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Links for 8.1.10: 999 Tips for Better Abs

*Hello: I spent the past week in our nation’s capital. That is all. Well. I’m also now strongly considering growing a Thomas Hardy mustache. Bear with me.

*Books: Liquor and Lit, by Charles Deemer. “The Japanese have put the progression of the drinking life more succinctly than anyone: first the man takes the drink; then the drink takes the drink; then the drink takes the man.” [coudal]

*Records: We have wood, people. We have major wood. [presurfer]

*Work: 48% of people who want new jobs are motivated by a lack of trust in their employers.

*Home: You cannot buy the Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz, but you can sit on top of a big pile of garbage in your backyard. [murketing]

*Food: Read about Sylvia Plath’s salad dressing and Andy Warhol’s tomato soup. If this were, like, Snarkmarket, I would be pretending to make a big deal about all this.

*Clothes: Loyal Loot Collective’s Monsier Dressup is the reason I am excited about a clothes hook/hanger for the first time in my life. [notcot]

*Annual: This Beatles-inspired “Yellow Submarine” birthday cake is like a stab in the eyeball with awesome. [neatorama]

*Television: I am a big fan of Mark Lisanti’s Mad Men power rankings. For this kind of writing. Huh?: “Now tell me Iā€™m a shell of a man who lets his wife stay in his house way past the mutually agreed-upon vacating date.”

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 3.22.10: 66 Tips for Better Abs and Shinier Glands

*Pictures: These 1:12 scale foods are incredible. I want to roll them up into one hamburger-sized ball and chew them to pieces with my mouth open. [mefi]

*Books: My 23-year-old self would have dropped dead of awe upon seeing these cigarette pack-shaped books. [urlesque]

*Writing: In Tristes Tropiques Claude Levi-Strauss wrote – “My hypothesis, if correct, would oblige us to recognize the fact that the primary function of written communication is to facilitate slavery.” WHOA. READ THAT LINK. AND READ THAT QUOTE AGAIN. I have much more to say on this matter, but I must first gather my thoughts. If you have a single curious bone in your body, I recommend reading the above. If you do NOT have a curious bone in your body, you are asked to leave this blog immediately and requested never to return. EVER.

*More: The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg writes about Alex Chilton in the New York Times. “Because we were musicians, our talk inevitably turned toward women.”

*Politics: With health care reform having passed a major hurdle, some hope Obama will turn his sights on finance reform next.

*Tabasco: There is a truck that is FILLED with recipes made with TABASCO. Side note: I gave my father a one-gallon jug of Tabasco for Christmas. It is considered the strangest family gift since I gave my sister-in-law a fake crow for her birthday. [notcot via pocketdialed]

*Twitter: I started a work account on Twitter. It is where I act like a more upstanding citizen than on my usual account. Read these four things.

*Local: Is Grain Belt’s new Nordeast beer an early April Fool’s joke, or the most amusing beer name in recent history?

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 1.25.10: 19 Tips for Better Abs

*Update: It has recently (online and off) been asked – “What is happening to this blog?” I feel like I should address this question in the form of a listicle (the true essence of the “blog” format): 1) What has been happening is simple, inevitable change.

2) To wit: I’m reminded of a passage from a Randall Jarrell lecture on Wallace Stevens (though you have to connect some dots to understand how the Marx reference gets back to Stevens – and then again to get to our present situation): “When Marx said that he wasn’t a Marxist he meant, I suppose, that he himself was not one of his own followers, could not be taken in by the prolongation and simplification of his own beliefs.” That statement is sorta about art and politics, but it’s more importantly about being an active, thinking, creating human being. It is the healthy delta between creator and consumer. Note: I do not like the listenerd.

3) I have been Tumbling more. (My twitter account, meanwhile, has felt creatively desiccated.)

I have been deciding in which social media bucket to put what kind of interesting, shareable tidbit (tumblr, here, twitter, etc.) entirely by feel. I freely admit that I have probably been doing it wrong. Additionally, my creative output at work has dwindled probably to the hundreds of words weekly. In short, I’m getting old. Fuckers.

*Article: Here’s the kind of thing I used to link to more frequently: The Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger has been Okayed! Hooray! Wait.

