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Links for 11.13.09: Donuts, cassette tapes, Beard Rock and Alaska

*Food: On two separate occasions this week I have come across Visual Taxonomies of Donuts. Which, coincidentally, will be the name of my fourth fake novel (hence the caps; I’m not an anarchist, for God’s sake).

*Photography: Do you like looking at pictures of cassettes? If you answered no, maybe you weren’t thinking about highly aestheticized cassettes. [coudal]

*Graphs: Examine this visualization of UK music revenue, broken down by subcategories such as recorded revenue, live revenue, etc.

*Graphs 2: Are peak oil and peak rock related? Think of Beirut as a Prius. And your ears as the road. Right? [harper’s]

*Facial hair: NPR is worried about the takeover of Beard Rock. I’m worried about the takeover of Beard Smell. Because it’s easy to get food caught in there. Especially liquids. Or semi-liquids.

*Real estate: It turns out, Alaska was a bad purchase. “The economic benefits that have been received from Alaska over the years could have been obtained without purchasing the territory. In financial terms, Alaska has clearly been a negative net present value project for the United States.” Remind me to tell you about when I bought a motorcycle from a sketchy guy who insisted on changing the title over himself (instead of letting me do it) next time you see me.

*Aesthetics: Jim Windolf writes On Cuteness in Vanity Fair. Personally, I hate cute things. Due to a childhood fall down the stairs. Or so I hear. [hans]

*Jobby job: Check out the video on this post from the jobby blog. It shows a few different ways people count money across the world. It’s probably been 4 years since I had more than any 6 bills on my person.

*Music: Maura has left Idolator. Nielsen is MAYBE putting Billboard on the block. These things make me feel old. In internet years. And years.

*Twitter: Read these four things. Related: I have a lot to say about the retweet feature. It will bore me as much to write it as it will bore you to read it. So there’s that to look forward to.

*Today’s links: F. Goodbye forever.

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Links for 11.5.08: Obama’s single, M.I.A.’s “hole” and blind wine…

*Hip-hop: Brother Ali has recorded a Barack Obama-inspired single called “Obama, You’re the Man.” I may have said this before, but I like Brother Ali. Download the track at MFR. The truth is here.

*Bloggers’ paradise: M.I.A. covers The Wire‘s theme song, “Way Down in the Hole.” Here’s the video. It’s in black and white. Like fucking art or something. [multiple sources!]

*Listen: Last.fm lets ‘net users listen to tunes of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart online. Maybe I need to go back to Last.fm? Maybe? [lp]

*Copyright: Gwen Stefani released her kid’s (Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale) first publicly available baby pictures under a Creative Commons license. Wow. That shit is bananas. [licensing plate]

*Mind control: Turn your environmental noise into soft, soothing sounds with EcoTones. “In the event a loud truck suddenly came by, for example, Ecotones would instantly and automatically raise the volume level and insert a custom sound, such as a loud crashing wave or a seal barking.” Woof. [cnet]

*Video: Heidi Klum’s viral Guitar Hero commercial is an homage to “Risky Business.” Underwear is involved. And pretending to play the guitar.

*LIQUOR: Lazarus Wine is made by blind people, for blind people. The labels are in Braille. [swissmiss]

*Twitter: Five of the funniest twitters you will ever read: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE. Thank you!

Links for 7.15.08: Wii Music, mashup Girl Talk videos, The Jayhawks return…

*Endorsements: Musicians are endorsing cellphones. The exciting thing is the 10-pic photo rotation of 10 celebs with their cellphones!!!! Including Usher! [largehearted boy]

*Metaverse: Gibson launches “Gibson Island” in Second Life. I didn’t even know you could have virtual sex with a guitar! (I am an innocent.) [getty images]

*Charts: TuneCore has its own chart on Billboard now. [hypebot]

*Videogames: Wii Music will have 50 playable instruments and no competitive elements, will support 4-player games, and be able to record video of players’ performances.

