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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 7.5.10: I had a large chocolate malt yesterday.

*Liberty: Forensics on the Declaration of Independence show that at one point, Thomas Jefferson crossed out the word “subjects” and replaced it with the word “citizens.” Good lord, to have your drafts tracked like that…

*Taxonomy: What, if anything, is Big Bird? A slideshow. But so much more. And better. [harper’s]

*Art: David Grann, in The New Yorker, writes about Martin Kemp, an art authenticator who must guard against his own signature being faked. If you’ve never seen me sign anything, you might want to see it some day. It’s like a window into my soul.

*Pictures: For the finest in authentic mustache imagery, check out Greg Reynolds’ “Jesus Days.” [c-monster]

*Shoes: Zappos, get on this – Asics that come with wine, a leather wine bladder and a matching handkerchief. [notcot]

*Beverage: Booktails – a look at famous cocktails from literature, including Gatsby’s mint julep and Raymond Chandler’s gin gimlet. Related: Hemingway branded barware. See what I did there? [mktg]

*Obits: Bob Probert from NHL ’93 died. There are real humans we now know primarily through playing as their videogame avatars? [pop loser]

*Writing: Here’s a piece about Nabokov. In Berlin. I wonder what he was drinking. And what videogames he was playing. “He always supervised his readers on how not to misread him.” Yet I have no idea how I am supposed to read him still.

*Local: There is a confused pit bull wandering the neighborhood for the second day in a row, but animal control has the day off. FYI.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.3.10: 21 Ways to Leave Your Beer Gut Behind

*Swears: Get ready for a fuck-ton of links.

*Food: I think I speak for America when I ask KFC to take White Castle’s lead, and start creating candles that smell like their more gluttonous products (none of which I have eaten); most importantly, the Famous Bowl.

*Salutations: Golden Fiddle captures the vocabulary of hello. Come baaaaaaack, GF.

*Breaking: I am not one of the 40 Bloggers Who Really Count.

*America: This hamburger image is strangely beautiful. I would totally eat a candle that smells like these look. [c-monster]

*The Internet: Web Editor Blake Eskin talks about the New Yorker’s online presence. Have I mentioned to you how much I despise the listenerd’s online presence these days? I have design problems. Ugh. You know this.

*Furniture: Campeggi has designed this sofa that encourages you to abuse it. Physically. [geekologie]

*Woodworking: Holy cow, check out this totally metal non-metal guitar. My god. [neatorama]

*Apps: You can now put a Roland TR-808 drum machine straight out of the early 1980s onto your iPhone.

*Children: Look at this headlamp made out of a Lego guy. INNOVATION AT WORK.

*Instruments: I have linked to Wave Organs before, but here’s a short write-up of one in San Francisco from the NYT. Wave organ. Organ. Heh.

*Fragments: The tagline of Wait, What? is the best of any blog I have read in a long time: “the last sentences of hypothetical conversations that you wish you were a part of.” [coudal]

*Personal: We have been posting infrequently because my three-year-old child does not want to go to bed at a reasonable hour any more. We regret the inconvenience.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.6.10: 22 Tips for Better Abs and Worse Underarm Odor

*The Internet: Is net neutrality a goner? Internet users, prepare to be throttled.

*Language. I love metaphors like a cat loves New Yorker cartoons. (Not sure. Hi, Susan Orlean.) Read high school analogies and metaphors: “The thunder was ominous sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.” This is like a gentle email forward from a vaguely out-of-touch relative. Sweet. [mefi]

*Games: Scrabble will now allow proper nouns. WHAT? So you’re trying to tell me that Words with Friends is now my bastion of word-game sanity? Out-fucking-rageous.

*Quotes: “[The Internet] is in direct opposition to the art of music being treated with respect.” -Jack White [nme via vulture]

*Chess: Playing Chess with Kubrick – well worth the read. “But as soon as Kubrick opened the door I felt an immediate kindred spirit. He looked and acted like every obsessive theoretical physicist I have ever known.” I recommend that you treat this article with the respect it deserves.

*Video: An 8-Bit Dr. Horrible remake. IF YOU REMEMBER DR. HORRIBLE. [laughing squid]

*Social issues: Should prisoners be used to create electricity to run America’s computers? Also, what is Soylent Green made out of?

*Ore: I never used to link to videos explaining how iron ore gets extracted from Minnesota mines. That means some people will call this progress, and some people will call me an asshole. Still.

*Video: Sound from Diagrams. The video sounds like an alien peeing into a fish tank. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F. Sometimes you have to not know where you’re going in order to get anywhere. (I just made that up. Obviously.)

