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Links for 6.14.10: I am ruddy with beer and sunlight. And 1,000 ways to improve your abs.

*Music: I expect to read 1,000 articles about the vuvuzela over the next couple of weeks. Eventually, they will coalesce into a sort of buzzing noise in the background of my consciousness. That – THAT – is this instrument’s genius. As a metaphor.

*Business: Will a Google music store launch this fall? I’m a loyal patron of the Amazon MP3 store at this point, but I’d love to see more happening to push iTunes.

*Interviews: Read about how Fred Wilson of A VC got his start in tech investing. Fun fact: He wasn’t always rich.

*Drink: David Coverdale’s Whitesnake Zinfindel is probably not something that will be covered in American Drink. Or any other respectable publication. However, here I am. Again. On my own. [mktg]

*Download: This ZIP file (I know, right?) of an Orson Welles audio file – an autobiographical interview – is worth listening to, and is even worth looking up what a ZIP FILE is (or used to be). I’ve only listened to minutes, but his voice is incredible. He talks about Othello, The Magnificent Ambersons, and more.

*Movies: Do you need a video FX tutorial on how to remove a person’s soul?

*Hacks: Swing versions of some of your favorite songs (if you are a relatively old American person), including Sweet Child O’ Mine and Enter Sandman.

*Video: Watch Wally Backman get thrown out of a minor league baseball game in GRAND fashion. Outstanding meltdown, and one I truly envy. [daring fireball]

*Blogging: Maybe soon The Awl will be too big to fail? The bloggers’ blog is looking to expand.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 10.23.08: Bono writes, Dr. Pepper flows, I sing…

*Free things: Please follow this link if you want to learn details about claiming your free “Chinese Democracy” Dr. Pepper. (You must get your coupon on November 23.) If you would like to read an IM conversation between a music blogger and an artificial intelligence program about “Chinese Democracy,” I salute you for at least having a sense of adventure. Also, I love chatting with artificial intelligence software.

*Editorials: Bono wil be writing between 6 and 10 articles for the New York Times op-ed page next year. Consider my subscription cancelled. And consider my IRE RAISED. [huffpo]

*Remixes: Spin names the top 25 MGMT remixes. I have been waiting for this list a long time. [fimoculous]

*Blogs and music: A New York Times music writer lets bloggers pick his music. He then listens to 25 consecutive MGMT remixes. (Actually, it’s for CMJ, but whatever.)

*Art: AC/DC’s new music video (for “Rock N Roll Train”) has been released as ASCII art, in an Excel spreadsheet. Shouldn’t it have been, like, Sigur Ros to do this? I don’t see a lot of alignment between the core AC/DC fan and this medium. Hello? Above all, it seems like a huge coup for Excel. [mashable]

*For your information: Does it surprise you that I’m a huge John Hodgman fan? The A.V. Club interviews the man about his new book, “More Information than You Require.”

Says Hodgman: “Very quickly the proposal for the second book crystallized in my mind. And that proposal was basically more of the same but twice as long. And that’s where I got with the second book. It’s not quite twice as long, but it is considerably and needlessly longer, and that is something I really like.” [largehearted boy]

*Admission: I participated in a Sing Star event earlier this week at which I sang Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Girl Put Your Records On” in a monotonic falsetto. Some scars will never heal.