, like it when she styles her hair to look like a telephone.

*Dolls: Speaking of Lady G, Lu Wei Kang designed a Gaga-inspired Barbie doll.

*Games: OK, there’s some nerdcore iPhone game featuring the music of MC Frontalot where you use your fingers as breakdancing legs on the screen? It is called B-Boy Beats. I’m not sure even I know what that meant. And I don’t even remember what a B-Boy is. Sometimes this blog serves mostly as a reminder of what I do not know. And that’s why I keep going.

*On language: Videogum examines the tag (word?) NSFW. Excellent prose on one of the most important topics of our time. “No, what is actually NSFW is not porno, which is ubiquitous and unavoidable. What is NSFW is the borderline-innocuous video that doesn’t overtly show any bared flesh or penetration, but somehow says something even more important about you for watching it.” Also, do not watch the videos. I didn’t.

*Words: What makes a good title for an article, an album or a work of literature? I sometimes commit some of the sins they here warn us to avoid, such as:

-The Faux Poetic but Authentically Meaningless (“Hunt the Mist Slowly”)
-The Lofty Abstraction, a.k.a. the Bad Kundera (“The Lonely Shackles of Mortality”)
-The Melodramatic Image (“Blood Dries Brown”)

If you asked me what my favorite title for a work of art was, I would tell you: “Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form.”

*Update: How are your abs doing? Mine are terrible.

*Today’s links: F.

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.

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.