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Links for 8.29.10: Like a Phoenix, but colder of heart

*Note: I went way, way east on business for a couple weeks, but I’m back now. I cannot say anything remotely intelligent about India in this space at this time, so I’ll say this: the traffic is amazing. Amid crushing poverty, there’s an unquenchable aspiration of a growing middle class, with very little infrastructure to support it. Also, it was monsoon season. A recent article by Keith Gessen in the New Yorker chronicled Moscow’s ongoing traffic problems. And, of course, China’s ten-day traffic jam kicked around the news last week. Traffic needs talking about. This much, I know. On traffic.

*Words: There are all kinds of variously interpretable meanings buried in cultures’ respective vocabularies of insiders/outsiders. Here’s a list of terms for white people used by non-western cultures.

*Society: What currently practiced social customs are ridiculous? Readers of Daily Dish at The Atlantic respond with: saying “Bless you” after someone sneezes, monogamy and burial of the dead.

*Party tricks: Beer bottles for Tuned Pale Ale have musical notes along the label, showing what beer level corresponds to what musical note when the bottle is blown into. Nice! (It’s also like a concepty small-batchy sort of thing; not Budweiser. But still. Beer!) [not cot]

*Literary: This VQR stuff is pretty fucked up, isn’t it?

*Evocations: Li Wei makes art that you want to be. (I don’t know if that rhymes or not.) Smoke. Flying. Hope. Majesty. [c-monster]

*Collaboration: Pitchfork interviews Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon about his next Bon Iver album, as well as hooping with Kanye in Hawaii and his slow-jam GAYNGS work. My favorite quote: “I’m just a dude in a t-shirt who smells like shit.” Also, Kanye dropped Monster, part of the collaboration (which also includes Ross, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z) on his blog.

*Break: Yes, I am still going.

*Local: The Minnesota State Fair has begun. And Har Mar Superstar has attended, and has there viewed boars. [s4xton]

*Visuals: These music video posters are compelling, but I have noticed in my past several decades that music videos aren’t often promoted through posters. Small point, but I thought I should put it out there. [coudal]

*Food: Lasagne cupcakes barely look like cupcakes. But they have the word lasagne in them. So I will give them a pass. FOR NOW.

*Writing: George Plimpton interviewed [pdf] Ernest Hemingway for the Paris Review in 1958. “Wounds which do extensive bone and nerve damage are not good for writers, nor anybody else.” Also, there’s some chilling foreshadowing of Hemingway’s own suicide.

*Language: Unsuck It turns business jargon into words that still have meaning. “Action items,” for instance, become “goals.” And “bio breaks” become “breaks.” Courtesy of Mike_FTW.

*Beverage: Rob Walker writes about Insane Clown Posse’s love of Faygo in the New York Times. I like that Martin Bashir and Insane Clown Posse travel in the same circles. Also, ask me sometime about my unsolicited non-celebrity endorsement of generic lasagne. (I will answer with a vague claim to love any lasagne you put in front of me.)

*Beer: Serious Eats sits down for a pint with Surly Brewing’s Todd Haug. (Please note: I love Surly.) “I became interested in local/fresh beer when I was touring the US in the metal band Powermad at the age of 19.”

*Twitter: Here are like a dozen tweets to read, if you have time.

*Automotive: Carlashes – the perfect complement to Truck Nutz?

*E-reading: I spent a couple week with an iPad and that experience, along with this article by David Pogue, have me thinking maybe a Kindle isn’t the worst option right now? What I’d really like is to test more social options – like Copia claims to be – though who knows how long it will be before I can do that?

*Plea: If anyone knows what the best use of some (Bokma) Holland Gin is, I would appreciate some hints.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.28.10: How to get a beer belly

*Environment: This is what The Listenerd looks like, post-oil spill. [A Cleaner Future, via Eyeteeth]

*Crafts: Apparently, the practice you will see if you click through on this link is known as thread painting, and it is amazing. BEEEEEESSS!!!!!

*Architecture: The idea of the hallway. [That one was for you, Murketing.]

*Art: Tomáš Gabzdil’s Libertiny sculpture is finished by adding…BEES!!!!!! (I love exclaiming…BEES!!!) [I’m done.] [(notcot)]

*Retail: A fine, long listicle on why your barista hates you. I long had a barista with whom I had a near-perfect understanding: I wouldn’t talk to him, he wouldn’t talk to me. I would tip him a whole dollar almost every day, he would give me free coffees regularly. Then he went into rehab. Yeah, sad story. [consumerist]

*Music: Camille Paglia on sex, jazz, androgyny and men who wear loose shorts.

