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Links for 6.7.10: I don’t have an iPhone 4

*Food: The Ka-Pow is a candy bar MADE OUT OF COFFEE. HOW LIFE-GIVING DOES THAT SOUND? God, I’m a fatass.

*Blogs: I recommend checking out American Drink, a new blog from some very smart Twitter people I follow. In other quasi-Twitter links, Lonely Sandwich’s post on Apple and video is pretty good (especially the bit about hot and cold video).

*Media: NPR: Tastemaker or donation whore? I, for one, appreciate being able to find music that I like through public radio. Which point that buttresses, I don’t know. Buttresses. Heh.

*Music: Prince has a new song out today. It’s called Hot Summer. It’s also Prince’s birthday. I haven’t seen him around for years.

*Images: Hot Box by Skewville is an amusing visual pun brought to our attention by C-Monster. Who is also tumbling.

*Lists: The L.A. Times offers up the top 50 guitarists ever, one of whom (#25 alphabetically) was my father-in-law’s college roommate.

*Remembrances: I used to post prose that ripped my face off. My face is still here right now. All too here.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: NPR does Lady Gaga

Links for 11.17.09: Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

*Lists: The 2000’s lists are beginning to come out. According to NPR, these are the 50 Most Important Recordings of the Decade. I didn’t appear on any of them. Though I have recorded a track-for-track remake of “For Emma, Forever Ago.” For personal reasons. In the shower.

*Holidays: Spread the holiday spirit! Santas as H1N1 catalyst. [spin city]

*Life: Will intelligent alien creatures look like us? Dollars to donuts, I am balder than any alien discovered in my lifetime. And I am a man of my word, so please collect if I’m wrong. [marginal revolution]

*Photos: Look at these Re-inhabited Circle Ks. Most of my knowledge of the Circle K franchise comes to me from Bill and Ted’s various cinematic adventures. In a way, that’s a cry for help. [eat me daily]

*Quizzes: I hate quizzes, but I got 10 out of 12 on this one. Is This Music Web Site Real? On a related note, MySpace might now be trying to buy Imeem. (I used to know more about this shit.)

*Literature: Read Moby Dick online. I once read “Crime and Punishment” on Bartebly over a series of unbearably boring work days. I didn’t feel bad about it, either. (Get it? One of the themes of C&P is undeniable guilt? Hello? Ugh.) [ebert]

*Ideas: Gladwell v. Pinker

*Obits: Wow, Ken Ober (former host of MTV’s “Remote Control”) has died at 52.

*Today’s links: F. Though I almost made it to a D- by not mentioning the Word of the Year.

Links for 11.13.09: Donuts, cassette tapes, Beard Rock and Alaska

*Food: On two separate occasions this week I have come across Visual Taxonomies of Donuts. Which, coincidentally, will be the name of my fourth fake novel (hence the caps; I’m not an anarchist, for God’s sake).

*Photography: Do you like looking at pictures of cassettes? If you answered no, maybe you weren’t thinking about highly aestheticized cassettes. [coudal]

*Graphs: Examine this visualization of UK music revenue, broken down by subcategories such as recorded revenue, live revenue, etc.

*Graphs 2: Are peak oil and peak rock related? Think of Beirut as a Prius. And your ears as the road. Right? [harper’s]

*Facial hair: NPR is worried about the takeover of Beard Rock. I’m worried about the takeover of Beard Smell. Because it’s easy to get food caught in there. Especially liquids. Or semi-liquids.

*Real estate: It turns out, Alaska was a bad purchase. “The economic benefits that have been received from Alaska over the years could have been obtained without purchasing the territory. In financial terms, Alaska has clearly been a negative net present value project for the United States.” Remind me to tell you about when I bought a motorcycle from a sketchy guy who insisted on changing the title over himself (instead of letting me do it) next time you see me.

*Aesthetics: Jim Windolf writes On Cuteness in Vanity Fair. Personally, I hate cute things. Due to a childhood fall down the stairs. Or so I hear. [hans]

*Jobby job: Check out the video on this post from the jobby blog. It shows a few different ways people count money across the world. It’s probably been 4 years since I had more than any 6 bills on my person.

