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Links for October 10, 2011: Neurotypicality be damned

*For rent: The world’s largest shopping mall, the New South China Mall, currently has a 2% occupancy rate. (Maybe this is an opportunity for an Occupy The World’s Largest Shopping Mall movement? Need + Need = Virtuous Circle? Of Need? Let’s do this.)

*Games: Someone should start a game that allows people to bet on who will make the next egregious business misstep, Netflix or Groupon. A Futures Failures Market.

*Photos: The daily Occupy Wall Street photo: Kanye West (not nude).

*Money: Incomes in the U.S. have fallen more since the recession “ended” than they did during the recession. Workers are in a vice.

*Midgets: Some people who have made a bunch of recipes for foods from the “Game of Thrones” books have scored themselves a cookbook deal. [coudal]

*Animations: I normally hate Slate’s manipulative, knee-jerk contrarian headlines, and hence link infrequently to that site. However, the animation of the 2012 Republican campaign as a horse race is very good. Also, after hearing about how Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast was very good for a LONG time, I finally allowed myself to listen to it. And it’s very good. Ugh.

*Music: First of all, I did not know that Toby Keith had a song called “Red Solo Cup.” Second of all, I did not know that the red solo cup is currently being redesigned. FACTS.

*Hominids: Fuck Yetis. (IS IT JUST ME OR IS THAT PERHAPS THE WORLD’S GREATEST AS YET UNREALIZED BUMPER STICKER?)

*Please note: Neurotypicality be damned. Can anyone tell me what a caddis fly pupa looks like?

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for May 9, 2011: Time stands still

*Music?: The Wall Street Journal says that Google will roll out an online music service as early as tomorrow. Speculation is that it will be another cloud-like storage device. In other big-media Google news, YouTube is closing in on major expansion of its movie rental business. (Did I just link to a TechCrunch article?)

*Update: I have been doing much more link-tweeting at my Iconojosh twitter account these days. I also sometimes tumble things on the alternate ‘nerd. What I’m trying to say here is that I’m still alive. In theory.

*Notes: Speaking of alternate modes of output, I already linked to this post, Time’s Inverted Index, by Paul Ford on F-train, but it’s worth linking to again. Read it? (One of the tradeoffs of linkblogging via twitter is that I don’t have room for my signature “semi-scrutable possibly trapped in a jar of amber or pickled in a bottle of gin” commentary that faithful listenerd readers (5) have gotten used to over the years.

*Privacy: I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I can’t imagine that a danah boyd paper on teens and privacy is somehow not going to be good? I will warn you that that link you may or may not have just clicked on is a pdf. Best regards.

*Fashion: Kanye West has debuted a new line of scarves. Great? Anyway, remind me to post some embarrassing photos of myself during a stage of my life when I would wear a scarf on a cold winter day. CHILLING.

*Films: Why is it so amusing to me that Sufjan Stevens had a panic attack while watching “Fantastic Mr. Fox”? Because I’m a terrible person?

*Headgear: Check out these American fire helmets through the years. Makes me wish something was on fire. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Josh Groban sings Kanye’s tweets on Kimmel

You had me at “SEO-like predictive algorithm jacked directly into my RSS feed.”

Video: Auto-tune the news, Kanye vs. Dubya

[movieline]

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 8.3.10: Sometimes you’re the abs, sometimes you’re the lasagne

*Animals: So apparently Lapham’s Quarterly has been killing it like Theodore Roosevelt lately. Check out the list of animals the president bagged. *the listenerd does not condone hunting, though he went duck hunting once at age 11. He was only allowed to shoot decoys at the time, a restriction that resulted in incredible boredom and an immediate rejection of the sport.

*Images: I wish this incredible photo exhibit by Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes had a different title than Desert Indoors. I’m like that. Maybe it sounds better in Spanish. But still, beautiful photos. [notcot]

*Delicious: The Modern Toilet Restaurant serves food in small toilets. If I thought and thought for a million years straight, I would still not come up with an idea this good. [c-monster]

*America: Ginia Bellafante, who is a very good writer, looks at size and fashion in The Plus-Size Wars.

