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Links for November 22, 2011: Hotdish, stinkbug eggs, naked flying people

America: Spinning off the wonderful site YoIsThisRacist.com is YoIsThisHotdish.tumblr.com. I HIGHLY recommend that you submit any hotdish-related questions as soon as possible. This is what America is all about. Dialog. Community. Hamburger. Love. (It’s from the people at Liquid Chroma!)

Images: Cédric Le Borgne’s Les Voyageurs are beautiful. They are people of light! Like, flying. And probably naked! [coudal]

Questions: Who are the people currently drawing cavemen professionally, and what informs how they draw them? I drew a carrot man during a meeting the other day! He the green part WAS HIS HAIR.

Ova: If there’s one thing I can promise you, it is this: You will not see any more beautiful image of stinkbug eggs today. You will not.

Study: The more complex and dire a social issue, the more people want to avoid learning about it. Sounds like something not to click on next item please!

Flip side: On the other hand, this complex and dire issue – how Facebook is gaslighting the web, by Anil Dash – is something you should learn about, know about and maybe even do something about.

Video: When Kottke says “I’ve been on the web for 17 years now, I’m a professional link finder, and I have never in my life seen anything like these guys,” I guess it seems like you have to watch? Especially considering there’s lightbulb biting and head-brick smashing?

Faces: Amalgamation is a video that shows a bunch of faces changing. It’s less boring than it sounds. Speaking of changing faces, I tried shaving with a safety razor this evening and it did NOT go well.

Sports: On the Media covers professional wrestling labor relations. I didn’t know all wrestlers are independent contractors! Occupy the turnbuckle! (How great would an OWS storyline be? Maybe with a hedge fund heel?)

Today’s links: F.

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Links for November 9, 2011: Being Barbie, bathing in ketchup fountains, dripping false honey

Facebook: How many times have I, here, mentioned that I quit Facebook? And that my life is better for it?

Typography: Mayuko, a student at a Japanese university, has created a font out of leg hair. YES, LEG HAIR.

Actors: Adam Wilson writes about Owen Wilson in The Paris Review. (More interesting than that lame-ass sentence makes it sound.)

Science: Experience reality as a Barbie doll or a giant. (Remember when I asked that an oversized Andre-the-Giant-as-a-woman-avatar be set aside for me? Forget that, you sick bastard.)

“In order to accomplish this trick of self-displacement, participants in the experiments lay on a bed and wore a head-mounted display connected to two video cameras. These cameras faced a fake body lying on a bed next to the participant; thus, when participants looked down toward their own bodies, they instead saw artificial bodies where their own should have been. These artificial bodies were either huge (a 13-foot form made of chicken wire) or very small (a Barbie Doll).”

Video: This cannot go unlinked – The GAG Quartet’s “le internet medley” (it references, like, 40 internet memes?).

Dinosaurs: Scientists now believe that the archaeopteryx, the first true ancestor of modern birds, was BLACK. I’m afraid my son, once thoroughly obsessed with dinosaurs, has now moved on to being thoroughly obsessed with superheroes.

Condiments: The chocolate fountain is dead. The ketchup fountain is alive and well. (And not even in Minnesota?). [laughing squid]

Fashion: If you have really grubby hands, you can buy a $90 shirt that is optimized for cleaning off touchscreens.

Television: Would you, perhaps, like to watch every single episode of Law & Order ever made? For $450? CHA-CHUNG. [poploser]

Obituaries: RIP Heavy D.

Food: I try not to put up a bunch of stuff that prominent bloggers have already talked about. But the fact that 75% of honey isn’t honey has not just disturbed me, it has ROCKED ME to MY CORE. [kottke]

Links for October 12, 2011: The Phenomenology of Desire

*Real headlines: Family Lost in Massachusetts Corn Maze Calls 911 for Help. They were only 25 feet from the exit. Don’t ever read the transcripts of this. Ever. Similarly (not really?), the movie Drive inspired a man to throw a hot dog at Tiger Woods. I just report this shit. Then cry about it. Then cry about the crying.

