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Video: Umbilical iPod charger

Artist Mio I-zawa imagines an iPhone charger that calls to mind a tentacle. Or an umbilical cord.

Video: An iPad mellotron

The Mellotronics M3000 HD.

[zeldman]

Links for 12.7.09: I may start updating my Facebook status.

*News: Apple bought Lala. (Hypebot offers this round-up of opinion on the acquisition from across the web.) I saw Lala CEO Bill Nguyen speak at a music discussion at CES last year, and he blew away everyone else on the panel with his smarts and enthusiasm. Does an Apple acquisition of this sort really mean hope for imminent innovation in digital music is waning?

*Note to interested parties: I have obtained a Kickstarter invite and am commencing my pitch for a project that will BOMB THE MOON again. This time, on our terms. (Also, I’m not kidding. And I may need help.)

*Hollywood: Someone keeps changing the Wikipedia page of actor Ron Livingston to say that he’s gay, and that he’s been having relations with someone named Lee Dennison. This is why Wikipedia is better than normal encyclopedias. Also, you can’t be sued for laughing uproariously, can you? CAN YOU?

*Obit: Robert Degen, possible author of “The Hokey Pokey,” has died. That’s what it’s all about. Death. And silence. And blackness.

*Literature: The New Yorker runs a David Foster Wallace story, “All That.” If a Foster Wallace piece doesn’t explicitly upbraid me for not understanding the English language, I don’t want to read it. Or should I say, I don’t WANTS to read it?

*Art: Michael Jackson commissioned some weird art when he was alive. If you even look at it, you may be able to sue. [vulture]

*Presidents: A new letter from Thomas Jefferson has been discovered. It’s not about wine. Or wenching. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Favrd got shut down. I used the site to find smart, interesting people, but I don’t think I was part of the “community” that formed around it. The back and forth between Dean Allen, who used to run the site, and Jeffrey Zeldman is fantastic. As is Mike_FTW’s eulogy. And Merlin Mann‘s.

*Lists: Kottke is doing a list various Best of the 2000s lists. If you smell it hard enough, you can smell Newsweek.

*Local: I went to the No Coast craft show this weekend. The aesthetic was depressingly uniform. Also, lots of babies. Also, Midtown Global Market has a shitty parking set-up that needs to be fixed. BUT: I recommend Campfire for t-shirts and the like.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 12.1.09: Why did Walt Whitman wear jeans?

*Rumor: Remastered vinyl LPs from the Beatles to be released in March. Also, I have a few Beatles albums on my computer, so I can listen to them pretty much whenever. Super easy!

*Odor: M cologne is made from Michael Jackson’s DNA. I hope that’s not a euphemism. Do you know what I mean? If you don’t, please don’t look it up. [vulture]

*Food: Examine these ketchup packets that look like landmines. Wow.

*Drink: Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer has 32% alcohol content. I could not have conceived of a better name. Except possibly Vomit Gong. Or Ketchup Packet Landmines. (I don’t know where that came from; I just tried to channel my id.) [harper’s]

*Fashion: “If Whitman wore jeans, he wore them because they were the clothes of the rebellious, not because they were the affordable uniform of the pretty.” Also, was that really Walt Whitman reading? I thought it was a dude from the Waltons. (I’m not being droll about that last part!)

*Social media: What this article calls “checkins” have previously been called pings or gestures. It’s all a part of the attention economy. Which is actually a system akin to a language. I’m sure you get it. I don’t have the patience to explain further.

*Twitter: If you haven’t seen these Twitter avatars drawn by @apelad, you should see them. Because they are awesome.

*Technology: Knocking is an iPhone app that allows you to see through other people’s iPhone cameras. WHAT? It’s mobile-to-mobile live sharing! (I took that last part right from their site as I tried to confirm what it actually did.) Also, it seems like perverts would love this. [coudal]

*Music: Golden Fiddle grabbed Zach Galifinakis’ iTunes playlist. Funny word, Galifinakis. Heh.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 7.8.09: The limited engagement

*Disasters: The trailer of a movie with many. Also, a shit-ton of bongos. [@bozofish]

*Whoa: Spezify – Type a word, then see it, hear it, know it. [blackrimglasses]

*Computers: Fake Steve Jobs is back, and he’s talking about the Google OS. San Dimas High School Football rules. As you know.

*Bests: The best thing I’ve linked to over the past week or so. The Eternal Moonwalk.

*Weiners: Oscar Mayer died. He lived a long life and many people enjoyed his weiners. Which is to say hot dogs. Ugh.

*Drink: Production of Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” beer begins today. Guaranteed to taste like sweat. And motor oil. And maybe hep C.

*Literature: Things I Have Written in Cover Letters. Not me. The author. I’m not looking for a job. (Call me!) [coudal]

*Meta: Tests use virtual reality to examine questions of race and bias. This is serious stuff, so let’s all stay serious for a second here. [murketing]

*Music: Buzzfeed identifies Crabcore, a genre of music “characterized by the guitar player’s “crabwalk,” an extremely low stance, wherein both feet are set apart from one another as far as possible in a very deep squat.”

*Ahem: I’m keeping up the Twitter linking, but also doing an occasional link round-up. I think.

Links for 4.27.09: Meat cards, vinyl and job loss

*Food: Meat business cards are memorable, but spoil quickly. Like so many business relationships. Umm, what? [presurfer]

*Economy: This Slate map of American job losses is impressive and scary. I still have a job as of this writing.

*Vizzie: Wiredsets grabs an infographic of vinyl sales from Nielsen SoundScan. Bars! Big dots!

*Apple: A certain musician is planning on performing only with iPhones. I find the long-term AT&T contracts to be off-putting. Related video: Watch a dude spin records on an iPhone. [waxy]

*Videogames: You can play frisbee golf with Tiger Woods. Some call it frolfing. Somebody bring a oney!!! WHEW!!!! I was channeling my 8th grade buddies right there.

