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Links for 1.19.11: I am losing my hair.

*Books: Bob Dylan signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write six more books. I liked Chronicles: Volume 1 a LOT more than I thought I would.

*Questions: Is Kanye West the Don Draper of hip-hop? Also, who is the Al Swearingen of R&B? [fluxtumblr]

*Feelings: If you have been wondering about who the 50 Most Loathsome People in America are this year, Buffalo Beast offers up their opinion.

*Advertising: It seems like Unevolved Brands should be called Unevolved Logos or Unevolved Visual Identities. But maybe I pick unnecessarily? Go there, and you can attempt to identify companies based on their distilled brand identities. [joshspear]

*Shows: You can watch the entirety of an episode of Austin City Limits that features Band of Horses and The National here.

*Blogs: There’s a new music blog in the world. It’s called PopDust. Here’s what the New York Times says about it. BIEBER.

*Cycling: Geneviève Bujold steals the spotlight in this tumblr of celebrities riding bikes. And I don’t even know who Geneviève Bujold is.

*Twitter: These tweets are all pretty good.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 12.10.10: The way of all flesh

*Delirium in prose: It seems like there’s been a wealth of compelling writing floating around in front of my eyes in recent days. This thing from Pitchfork Reviews Reviews goes three different ways on you. You should read it! Fuck Yeah Menswear has been killing it, modern poetry style. As far as purely comedic writing goes, anything by Fireland deserves a read.

*Talking: Jay-Z has been making the rounds in support of his book, “Decoded.” He’s entertaining pretty much every time he talks. Here he is on Howard Stern, and here on Charlie Rose. [various]

*Condensation: Gawker has smashed the year’s best videos into a one-time, under-three-minute mashup.

*Film: On Barry Lyndon. Note: Barry Lyndon was the first film I failed to recall in conversation. (I once had a prodigious memory. I forgot when it slipped away.)

*Game: The Awl’s Abe Sauer asks if Sarah Palin really knows how to hunt. I’ve already told you about the time I shot all those decoys with a BB gun.

*Literature: Hemingway and the Cocktail includes one part Earnest, three parts spirits. Nicely done. [coudal]

*Movies: Here’s a video of “Inception” in real-time (with the various dream-levels overlapped). If you’d like to know what I think happened, read some Borges.

*Topography: If you like heavy metal (or any of several other mini metal genres), navigate your way through the Map of Metal. [eyeteeth]

*OMG: Maura Johnston did a LISTICLE? Some might call the typical listenerd format a listicle, but please note that my groupings of bullets have no unifying theme. EVER.

*Hands: John Lennon (Lenon?) had terrible handwriting. And her really hated McCartney for a while there.

*Weather: There is a huge storm rolling in. Here’s what I was doing for the Minneapolis Halloween storm of 1991. Good times. Also, I have gray hairs now?

*Twitter: Some tweets I enjoyed reading.

*Today’s links: F. Don’t ever speak of this again.

Links for 11.10.10: A day that will live in infamy

*Note: I don’t know how to say this politely, so I’m just going to say it: I’m tumblring over here.

*Business: Umair Haque – of Havas Media Lab – talks about how Strategy Can Do Better – “hen you read between the lines, companies that can do the above don’t just create McJobs, they create fulfilling work; they don’t just churn out more toxic junk to be mutely crammed down the throats of “consumers,” but meaningfully “good” goods; they don’t just earn a “profit” — they begin to create authentic, enduring value.”

*Music: John Roderick of the Long Winters (who is EXCELLENT on Twitter), is writing a column for Seattle Weekly. This one is on booze and drugs, of all things.

*Local: On the way to reading about One on One, the coffee-cum-bicycle shop I stop at nearly every morning, I accidentally ran across this article claiming that the Twin Cities are a unicycling mecca. I may take this up once I master home carbonation.

*Shows: Danzig was scheduled to perform in town yesterday, but apparently cancelled his show. Remember that video of Danzig getting hit by that guy from the North Side Kings? That may have been the first viral video I ever ran across. (I didn’t even know what was going on.)