*Inventions: The Keaton Music Typewriter is fairly amazing. And my recent analog yearnings are totally driving me toward it. Speaking of analog yearnings, Kottke posted this today, a link to a tumblr called Fuck Yeah Made in USA. (My “analog yearnings” were directed at the tumblr, not Kottke.) [notcot]

*Art: You’re telling me that there’s a Batman musical with music by Meat Loaf? And that Meat Loaf is two words? Like, there’s a separate surname? I call bullshit.

*Vizzie: On this map, the black areas represent users of Facebook. The gold areas represent non-users. I am like a single speck of gold shining in an all-swallowing ocean of black. [via heckadecimal]

*Twitter: I recommend that everyone follow Fake Pew Research. Like, I mean, this one? Also, Neko Case, who claims to be a man, but, whatever she is, is excellent. (A little heavy on the animal shelters…) Also, follow @thewuzzles, who has been doing some INCREDIBLE work with TGI Friday’s lately.

*Local: If you like poetry, the ABSURDIST poet James Tate will be reading at the Walker tomorrow night! For free! There will also be a webcast, I guess? I recommend going or reading some Tate. Here’s a little: “People in glass elevators shouldn’t carry snow shovels.” (I agree.)

*Cycling: This is wonderful? The Speed Vest is an item of clothing that indicates a cyclist’s speed on the back. I could use one of these for running, but instead of my speed, it would simply say what I had just eaten. (E.g. “Some weird salmon meal.”)

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 1.12.11: The Chiming

*Headline: “In Florida’s Prison System, Honey Buns Are the Ultimate Comfort Food.” I just wanted to type honey buns.

*LINKING: You can now link to specific sentences within New York Times articles. Using this thing, which they are calling Emphasis, I am attempting to send you to the first sentence of the fourth paragraph of an article in the New York Times telling you how to do this. (It may not work.)

*Food: I want to eat the shit out of this cake. REAL BAD. (The artist is Amy Stevens.)

*Images: Coudal linked to this gorgeous “Attribute Portrait #3” by Jelmar Geertsma earlier. Nice, no? (Here are some less attractive cakes that look like human heads.)

*Local: According to The Advocate, Minneapolis is the gayest city in the country. Very interesting! For instance, I didn’t know Minneapolis had a thriving bear community before reading this!

*Blogs: Wow. Worldchanging kicked the bucket?

*Video: Sorry for the lack of embed, but here’s Iron and Wine performing “Tree By the River” for Daytrotter. Seriously; I feel pretty terrible about the no embedding thing.

*Tests: How musical are you? For what it’s worth, I don’t know how musical I am. Also, I feel like some kind of Facebook quiz asshole right now?

*Today’s links: F.

Literary writers talk about Twitter, Facebook, Google…

Literary writers – what an awkward term in the subject line. I’m not really sure what to call them, though. Literaturists?

-[Addition:] I should, of course, include Alexis Madrigal’s Atlantic essay in response to Zadie Smith in this list.

Dave Eggers: “We’re blaming the kids, but we’re the ones who can’t stop checking our e-mail and adding the latest Google apps.” (He might mean Android apps. Or Google widgets?)

Zadie Smith worries that the internet will become like Facebook (fair enough) “falsely jolly, fake-friendly, self-promoting, slickly disingenuous.)

Susan Orlean says “When you finally meet, you spend most of your time chuckling over how much smaller/taller you look in your profile picture.”

William Gibson says “I was never interested in Facebook or MySpace because they feel like malls to me. Twitter actually feels like the street.”

Umberto Eco: “Google makes a list, but the minute I look at my Google-generated list, it has already changed. These lists can be dangerous — not for old people like me, who have acquired their knowledge in another way, but for young people, for whom Google is a tragedy.”

Gary Shteyngart: [On the recently discovered Russian spy ring] “I think this is a holdover from when Russians knew so little about Americans, before YouTube, and it was impossible to figure out what makes these people tick. But I think it’s very easy to figure out what makes us tick.”

Margaret Atwood: “So for me, anything that happens in social media is an extension of stuff we were already doing in some other way. So, it’s all human communication. And the form that most closely resembles the “tweet” is the telegram of old, which also was limited because you paid by the letter.”

Mary Karr: “Scary iPad prayer apps about strapping on God’s armor as tho’ hardening to the day works,or the heart cld be safe from suffering. Not poss.” Another one from Karr: “I’m not using it to say, ‘I’m gonna be at Place X, buy my book.’ I’m trying to disseminate the lines of poetry that keep me from wanting to pound my head against the wall.”

