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Links for 12.7.09: I may start updating my Facebook status.

*News: Apple bought Lala. (Hypebot offers this round-up of opinion on the acquisition from across the web.) I saw Lala CEO Bill Nguyen speak at a music discussion at CES last year, and he blew away everyone else on the panel with his smarts and enthusiasm. Does an Apple acquisition of this sort really mean hope for imminent innovation in digital music is waning?

*Note to interested parties: I have obtained a Kickstarter invite and am commencing my pitch for a project that will BOMB THE MOON again. This time, on our terms. (Also, I’m not kidding. And I may need help.)

*Hollywood: Someone keeps changing the Wikipedia page of actor Ron Livingston to say that he’s gay, and that he’s been having relations with someone named Lee Dennison. This is why Wikipedia is better than normal encyclopedias. Also, you can’t be sued for laughing uproariously, can you? CAN YOU?

*Obit: Robert Degen, possible author of “The Hokey Pokey,” has died. That’s what it’s all about. Death. And silence. And blackness.

*Literature: The New Yorker runs a David Foster Wallace story, “All That.” If a Foster Wallace piece doesn’t explicitly upbraid me for not understanding the English language, I don’t want to read it. Or should I say, I don’t WANTS to read it?

*Art: Michael Jackson commissioned some weird art when he was alive. If you even look at it, you may be able to sue. [vulture]

*Presidents: A new letter from Thomas Jefferson has been discovered. It’s not about wine. Or wenching. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Favrd got shut down. I used the site to find smart, interesting people, but I don’t think I was part of the “community” that formed around it. The back and forth between Dean Allen, who used to run the site, and Jeffrey Zeldman is fantastic. As is Mike_FTW’s eulogy. And Merlin Mann‘s.

*Lists: Kottke is doing a list various Best of the 2000s lists. If you smell it hard enough, you can smell Newsweek.

*Local: I went to the No Coast craft show this weekend. The aesthetic was depressingly uniform. Also, lots of babies. Also, Midtown Global Market has a shitty parking set-up that needs to be fixed. BUT: I recommend Campfire for t-shirts and the like.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 12.3.09: I don’t care for Farmville.

*The Web: Did Vladimir Nabokov invent the emoticon? As I have mentioned before, the only emoticon I ever use is the emotionless one. And the side hugs, of course.

*Bowie on Bowie: Check out this letter written by a 20-year-old David Bowie to a young American fan in 1967. Nipple antennae. [stereogum!?]

*Videogames: Michael Jackson composed music for the videogame Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (anonymously). Apparently, this had long been a rumor in the Sonic the Hedgehog community. Yes, the Sonic the Hedgehog community. If you don’t love this item, you don’t love America. Or bloat. [waxy]

*Annual: Last.fm gives you the best of 2009 in music data. 24,963,595 Michael Jackson songs scrobbled over the course of the year. Heh. Scrobbled.

*Literature: We’re looking for William Shakespeare’s garbage now. I hope we find some of his journals, which will prove once and for all that he was illiterate. [harper’s]

*Religion: MetalforJesus.org. I recommend the section called Long Hair and the Bible. But I do not recommend the fonts. [metalsucks]

*Illustrations: Do you want to see the street Tom Waits grew up on? I was expecting more gravel. And I hope you see what I did there. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s grade: F

Links for 12.1.09: Why did Walt Whitman wear jeans?

*Rumor: Remastered vinyl LPs from the Beatles to be released in March. Also, I have a few Beatles albums on my computer, so I can listen to them pretty much whenever. Super easy!

*Odor: M cologne is made from Michael Jackson’s DNA. I hope that’s not a euphemism. Do you know what I mean? If you don’t, please don’t look it up. [vulture]

*Food: Examine these ketchup packets that look like landmines. Wow.

*Drink: Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer has 32% alcohol content. I could not have conceived of a better name. Except possibly Vomit Gong. Or Ketchup Packet Landmines. (I don’t know where that came from; I just tried to channel my id.) [harper’s]

*Fashion: “If Whitman wore jeans, he wore them because they were the clothes of the rebellious, not because they were the affordable uniform of the pretty.” Also, was that really Walt Whitman reading? I thought it was a dude from the Waltons. (I’m not being droll about that last part!)

*Social media: What this article calls “checkins” have previously been called pings or gestures. It’s all a part of the attention economy. Which is actually a system akin to a language. I’m sure you get it. I don’t have the patience to explain further.

*Twitter: If you haven’t seen these Twitter avatars drawn by @apelad, you should see them. Because they are awesome.