*Visits: Obama was in India this week. “Indeed, Obama is placed in a unique position for an American president, a position that he appears to comprehend, though his opponents in the US do not. Power today begins in the acceptance of the limits upon it.”

*Reading: Watching the original Henry Rollins vs. Hipsters video depressed me, but Nitsuh Abebe’s blow-by-blow account of it for Vulture was actually invigorating.

*Today’s links: F.

Literary writers talk about Twitter, Facebook, Google…

Literary writers – what an awkward term in the subject line. I’m not really sure what to call them, though. Literaturists?

-[Addition:] I should, of course, include Alexis Madrigal’s Atlantic essay in response to Zadie Smith in this list.

Dave Eggers: “We’re blaming the kids, but we’re the ones who can’t stop checking our e-mail and adding the latest Google apps.” (He might mean Android apps. Or Google widgets?)

Zadie Smith worries that the internet will become like Facebook (fair enough) “falsely jolly, fake-friendly, self-promoting, slickly disingenuous.)

Susan Orlean says “When you finally meet, you spend most of your time chuckling over how much smaller/taller you look in your profile picture.”

William Gibson says “I was never interested in Facebook or MySpace because they feel like malls to me. Twitter actually feels like the street.”

Umberto Eco: “Google makes a list, but the minute I look at my Google-generated list, it has already changed. These lists can be dangerous — not for old people like me, who have acquired their knowledge in another way, but for young people, for whom Google is a tragedy.”

Gary Shteyngart: [On the recently discovered Russian spy ring] “I think this is a holdover from when Russians knew so little about Americans, before YouTube, and it was impossible to figure out what makes these people tick. But I think it’s very easy to figure out what makes us tick.”

Margaret Atwood: “So for me, anything that happens in social media is an extension of stuff we were already doing in some other way. So, it’s all human communication. And the form that most closely resembles the “tweet” is the telegram of old, which also was limited because you paid by the letter.”

Mary Karr: “Scary iPad prayer apps about strapping on God’s armor as tho’ hardening to the day works,or the heart cld be safe from suffering. Not poss.” Another one from Karr: “I’m not using it to say, ‘I’m gonna be at Place X, buy my book.’ I’m trying to disseminate the lines of poetry that keep me from wanting to pound my head against the wall.”

Links for 15 September 2010: Are “date conventions” outmoded?

*Note: The question in the headline is a rhetorical one.

*Health: Ganja yoga = Marijuana + Meditation. It almost seems like you could put ganja in front of anything. [coudal]

*Bluegrass: Noted banjo player Steve Martin has created The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Ganja banjo. See that? Also, Steve Martin recently joined Twitter and he is quite good.

*Guts: Jason Freeny imagines the internal organs of fictional characters such as Pixar’s famous fish, Nemo (and gingerbread men). [neatorama]

*Profiles: The New Yorker profiles Mark Zuckerberg. Personally, I prefer Sylvester Stallone. On the plus side, I learned that Zuck is only 5’8″.

*Writing: I like this essay on bar life by @insooutso.

*MEN: Peruse the pocket notebooks of 20 men. I’ll have you know that I write in my pocket notebooks Leonardo style, right to left. This has gotten me nothing over the years except an A in Art History in 1997. [pop loser, among others]

*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 7.12.10: How to improve one’s abs?

*Food: Carl’s Jr. has a foot-long hamburger. THAT YOU CAN EAT.

*Surfing: Do you want to hear what Herman Melville had to say about surfing? How can you not? [c-monster]

*Local: The best place to live in America, according to CNN Money, is Eden Prairie, Minnesota. You will note that I do not recommend living there.

*Podcasts: Jack Conte of Pomplamoose talks about how Pomplamoose is Pomplamoose. Interesting side note: I only like grapefruit with a ton of sugar. A TON. Also, I’m on phase 3 of the South Beach Diet. [hypebot]

*Twitter: Add LeAnn Rimes to the list of celebs – including Soulja Boy, John Mayer, Trent Reznor – who have quit Twitter. It’s tough when people can talk back.