Links for 15 September 2010: Are “date conventions” outmoded?

*Note: The question in the headline is a rhetorical one.

*Health: Ganja yoga = Marijuana + Meditation. It almost seems like you could put ganja in front of anything. [coudal]

*Bluegrass: Noted banjo player Steve Martin has created The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Ganja banjo. See that? Also, Steve Martin recently joined Twitter and he is quite good.

*Guts: Jason Freeny imagines the internal organs of fictional characters such as Pixar’s famous fish, Nemo (and gingerbread men). [neatorama]

*Profiles: The New Yorker profiles Mark Zuckerberg. Personally, I prefer Sylvester Stallone. On the plus side, I learned that Zuck is only 5’8″.

*Writing: I like this essay on bar life by @insooutso.

*MEN: Peruse the pocket notebooks of 20 men. I’ll have you know that I write in my pocket notebooks Leonardo style, right to left. This has gotten me nothing over the years except an A in Art History in 1997. [pop loser, among others]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.27.10: Summertime, and the abs are not so easily obtained

*Anatomy: Rasputin’s penis has its own Wikipedia entry. Entry. Heh. [via]

*Religion: Dudes. The Swedenborgian national convention was held here last week. Please read up on Swedenborgianism, as there is no other religion in existence (not even Zoroastrianism) that is more fun to say aloud.

*Blogging: Of the book publishing industry and bloggers – Are readers the new mommies? (I write that sentence not with relish, but with sadness.)

*Covers: Watch this video (poor in quality) of Jeff Tweedy doing a cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” [vulture]

*Reading: “The Importance of Tweet Cred” from The National. The piece briefly outlines the usual Shirkian versus anti-Shirkian factions.

*Social media: If you’re still using Facebook, you may run into Neil Young. Making comments, liking statuses, and, I have to assume, poking people.

*Brands: Here’s an image of Mickey Mouse made out of bugs. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds. [neatorama]

*Cities: Is it possible to design your way toward more pleasant urban noise?

*Pride: Has everyone seen the album cover for the Scissor Sisters’ latest, “Night Work“?

*Twitter: Read these four links. Also, Mary Karr and Gary Louris are both tweeting. I guess.

*Note: I don’t really know where I’m going with the abs advice thing either.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.17.10: 1,000 Tips for Better Abs and More Taylory Momsens

*Video: You may watch this video of William S. Burroughs shooting a handgun at William Shakespeare if you want. Kansas, 1995.

*Headlines: The New York Times‘ David Carr writes wittily about the death of the witty headline. Regular listenerd readers (a rarity, not a paradox, I’m told) will note that we follow the mantra recently put forth by @oblique_chirps: “Repetition is a form of change.”

*Words: Sean Wilentz takes on the topics of Bob Dylan, originality, authenticity and plagiarism in the Daily Beast. [daily swarm]

*Imagery: I’m not much of a Star Wars geek at all. In fact, up until recently, I thought Boba Fett was a woman. But these helmets from The Vader Project are magnificent.

*Reading: Read Spencer Sloan’s blogging at Crib Notes. Now this is how to write a blog. Like a human being.

*Facebook: danah boyd says “Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated.” Like many of the people boyd cites at the beginning of her post, I thought it would be weird to quit, too. For personal connections. For research. For work. But it ended up feeling great?

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.13.10: 100 Tips for More Interesting Headlines

*Money: Wow. Buzzfeed takes $8M in funding. I have a lot to say about this in my professional life. But very little to say about this on the listenerd.

*Housing: Perhaps Yoko Ono’s butt wallpaper is the perfect decoration for you. And your butt. [tds]

*Blogs: Do you know what anablogs are? Look at this one, about typewriters. There is something here. Something that is interesting.

*Music: The New York Times says, “In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Takes a Step Back.” Consumers don’t care about sound quality. The good enough ethos continues.

*Facebook: Online privacy is another topic of professional interest, and the Facebook blowup is especially interesting. Here, the Times talks about how Kickstarter (a favorite) is helping facilitate potential alternatives to the big, blue juggernaut.