*Twitter: Check out a map (built with Yahoo! Pipes) of your Twitter followers. Better in theory than in execution. Like a certain blog THAT YOU ARE READING RIGHT NOW???

*Today’s links: Bite me.

Links for 4.19.09: Dylan’s grandkids, fire graffiti, Spinal Tap…

*Vandalism: Fire graffiti. Easily the best kind of graffiti. Except for carving your name in trees. [eyeteeth]

*Watch: A video to sit through, should you like to hear the Super Mario theme played on laser cutters.

*Dylan: 20 things you did not know about Bob Dylan. He has 9 grandchildren. [shorties]

*Illustrations: Read the blog of a man who draws everything he eats. [murketing]

*Apple: Apparently, the iPod Touch is becoming part of the modern American soldier’s arsenal. Also, I am thinking of ditching my voip and just doing conference calls from a Touch + Skype. If anyone has any experience in this regard (and/or recommendations), your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

*Movies: What Spinal Tap did to our culture. I grew up fearing spontaneous human combustion. Thanks, dad.

*Today’s links: D-.

Video: iPhone duet

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Video: MGMT’s “Kids” played entirely on iPhone apps

[lots of places]

Links for 2.25.09: Lemmy’s crotch, bread tie taxonomy, Beamcast update..

*Podcast update: All attempts to contact Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam (not through traditional means, but merely through the ether) to get him to be my interview subject for the first listenerd podcast have failed. Zero response. However, I now have a 5th question formulated: Could you please speak up? More to come, as things develop.

*The Markets: Keep track of the world’s stock markets in real time. This can be a sad endeavour. [good]

*Lemmy: A lovely quote pulled by The Daily Swarm regarding Lemmy’s displeasure with a doll made in his likeness: “Are you gonna put a dick on it?”

*Update: The Hipster Runoff guy is not Tao Lin. I am in no way taking credit for this idea.

*Correlations: How one’s SAT scores correlate to his or her musical tastes. I do not see Elmo on this grid. [buzzfeed]

*Facebook: eMusic jumps into the widget game (a couple years after the rush?) with some Facebook functionality that allows users to show the music they’re listening to and gives away free downloads.

*Models: Mashable takes a look at iTunes Pass. There are a lot of “hopefullys” in this article.

*Charity: Musicians on Call brings bands to the hospital rooms of sick people, for bedside concerts. [licensing plate]

*Twitter: Twitter = YouTube. “Google most likely really, really wants to buy Twitter.” Feel like it’s been coming for a long time.

*Food: Being a taxonomy of bread ties. [coudal]

*I find this collection of links and quips to be wholly unsatisfying. There is always tomorrow.

Links for 2.12.09: Shakespeare, stolen bikes and streaming iTunes…

*Oldies: Good magazine takes a look at some of the forward-thinking music labels trying to make hay with old-timey issues. “Some insightful, primarily web-based record labels have found success in the rediscovering and re-issuing of lost vinyl classics, and in the process, they’ve resurrected some of the finest music ever forgotten.”

*Business: Apple may be jumping into the streaming music business with an offering called iTunes Replay. Also, Twisten lets you “listen to Twitter,” crawling Twitter for music tweets, than letting you listen to mentions. (I’ve barely tried it.) [the daily swarm]

*Twitter: Twitter of the Shrew mashes up Shakespeare and Twitter. Also, You Might Be a Webcock… points out some bad Twitter behavior. (I resemble those remarks about brevity and clarity. EFFERS.) The Houston Press digs into musicians on Twitter. Also, Twestival is like a “Live Aid for Twitter.” I can’t keep up anymore, I don’t think. And that’s saying something. [webcockery via spin city]

*Images: This may well be the coolest storefront I’ve ever seen. From Hey Mr Glen (and viewed 200k+ times already!).

*Theft: Someone Stole My Bike features videos of people who have had their bikes stolen. Have rhetorical simplicity and purity ever been more important in communicating with a potential audience? (Some may say “simple-mindedness.”) [mefi]

*Tomorrow I will return stronger than ever. (I tell myself that all the time.)

Links for 1.21.09: Obama’s media FX, Kanye’s mullet, Beastie art…

*The Inauguration: This is probably worth a longer post – and I may do one for the jobby blog – but during President Obama’s inauguration yesterday, Google traffic dropped while Twitter traffic spiked (along with a bounce in traffic for Flickr and other social sites). Eschewing their habitual seeking of a-temporal information in a time of excitement, people reached out to each other.

*Hair: I, for one, love Kanye West’s black mullet (or “blullet”). But then again, I’m bald. FOREVER.

*Artwork: Putting Ad Rock in religious art isn’t blasphemy, it’s business. And blasphemy. Probably. Technically. (Works of art that include the Beastie Boys.) [hinto]

*Lists: JamsBio lists The Beatles’ songs from worst to best.

*Criticism: Pitchfork gives Bon Iver’s new Blood Bank EP a 7.9. (I am typing this with 8 fingers.)

*Twitter: Cursebird offers potty mouths a real-time look at all the swearing that’s happening on Twitter. Right now, fuck is winning. FUCK IS WINNING!!!!! (Here is my personal swearing graph.) [poploser]

*Earnings: Apple reports record earnings for its most recent quarter. iPods kill, though the iPhone was a tad ill. And by that I mean that sales did not meet expectations.

*Covers: Bonny “Prince” Billy covers Danzig’s “Am I Demon.” [cameronr]

Video: Roald Bradstock throws an iPod 154 yards

I don’t know if it’s real, fake, stupid or brilliant, but that outfit looks like it’s straight out of Hipster Runoff.