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Links for 2.3.10: 23 Tips for Better Abs

*Space: The other day, I linked to an article about how silence is disappearing. But really, our country is relatively empty. Paradoxical? Or just a lazy lack of context by your blogger?

*World knowledge: Current information storage systems are fragile; data is ephemeral. And our memories are poor. (Screenplay: After the Information Age, in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, a man with an incredible memory holds the key to humanity’s future. Starring Keith Richards. Directed by Johnny Depp. Call me.) [neural]

*Social media: This seems intuitive, but people typically have similar connections across social media. So your fingerprint of friends on one network can probably identify you on others. Anonymity is hard. And I’ve tried. Lord knows I’ve tried.

*Taxation: Enter your salary in USA Today‘s calculator to find out how much of your tax money goes where. My taxes are already done for 2009.

*U2: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson thinks Bono is being obnoxious about his charity work. Remind me to tell you about the time I was doing fact-checking for a Tumblr post about AC/DC and accidentally Googled the phrase “big balls.” (Never do that.) [tds]

*Innovation: The Mu Space (CONCEPT) music player is also a pillow. BUT IS IT A BODY PILLOW? (It is not.)

*Coincidence: So I both TUMBLED and TWEETED things about “Anti-Graffiti Bill” the other day. Now I learn that the amusingly ambiguous quirks of language such as that in the headline “Anti-Graffiti Bill in Denver Killed” are called crash blossoms.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 5.5.09: Bono’s poetry, Dr. Pepper’s recipe, Van Gogh’s ear…

*Evil: Many people hate poetry. Many people hate Bono. Everyone hates Bono’s poetry. I would draw a VENN diagram of this, but it would be covered in human bile, and therefore illegible. [pop candy]

*Beverage: The original formula for Dr. Pepper was an 1880s recipe for D Peppers Pepsin Bitters! Empirical research would lead me to believe that this same formula is still in use. [licensing plate]

*Consumption: Megan is moving and selling ALL her stuff. Via a gorgeously orderly online catalog – GoodbyeWaffleMaker. [swiss miss]

*Breaking: Van Gogh didn’t cut off his own ear, Gauguin did. Maybe. These two. [bits]

*Sports: I’m trying to figure out exactly what coasteering is. I think it has something to do with ritual suicide, but with lots of helmets and life jackets, which I’m sure is to make the act even more humiliating. [mefi]

*More poetry: Poets ranked by beard weight. Weird that Homer didn’t win? What? [buzzfeed]

*NOTE: I will dedicate a eupemism to my 500th twitter follower.

Links for 3.31.09: U2, The Quiet Coup, Twit Wit…

  • Declaration: I don’t believe in April Fool’s Day.
  • BONO: The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones does NOT trash Bono. Have I mentioned that I don’t like Bono? Or his glasses? And that kids used to call me Joshua Tree?
  • Economy: Walgreen’s is offering free quickie clinic trips to the newly unemployed.
  • I’m bookmarking this. Oh fuck, this is my work computer. Remind me, people, if necessary.

  • Economy: Read “The Quiet Coup” in The Atlantic – “In its depth and suddenness, the U.S. economic and financial crisis is shockingly reminiscent of moments we have recently seen in emerging markets (and only in emerging markets): South Korea (1997), Malaysia (1998), Russia and Argentina (time and again).” [keating]
  • Mothering: The picture that follows is not of an alien. [callmebez]
  • Twitter: The guy who’s editing Twit Wit, a book on twitter humor made from other people’s tweets, thinks nobody is funny on Twitter. Twitter. Twitter.
  • Local: Check out these photos of the Red River flooding. Moving earth, sandbagging, homes underwater. [good]
  • Crying: If you’re not crying into your cupped hands right now, maybe you should watch an old, old Leonard Cohen sing “Hallellujah” at his comeback concert. The guy’s no Jeff Buckley. KIDDING! (Don’t kill me.)
  • Today’s links: F+. Too heavy, bad quips, links mediocre and my fucking bullets now look weird. Buck the fuck up or go home, Joshua Tree.

Links for 2.28.09: Harvey dies, fake beards, flying penis omitted…

*Radio: Paul Harvey died.

*Beards: I have two items on beards to share today: 1) Are you a Christian hipster? (I am not.) 2) Beardhead – a combination winter scarf and fake beard. [lhb, kate]

*Lists: Are these the 100 worst album covers ever? And are these the 20 weirdest album covers? [eyeteeth, tds]

*Quotes: Howard Zinn talks about Viggo Mortensen, “I saw Viggo Mortensen on the “Charlie Rose Show” wearing a T-shirt – “Impeach, Remove, Jail” — that made me think, “Oh, Viggo Mortensen — he’s a serious political thinker.” I need one of these t-shirts.

*Bono: I have something in common with Bono’s children after all. United in our embarrassment, we shall stand together until the end of time. (I don’t know where that came from. Well. The heart, I guess.)

*Music players: Mufin is a music player that sorts your music collection by sound. (I haven’t tried it yet.) [cnet]

*Twitter: In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley writes probably one of the most strangely angry articles about twitter you’ll see this week. “Those who say Twitter is a harmless pastime, which skeptics are free to ignore, are ignoring the corrosive secondary effects.”

*Side Twitter note: Is their revenue plan to take a cut from Big Telecom on SMS messages? Also: Google is on Twitter.

*Experience: 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced on the Internet Unless You’re a Loser or Old or Something. Memorize this list. And visit each site at least a few times. I’m just glad lemon party didn’t make it. Don’t ever ever ever go there. Trust me. As with any list, I need to quibble with one omission – No Kasparov attacked by remote control flying penis? [coudal]

*Sam Beam beamcast update: No word from Sam Beam about the beamcast I have repeatedly proposed…

*Today’s links: C effing +. (The remote control flying penis was the +.)

