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Links for March 27, 2011: It’s been awhile.

*Apps: I tried the much-hyped Color app, and I had this same experience. Expertly written, the man has an ear for language, an eye for application design flaws and a feel for good story structure. [gruber]

*Stats: 17% of British consumers think “pork wings” are a real cut of meat. On a side note, I thought Canadian bacon was real until I was fifteen years old.

*Words: Hear Leonard Cohen read “The Future.” You can watch him, too, but it’s not as interesting. [mediaeater]

*Music: Rob Walker, who has been doing some fun poking around in the music space lately, points to Songs with a brand name, a directory of…you can guess.

*Crafts: I’m glad that before it was euthanized, Urlesque was able to compile this collection of Sad Etsy Boyfriends.

*Mixes: Check out Pates Tapes, an online retro-tech-inspired, playable mixtape. [mefi] Also, see No Longer Forgotten Music, a compilation of sorts of forgotten songs, via Harper’s.

*Twitter: How about reading these things?

*Presidents: I went to a travelling exhibit about George Washington the other day (nerd), and not only was I able to compare my height to the great man’s, I also found out that some of his dentures were made out of hippopotamus tusk. If you’ve wondered why he always came off like such a sour guy, could you imagine walking around with a hippo tusk in your mouth all day long? Please don’t answer that. Whatever you do, do not answer. (Also, a classic Washington video.)

*Photos: It looks like The Melancholy of Objects is a photography project by Guy Batey that’s been around for awhile, but I hadn’t seen it before. He takes pictures of sad pianos, lonely brooms and the like. Side note: Right now, there’s an old, half-alive “Hoppy Birthday” balloon tragicomically hop-limping around my living room, and also that’s not a tear in my eye I was recently chopping up onions. Huge onions. [notcot]

*Furniture: This chair is made out of cassette tapes. Some day, I will sit atop a throne made entirely of second generation iPads.

*Talking shop: I still have a corporate job and a corporate box that I’m on, making it pretty hard to blog like blogging should be done. On the plus side, it’s been a pretty interesting run. Traveled to London a couple weeks ago to do some training. While I was there, I went to a Future Laboratory event that was pretty good! They staged a conference on trends at the Camden Roundhouse in London, and the venue was absolutely stunning. I’d like to see a proper concert there some day. (Hendrix played the place back in the day.) They also gave away some of Coudal’s Field Notes.

*Today’s links: Overdue.

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Links for 6.21.10: Links for today, abs for tomorrow.

*Social reading: Since I got hooked on the Kindle for iPhone, I’ve become obsessed with the possibilities of social reading. I won’t go too deeply into it here – mostly because everyone I mention this to looks at me like I’m crazy when I talk about wanting to read someone else’s notes in a could-be-pristine book – but this New Yorker story about hand-annotated copies of books marked up by the likes of Nabokov and Coleridge brought the fire back. You don’t want to see Ted Hughes’ notes on Sylvia Plath? Or see what of Thoureau’s prose Keroauc underlined? How about getting the commentary of the top 5 internet frenemies whose opinions you both respect and inevitably wish rhetorically firebomb? YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. (I know. No one is ever doing it wrong.)

*Video: Hikakin is also known as The Super Mario Beatboxer. Super Mario and cats. Like half my RSS feed. You know? [urlesque]

*Sports: I am starting to like Lady Gaga MORE, not less, after her Jameson-fueled Yankee Stadium marginalia. God, that sounded dirty. And didn’t make sense.

*Eye candy: X-Rated, the most beautiful, brilliant pin-up collection you will see today. [coudal]

*Typing: John Updike’s Olympia electric 65c typewriter is for sale via Chrstie’s auction house. I have a typewriter project going right now that I will tell you about as soon as I have something worth typing.

*Songs: Leonard Cohen will be releasing a new album next year.

*Local: The iBox is a wooden box that amplifies iPad sound. And it is made in MINNESOTA. OUT OF WOOD. This conversation is over.

*Social media: What Not to Tweet (when you are an executioner). [hamburger schelper]

*Literature: Read these four tweets.

