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Video: The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks

The video seems strangely cut, but my favorite part was the dinosaur.

Links for October 9, 2011: Blow up your TV

*Games: If you have the chance, go play Plink with someone you know, or even a stranger. It’s an interactive multiplayer music game by Dinah Moe. And it was strangely fun.

*Savings: A plastic surgeon in Florida is allowing his clients to store fat liposuctioned from their bodies so that they can use it later (fat is often injected into one’s face to fight wrinkles or used to augment one’s breasts). Personally, I am happy to self-store my own fat. In my ass, face and breasts.

*Web: You can follow the Occupy Wall Street movement online here, if you like. It’s a Dave Winer thing.

*Toys: I wrote a listicle about Mr. Potato Head.

*Topography: Read The Grand Map in the Paris Review. “This happens to be how many of us enter the great map. One night, you locate a distant childhood intersection. You leave the street map and enter the scene, passing seamlessly from map to territory.” On a side note, if you’re ever backed into a corner at work, use that old “map vs. territory” saw to obfuscate the issue and imply that your opponent lacks perspective on the question at hand. Then move on quickly and excuse yourself from the discussion entirely. Works like a charm.

*Aging: Rob Walker writes about wear and tear‘s place in the tech world, and maybe muses about whether it should be more digitally apparent? Have I mentioned lately that the skin around my eyes looks like a brown paper bag that has been crunched and uncrunched for the lifetime of one thousand wraiths. (That just flowed out of me and I went with it.)

*Reportage: Caravan magazine profiles Das Racist.

*Note: Got rid of my television today.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.4.11: It’s April 4th and there’s still snow on the ground

*Television: Who wants to undress Don Draper?

*Comments: Reddit commenters take on Sir Mix-A-Lot and the evolutionary purpose of the rear end. I have no drollery to add to this item.

*Music: Here’s a reggae interpretation of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.” [coudal]

*Personal anecdote: Daring Fireball notes that Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” is coming to Blu-ray. Barry Lyndon is the first movie title I was ever unable to recall in extemporaneous conversation in my adult life (age 26), a moment I will always mark as the beginning of my intellectual decline.

*Local: Non-local person Aaron Landry’s take on where to eat pizza in the North Star state.

*Video: This is a commercial to sell Japanese cellphones, but it’s a pretty damn good take on Bach, no matter how you slice it?

*Today’s links: F.

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.

Links for 10.14.08: Ringo hates, Opus dies (?), Rihanna throbs…

*The Beatles: Ringo Starr will stop answering fan mail and stop signing autographs in 6 days. People are writing fan mail to Ringo? [earfarm]

*Comics: Will Opus die?? I haven’t read a physical newspaper in months. But still. [loper]

*Music Reviews: Why critics drop the names of indie bands in their reviews? Neutral Milk Hotel is pretentious? WHAAAA????

*Clones: Everyone thinks the new Rihanna song, “Sexuality,” sounds just like a Prince tune. (Please note: a simple mention of Rihanna does not mean you will find here images of Rihanna naked. Apologies.

*Social Media: The U.S. government is twittering? And they’re better than me at it? [medialoper]

*TV: Wow. I love The Wire, but in watching The Last Word segment following the series finale, creator David Simon comments that newspapers made a mistake about the internet – they all thought it was advertising for their product. This is a complete misinterpretation of not only the decision newspapers have had to make, but the forces shaping both the online and internet business worlds. And it has shaken my faith in what drug dealing and Baltimore are really like. Also, gay gangsters with shotguns.

*Retail: Apparently, the way I have been coming about my old-school records has a name. That name is CRATE DIGGING.

*Zeitgeist: Social Mention aggregates search of the minutiae of social media – comments, microblogs, bookmarks, events, and more. [mediaeater]

*Toys: Daft Punk Bearbricks.

*Food: Bacon today. And, hopefully, tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. [kate]

Links for 9.29.08: Timbaland roars, Britney bangs, and the coming DEPRESSION?

*Green: Conscientious bands are putting out carbon neutral CDs. I have long thought that a network of biodiesel fuel providers with pumps at regional nightclubs is one of the few winning business models in the music business (at least in the mid-term).

*Music: Totally coincidentally to my posting an item about them yesterday, Mates of State recently did an in-studio thing with local radio station 89.3 The Current. You can listen here. Maybe I felt the vibes.

*Disturbing: I guess Britney has a sex tape with that paparazzi dude from a few months back. Guys! This makes me really depressed! Guys?

*Toys: If you thought that The Epidermits toy was scary, check out the 12′ Katy Perry doll.

*Crossover: Sasha Frere-Jones names the most important music producer of our times, DJ Timmy Tim. Oh wait; it’s Timbaland. Whew.

*Interviews: Geek guitar god Jonathan Coulton gets a talking-to from Ars Technica. The man on his business plan: “I will put music on the Internet, something will happen, and then I will make money.”

*Politics: Ebert brings the pain on McCain. Ouch. This is a dude (Ebert) who gave a thumbs up to “The Brown Bunny.” (Not a euphemism.)

*Winners and losers: The only company on the S&P 500 that gained today was Campbell’s soup. BUY CANNED FOOD, EVERYONE. Also, some Jim Beam might not hurt. And maybe shotgun shells.

Links for 9.21.08: Product placement, Replacement news, Lennon’s ire…

*Product placement: I’ve written about Fergie writing a song for Candie’s (don’t think it ever went through, though; they got nervous at the backlash) and Chris Brown surreptitiously making a Wrigley’s jingle into a hit single – here Listening Post covers another aspect of music product placement: simple brand mentions in hip-hop songs – for sale.

*Interview: TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe talks to the Wall Street Journal. “When “Jump Tomorrow” came out I got an agent and I started going on auditions. And I’d find myself in a room full of people who vaguely looked like me and I’d think, ‘Do I really want to be on a soap opera?'” This is me every day. But instead of the soap opera thing, it’s “in an office.”

*Replacements: Newsday interviews Paul Westerberg: “One day Tommy wants to sue me, the next he wants to jam. I think he’s in the jamming mood this week, but by the time he gets here we might just meet and fight.” This week Rhino Records is doing a big rerelease of The Replacements last four albums. [largehearted boy]

*Etiquette: Upon the occasion of trying to teach his son Sean how to eat steak, John Lennon once became so frustrated and yelled so loudly, the young man required medical aid. “He did wind up yelling at me very, very loudly to the point where he damaged my ear, and I had to go to the hospital.” [huffpo]

*Covers: An all-girl Belgian band covers Radiohead’s “Creep.” For those of you who like to listen to things. [via zeon]

*Toys: The Epidermits is a concept toy, and it is perhaps one of the most frightening toys I have ever seen. Do not click through on the via link unless you are prepared to be scarred or are already so scarred that it won’t matter what you see. Also, keep your children away from your computer until you fully understand your parental position on this item. Thank you. [bb gadgets]