Links for 1.9.10: 16 Ways to Better Abs

*Reading: This incredible spreadsheet, created by Frank Kovarik, tracks details about all the fiction that has appeared in The New Yorker since 1/6/03. “Just 10 writers account for 82 (or 23%) of the 358 stories to appear over the last seven years. Just 18 writers account for 124 (or 35%) of the stories.” [the millions]

*Fashion: Kings of Leon have their own clothing line. I wouldn’t be caught dead in any clothes that weren’t purchased in 1999. [npr]

*Movies: The New York Times has an infographic examining the movie-ordering habits of Netflix users in major metro areas. That’s a lot of Benjamin Buttons. Which was, in its execution, a pointless movie. Apologies to any diehard Benjamin Button fans reading this. Benjamin Button. Funny name.

*Food: Roger Ebert doesn’t eat or drink anymore. “During that whole period I was Nil by Mouth. Nobody said as much in so many words, but it gradually became clear that it wouldn’t ever be right again.”

*Reading: This links has now appeared everywhere, but when I first read it, I couldn’t believe how good it was. Incredibly well done. If “The Big Lebowski” were written by Shakespeare.

*Wildlife: This article from The Atlantic tells how sonic bombardment can be used to move beetle infestations out of forests.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F-.

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 10.27.09: Chinese, cupcakes, beer, gourds

*Look: Chris Ware in the New Yorker. There are iPhones.

*Alert: Some Taco Bells serve cupcakes. I would like mine filled with hot sauce. Please. (That’s not a euphemism.) [harper’s]

*Green: Check out this vinyl that’s been bent, pounded, shaped and reused.

*The future: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says that in 5 years, the web will be dominated by Chinese-language content. Get this: I don’t even speak Chinese. Also, ICANN has approved non-Latin characters for domain names.

*Food: Anthony Bourdain is doing some animated web-only short video bullshit that isn’t even about food. Also, it looks like there could be zombies. Or their close brethren.

*Beer: I cannot agree with this list of the 25 best beers in America, but I can drink them. With vigor.

*Gaming: Watch this dude play Guitar Hero without a guitar. You will note that I sometimes also play Guitar Hero without a guitar, but that my score is always zero. Always. [waxy]

*Local: Guides to eating in Minneapolis from Zagat and Treehugger. [ht]

*Fall: It’s decorative gourd season. [spin city]

*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]

Links for 7.11.09: Bono, Bruno, Assholes, Robots and Doom

*Bono: Bono wants to rebrand Africa. Remember those pictures of him with those bikini girls? Good times.

*Email: Emails from an Asshole. I get these every day. But from different people. [harper’s]

*Robots: A robot rises over Tokyo. Let us all pray that this thing never truly comes alive. [daringfireball]

*The internet: According to Pew Internet data, we just passed the point where half the people in the U.S. go online every day. Relatively speaking, no one donates to charity or listens to podcasts. [waxy]

*Twitter: Rob Walker of the NYT thinks Twitter is all about play. There are a thousand different use cases for Twitter and this talks about just one of them. Is using Twitter as an ersatz RSS reader “play”? It isn’t – well, at least it isn’t if watching TV or reading the NYT online aren’t.

*Panic: Doomwatch analyses news sources to tell you what to worry about now. (Currently: Murder.) [presurfer]

*Movies: The New Yorker‘s Anthony Lane reviews Brüno: “Brüno” demonstrates, to one’s growing disappointment and dismay, is a vehemently gifted man putting his body to it and leaving his mind behind.” Previously: A near-review from The Awl.

*Money: It takes over $10k annually to run Neatorama?

*Economy: Noted Doomster Nouriel Roubini thinks the recession will last another six months and that the recovery will be slow and shallow. It once took me nearly three months to recover from a slight ankle sprain, apropos of very little. Related: Check out Damon Rich’s Panorama of foreclosures. [bits]

Links for 6.3.09: Sexy uglies, wild dog commuters, Seeking Seekins, pudding…

*Cork: Is it art or is it cork? This reminds me, I have several cases of wine that need drinking. Boxed wine. But I will be wearing cork pants while drinking it. [bits]

*Twitter: Two interesting tidbits from this post from Economix (a highly recommended blog from the NYT) about Twitter – 1) The median number of lifetime tweets among all twitter users is one. 2) Men are 15% more likely to follow men on twitter than they are to follow women. Also, Kirstie Alley may have found her medium. I don’t know what that says about her. Or the medium.