*Consumer electronics: Consumer Reports does not AT&T coverage, so my opinion is biased. But upon purchasing an iPhone, the whole “telephone call” thing dropped to about 12th in its level of importance (it was previously 6th).

*Obits: Harvey Pekar died. RIP. I remember being viscerally disturbed – and equally compelled to keep watching and find out more – upon seeing one of his early encounters with Letterman. It was fantastic, and something I have appreciated more, the older I get. (I am now old and bald.) Anyway, nice last couple of minutes.

*Transportation: A double dose of giant uppers to The Greatest Conversation‘s Brian Park for his cycling expertise.

*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 6.27.10: Summertime, and the abs are not so easily obtained

*Anatomy: Rasputin’s penis has its own Wikipedia entry. Entry. Heh. [via]

*Religion: Dudes. The Swedenborgian national convention was held here last week. Please read up on Swedenborgianism, as there is no other religion in existence (not even Zoroastrianism) that is more fun to say aloud.

*Blogging: Of the book publishing industry and bloggers – Are readers the new mommies? (I write that sentence not with relish, but with sadness.)

*Covers: Watch this video (poor in quality) of Jeff Tweedy doing a cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” [vulture]

*Reading: “The Importance of Tweet Cred” from The National. The piece briefly outlines the usual Shirkian versus anti-Shirkian factions.

*Social media: If you’re still using Facebook, you may run into Neil Young. Making comments, liking statuses, and, I have to assume, poking people.

*Brands: Here’s an image of Mickey Mouse made out of bugs. It’s not as disgusting as it sounds. [neatorama]

*Cities: Is it possible to design your way toward more pleasant urban noise?

*Pride: Has everyone seen the album cover for the Scissor Sisters’ latest, “Night Work“?

*Twitter: Read these four links. Also, Mary Karr and Gary Louris are both tweeting. I guess.

*Note: I don’t really know where I’m going with the abs advice thing either.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.21.10: Links for today, abs for tomorrow.

*Social reading: Since I got hooked on the Kindle for iPhone, I’ve become obsessed with the possibilities of social reading. I won’t go too deeply into it here – mostly because everyone I mention this to looks at me like I’m crazy when I talk about wanting to read someone else’s notes in a could-be-pristine book – but this New Yorker story about hand-annotated copies of books marked up by the likes of Nabokov and Coleridge brought the fire back. You don’t want to see Ted Hughes’ notes on Sylvia Plath? Or see what of Thoureau’s prose Keroauc underlined? How about getting the commentary of the top 5 internet frenemies whose opinions you both respect and inevitably wish rhetorically firebomb? YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. (I know. No one is ever doing it wrong.)

*Video: Hikakin is also known as The Super Mario Beatboxer. Super Mario and cats. Like half my RSS feed. You know? [urlesque]

*Sports: I am starting to like Lady Gaga MORE, not less, after her Jameson-fueled Yankee Stadium marginalia. God, that sounded dirty. And didn’t make sense.

*Eye candy: X-Rated, the most beautiful, brilliant pin-up collection you will see today. [coudal]

*Typing: John Updike’s Olympia electric 65c typewriter is for sale via Chrstie’s auction house. I have a typewriter project going right now that I will tell you about as soon as I have something worth typing.

*Songs: Leonard Cohen will be releasing a new album next year.

*Local: The iBox is a wooden box that amplifies iPad sound. And it is made in MINNESOTA. OUT OF WOOD. This conversation is over.

*Social media: What Not to Tweet (when you are an executioner). [hamburger schelper]

*Literature: Read these four tweets.

*Obits: Jose Saramago died, and VQR pulled together some snippets of his work. I liked The History of the Siege of Lisbon, thought Blindness was OK (couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie), but especially enjoyed The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, a tale that touched on the work of another Portuguese writer I’ve long liked – Fernando Pessoa.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: What if Twitter came to life…again?

Here’s the Criterion Collection II, the answer to the unasked question: What if Twitter came to life? It was brought together by @poeks and @sween, and it’s worth the click-through (as I noted on Twitter) for the @lonelysandwich and @thedayhascome bits alone.