*Literature: “Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge” is a literary essay delivered through the medium of a Google map. It is excellent. Like, “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski” excellent. That’s high praise around here. [shorties]

*Data: Feltron has released his annual report for 2009. (As I have mentioned many times previously, Mr. Felton helped us out by recording a video for my day job, and I have always enjoyed his reports.)

*Obesity: Thinner Whole Foods employees (or at least those with lower BMIs) will get better discounts? If I keep going at the rate I’m going, my employee discount would quickly be at 110% retail price. But first I’d have to get a job at Whole Foods. A job for which I would be wholly unqualified.

*Fisticuffs: Apparently, there was a brawl at the TC Hip-Hop Awards at First Ave.

*Bands: Gabba is a British cover band that does Abba and the Ramones. I like the idea of walking mashups. [spinner]

*Hip-hop: Flavorwire does a round-up of Understand Rap explanations from Blueprint 3. I’m inclined to enjoy explanations of lyrics, though I cannot explain why. Also, I would love to see a Hopelandic explanation site. [the pocketdialed reader]

*Today’s links: F.

the listenerd has recorded a video podcast!

Hello. I have done the unthinkable. I have taken a bunch of sedatives and recorded a VIDEO PODCAST (OR VLOG). Please consider this a beta release. I hope you find it as soothing as I do. Did.

Links for 9.13.09: Tajik Jimmy, Bukowski’s Barf-ly, Jim Carroll

*The Internet: Sent to me from my friend in Soviet Georgia, this story of the popularity of Bollywood tunes performed by Tajik box loader Baimurat Allaberiyev will move you to tears. Tajik Jimmy might also be the best nickname since “The Big Unit.” [richardovich]

*Film: Charles Bukowski’s lover, Linda King, reviews Mickey Rourke’s “Barfly.” Acquaintances of mine will know that I like this movie primarily because I enjoy pronouncing it as BARF-LY. Get it, barf? (It means the same as vomit.)

*Photos: Busted Carbon is a blog of photos of broken carbon fiber bicycle components. Have I told you about my derailing problem? How about my armpit sweat problem? [coudal]

*Anagrams: The proper anagram for “the Listenerd” is “INTEREST HELD.” Coincidence? Hello? Are you still paying attention? [tobs]

*Work-related: Listenerd co-worker-guitared band No Bird Sing drops an album and gets some love from the Star Tribune. On the minus, side, if you click that link, you have to go to the execrable Star Tribune web site.

*Politics: Video from The UpTake of Obama talking about healthcare at the Target Center in Minneapolis this weekend.

*Obits: Jim Carroll died.

*Note: I am going away for a while now. Camping.

Notice of content experiment: The Listenerd

I’m thinking of seriously curtailing the link dumps on this blog. In a highly experimental move, I’m going to throw the links on a twitter account instead for a while – twitter.com/thelistenerd. (This was formerly my Fake Sam Beam account, so please feel free to amuse yourselves with Dead Fake Sam’s previous tweets.)

If this experiment doesn’t work, I’ll probably start linking here again.

(I think there’s something to pounding through the feed reader on a regular basis. Whether batching the links adds anything to them or not, I don’t know.)

What will appear on this listenerd during this highly volatile experiment, you ask?

I have no idea.

Thank you.

Links for 5.28.09: Two years, high school pics, penal tour, groin shaving…

*Whatever: Today marks two years and nearly 2,000 posts (whoa!) on the Listenerd. Many thanks to everyone who has read it, linked to it, or sent in ideas. Humbling and much appreciated.

*Digital: Whoa, Dusty Tunes is almost like posting naked pictures of yourself online. It helps you create a page of your entire iTunes library.

*Visualizations: Feel stats like you feel a fork digging into your eyeball. In-Formed adds a layer of the tactile to conceptualizing information. Ouch.

*High school: Rolling Stone collects up a bunch of year book pictures from rock stars. I’ll be honest with you: I had a mullet. But at least I had hair. [spincity]

*Autism: This dude I follow on Twitter wrote an article about autism and Star Trek that’s worth reading.