*Technology: Knocking is an iPhone app that allows you to see through other people’s iPhone cameras. WHAT? It’s mobile-to-mobile live sharing! (I took that last part right from their site as I tried to confirm what it actually did.) Also, it seems like perverts would love this. [coudal]

*Music: Golden Fiddle grabbed Zach Galifinakis’ iTunes playlist. Funny word, Galifinakis. Heh.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 7.29.09: Prince, Van Morrison, Phish

*Words: Being a linguistic examination of a Van Morrison rant filled with swear words. Related: Go fuck yourself. [mefi]

*Comics: Sally Forth meets Thomas Pynchon. I met Thomas Pynchon once. And have the aphasia to prove it. [harper’s]

*Local: Was Purple Rain the high-water mark of Twin Cities music? I saw Prince play at the Mill City Music Festival once. Then I got extraordinarily drunk and danced on 1st Avenue. Remind me not to describe that in detail to anyone. Ever. [daily swarm]

*Music: I started a LinkedIn group called Professionals for Clarity, Levity and Brevity once. This Mashable article about music and social media would in no way qualify for inclusion in our holy bible. And I have high tolerance.

*Headlines: Love this headline re: Wired’s Chris Anderson – Chris Anderson Less Intellectually Curious Than George W. Bush [spincity]

*Furniture: Cassette lamps. Where’s the 8-track footstool? See what I did there? Hated myself. Intensely. [coudal]

*TV: I am currently watching a television program that’s telling me that Michael Jackson was addicted to eBay. But I can’t imagine him using a computer with any proficiency. He used IE, right?

Video: Shaq’s Michael Jackson dance tribute

The man can dance.

Links for 7.8.09: The limited engagement

*Disasters: The trailer of a movie with many. Also, a shit-ton of bongos. [@bozofish]

*Whoa: Spezify – Type a word, then see it, hear it, know it. [blackrimglasses]

*Computers: Fake Steve Jobs is back, and he’s talking about the Google OS. San Dimas High School Football rules. As you know.

*Bests: The best thing I’ve linked to over the past week or so. The Eternal Moonwalk.

*Weiners: Oscar Mayer died. He lived a long life and many people enjoyed his weiners. Which is to say hot dogs. Ugh.

*Drink: Production of Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” beer begins today. Guaranteed to taste like sweat. And motor oil. And maybe hep C.

*Literature: Things I Have Written in Cover Letters. Not me. The author. I’m not looking for a job. (Call me!) [coudal]

*Meta: Tests use virtual reality to examine questions of race and bias. This is serious stuff, so let’s all stay serious for a second here. [murketing]

*Music: Buzzfeed identifies Crabcore, a genre of music “characterized by the guitar player’s “crabwalk,” an extremely low stance, wherein both feet are set apart from one another as far as possible in a very deep squat.”

*Ahem: I’m keeping up the Twitter linking, but also doing an occasional link round-up. I think.

Links for 5.17.09: Slang, poetry, skin cancer, abandonment, David Lynch, logos

*Medicine: Michael Jackson has skin cancer. Or maybe he doesn’t.

*Ideas begun: I barely started a blog like Artificial Owl once, but I didn’t really follow through. It examines at man-made creations that have been abandoned. If AO were a tumblr, it would have a book deal pending. [mefi]

*Language: The Poetry of Slang – I think I need to read this book, yo. See what I did there? Circa 2004?

*Coming: The David Lynch Interview Project. This guy has so much more hair than I do. So so much more.

*Playing: Gonzales has completed a 27+ hour piano concert. Maybe more of us should have mentioned this before the concert, but personally, I don’t care for piano all that much. [mefi]

*Translations: All your base are belong to us – the correct translation. [waxy]

*Brands: One day in the life of one woman as told in logos. It begins with Crest and ends with Dove. And there is Durex in the middle. [buzzfeed]

*Video: Watch the Kool-Aid man in Second Life. Second Life. Still here. It looks relaxing. [fimoculous]

*Today’s links: D+. Uninspired. But it’s the Lord’s day.

Links for 2.16.09: Yoko’s 25 Things, Jacko’s sweatsocks, Nate Silver’s takedown…

*Facebook: Yoko Ono writes her own 25 Things. So funny, I had to poke her. [eyeteeth]

*Visuals: Look at these glittery sweatsocks on sale in an auction of some of Michael Jackson’s old stuff (image #4). And buy them if you want. Wow. [hinto]

*Labor: MIA blogs about the birth of her child. In pink. [pop candy]

*Economics: Freakonomics starts a discussion about what kinds of purchases consumers put off in a recession, and what kinds of product and services (cheap cigarettes, porn) don’t see much change.