*Imagery: “Postcards from Hell” – ForeignPolicy.com puts together a photo essay of images from “the world’s most failed states.” [harper’s]

*Wood: If I were still on Tumblr, I’d tumble this image. Acrylic on dead wood.

*Blogs: I didn’t even know Converse had a blog. Is The Daily Swarm doing it? It looks like a combination of Notcot and TDS. I barely see any shoes.

*Local: There will be a BEER EVENT called SURLYFEST on September 18th. Where? No idea. What? No idea. If you have never had Surly, you should find some and drink it. BEER!!!!

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Will Oldham’s Dogfish Head brewery commercial

[the awl via tds]

Links for 4.20.10: 60 Tips for Better Abs and Worse Breath

*Advice: Read and employ this advice from the Chicago Manual of Style. On using hyphens. It will be the most useful thing you learn all day. Unless you also read the super-long items that follow this one. [coudal]

*The Internet: This is a long read (and I am now only mostly through it), but I can already say it’s worth perusing. Clay Shirky and Evgeny Morozov talk about what the Internet is, could, and should be. Also, here’s Shirky on the collapse of business models.

*Games: OK; this talk, on Cultivated Gaming, is long, too. But equally well considered. Plus, the dude (A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz) quotes Aristotle and Howard Zinn while totally taking apart Farmville.

*Alcohol: 7-Eleven will begin selling its own branded beer. I can only wonder what Howard Zinn would think of this development.

*Talking: Hikari Takano interviews Vincent Gallo. It’s audio, and you can hear cars in the background. And here is part two. I didn’t hear any cars on that one. [sloganeerist]

*Music: Can there ever be a “system” for recommending music to people that is better than what we currently call serendipity?

*Copyright: Videos from the Hitler “Downfall” meme are being pulled off YouTube. I generally hate memes, but I have long loved this one. I could watch a dozen of them in a row, regardless of topic.

*Art: Jack White talks about aesthetic constraints and how they fuel creativity. It’s almost like The White Stripes were a haiku he wrote for himself. [murketing]

*Things That Are Probably “Fake”: Graffomat’s graffiti vending machines sell spray paint cans.

*Local: Jason DeRusha has been crowned Best Tweeter in the Twin Cities. Try reading some of them.

*Today’s links: F. Brainier than witty today. Apologies. That’s what happens when I’ve been away too long.

Links for 3.22.10: 66 Tips for Better Abs and Shinier Glands

*Pictures: These 1:12 scale foods are incredible. I want to roll them up into one hamburger-sized ball and chew them to pieces with my mouth open. [mefi]

*Books: My 23-year-old self would have dropped dead of awe upon seeing these cigarette pack-shaped books. [urlesque]

*Writing: In Tristes Tropiques Claude Levi-Strauss wrote – “My hypothesis, if correct, would oblige us to recognize the fact that the primary function of written communication is to facilitate slavery.” WHOA. READ THAT LINK. AND READ THAT QUOTE AGAIN. I have much more to say on this matter, but I must first gather my thoughts. If you have a single curious bone in your body, I recommend reading the above. If you do NOT have a curious bone in your body, you are asked to leave this blog immediately and requested never to return. EVER.

*More: The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg writes about Alex Chilton in the New York Times. “Because we were musicians, our talk inevitably turned toward women.”

*Politics: With health care reform having passed a major hurdle, some hope Obama will turn his sights on finance reform next.

*Tabasco: There is a truck that is FILLED with recipes made with TABASCO. Side note: I gave my father a one-gallon jug of Tabasco for Christmas. It is considered the strangest family gift since I gave my sister-in-law a fake crow for her birthday. [notcot via pocketdialed]

*Twitter: I started a work account on Twitter. It is where I act like a more upstanding citizen than on my usual account. Read these four things.

*Local: Is Grain Belt’s new Nordeast beer an early April Fool’s joke, or the most amusing beer name in recent history?

*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 11.7.09: Surly beer, mushroom pants and God’s jail

*Art: The Manshroom – for your walls. And loins. I don’t know why I said that. [eat me daily]

*The Law: Oklahoma is starting a prison for Christians that will be run by Christians. [harper’s]

*Drinks: The company that makes Angostura Bitters almost went under due to the recession, which would have kicked off a martini and old fashioned crisis the likes of which the world has never known.