*Writing: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy will be writing children’s novels. You’ll not one of his favorite subjects to address in his music is infanticide. So there’s that.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.11.10: 890 Tips for Better Abs

*Privacy: Would you like to watch the devolution of Facebook privacy? It might depress you. Or make you feel empowered. If you’re weird.

*Facial hair: Urlesque points us toward Food Beard. Well played, Urlesque’s Eliot Glazer. Well played. (I recommend this site if you like food and are at least open to beards.)

*Read: David Bowie’s Playboy interview from 1976. “I always treated my boys like real ladies.” Pardon?

*Genres: A Turkish heavy metal fan discovered Twitter’s recent “accept bug.” [waxy, whom I have previously cited as indomitable]

*Communications: Listen to Radio Shack’s Musical Messages. Remember outgoing messages? Their existence depresses me. [coudal]

*Videos: Radar launches music videos. I didn’t even know that music videos were still a thing.

*Music: You can get some streaming Frightened Rabbit here. You can also stream yourself some Band of Horses here. Wait. When did this blog start to be about MUSIC?

*Gaming: Is there a drought in Farmville? In the match between Facebook and Zynga, the only loser is the public. And possibly either Facebook or Zynga. But the public for sure.

*Local: Whoa, Wednesday May 26th will be Robyne Robinson’s last day on Minneapolis’ Fox 9? Huh. Luckily, I have no comment on the matter.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.27.10: 44 Tips for Better Abs and Bigger Salads

*Facebook: Since announcing plans to further take over the world last week, Facebook has been facing increasing claims (including from the U.S. Senate) that their data-sharing policies don’t adequately warn or protect users. I quit Facebook a couple of weeks ago. It was harder to do than you’d expect. That follows my abandonment of Tumblr and Foursquare, as well, leaving only this sorry-ass blog and Twitter remaining.

*Music: Songs From Treme – A Tumblr. [vulture] Similar – but not really – is this site: Waiting For Bieber; where tweets from fans asking Justin Bieber to follow them are displayed. Forever.

*Language: Schott’s Vocab Blog says that Chinese youngsters have started using the phrase “Oh my Lady Gaga” rather than “Oh my God.”

*Cassettes: Cassette Tape Magazine from Team Evil – looks like a cassette tape, reads like a magazine that has articles about alpacas. Only 500 copies available.

*Music: The Rain Drum is concept (ugh) umbrella that plays music based on the pattern of raindrops that fall upon it. I like “concepts” in all contexts except those in which the “concept” is a something I originally thought was a real thing. [psfk]

*Business: On work and intuition; Rands In Repose’s The Twinge. Whenever I feel a twinge at work, I head to the rest room. And I recommend you do the same.

*Social media: As I’ve been saying at work (and touch on above), this Like button thing from Facebook is sort of a big deal. Here’s a site that aggregates people’s likes.

*Twitter: Russell Crowe is tweeting. Also, read these five things.

*Movies: I’m not even really that into Star Wars, but James Hance’s Star Wars-themed paintings are pretty awesome. [neatorama]

*Poetry: Jason Nelson’s “Sydney’s Siberia” is an infinite digital poem. I guess. [waxy]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.10.10: 70 Tips for Better Abs and Also Better Ads

*Words: John McWhorter analyzes Palinspeak in The New Republic. You may find this terrifying. [harper’s]

*Vinyl: Some bands have messages scratched into what’s called the run off groove of their vinyl records. I was unaware of this prior to having read this post. [mefi]

*Facebook: The social network is the best scamming platform since the tell-ay-fone. 40,000 users fell prey to a recent (second) IKEA gift-card scam.

*Fiction: Sonny Smith undertook a project wherefore he “created” 100 fictional bands, and got 100 different artists to create album art for them – it’s called “100 Records.” [murketing]

*Twitter: Here’s Leonard Nimoy tweeting at William Shatner, and here’s Ice T tweeting at Aimee Mann. Just what is going on here?

*Concerts: James Fallows brings together a huge post on Bob Dylan’s troubles getting a concert tour in China. This is a cultural mashup on the level of Aimee Mann and Ice T, but much, much longer.

*Books: On Philip K. Dick. “There‘s something about the essence of his writing that creates that feeling. And I think it‘s still creating it for let‘s say the 14-year-old equivalent of Erik Davis or Jonathan Lethem, who‘s discovering this book in the shiny expensive Vintage paperback editions.”