*Sports: Next month, a penal version of the Tour de France will be held – with prisoners. Though I am not in general a fan of cycling (nor do I cycle frequently myself), each year I’m fascinated by the social aspects of the Tour de France. Adding a criminal element to this grand psychological experiment makes it even more thrilling. [s4xton]

*Economics: If you want to yell at the economy, look into this art project. “As a first step to redress this process, Floating Lab Collective has launched Scream at the Economy, inviting anyone and everyone to call in and scream at the economy, expressing desperate and instinctive expressions of survival, warnings of danger, cathartic affirmations of power, explosions of anger and despairing utterances of anxiety and hopelessness.” [eyeteeth]

*Ads: Gillette tells you how to shave your groin. Or as they call it, “the hair down there.” Stay classy, everyone. Forever.

*Today’s links: Goodbye.

My +1

I am currently charged with watching over the 2-year-old I like to call my +1, and therefore cannot read or otherwise manipulate the Internet, unless it is to find toddler sleep training strategies. (You may follow a highly fictionalized log of these events here, but I don’t recommend it.)

Moderately interesting links with tepid commentary will resume at our earliest convenience. We regret the usual.

the listenerd is physically ill

Note: The listenerd is physically ill right now, but will return in full force tomorrow. Unless something is horribly, horribly wrong. In which case this blog will simply go blank forever. OKOKOK. Some links. Consider this half force.

*Photos: Some dude has been sleevefacing the present. With the past. That sentence made sense. To like 8 people. Next up: Taking old photographs of family members and sleevefacing our own faces with those of our ancestors? [coudal]

*Nudity: The Swiss enjoy naked hiking (with fantastically hilarious picture). Have I told you about my own fondness for cold-air baths? I probably shouldn’t. Especially not in graphic detail.

*Retro-tech: Check out these cassette-themed envelopes. That little post-it note says “Now also in green.” Yup. 8 years of college German. In fact, one of the first things I ever published was a short story about liver noodle soup, written in German. I’m an idiot. [swissmiss]

*Picture: Look! An AIG executive wearing a Che t-shirt! Surely God will smite him for this transgression. [eyeteeth]

*Heavy metal: If you need a visual guide to Satan Fingers, how metal are you?

*Food: A Hamburger Today: A blog about hamburgers. I know one guy who can eat a double double in like a minute.

Links for 3.13.09: Crying, wearing eggs, buying black, going crazy?

*Crying: Directly into my cupped hands.

*Fashion: EGGS, MOTHERFUCKERS.

*Music: If you crowdsource a song – specifically “Daisy Bell” ā€“ to 2000 helpers, this is what it sounds like. [info aesthetics]

*Consumption: One family, the Andersons, is trying to “buy black” all year, purchasing goods only from African-American-owned companies. [murketing]

*Drinks: Sting has his own brand of wine. It doesn’t “have a bouquet,” it “stinks.” I’m guessing.

*Attn NYTLabs: Call me.

*Music: Steve Earle is recording a Townes Van Zandt tribute album called Townes. With Neil Young and Neko Case. Naked. That one was for you, FlatRat. Also, I was lying about the end part.

*The Law: Peruse the mugshots of the people arrested at Phish’s recent reunion concert. HOLY SHIT, BEARDS. [buzzfeed]

*8-bit: Listen in awe to this medley of hip-hop games made from old videogame system sounds. [coudal]

*Twitter: Trent Reznor thinks that Chris Cornell embarrassed himself. He said so by updating Twitter (known in some circles as the Ultimate Badass Report) from an application called TWEETDECK. Now that’s some hard-ass beef. [xrrf]

*Another twitter thing: SXSW twitter conversations visualized. By Pepsi. [waxy]

*Meta: Spin City thinks I am crazy.

*Local: Apparently, the Twin Cities are experiencing a burger boom. The day job’s food expert (based in southern California) has also been reporting L.A. burgermania for several months.

*Today’s links: C-

Attention: the listenerd podcast ZERO

Hello! And welcome once again. You have doubtless arrived here by accident. And for that, I’m very sorry. But onward.

I have spoken previously of recording a podcast for this blog, not to diversify my digital presence in an attempt, ultimately, to monetize my proprietary content and/or otherwise leverage brand awareness, but instead as an exercise in shining my own shoes.

But enough about that.

I feel that I should report that Attempt One at Podcast Zero was a bust, with the droning of my own vinegar-toned voice becoming so annoying to test listeners, we were forced not only to destroy all copies, but also to smash the Flip video camera that captured the ill-conceived moment with a 10-lb hammer.