*Music covers: The 20 personality traits of record and CD covers. They’re not exactly personality traits, but they do point out some of the form’s shorthand. [presurfer]

*Trailers: The video for the Beatles Rock Band game is lovely and amazing and animated and lovely and nice. Bollocks.

*Food: Ice cream that turns into pudding? What will they think of next? Beer that turns into martinis? OMG, BRB. [lowindustrial]

*Humans: Nerve puts out its own list of the 20 Sexiest Ugly People. Biz Markie at #15 is an inspired choice. Additionally, and for the record, my looks have been compared to John Malkovich’s on a number of occasions. And now I’m crying. Crying into my cupped hands. While typing this. [urlesque]

*States: In Nate Silver’s (is he Sir Nate Silver yet?) most recent article for Esquire, he points out that Minnesotans are happier with the state they live in than Hawaiians, and are near the top of the happy meter among states. (The article doesn’t appear to be online yet.)

*Local: I saw Minneapolis artist and man-about-town Scott Seekins yesterday and promptly reported him to SeekingSeekins. (I used the name JOSH in this report and may have exaggerated some portions of the encounter/sighting. Don’t hate me because I’m stupid. Or because I look like John Malkovich.)

*Commuting: Wild dogs take the commuter trains from the suburbs to the city in Russia. Fucking freeloaders. [treehugger]

*Local: A short story in the fiction issue of the New Yorker by Jonathan Franzen takes place in our beloved St. Paul. This local blogger was contacted by a NYer fact checker about the story.

Also, Heavy Table names the city’s two worst cups of coffee. AND I AGREE. (Also, Nina’s has pretty nasty coffee. Java Train also pours a terrible cup. Great train, though.) [brauer]

*AN OPEN LETTER TO HARPER’S: Open up your RSS feed. Make your page somewhat readable. Good content; please let me see access it without such pain. Thank you.

Links for 5.25.09: Beards, Twitter, Wilco, the New Yorker, the Marshmallow Test

*Obits: Jay Bennett, formerly of Wilco, died in his sleep at 45.

*Photography: People in pollution (amazing). [harper’s]

*The Marshmallow Test: “Don’t” is a great read from the New Yorker about how self-control among kids is a key indicator of future success and a current area of study.

*The Crash: Lovely “Flight of the Conchords” tour posters. I like the second of the two posters, if you have been wondering about it for the past one-hundredth of a second. [lyrical_miracle]

*Art: The newest New Yorker cover was drawn on an iPhone.

*Twitter: Billboard takes a look at Twitter and the music business. After using Twitter for three years (on maybe half a dozen accounts) and writing about it (often in conjunction with music) innumerable times, I think I’m hitting a wall.

*Facial hair: A world beard champion has again been named. Funny, but I just shaved. The circle of life. [buzzfeed]

*Grade for today’s links: Don’t ever give up.

Links for 5.10.09: Mobile Phone Orchestra, full-court pressing, Oprah and KFC…

*Orchestral: Check out the Mobile Phone Orchestra on NPR’s All Things Considered. I didn’t get a cellphone until 2004 or so. [murketing]

*Gladwell: Says the New Yorker‘s Malcolm – Weak basketball teams should full-court press more often. Effort can trump arms. Backlash to Gladwell only comes from those who read too much into him in the first place. He’s a good storyteller. Backlash is nearly always meant to be an instructive effort toward one’s future self.

*Sources: Harper’s links are pretty good. They really need to open up their RSS feed, though.

*Music: The Times profiles Steve Earle on the occasion of his completing his album (“Townes”) of songs by Townes van Zandt. (Regards, Flatrat.) Whatever your opinion of Steve Earle, he OWNED the role of Bubbles’ AA sponsor in “The Wire.”

*Twitter: A list of CEOs who Twitter. Most people are terrible at the medium. That doesn’t mean the medium is terrible. I thought I would reiterate that for the 400th time. Also, Bon Iver. Bono sucks. I am bald. GOODBYE. [techmeme]

*Instruments: If I had any idea what these squidolin people were talking about, I’d tell you. I don’t. And I went to one of the finest public schools in America. Well, at least a passable one. [notcot]

*Sex: The Stranger releases its annual sex survey. Are you a pervert? Check here. (If I were a lesser man, I would have sent you to Lemon Party with that last link. But I am not. A lesser man. At this time.) [waxy]

*Work: My colleague was quoted extensively on CNN on the matter of the Oprah Winfrey / KFC chicken giveaways. Have I mentioned what a great idea I think FAMOUS BOWLS are? IN THEORY ONLY? In theory only.

*Today’s links: D-. I love you, mom. And I’ll try to do you proud next time. Again.