*Local: The xx came to the studios of The Current. I have previously referred to them as xx, but I have never referred to the radio station as Current. More on listenerdspeak as it develops.

*Today’s links: F. Non sequiturs? I barely knew them. Any of them.

Links for 10.17.10: 18 Ways to Better Abs

*Social media: Good old Apophenia calls Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg out on the carpet for saying that the “age of privacy is over,” claiming (rightly, in my opinion, though maybe obviously), “There isn’t some radical shift in norms taking place. What’s changing is the opportunity to be public and the potential gain from doing so.” I recommend that you read this.

*Language: Do we need to get rid of the verb to be? I’m ambivalent. “The little word ‘is’ has its tragedies,” as they say.

*Literature: Camus died in a car crash 50 years ago this month. A Piece of Monologue gathered up a bunch of commentary on his life and work. I always liked his books because they were so heavy-seeming, while also being so short. So, so short.

*Film: Mel Gibson is making a Viking movie which will probably be filmed entirely in harsh, guttural Old Norse. I’d like to nominate Visanthe Shiancoe for one of the leads.

*Tapes: More of the amazing White Tape Project can be seen here. Also, the first tape I ever purchased was by Oakland’s Too Short. I can’t articulate what was motivating me at the time. [coudal]

*Prices: This blog post has a chart on the relative price of liquids that will make you want to put your HP Black Ink #45 behind lock and key. Probably behind a picture. [marginal revolution]

*Cinema: Classily titled blog Pop Hangover catalogs the saddest IMDB profiles ever. Profiles such as those of Nick Vukelic, whose sole credit is as “Drugged Out Loser” in “10 Things I Hate About You.”

*Food: I’m starting to get worried about Eat Me Daily.

*Comedy: If you watch Nick Swardson’s short “28 Drinks Later,” please note that I worked with his mother many years ago. She was a punctilious copyeditor with a scratchy voice.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 9.24.09: Marilyn Manson has contracted Swine Flu (and other links)

*Medicine: Marilyn Manson has contracted swine flu. I have no droll commentary to make regarding this tidbit. But I will say that odds are, this contraction was latex related.

*Robotics: The Old Robots site shows images of robots as seen through the lens of the 1980s. I love stories and images of futures past. I say that with complete sincerity. [presurfer]

*Photography: By taking portrait photographs of 100 strangers, you are not only risking arrest, you are participating in the 100 Strangers project. Which could be fun. Or dangerous. [coudal]

*Marketing: Seth Godin: Brandjacker? On a related note, Squidoo is still repellent, years later. I’m repelled right now!

*Twitter: Justine Bateman has no idea what’s going on online or in the world, informing @badbanana, the drollest man on Twitter, to “GET YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT TOGETHER and stop this attempt to shove your posts into other people’s feeds.” She also calls Daring Fireball’s John Gruber “human waste,” which might be more acceptable if it were in the context of professional sports fandom.

*Television: Mad Men fans ask if Dr. Pepper was really around in New York in 1963.

*Birds: Wild turkeys have been terrorizing New Jersey. They do it so we don’t have to. On a side note, I don’t partake of Wild Turkey due to a binging incident that occurred in 2003. Let’s speak no more of it. [katemuhl]

*Film: HBO Imagine shows movies you can help edit. At least for you. Kind of. [fimoculous]

*Interfaces: Check out the interactive site for music videos by Chinese rapper Chinza Dopeness. [notcot]

*Language: Fei Si Bu Ke (say it out loud!) means “doomed to die” in Chinese. See what they did there?

*Comics: What if Bukowski wrote Peanuts? Those of you familiar with my youthful literary indiscretions will know that I once had a bumper sticker that said “I’d rather be reading Bukowski.” And a car full of old newspapers. I also weighed 156 lbs at the time. Long story. [bf again]

*Words: Motivated Grammar is a grammar blog that I just became aware of through Harper’s. Those of you who know me will know that I hate grammar. And words. And their rules. It’s all a confidence game that I grow weary of.

*Vacation: If you are wondering how my vacation was, please examine this picture of me wearing a beret and rolled up pants and holding a 3.75-lbs walleye while sitting in a canoe.

*Grade: Perpetual F.