This defeat, however, only energized me. And that’s where we are today. Here. Now. Where I unveil my aspiration. I believe my first podcast for the listenerd should begin as an interview with singer/songwriter Sam Beam. (Note: I do not know Mr. Beam, nor have I tried to contact him.)

What I would like to do (and we are talking about a 40,000-foot view here) is to interview Mr. Beam, teasing out the comedy stylings I know are buried deep within him (as they are buried within all of us). I would then, with the magic of EDITING, BEGIN podcast zero (that’s a code name) speaking to a marvelously quippy Mr. Beam, then end it with 20 minutes of Iron & Wine’s music, culminating in the song “Naked as We Came” cross-fading to the sound of me weeping uncontrollably into a napkin.

If you’re out there, Sam, ping me! Let’s make this happen! NOT KIDDING! [thx to rob t.]

Links for 12.22.08: Music’s short tail, Hulu for music, 2008’s best new words…

*The Long Tail: According to one study, 10M out of 13M digitally available tracks didn’t sell a single copy last year. Look. It’s complicated. [hypebot]

*Vizzies: Check out FlowingData’s list of the top 5 data visualizations of the year. Close readers of the listenerd will note that we’ve covered two of them previously – one Radiohead music video and one visualization using scrobbled Last.fm data.

*Lists: Stereogum’s list of its most-downloaded MP3s of the year surprised me. Marnie Stern at #1 and Yeasayer at #3. Huh.

*Business: Are the major labels trying to put together a Hulu for music? I think it’s funny that Hulu has made it to the point of being a model for something else, even though its grip is no doubt tenuous right now. And you’ll notice not much is trying to be a “Joost for _____” at this point.

*Advertising: Local Hmongs to Burger King (RE: their Burger Virgin campaign): We have seen hamburgers before.

*Words: The NY Times Ideas blog goes on the hunt for the top neologisms of 2008, suggesting staycation (a favorite, for better or worse, at my day job), edupunk and twi-hard.

*Blogs: I applied the Typealyzer, a supposed tool to analyze the personality type of a blogger, to the listenerd several weeks ago and the results were so far off, I didn’t even share them. I’ve seen many other sites link to Typealyzer since then, so I figured I’d revisit. I gotta tell you: I couldn’t come up with anything more wrong. Analysis says the author of the blog is an ESFP – entertaining, friendly, and conflict avoidant. Honestly, I’m trying to figure out a worse description of me than this one, but I almost can’t. Also, I’m bald.

*Quips: Read these four quips. [twitter]

*Trips: Soon I will be leaving this blog for a bit as I travel to the land of the WATERSMEET NIMRODS. I’ll bring something awesome back. (Beer, probably.)

ONE MOMENT PLEASE

I feel like I should tell you this. I’m trying tumbling again.

http://www.thelistenerd.tumblr.com

This one will be better than The Finest in Celebrity Hairlines. I swear.

Because how can it not be?

Links for 10.3.08: In what respect, Charlie?, Andre 3k and MORE

*Phrases: “In what respect, Charlie?” is this year’s “Heckuva job, Brownie.” I have zero doubt about this. Zero. This is a STRONG BUY. Buzzfeed that, mfers.

*Punk: Moby goes punk with the help of a Craigslist ad. Remember when he did that song with Gwen Stefani? Good. Effing. Times.

*Fashion: Andre 3000 gets into the clothing business, and the New York Times is there. Of the fashion line, the Gray Lady says “It looked like Ralph Lauren having a Steampunk moment.” I misread that as “Steampunk movement” the first time I saw it.

*Metal: I love it when Metal Sucks gets all political and impassioned and shit.

*Correspondence: It seems like Dear Assholes could be a popular and potentially lucrative sub-genre of passive-aggressive letter all on its own. (I have written at least three of this type of letter.) Note to self: Follow up on this if/when you are unemployed.

*Saramago: I previously mentioned Blindness ā€“ a film adaptation of a book by Nobel-winning novelist Jose Saramago (whose “The History of the Siege of Lisbon” should be required reading for anyone in the editorial profession). It now comes to my attention that blind people hate Blindness and that the first 5 minutes of the film are now available online.

*Personalization: Idiomag a personalized music magazine, based on your taste in music from such services as Last.fm, Pandora, iLike and a few more. What, the listenerd isn’t good enough for you?

Really?

Effers? [readwriteweb]