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Links for 11.16.08: Mickey Rourke’s music, Obama’s BlackBerry, Hodgman’s blog…

*Movie music: The Playlist has the almost touching (whaaa?) story of how Mickey Rourke helped secure music from Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen for Darren Aronofsky’s new film “The Wrestler.”

*Kanye: More caps from Kanye in his post titled Who’s Winning, Me or the Media? I have a confession to make. I LOVE CAPS.

*Videogames: The band British Sea Power rates Wii Music vs. Guitar Hero. [largehearted boy]

*Information: Supposedly, presidents can’t use e-mail or text messages because the data eventually becomes public and ultimately presents troublesome security challenges. Ergo, President-Elect Obama has to give up his BlackBerry. Damn, that’d be crippling. Another interesting nugget from this article is that prior to entering the White House, George W. Bush had an AOL email account. It was 1999, but still…

*Blogs: John Hodgman has a new (old ) blog. It’s brown now.

*Single-serve sites: Has Obama Taken Away Your Guns Yet? [ugh. can’t find where I saw this.]

*Reading: If you only read one of today’s links, read the one that leads you to George Packer talking about Obama and the New Liberalism in the New Yorker. It is this one.

Recommendations and anti-recommendations: an irregular service

I am going to continue saying eff it to the usual ‘nerd format and offer a few recommendations and anti-recommendations tonight. Thank you for your indulgence.

After this, I will return to a music-heavy playlist, while keeping the more textured parts of my mind’s life hidden, far from view. Thank you and regards.

Recommendations
Blogs about or sometimes addressing music. You probably know about them, but I don’t care.
The Daily Swarm: Nice layout.
Switchblade Comb: Local Minneapolis blog with irrepressible content flow.
Hipster Runoff: So angry it sometimes scares me.
Metal Sucks: So passionate it sometimes scares me. And for metal.

Things (general):
-Bad Banana’s twitterstream: Jokes about North Korea and the Final Meltdown (economic).
-Google hot trends: I don’t care if it’s Google, I don’t care if it’s easy to game, I don’t care if everyone knows about it. I’m addicted.
FiveThirtyEight: Political polls – PRETTY ONES – and other data crunched in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Surly Furious: A beer for people who are angry. Or those who would like to become so.
Free Dr. Pepper
George Packer: NYer blogger.
-Most of Clive Thompson‘s mainstream media articles: His blog is like a ghost town. Or sawdust. Depending on the scope of the metaphor you want to use.

Things I am compelled by conscience to recommend:
-The Jobby Blog
-The partnership blog: As you can see on Culture Capture, I have a huge forehead. And, at least in this picture, am a total square.
Latino L.A.: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not Latino. Actually, maybe my mother would be.

Anti-recommendations
-Black mead: Never drink it. NEVER. It tastes like mushrooms.
-Mighty Magic Minis Popsicles: I don’t care if you are two years old, these things are a BAD DEAL.
Batter Blaster: Consistency? Not good.
-Most of Virginia Heffernan’s columns in the New York Times magazine. I usually disagree with the premise! And the execution. But usually, the way the idea is framed. And, I guess, not so much “disagree,” but rather “think is wrong.” Sad.

I have most probably forgotten a thousand things. And for that I apologize. Or perhaps you are relieved. There is always tomorrow – or some day years and years off into the future.

Links for 10.13.08: The Oh, Fuck It edition

*Definition: In which I throw the usual shit out the window and just link to a bunch of stuff that I have seen in the past day or so and that I have found interesting or would recommend.

*Gardening: NPR covers the curious case of exploding pumpkins in the Northeast. With video.

“A giant pumpkin can put on around 40 pounds a day. If there is too much rain, some pumpkins overindulge and begin packing on closer to 50 pounds a day. As the pumpkins expand, pressure builds on the weaker parts of the rind and suddenly they blow.” [kate]

*Politics: The New Yorker‘s George Packer goes to Ohio to talk to swing voters, then writes in a straightforward manner about white blue-collar voters and the issues of race, class and mindset that are so often only addressed in code by lesser media organs. I highly recommend reading this article, if you are a human being.

*Finance: Young Jeezy offers some hints on weathering a recession. One such: “Diversify your hustle.”

*Images: Maybe you would like to stare into the sun for awhile. Pics. With kick-ass swirling craziness! [coudal]

*Listen: The Black Kids have recorded a Daytrotter session.

*Books: Look for “The Big Necessity,” a book about human waste in bookstores near you. Excerpted on Slate this week, the tome informs us that Martin Luther consumed a spoonful of his own excrement each day. Also:

Please recall that this blog is OPTIMIZED FOR MAXIMUM INCONTINENCE.

*Retail: Sarah’s Smash Shack is a store that offers customers stress relief by allowing them to come in and smash their stuff against a wall. [pop candy]

*Endorsements: “McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president.” Not a quote from some pinko; Christopher Hitchens endorsing Barack Obama.

*Furniture: Seating inspired by Pac-man. Sadly, no ghosts.

*Future: I will return to music. Regards, effers.