*Obits: Jose Saramago died, and VQR pulled together some snippets of his work. I liked The History of the Siege of Lisbon, thought Blindness was OK (couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie), but especially enjoyed The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, a tale that touched on the work of another Portuguese writer I’ve long liked – Fernando Pessoa.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 11.21.09: Roast beaver a la Michigan.

*Photography: Empty L.A. – where the humans have all been removed from the city – is another illustration of absence. [highindustrial]

*Online: Tumblr is wine, Twitter is crack – what are some other popular internet vices? defined. [coudal]

*Food: Beaver recipes. For preparing beaver. [neatorama]

*Videos: This post linking to all 6 parts about a BBC documentary called “Krautrock” is worth clicking through to for the title alone – “stretchmarks on a rock cabbage.”

Also, Pitchfork has posted the documentary “Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen” for a week. The documentary depicts Mr. Cohen in his days as a poet; before he took up pop music. [mefi]

*Phones: And the next blook deal goes to…”People Talking on Bananas.” (This site should auto-play Raffi singing “Bananaphone” when you open it.) Well, the next one to get a deal AFTER Regretsy. [presurfer]

*Music: Listen to these Singing Science recordings. Clear, earnest, strangely compelling. [coudal]

*Fashion: Whoa. If I were a woman I would totally get a book handbag! I think. (I don’t have any tendencies in that direction.) [craft]

*Today’s links: F

Links for 8.24.09: Motivation, MP3s, American excess and slang…

*Video: I’ve been thinking for hours about how to get you to watch this video. I’ve got nothing.

*Technology: Pitchfork publishes a social history of the MP3. Whoa; this is the kind of essay the Daily Swarm should start publishing. But with better pacing.

*Food: One thing I love about America is its ingenuity. (Click that link only if you love Kentucky Fried Chicken. And excess. And think that the Famous Bowl is a marvel of the imagination.)

*On language: Slang is one of my favorite topics to think about. If I were ever to get off my ass (and out of my day job) and do a web project, it would be around the front lines of language. [ypulse]

*Voices: Sasha Frere-Jones writes about Leonard Cohen old and new in the New Yorker. I have not seen the documentary in question, but the prospect of seeing Mr. Cohen in his boxer shorts has compelled me to add it to the queue.

*Reviews: I love these one-star reviews from Amazon. On Moby Dick: “Too nautical for me.”

*Hip-hop: Being your guide to Russian hip-hop fashions. [buzzfeed]

*Books: If you need to buy a book of tweets, do it through this link. (The affiliate money goes to @TheDayHasCome and his family. Or just donate money instead.)

*Local: Listenerd co-worker No Bird Sing have an album coming out soon. You can listen to it, even though MySpace is putting the kibosh on autoplay. [chuckles]

Video: Leonard Cohen interview on Q TV

[musicslut]

Links for 3.31.09: U2, The Quiet Coup, Twit Wit…

  • Declaration: I don’t believe in April Fool’s Day.
  • BONO: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones does NOT trash Bono. Have I mentioned that I don’t like Bono? Or his glasses? And that kids used to call me Joshua Tree?
  • Economy: Walgreen’s is offering free quickie clinic trips to the newly unemployed.
  • I’m bookmarking this. Oh fuck, this is my work computer. Remind me, people, if necessary.

  • Economy: Read “The Quiet Coup” in The Atlantic – “In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again).” [keating]
  • Mothering: The picture that follows is not of an alien. [callmebez]
  • Twitter: The guy who’s editing Twit Wit, a book on twitter humor made from other people’s tweets, thinks nobody is funny on Twitter. Twitter. Twitter.
  • Local: Check out these photos of the Red River flooding. Moving earth, sandbagging, homes underwater. [good]
  • Crying: If you’re not crying into your cupped hands right now, maybe you should watch an old, old Leonard Cohen sing “Hallellujah” at his comeback concert. The guy’s no Jeff Buckley. KIDDING! (Don’t kill me.)
  • Today’s links: F+. Too heavy, bad quips, links mediocre and my fucking bullets now look weird. Buck the fuck up or go home, Joshua Tree.

Links for 2.23.09: Last.fm’s rebuttal, Cohen poetry, a “turd-covered silicon aviary”

*Update: Still no word from Sam Beam about whether he wants to do a LISTENERD PODCAST. Fourth question: “Do you have to go to the bathroom?”