*Local: The Jayhawks are getting back together. I liked the Jayhawks. [indieblogheaven]

*Politics: An update on that Barack Obama benefit show at St. Paul’s Turf Club on August 27th – it will feature Low, Dosh, P.O.S., Josh Grier, and STNNNG, among others. [switchblade comb]

*Off topic: Twitter buys Summize. I sometimes use Summize to see if anyone else has Twittered the same quip I’m planning on quipping. Luckily, it seems my lameness is sui generis.

*Disappointment: I thought naked short-selling would be a lot more interesting when I first heard the term.

Links for 6.29.08: Beck tunes, bad rap names, Craig Finn’s old…

*An open letter from Sasha Frere-Jones to Kanye West. I like Mr. Jones’ magazine articles better than his twitters.

*The Whitburn Project: View a cloud of the top 100 words used in the 37,000 songs that have been on the Billboard charts. Tops: Love.

*EMI is suing Hi5, VideoEgg and other companies (to be named) for copyright infringement.

*Beck has put two new songs from his “Modern Guilt” album on his MySpace page. [absolutepunk]

*Aquarium Drunkard interviews Craig Finn of The Hold Steady: “The record’s really about aging gracefully and I keep coming back to that because rock ‘n’ roll is a tough business to age gracefully in. It’s tough being thirty-six and doing it for a living, and wanting to be an adult and a respectable person who’s able to communicate with other people in other parts of society and not just be rock ‘n’ roll all the time, you know?” This is the part where I remind all of you that I am bald. [rawkblog]

*Read: The Guardian’s love letter to Leonard Cohen.

*The 25 Worst Rap Names: Uncle Murda, Matlock…weird that DJ Jazzy Jeff has been once again snubbed?

Links for 6.14.08: K-fed’s pride, Neil Young’s fuel, hippie dancing!

*Kevin Federline has been named Father of the Year by Prive, a Las Vegas nightclub. Responded Federline: “I’m surprised.”

*For all the wealthy listenerds: Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2 stereo speakers cost $135,000. I don’t know what they sound like. Hopefully like breasts against the window. (No idea.) [GQ 5.08]

*Billboard talks to Neil Young about the upcoming documentary, “CSNY: Deja Vu.” Young says “I’m not really focused on music right now, as far as new music. I have a couple songs in the back of my head, and if they come to the front of my head, I’ll write ’em. But as far as my life goes, I’m totally focused on eliminating roadside refueling.” [largehearted boy]

*The New York Times writes up My Morning Jacket and their new album, “Evil Urges.” The band’s bassist on their success: “Once we played outside of Kentucky I felt like everything was icing on top of a really nice cake.”

*Video: Rolling Stone, with the help of MGMT, is offering up a guide to hippie dancing. Admission: I still don’t know how to hippie dance.

*Zune has opened an exclusive music club in Los Angeles, Zune L.A.

*How to Kill an Earworm: Listen to the whole song or do some math. [lifehacker]

*How it will end for this blog, when the end comes.

Links for 5.27.08: Pork and Beans’ director, Bon Iver’s house, Jingles!

*The Wall Street Journal talks to Mathew Cullen, the director of Weezer’s net meme-packed “Pork and Beans.”

*Billboard talks to Pandora’s Tim Westergren: “What are you doing with Clear Channel and why?
It’s a trial that we’ll be running on some of their Web sites this summer, where they’ll be offering personalized Pandora playlists.”

*Pitchfork interviews Bon Iver: He bought a house for $70k. [pop candy]

*Touchscreen turntables do away with the vinyl. Video here.

*CBS readies to air a reality show about…jingles.

*I’ll be honest. I know nothing about Eurovision. YET. Ok?

*Napster is launching a mobile video service in Japan. [moconews]

*Paul McCartney gets an honorary degree from Yale. Wait. I thought Paul was daed.

*Off topic: A brilliant young man (call him a genius if you like) is trying to take a picture of himself using every known (and sanctioned?) beard style. [mefi]

User-generated endeavors that aren’t: Billboard’s Music Maven

What is this steaming pile of Billboard BS?

Ugh.