*Words: According to some, audio tracks can produce a REAL digital high. The practice is known as i-dosing. If it exists. Via Schott’s Vocab. You can also now find Mr. Schott on Twitter.

*Literature: For anyone who hasn’t seen them yet, Kanye West’s tweets set to New Yorker cartoons are excellent, in a quiet, end-of-the-world way. (Which I take great pleasure in.)

*Food: I can’t remember if I’ve already linked to edible crayons yet or not. If I have, I obviously did not do so with the force of mind necessary to lodge it in anyone’s brainpan. What I’m trying to say is this: I think it would be awesome if one of these tasted like sauerkraut.

*Politics: I guess Wyclef Jean really is going to run for president of Haiti?

*Local: Debuting at this year’s state fair – Corndog Pizza.

*Note: Sometimes I think I include too many links, diluting the power of any one of them and inhibiting readers from clicking. That is all.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 2.24.10: 36 Tips for Better Abs

*Recommended: Roland Lazenby writes about sex and sports (and the Lakers and Magic and Wilt) on Lakernoise. A fascinating read, and there’s even a local angle: “Hot Rod Hundley, a noted partier and ladies man, was the number one overall pick in the 1957 NBA draft, when he was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers. Team owner Bob Short soon realized he had a real rounder on his hands. Hundley would head out to the bars almost every night to carouse and enjoy the secretaries and professional ladies of Minnesota.” [mefi]

*Fashion: The Rock Guitar Shirt is a functional guitar. OF SORTS. Careful readers may already know this, but I once learned the first three chords of Led Zeppelin’s “Tangerine” upside-down (Hendrix-style) on a 12-string guitar. [redferret]

*Words: Effing Typeface is not safe for work. It is a font of sorts. Or a typeface. I don’t know the difference and, in fact, will go to great lengths not to look it up. [mefi]

*Shirtlessness: View the entire (male) cast of “Jersey Shore” as photographed by Terry Richardson.

*Blogging: Kanye West, who was quite good at music blogging for a while there about a year ago, has started a new site. I will warn you that the first post has a mostly naked lady on it. So avoid at your own risk.

*Tips: Does anyone have any tips for better abs?

*Movies: They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? is organizing the 1,000 greatest films of all time. Well, putting them in order. And adding contextual information. I’m sure you get it. Or will. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.14.09: Seeing, anonymity, Wild Things, air sex…

*Eyes: Here’s the best visual illusion of 2009. Also, I’m now blind.

*Sports: Air sex is like air guitar, but without a woman. Or a man. Your choice. Or both, I guess? However you swing. Or whatever. [what?]

*Books: We Love You So is a blog for the movie “Where the Wild Things Are.” [popcandy]

*Icons: Rob Walker’s gallery of anonymity – featuring the default icons from social networking sites from across the web – is growing. I will always be a toilet. Even when I’m not yet a toilet. Or not currently a toilet. What?

*History: Learn your lesson – How they dealt with credit crunches in the Middle Ages. Have I told you lately that I’m deleveraging? Not as fun as it sounds.

*Music: A concept, a book, an album. NPR on Danger Mouse’s, Sparklehorse’s, and David Lynch’s (among others) “Dark Night of the Soul.”

*Day job: This one is from my day job, but still interesting (WUCKA!) – The Boobox is a vending machine that gives away free samples.

*Internet: This bookmarklet allows you to see the web in Kanye West vision. [filter]

*Today’s links: Lowercase d. It’s that fucking low.

Links for 5.12.09: Mead, twitter, beards, non-photos, unbrands and MORE

*Things I Hate: What this article from GOOD fails to tell you is that mead tastes like a combination of old mushrooms, dog shit and a nickel you’ve been carrying around in your ass crack.

*Covers: I forgot to post this yesterday. Because my brain cells are slipping away. If there were such a thing as listenerdbait, this would be it. Album covers reimagined as Penguin book covers.

*Negatives: Unphotographable offers prose accounts of pictures not taken. WHICH IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF SHIT I TOTALLY LOVE. (It would be nice if there were some more mundane ones, though.) [magnetbox]

*Idol: Is American Idol fixed? I once watched this show for an entire season. And I have the scars to prove it (they are emotional scars). [vulture]

*BEAMCAST: Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam has steadfastly refused to do a podcast with me. And yet he is streaming “Around the Well” on his MySpace page. Inconsistent much, jerk face? OH no. I didn’t mean it. I’m sorry. I got emotional. Ugh.

