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Tag: recession

Links for 3.24.09: Hipster Depression, vodka gummis, Neil Young…

*Economy: Forget the recession, there’s a Hipster Depression. With beards. And toenails, I’m sure.

*Photographs: Wired snapped a bunch of pictures at SXSW. Now they’re asking you to guess – Band or Fan? Poor parallelism! [murketing]

*Cooking: If you like vodka and gummi bears, you will love making your own vodka gummi bears. You could also just buy a huge bag of gummi bears and a bottle of vodka. [neatorama]

*Newspapers: Examine this NYT visualization of newspapers size and indicating the dire straits some are in. Also, here’s a list of newspapers the Silicon Alley Insider thinks will survive the financial meltdown. I don’t mean to sound unappreciative, but I don’t appreciate the Star Tribune at all. OK, I meant to say that. [waxy]

*Twitter: A song about Twitter. On a blog. Reading those words, I hate the English language for its flexibility. And myself. [shorties] Also, check out this list of the 50 Best Rock Star Twitters from Stereogum. Also, I’ve been following @arjunbasu, one of the subjects of this article, for several monhts. What he’s doing works.

*Music: The Neil Young Archives, long talked about, will open up for superfans in early June. The details are here. [daily loper]

*Today’s links: D+. Not enough quips. Or interesting shit. Pass the gummi bears.

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Links for 3.23.09: Beckett, The Wiggles, abandoned big boxes…

*Empties: Is there a tumblr of abandoned things? And has it gotten a book deal yet? Here’s a photo essay from Time about abandoned big box stores. Cue the solitary man onstage crying into his own cupped hands. [eyeteeth]

*Photo: Your daily Chris Martin. He is seen here posing with The Wiggles. Submitted without comment.

*Apparel: The Recession is being merchandised. [urlesque]

*Words: If there are two people I like, they’re Anthony Lane and Samuel Beckett. I am a retarded nerd.

“For a man of few words, Beckett wrote an awful lot of them. To date, some fifteen thousand letters have been found.” Fake story: My dad made me memorize “Krapp’s Last Tape” when I was five. Do you understand me now???

*Twitter: Twitter begins placing advertising on the platform with ExecTweets. Also, Salesforce integrates twitter.

*Video: Hey Paul Krugman (a plea). A song.

*Today’s links: D-. Pathetic and nearly wholly without merit.

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*Update: Do not panic.

*Games: I have posted about how the rules of Scrabble need to be changed previously, citing a letter to the editor that appeared in a recent issue of the New Yorker. The Wall Street Journal is now on the case. HOLD UP. Doesn’t Nate Silver have an exclusive contract to write these kinds of article for the rest of the year?

*Music: According to the Performing Rights Society (and the BBC News), revenues for live music in the UK have overtaken those for recorded music. I love this quote: “We’ve been doing some maths back at the office.”

*Charts: Some of the charts in the blog referenced at the end of this sentence have popped up on other sites previously, but I do recommend checking out the USA Sitcom Map along with the other graphic goodness at Dan Meth. I feel like Dan Meth and Andrew Kuo might get into a fight some day. Just like Nate Silver and that Wall Street Journal guy. [mefi]

*Twitter: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy wants you to write a song about Linda Rondstadt on Twitter.

*Jobs: Don’t read The Economist if you are easily Depressed. See how I capitalized that?

*Beverages: The New Yorker tells you what to drink in a recession – The Long Island Iced 401(k), The Bear Market Shot and more. I’ll be honest: I’ve cut my alcoholic beverage consumption in half over recent months. Mostly because I’m fat.

*Items: Buy these gorgeous straight razors now as a novelty item, rely on them to protect and provide for your family post-economic collapse.

*Note to Google Reader: Google Reader, if we can’t push through like 3,000-4,000 items in an hour, we are going to have a REAL PROBLEM HERE. MFer.

*Today’s links: C-. Too much commentary. IDIOT.

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 10.13.08: The Oh, Fuck It edition

*Definition: In which I throw the usual shit out the window and just link to a bunch of stuff that I have seen in the past day or so and that I have found interesting or would recommend.

*Gardening: NPR covers the curious case of exploding pumpkins in the Northeast. With video.

“A giant pumpkin can put on around 40 pounds a day. If there is too much rain, some pumpkins overindulge and begin packing on closer to 50 pounds a day. As the pumpkins expand, pressure builds on the weaker parts of the rind and suddenly they blow.” [kate]

*Politics: The New Yorker‘s George Packer goes to Ohio to talk to swing voters, then writes in a straightforward manner about white blue-collar voters and the issues of race, class and mindset that are so often only addressed in code by lesser media organs. I highly recommend reading this article, if you are a human being.

*Finance: Young Jeezy offers some hints on weathering a recession. One such: “Diversify your hustle.”

*Images: Maybe you would like to stare into the sun for awhile. Pics. With kick-ass swirling craziness! [coudal]

*Listen: The Black Kids have recorded a Daytrotter session.

*Books: Look for “The Big Necessity,” a book about human waste in bookstores near you. Excerpted on Slate this week, the tome informs us that Martin Luther consumed a spoonful of his own excrement each day. Also:

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*Retail: Sarah’s Smash Shack is a store that offers customers stress relief by allowing them to come in and smash their stuff against a wall. [pop candy]

*Endorsements: “McCain lacks the character and temperament to be president.” Not a quote from some pinko; Christopher Hitchens endorsing Barack Obama.

*Furniture: Seating inspired by Pac-man. Sadly, no ghosts.

*Future: I will return to music. Regards, effers.

Links for 10.13.08: M.I.A.’s child, AC/DC’s pop, Beastie votes…

*The circle of life: M.I.A. is pregnant. All of the retirement / engagement / etc. stuff makes sense now. If I may here loosely define “sense.”

*Money: AC/DC is second only to the Beatles in album sales (with 26.4 million total), ahead of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They’re also doing the digital music thing on their own (weird) terms. Unrelated: Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? Kellen Winslow, Jr., apparently. (Grapefruits?)

*Literature: The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to Present comes out on November 11th. After Chinese Democracy, you will note. (I have the 1001 Albums book. I hope there is some overlap, or I am in real trouble.)

*Recession sell-off: Diamond encrusted iPod earbuds. They cost $60k.

*Cooking: Mario Batali’s personal playlist includes Cesaria Evora, Tom Waits and R.E.M. I think a blog that aggregated celebrity playlists, allowing users to visually make connections between and among them, would be a good idea. Also, it would be too much work for me to undertake.

*Rap: The Beastie Boys have announced a series of Get Out and Vote shows. Because, apparently, the 40-year-old white guy needs a kick in the ass to get out to the polls.

*Fashion: Lupe Fiasco helps design a Converse sneaker for next year’s (RED) campaign. Still? (With the Lupe Fiasco AND the RED?) Available in January.

*Words and politics: The New Yorker‘s James Wood on Sarah Palin

“She may claim, as she did in last Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, that ‘Americans are cravin’ that straight talk,’ but they are sure not going to get it from the Governor––not with her peculiar habit of speaking only half a sentence and then moving on to another for spoliation, that strange, ghostly drifting through the haziest phrases, as if she were cruelly condemned to search endlessly for her linguistic home.”