*Clarifications: Last.fm denies the recent TechCrunch allegation claiming it turned over data to the RIAA. [waxy]

*Psychiatry: You call it compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder, I call it life.

*Driving: We’ve been talking about this for a long time at the day job, but for the first time in 25 years, Americans are driving less. You can read about America’s fastest-dying car brands here. Sorry for the downer.

*Social media: Try to figure out this Periodic Table of Social Media Elements. If you are able to do so, you may be my second-ever podcast guest. Your first question: What the fuck is going on with that chart, anyway? [fallon]

*Predictions: Nate Silver comments on his so-so predictions for this year’s Oscars (he got 4 out of 6 correct). Also, he took a crap at 1:45 pm yesterday. Or so it was reported.

*Art: Plastic guys. [eyeteeth]

*List: Mashable compiles a collection of 18 great music tumblrs. [spin city]

*Identity: Is Carles, the author of Hipster Runoff, also known as writer Tao Lin? Also, who is Tao Lin? [fluxtumblr]

*The Internet: Once you have read and loved this Flickr comment thread, you have achieved a passing grade and may move on.

*Related to above: Can it be long before the entire country is tweeting away in the din of a giant turd-covered silicon aviary? And how scared should we be?

*Poetry: A Street – Leonard Cohen. “I see the ghost of culture, with numbers on his wrist.”

Links for 9.1.08: Faux Kanye blogging, Cohen in Montreal, rat meat price hike…

*Mockery: Best Week Ever has been blogging in the style of Kanye, and it is amusing. To wit: BALL SCRATCHER FOR EXECUTIVE GENTLEMEN

*McSweeney’s: Reflections on Seeing Leonard Cohen Perform in Montreal on June 23, 2008. Oh look, something worth reading.

*Image: This car has bump RATHER THAN a trunk. [superpunch]

*The Bloviator: The New Yorker offers up 9 (web-sized) pages of Alec Baldwin. “My father wasn’t a violent or mean-spirited person, but he was a very strict disciplinarian in school and he knew that some of these kids only understood one thing. . . . The older I got, I learned to behave as he did, which was to not be afraid of anybody. And I’m not afraid of anybody. Wherever I go, I don’t have a drop of fear in my whole body. Never. Never.”

*Digital music: Universal’s catalog has appeared on 7digital‘s European music stores. [hypebot]

*Off topic: The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia over the past year due to inflation. [wmmna]

*Fashion: Pleasedress.me is search engine for t-shirts. (It’s not called t-oogle!?). [techcrunch]

*T-shirts: The 1980s Vintage Rock T-shirt Hall of Shame includes the likes of Elton John and Sting. You will note that it does not include HAWKWIND. [largehearted boy]

*Gadgets: A USB hub (with 4 ports) that looks like a cassette tape. In case you are interested in surrounding yourself completely with cassette tapes.

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 5.14.08: Imeem ascends, Qtrax signs, Sally Forth rocks…

*Qtrax, the legal P2P startup, finally actually signs their 4th major label, Warner. [listening post]

*Vote: Cover vs. Original. Please make sure your voice is heard. This is almost as important as American Idol or Barack vs. Hillary. [mefi]

*Vulture pulls a great quote from Lil Wayne. On staying away from cocaine: “It’s just about the acne.”

*Sally Forth (the comic strip) references Vampire Weekend. Up next: Garfield eats lasagna off Santogold’s belly.

*Imeem is now the top music streaming site, passing AOL and Yahoo. Also, they’re opting in to OpenSocial.

*The top 20 superhero songs. [pop candy]

*Songs that are both anti- and pro-drug.

*The Listening Tree: Would you like to hear a tree grow? [good]

*Video: Leonard Cohen, back on stage. Everybody hates it when I try to sing Leonard Cohen. [daily swarm]

*Off topic: Who needs boobs with an ass like this? Sad. But I’ve read it eight times. [nevenmrgan]

*Note: I am declaring May 14th to be Nicole Eggert day (kinda SFW). Please help spread the word. It’s a long story.