*Branding: Product Displacement is a blog that tracks instances of fictionalized brands’ appearances in movies and TV, as well as unbrandings (the removal of branding from real companies). [murketing]

*Twitter: Paste tried to compile a list of the 10 funniest twitterers. Other than Bad Banana, this is an awful list. OK, Michael Ian Black is fine, too. Please stick to what you’re good at, Paste – which is releasing free compilation albums once a year in conjunction with eMusic. [spincity] Also: If Kanye were on Twitter, he might be one of the funniest. Based on this.

*Facial hair: Being a hierarchy of beards. I have grown a beard of my own in the past week. And now I must slaughter a fatted calf with my bare hands. [buzzfeed]

*Today’s links: C-. I’m not embarrassed by them for the first time in nearly 15 years.

Links for 2.6.09: Obama hightops, Aesthetic Apparatus tour, NO JOBS

*Shoes: Barack Obama hightops are sure to CHANGE your game. You probably didn’t see what I did there. Because it was SO subtle it crossed over into the realm of laziness. FUCK.

*Culture mashing: Rihanna has one of her fingernails painted with a portrait of Barack Obama done in the style of Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster. I wonder what a 50-year-old person living in 1961 would think upon reading that sentence.

*Images: I don’t know if this is Falco’s grave or not, but I would like to dance on it nonetheless.

*Employment: Job losses are really bad. The fundamentals of our economy aren’t strong. I know you don’t come here to read this, but I thought I would write it again. And again. And again. And again. “No sign that worst is over.”

*Interviews: A Vibe talk with Kanye West yields this nugget: “I don’t want to take a loss because touring is my livelihood. But I’ll definitely sacrifice. Maybe I’ll make half of what someone else will make. But I think I’ll make history at the same time. Or change people’s minds about hip hop culture, about black culture. And do something that people will remember for the rest of their lives. That’s more important than money.” Huh. Nothing about bisexual porn.

*Twitter: I think Pete Yorn and Rainn Wilson should be twitter friends. Writing that sentence only heightens the disgust I have for myself.

*Local: The Post Family takes a tour of Minneapolis poster boys Aesthetic Apparatus. I may have mentioned this before but I have Shrinkin’ Lincoln in my living room. (That’s not a euphemism; it’s a print.)

Links for 1.26.09: Concert layaway, Zune go away? and other items

*Records: Did you know that the White House Record collection includes Led Zeppelin IV? Side note: I used to skip school to play pick-up basketball with the car door open and “The Battle of Evermore” blaring out of the cheap-ass speakers. I’m not proud of it, I’m just reporting it. Assholes.

*Devices: Microsoft’s Zune apparently has recorded a $100M drop in revenue over last year, causing some to speculate that the device everyone but Barack Obama loves to hate will find itself under the falling axe of MSFT budget cuts.

*Economics: Given the brutal economic climate, music festivals like Coachella are starting to offer layaway plans, allowing fans to commit to tickets and start paying in advance, so they’re sure to make the shows.

*Fashion: Kanye West designs Louis Vuitton sneakers. They are reddish. “The inspiration came from a jacket with a huge collar in the movie ‘Dune.'”

*Hardware: Lightbulbs that are also speakers. HOLY, would I ever like to bust up these things somehow. [bb gadgets]

Links for 1.22.09: Job cuts everywhere!, Twitter vizzies, etc.

*Cuts: Everyone! We’re in a worldwide economic meltdown! Clear Channel, Warner Bros and probably nearly every company you’ve ever heard of have cut jobs recently. If I don’t sound terrified it’s because I’m in a drugged-out haze.

*Local: A book and anthology about Lifter Puller – Craig Finn’s band before he formed The Hold Steady – will be released sometime this year. [mbv]

*Data: If you are a person who has the potential to be excited by information visualizations, this video showing Twitter activity around the globe in the hours leading up to and immediately following Barack Obama’s inauguration will excite you. Yes, I am crazy. But play some music in the background and tell me I’m wrong. [venturebeat] In FURTHER Twitter visualization news, I want to see where I and those I follow would land on this graph.