Links for 5.13.10: 100 Tips for More Interesting Headlines

*Money: Wow. Buzzfeed takes $8M in funding. I have a lot to say about this in my professional life. But very little to say about this on the listenerd.

*Housing: Perhaps Yoko Ono’s butt wallpaper is the perfect decoration for you. And your butt. [tds]

*Blogs: Do you know what anablogs are? Look at this one, about typewriters. There is something here. Something that is interesting.

*Music: The New York Times says, “In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Takes a Step Back.” Consumers don’t care about sound quality. The good enough ethos continues.

*Facebook: Online privacy is another topic of professional interest, and the Facebook blowup is especially interesting. Here, the Times talks about how Kickstarter (a favorite) is helping facilitate potential alternatives to the big, blue juggernaut.

*Writing: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy will be writing children’s novels. You’ll not one of his favorite subjects to address in his music is infanticide. So there’s that.

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 5.11.10: 890 Tips for Better Abs

*Privacy: Would you like to watch the devolution of Facebook privacy? It might depress you. Or make you feel empowered. If you’re weird.

*Facial hair: Urlesque points us toward Food Beard. Well played, Urlesque’s Eliot Glazer. Well played. (I recommend this site if you like food and are at least open to beards.)

*Read: David Bowie’s Playboy interview from 1976. “I always treated my boys like real ladies.” Pardon?

*Genres: A Turkish heavy metal fan discovered Twitter’s recent “accept bug.” [waxy, whom I have previously cited as indomitable]

*Communications: Listen to Radio Shack’s Musical Messages. Remember outgoing messages? Their existence depresses me. [coudal]

*Videos: Radar launches music videos. I didn’t even know that music videos were still a thing.

*Music: You can get some streaming Frightened Rabbit here. You can also stream yourself some Band of Horses here. Wait. When did this blog start to be about MUSIC?

*Gaming: Is there a drought in Farmville? In the match between Facebook and Zynga, the only loser is the public. And possibly either Facebook or Zynga. But the public for sure.

*Local: Whoa, Wednesday May 26th will be Robyne Robinson’s last day on Minneapolis’ Fox 9? Huh. Luckily, I have no comment on the matter.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 4.27.10: 44 Tips for Better Abs and Bigger Salads

*Facebook: Since announcing plans to further take over the world last week, Facebook has been facing increasing claims (including from the U.S. Senate) that their data-sharing policies don’t adequately warn or protect users. I quit Facebook a couple of weeks ago. It was harder to do than you’d expect. That follows my abandonment of Tumblr and Foursquare, as well, leaving only this sorry-ass blog and Twitter remaining.

*Music: Songs From Treme – A Tumblr. [vulture] Similar – but not really – is this site: Waiting For Bieber; where tweets from fans asking Justin Bieber to follow them are displayed. Forever.

*Language: Schott’s Vocab Blog says that Chinese youngsters have started using the phrase “Oh my Lady Gaga” rather than “Oh my God.”

*Cassettes: Cassette Tape Magazine from Team Evil – looks like a cassette tape, reads like a magazine that has articles about alpacas. Only 500 copies available.

*Music: The Rain Drum is concept (ugh) umbrella that plays music based on the pattern of raindrops that fall upon it. I like “concepts” in all contexts except those in which the “concept” is a something I originally thought was a real thing. [psfk]

*Business: On work and intuition; Rands In Repose’s The Twinge. Whenever I feel a twinge at work, I head to the rest room. And I recommend you do the same.

*Social media: As I’ve been saying at work (and touch on above), this Like button thing from Facebook is sort of a big deal. Here’s a site that aggregates people’s likes.

*Twitter: Russell Crowe is tweeting. Also, read these five things.

*Movies: I’m not even really that into Star Wars, but James Hance’s Star Wars-themed paintings are pretty awesome. [neatorama]

*Poetry: Jason Nelson’s “Sydney’s Siberia” is an infinite digital poem. I guess. [waxy]

*Today’s links: F.