*Video: Watch all of this season’s one-liners from Mad Men’s Roger Sterling. [vulture]

*Beer: Read this interview with the couple behind Surly Brewing. “The turning point probably was in June 2007, when Beer Advocate magazine named Surly the number-one brewery in the United States.” [heavy table]

*Music: Learn about songs that retell works of literature via Wikipedia. Let’s not forget that The Decemberists’ “On the Bus Mall” is based on “My Own Private Idaho.” (I don’t know where that came from either.) [neatorama]

*Charts: This movie narrative chart of “Lord of the Rings” from xkcd is like Andrew Quo nerdness X3. I prefer nerdness to nerdiness in this case. Not sure why. Go forth and conquer.

*Today’s links: There are no words.

Links for 10.27.09: Chinese, cupcakes, beer, gourds

*Look: Chris Ware in the New Yorker. There are iPhones.

*Alert: Some Taco Bells serve cupcakes. I would like mine filled with hot sauce. Please. (That’s not a euphemism.) [harper’s]

*Green: Check out this vinyl that’s been bent, pounded, shaped and reused.

*The future: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says that in 5 years, the web will be dominated by Chinese-language content. Get this: I don’t even speak Chinese. Also, ICANN has approved non-Latin characters for domain names.

*Food: Anthony Bourdain is doing some animated web-only short video bullshit that isn’t even about food. Also, it looks like there could be zombies. Or their close brethren.

*Beer: I cannot agree with this list of the 25 best beers in America, but I can drink them. With vigor.

*Gaming: Watch this dude play Guitar Hero without a guitar. You will note that I sometimes also play Guitar Hero without a guitar, but that my score is always zero. Always. [waxy]

*Local: Guides to eating in Minneapolis from Zagat and Treehugger. [ht]

*Fall: It’s decorative gourd season. [spin city]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 10.9.09: Bombing the moon, bros, and DUDE we BOMBED the MOON!!!11

*Events: Kind of a big day today. We bombed the moon and Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Also, WE BOMBED THE FUCK OUT OF THE MOON!!!

*Photography: Who wants to see pictures of flies peeing? As a kind of break from all the excitement. [eyeteeth]

*Literature: The Brocyclopedia – “‘Broseph’ was originally a term reserved for a bro or bra named “Joseph,” but the broseph has since evolved into an entirely separate sub-category of bro.” The funny thing is, this isn’t some McSweeney’s Dave Eggers bullshit. It’s cultural history. Or so I currently feel like claiming.

*Movies: David Wyatt writes in the Virginia Quarterly Review about “Star Wars and the Productions of Time.” On the Luke-Han continuum, I am indifferent and embarrassed to even know that much. [harper’s]

*Beer: Read this interview with the most interesting man in the world. The guy from the Dos Equis beer commercials.

*Recession: Guys with mustaches make more money than dudes with beards or clean-shaven men. I have been unable to sustain a mustache for longer than a half hour at any point in my life due to the overwhelming pressures of normal society. [huffpo]

*Local: Har Mar Superstar has to be one HELL of a partier, because he somehow has projects going. Still. And knows people. And WHAT? He’s writing a movie with Ellen Page. I will point out to those unfamiliar with this blog that Har Mar Mall is my local mall and say further that the pet store there smells like a dead body in a dumpster full of Chinese food that your co-worker made for lunch two days ago. Or worse.

*Punctuation: ;

*Today’s grade: Stay of execution. No American blog post fails today, since we bombed that God damn moon back to where it fucking belongs. SPACE.

Links for 8.12.09: Pizza faces, brand Carles, Wii Spray, vandals, lobster and champagne…

*Games: Daniel Radosh writes about The Beatles – Rock Band for the New York Times. “We’re on the precipice of a culture shift around how the mass market experiences music.” Still?

*Images: World leaders’ faces depicted in pizza. The potential on this one is VERY HIGH. Especially if they start using barbecue sauce instead of tomato sauce. [animal]

*Music: Pew Research looks at a declining generation gap, even when it comes to music.

*Branding: Hipster Runoff’s Carles helps you become more like Carles one $30 t-shirt at a time, bro. Or alt. Or whatever. [murketing]

*Profiles in courage: Red Squared Twitter savant Remiel offers a near-comprehensive fivepart guide to twitter profiles. Highly recommended. I, if you are interested, am probably a The Unexpected Imperative. Also, that’s the second post in a row in which I’ve used “a the.” Also, one possible addition to the list is: The Unclassifiable: “I don’t really fit into any one category… Im just me!” [SIC]

*Links: I have not seen the Virginia Quarterly Review’s generous Weekly Highlights link round-up before, but so far it is very good.