*What?: Kanye West says he’s open to doing bisexual porn. Yes, I went back and re-read that and he DOES mean pornography. UPDATE: UGH. DENIED. NM.

*Phonographs: Now that’s a tiny phonograph.

*The Annals of Soothingness: This internet Buddha Machine Wall delivers soothing Buddha Box sound to your laptop. And you do not even need a phonograph. Or the latest version of Flash.

*NOTES: I think I need to do a listenerd podcast. But I’m an idiot. Stay tuned.

Links for 1.21.09: Obama’s media FX, Kanye’s mullet, Beastie art…

*The Inauguration: This is probably worth a longer post – and I may do one for the jobby blog – but during President Obama’s inauguration yesterday, Google traffic dropped while Twitter traffic spiked (along with a bounce in traffic for Flickr and other social sites). Eschewing their habitual seeking of a-temporal information in a time of excitement, people reached out to each other.

*Hair: I, for one, love Kanye West’s black mullet (or “blullet”). But then again, I’m bald. FOREVER.

*Artwork: Putting Ad Rock in religious art isn’t blasphemy, it’s business. And blasphemy. Probably. Technically. (Works of art that include the Beastie Boys.) [hinto]

*Lists: JamsBio lists The Beatles’ songs from worst to best.

*Criticism: Pitchfork gives Bon Iver’s new Blood Bank EP a 7.9. (I am typing this with 8 fingers.)

*Twitter: Cursebird offers potty mouths a real-time look at all the swearing that’s happening on Twitter. Right now, fuck is winning. FUCK IS WINNING!!!!! (Here is my personal swearing graph.) [poploser]

*Earnings: Apple reports record earnings for its most recent quarter. iPods kill, though the iPhone was a tad ill. And by that I mean that sales did not meet expectations.

*Covers: Bonny “Prince” Billy covers Danzig’s “Am I Demon.” [cameronr]

Links for 12.6.08: Snoop’s shed, Ru Paul, and FELTRON returns…

*Commerce: You can buy a shed Snoop Dogg used to own for $1,000 on eBay. [earsucker]

*Data: The Wall Street Journal discovers Nicholas Felton and his Feltron annual report. I’ve mentioned this on the ‘nerd before, but YEARS ago, when I was still regularly writing for my day job (behind the firewall) I did a report called Dashboard Universe, that tied together some data organization movements that were happening at the time. Feltron himself was also nice enough to do a great, deadpan video explaining the motivations for his project (a video which I should now dig up and post). The dude’s 2008 report is due out soon. You may now hit me over the head with a shovel for going down Memory Lane.

*Lake Street Is for Lovers: Craig Finn writes in the Independent about leaving Lifter Puller behind and starting up The Hold Steady. Yes-yes. Y’all. [bv]

*Crossdressing: Kanye talks about Ru Paul: I ACTUALLY FEEL RU-PAUL IS PRETTY GENIUS… THIS PHOTO REMINDS ME OF SOME DAVE LACHAPELLE WORK. You know I didn’t make that up, because it is in all caps.

*Drinks: Obama Soda sells with French teens. [murketing]

*Localish: A Chippewa Valley publication talks about Bon Iver’s success. “Even though Mount Vernon was “only” a local high school band, it was a popular draw for adults like myself at The Metro (even though none of the nine members, including Justin, were old enough to enter the place as patrons).” Side note: I went to a show at the Metro in Eau Claire once. It was decked out with Miami Vice 80s flair 20 years after and 10 years before it was cool to be neon. [chuckles]

*Contests: Some dude on Twitter convinced me to throw a SLOGAN to the Threadless Wolves. Vote here. If I prove victorious, the money will go toward a good cause. Which may mean a local food shelf. Or my heating bill.

*Also: Here are Minneapolis’ top 100 twitterers. Man, it really highlights the differences between quantitative and qualitative data… Yeesh. If you want to try to find more people to follow, Mr. Tweet will give you recommendations. I don’t mean to be rude, but Mr. Tweet didn’t tell me about anyone I didn’t already know of.