*Music: Maura has left Idolator. Nielsen is MAYBE putting Billboard on the block. These things make me feel old. In internet years. And years.

*Twitter: Read these four things. Related: I have a lot to say about the retweet feature. It will bore me as much to write it as it will bore you to read it. So there’s that to look forward to.

*Today’s links: F. Goodbye forever.

Links for 7.19.09: P-fork’s festival, Cronkite’s moustache, ice cream clouds…

*Festivals: Read NPR’s take on the Pitchfork Music Festival. Because public radio rules the rock and roll roost. (The previous statement contains an implicit commentary about modern society and the devolution of formerly rebellious forms of art.)

*Streaming: Spotify is on its way to the U.S. Slate reviews. I don’t normally care much for Slate.

*Phones: Textually points out this fat-burning concept phone. With obesity on the rise, how about a phone that derives energy straight from our expanding fat stores? You know what I mean? (Our guts.)

*Twitter: It has been stated that in the world of twitter, there are two camps: the favoriters and the retweeters. Here is a look into the enemy camp. [venturebeat]

*Illness: Melissa Auf der Maur kept a Swine Flu diary. [earfarm]

*Podcasts: I linked to this on Twitter, but I need to do it again. Listen to this podcast from The Memory Palace on Ben Franklin and his rumored death ray.

*Video: Howard Rheingold talking about 21st century literacies. I can’t spell. Or think. Or read.

*Ice cream: The Cloud Project proposes to seed neighborhoods with ice cream-flavored clouds. [wmmna]

*Obits: Walter Cronkite died. Esquire posted his “What I’ve Learned” interview. “I grew my mustache when I was nineteen in order to look older. I never shaved it off even though it overran its usefulness many, many years ago.”

*More on music and torture: Prisoners forced to listen to Dr. Dre and Eminem for 20 days straight. [harper’s]

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.

Links for 3.4.09: LIKING, Neko Case audio, great moustaches…

*Social media: You know what’s hot in the social media world right now? LIKING. (Here’s Likaholix.) It’s all down to ones and zeros now, our relationships dichotomous and wholly lacking in texture or room for said. That, and weeping weeping weeping into our own cupped hands.

*Toys: Any Wolverine fans out there? And I mean serious fans.

*Interviews: You may have heard Neko Case on NPR this past weekend. Especially if you are stalking her. Anyhoo, she sounded a little flighty to me. Listen here. [music slut]

*Hair: See this compilation of the 10 greatest moustaches of all time! For the record, I think the 1400s and the prehistoric periods are both grossly underrepresented. [presurfer]

*Meltdown: Desperate citizens are setting fire to cars in Iceland to collect insurance money. I don’t like the sound of this at all! Meanwhile at home: Americans are losing sleep over financial worries. Another key reason for sleep loss, at least for me, has been insomnia. [former via 3quarks]

*Mash-ups: Everyone is loving Thru You. Love it yourself, if you can get through (the site has been burdened by heavy traffic due to everyone linking to it today).

*Department of Everywhere: Daft Punk to score Tron 2? It pains me to write that. 6 hours too late. [idolator]

*Business: Can YouTube and Universal Music come to an agreement and create Vivo, an online music video platform? I’ve talked about YouTube becoming the de facto platform for music discovery before. Legitimization, though, is hard.

*Internet: Hey! Waxy authors an article for the NYT on fansubbing of The Economist.

*Today’s links: D. Eff it.

Links for 1.18.09: Obama’s BlackBerry, Springsteen’s album, firefighters’ masks…

*Social music: Last.fm reports 204% growth in U.S. unique visitors for 2008.

*Boss: For those of you who like Bruce Springsteen, you can get hear his new album, “Working on a Dream” in its entirety when it debuts on NPR just before midnight tonight.

*Tools: These vintage firefighters’ masks aren’t some bullshit fictionalized version of a mechanical past. They’re REAL, motherfuckers. And they are awesome. I would also check out this radiowave helmet.