*Predictions: Nate Silver does 2009 Oscar predictions for New York magazine. OK, let’s draw straws: Who wants to write the take-down article? [lots of places]

*Albums: Buzzfeed uncovers a paradigm through which one can understand every album ever made. Well, actually Cracked wrote it. Cracked. I’m 34 and I’m linking to Cracked. I’m 34 and I’m LINKING to things. I’m 34.

*Local: I like these posters (especially PURPLE LIGHT), and if that means you hate me, you hate me. Fucker. [notcot]

*Twitter: Here are six quips you may find amusing.

*Commercials: The guy in the Best Buy commercial with the stupid little beard will ultimately result in diminished year-over-year revenues for the big box electronics retailer.

Links for 12.2.08: No Coast crafts, Thriller days, NIXON!

*Blogs: MBV launches! A collaboration among Largehearted Boy, Fluxblog, Catbirdseat, Said the Gramophone and Chromewaves, from what I can tell it is a place where old music bloggers go to retire. However, I will say that I love the HUGE type (not kidding).

*Local: The No-Coast Craft-o-rama is happening this weekend in Minneapolis. I am told that it will be replete with handmade stuff of the finest craftsmanship and local shit of the best vintage. I am planning on attending on Friday. I’ll be the fat, bald one wearing the too-short t-shirt and eating an authentic jerked chicken sandwich from the Jamaican place at Midtown Global Market (the event’s venue). And crying.

*Radio: Brian Lambert talks to 89.3 The Current’s new program director, Jim McGuinn, about the radio business. Now that it’s winter and my car needs warming up when I drive it on the weekends, my radio consumption has quadrupled.

*History: 200 hours of tapes (of Nixon talking!) have been released.

*Online music: Mashable puts Last.fm and Pandora up against each other, weighing plusses and minuses of each. I’ve used the services (along with many others), but gave up on both of them. Because I am retarded. And lazy. I’m just being honest.

*Toys: I want a $900 musical toy for Christmas. It needs to be ordered 12 weeks in advance. Please help. It is the Gloggomobil. And I love it. [droolicious]

*Anniversaries: It was 25 years ago today that the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” came out. I remember seeing it a while later playing on a tv in a mom-and-pop VHS tape rental shop and being FUCKING MESMERIZED.

Video: Francois Macre’s one-man “Thriller”

[kottke]

Links for 11.13.08: Jacko signs away Neverland, Live Nation stock drops, Van Damme talk politics…

*Real Estate: Michael Jackson transfers ownership of the Neverland ranch to a company he partly owns. There was a special on MJ several years ago on which he ran around buying huge gold pots and insanely garish statues. It haunts me to this very day.

*Covers: Listen to Swede popper Jens Lekman cover Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” at stereogum.

*The Markets: Live Nation says that concert ticket sales won’t go down next year. Analysts disagree. Live Nation stocks fall 27%. [licensing plate]

*Children: Apparently, Mates of State is the sole voice of touring bands who are also parents. Also, they have nothing to say that is not parental in nature. EVER. [largehearted boy]

*Behind the scenes: Aziz Ansari takes you behind the scenes of Kanye’s and Rihanna’s “Glow in the Dark” tour. “After the show in Notre Dame, Kroll and I were hanging out in the hotel lobby about to head to bed early to take it easy. I’m reading an op-ed in the New York Times by Paul Krugman. I feel a tap on my shoulder. It’s Paul Krugman.”

*Urination: As you may know, the listenerd is “optimized for maximum incontinence.” With that in mind, I find it necessary to pass on to you the fact that Videogum is running some fan fiction about Hugh Jackman peeing his pants. This may be the biggest news in celebrity incontinence since Fergie wet herself onstage several years ago.

*Interviews: I know you have been waiting almost five years to read a Jean-Claude Van Damme interview. Wait no more. “Who won? Obama?

Video: Aggregated “Thriller” video from 64 a cappella versions

[some buzzfeed comment]

Links for 11.1.08: Jacko’s non-reunion, Efron’s eyebrows, time’s own lapse…

*Tours: Michael Jackson says he will not be taking part in a Jackson Five reunion tour. Note how I refrained from calling him “noseless pop star Michael Jackson.”

*YouTube: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones on Gorillaz on YouTube. Watch Gorillaz’ “Monkey Bee.” And be terrified.

*Movies: More New Yorker linkage, but I can’t help but love Anthony Lane’s turns of phrase. Of High School Musical‘s Zac Efron he writes, “Troy is still at East High, with his wistful determination and his killer eyebrows, like a younger and more huggable Leonid Brezhnev.”

*Festivals: The Wall Street Journal covers CMJ. I don’t really know what the article says, but at least there’s a short, ill-functioning slideshow.

*Time: Fall back.

Video: “Thriller” performed by French students

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[waxy]