*Literacy: Silent Conversation tries to make reading into a game. Not like a Starfall thing, though. Like, with angry wizards. And broadswords. [waxy]

*Words: “The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.” However his politics turned out, Hitchens can/could turn a phrase. [via md]

*Happiness: One of thousands of stories about happiness and happiness monitoring to appear over the past several months, this brief post points out that Gallup’s Well-Being Poll is out. I’m thinking about starting a tumblr about happiness. It would be made up of about 80% Boner Party posts and 20% studies and redefinitions of happiness.

*Vandalism: WiiSpray attempts to put graffiti online (with video). [neural]

*Vandalism II: Moss Art. Fantastic. [eyeteeth]

*Local: The Heavy Table tells you why you should drink local beer. (It mostly seemed kind of obvious. But then again I am drunk right now. On life. And very strong booze.)

*Notes: Happy birthday, little bro.

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 6.22.09: Sleevefacing time, beer pouches, Sufjan Stevens…

This is all Jell-O.

This is all Jell-O.

*I’m going to try to be more discerning about posting. It probably won’t last long. My mind is a perpetual ice cube, the internet an uncoolable ocean.

*Photos: This flickr photo pool called “Looking Into the Past” is like sleevefacing with time itself. If you know what I’m saying. (If you do not know what I’m saying: One takes a photograph of an old picture in the place where it was originally snapped, thus overlaying an image of the past on the real present to create a new melding of the two.) [buzzfeed]

*Animation: This tumblr of animated gifs has me feeling all gooey. My brain says no, but my body says yes. Then seizures, followed by a prolonged period of medication, loss of job and healthcare benefits and precipitous mental decline. Wow, that took an abrupt left turn. Ouch. [mediaeater]

*Metaverse: “No hugs and no sleep” – a story of being homeless in the Sims. “Alice’s teddy is more than her only possession in the world. It’s the only thing that’s ever hugged her.” This is like some sort of beautiful, unnecessary reverse-engineered graphic novel machinima. [waxy]

*Old times: Tim O’Reilly talks about his Classical Education. (I majored in history, studying ancient Rome and Greece extensively, and I’m basically worthless these days. COUNTERPOINT. AND CHECKMATE.)

I do, however, like this clip: “I believe that I’ve consistently been able to spot emerging trends because I don’t think with what psychologist Eugene Gendlin called “received knowledge,” but in a process that begins with a raw data stream that over time tells me its own story.” [short shrift]

*Quotes: “I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good?” -Trent Reznor in Newsweek [fluxtumblr]

*Beverages: I love beer. I love pouches. I have created a pouch on my body that’s made primarily of beer. Do you see where I’m going with this? No? Well, look at this beer in a pouch and then try to answer. (Hint: Beer pouches.)

*Vizzies: Peruse this infographic depicting murders in New York. Well executed, gray lady. Well executed. (I had to say that, under penalty of death. OK, I’m exaggerating.) [harper’s]

*Apple: This Daring Fireball post about the Wall Street Journal’s sourcing in a recent story that broke the news of Steve Jobs’ liver transplant is not sexy, but it is meticulous and well written and deserving of some sort of acknowledgement.

*Video: I won’t give it its own post since it made the rounds extensively last week, but this video of John Hodgman speaking at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner is amusing. [everyone]

*Please note: I might start reading books again. That is a warning. To all of you.

Links for 5.6.09: YouTuuuuube, car culture, Minnesota beer…

*Multiplicity: This is the only way to watch YouTube. However, I would also like it if it were always on and you could tune each of the channels individually.

*Auto: Nate Silver, anointed voice-on-earth of the Lord our God Jesus H. Christ, says that Americans are shifting away from car culture.

*Metal: Metal Hammer, after thoroughly researching the matter, names the “top metal celebrities.” Javier Bardem is an inspired choice, in my opinion.

*Local: I hate City Pages. But I love beer. I’m OK on the whole question of Minnesota. All in all, read this article on Minnesota beers. SURRRRRLYYYYY.

*Twitter: My qualitative study of Twin Cities twitterers has hit a snag. Mostly because I feel like the “local” angle is once again like being forced to eat broccoli.