*Midwest: Stereogum points out that one Bon Iver has a new song, “Brackett, WI,” available. From here on, you can cut off a finger every time I mention Bon Iver. (That’s my way of saying I’m sorry.)

*Memorabilia: In efforts to take advantage of this week’s inauguration hype, one company is making necklaces out of portions of recycled ballots from the 2008 elections. It’s also offering framed ballots as posters. (I wonder how much a framed Lizard People ballot from the Minnesota Senate election would fetch.) [treehugger]

*Politics update: Barack Obama: Still smoking. Still using a BlackBerry.

*Twitter: Marvelously pithy. Goodbye.

Links for 12.3.08: Last.fm’s Best of List, Obama’s Zune, Richardson’s beard…

*Lists: Last.fm’s Best of 2008 list reveals what users have scrobbled over the past year. I still love the word “scrobbling.” Bon Iver!

*Politics: Barack Obama uses a Zune. Is this the first crack?

*Beards: Bill Richardson talks about his beards to Esquire. Esquire, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: never mind.

*Letters: Someone organized a bunch of letters to look like Jay-Z. I have hesitated to link to this previously, because I could not bring myself to watch it. Because I am lazy. The video: Brooklyn Go Hard.

*Names: What’s the worst band name ever? In the running are Toad the Wet Sprocket, Puddle of Mudd and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. 5800+ comments and counting on this thread. But is anything worse than Cherry Poppin’ Daddies?

*Covers: NPR got around to finding out about sleevefaces. Has there never been a sleeveface for that one Sugar Ray album? Wait. What?

*NSFW: Mark Lisanti provides you with a tanning-related butt cheek separator. Related: I just created a tag called “Tanning your butt cheeks.”

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Links for 10.20.08: iLike pays, Palin winks, Pandora cuts…

*Business models: iLike is going to start paying artists when their music gets listened to. [mashable]

*Hustle and/or flow: NPR talks to Terrence Howard, who just put out his first album. “My dream was to be a physicist.” I should say that I have always dreamt of being retired.

*Finance: Russell Simmons is advising that the residential real estate market is a BUY. [dailyswarm]

*Excuse me?: Secret Society is an 18-piece steampunk jazz ensemble. They’re recording their first album in December. [3quarksdaily]

*Recession: Pandora lays off 14% of its staff.

*Politics: Sarah Palin winking depicted in LEGOs. It is appropriately grotesque!

*Global Financial Meltdown: Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones frolicking for finance. FROLICKING, I TELL YOU.

*Philanthropy: Local music blog Culture Bully is doing a 60-hour blogathon for charity. I don’t have any idea what a blogathon is.

*I saw Diane Keaton at dinner last night.

Links for 9.30.08: Dylan’s album, Lou Reed’s street, Wal-mart’s music label?

*Zimmerman: You can stream Bob Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs” on NPR now. I drove on highway 61 a couple weeks ago while wearing a camouflage baseball cap. True story.

*Retailers: Wal-mart is the exclusive seller of AC/DC’s Rock Band videogame and AC/DC’s album. As noted previously, Best Buy seems to have secured exclusive rights to Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” How long until Wal-mart has a label? Or Best Buy? Or Target? Or Old Country Buffet?

*Cartography: Does Lou Reed want to have a New York street named after him?

*Tours: The Hold Steady cancels its European tour because bassist Tad Kubler has pancreatitis. I’m bald and you don’t see me canceling world tours, do you? Ok. (My pancreas is fine, though – thanks for asking.)

*Fashion: Everyone probably knows this by now, but Rihanna is working on a fashion line. My bet is that it will have heels and sunglasses. And possibly quasi-bondage gear.

*Thinslice this: Judgeby lets you, using Amazon user reviews, judge books by their covers. Kind of like Facestat for literature, I guess. [largehearted boy]

*Crack: And then Wham! George Michael was all of a sudden arrested in a London bathroom for crack possession. [loophole]

*The Internet: Alec Baldwin gets the Chuck Norris treatment. And by that I do NOT mean a roundhouse kick to the head. Or a full daily chest wax. [hinto]