Video: U2’s “Get Your Boots On” music video

I have previously mentioned my disdain for Bono, so I will refrain from doing so again.

[universal]

Links for 11.25.08: Bono’s music store, Forte’s pardon, Obamafy yourself…

*Downloads: Bono is going into the business of selling music with (Red) Wire, a digital download and discovery service. He’ll give a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund, but he’ll probably be a prick about it.

*Pardon me?: President Bush pardons rapper John Forte, who was in jail on drug charges. Could Dubya be a closet Fugees fan?

*Digital music: Sales for Atlantic Records’ digital music eclipsed sales of their physical music for the same period.

*Nose flutes: If you can’t appreciate a good roundup of nose flute videos, I don’t know what you can appreciate. Though it’s probably some highfalutin’ bullshit. As I will point out in the comments of the linked-to post, however, they have forgotten the unforgettable “Sophie Monk Double-Nose Flute Incident” in their collection.

*Biz: How tethered to Apple is the growth of digital music (the paid kind)? I would just like to point out that wide swaths of the economy are going into the shitter. WIDE swaths. OK?

*Propaganda: The Obamafy plug-in allows you to turn your Photo Booth photos into Shepard Fairey-like propaganda. HOPE. [the duty]

*Black Eyed Peas: Fergie is recording vocals for Slash’s – formerly of a little band called GUNS N’ ROSES – forthcoming album. I feel sort of bad for almost abandoning Fergie content, but she hasn’t peed herself in years. OK?

*Local: Oh, look. Nine Inch Nails is in town, and Trent Reznor is taking pictures of manhole covers!

*Twitter: Shaquille O’Neal has been twittering his thoughts on the Natalie Holloway case. What?

*Personal: Seriously. I’m very tired by the end of the day. OK?

Links for 11.3.08: Def Jam’s loss, AC/DC’s Wal-mart, Bono’s stall…

*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.

*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]

*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.

*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.

*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.

*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]

*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?

*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!

*Notice: Americans, there is an election tomorrow. You know what to do.

Links for 10.23.08: Bono writes, Dr. Pepper flows, I sing…

*Free things: Please follow this link if you want to learn details about claiming your free “Chinese Democracy” Dr. Pepper. (You must get your coupon on November 23.) If you would like to read an IM conversation between a music blogger and an artificial intelligence program about “Chinese Democracy,” I salute you for at least having a sense of adventure. Also, I love chatting with artificial intelligence software.

*Editorials: Bono wil be writing between 6 and 10 articles for the New York Times op-ed page next year. Consider my subscription cancelled. And consider my IRE RAISED. [huffpo]

*Remixes: Spin names the top 25 MGMT remixes. I have been waiting for this list a long time. [fimoculous]

*Blogs and music: A New York Times music writer lets bloggers pick his music. He then listens to 25 consecutive MGMT remixes. (Actually, it’s for CMJ, but whatever.)

*Art: AC/DC’s new music video (for “Rock N Roll Train”) has been released as ASCII art, in an Excel spreadsheet. Shouldn’t it have been, like, Sigur Ros to do this? I don’t see a lot of alignment between the core AC/DC fan and this medium. Hello? Above all, it seems like a huge coup for Excel. [mashable]

*For your information: Does it surprise you that I’m a huge John Hodgman fan? The A.V. Club interviews the man about his new book, “More Information than You Require.”

Says Hodgman: “Very quickly the proposal for the second book crystallized in my mind. And that proposal was basically more of the same but twice as long. And that’s where I got with the second book. It’s not quite twice as long, but it is considerably and needlessly longer, and that is something I really like.” [largehearted boy]

*Admission: I participated in a Sing Star event earlier this week at which I sang Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Girl Put Your Records On” in a monotonic falsetto. Some scars will never heal.

Links for 9.24.08: MySpace music launch, Sigur Ros, Bono sucks! vlog…

*Music: MySpace Music launches tonight. I defriended Tom, everyone. It was time. [daily swarm]

*OH NICE: Sigur Ros has a vlog? Watch it. There are small, non-motorized vehicles involved. [the slut]

*Mainstream media: The Houston Press digs chicks at music festivals. Overtly, no less! [digg]

*Organs: Is a 27-year-old one of the best to EVER play the organ? Personally, I like the guy at the Metrodome who does the Gary Glitter stuff. Chipper!

*Celebrity: Wired’s Listening Post reviews celebrity bands. A few notes: if you are not INTO celebrities, please don’t wander aimlessly into this realm. To begin with, no KEVIN BACON? 2nd: It is 30 ODD FOOT OF
GRUNT
(not GRUNTS!). GAWD. [earfarm]

*U2: Bono and Sarah Palin didn’t meet today, despite a scheduled appointment. Sad. For anyone who hates to see the forces of evil all marshaled in one place. (Not sure.)

*Politics: If you wish to stay informed, read this point / counterpoint regarding Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

*Copy: GooseGrade is a widget for blogs that allows readers to submit copyediting corrections.

Readers – if you exist – please know that clean copy (on this blog) is not my specialty. Because I usually write these two-line bullets after heavy drinking.

Also, if you click through on the GooseGrade link above you will find a promo video of Vampire Weekend singing “I Stand Corrected,” which sounds a little Walkmen-like to me.

Speaking of which, here’s an interview with The Walkmen. [buzzfeed]

Links for 9.23.08: Bono vs. Palin, Gay Aiken, hip-hop Muppets…

*Gaywatch: Clay Aiken is gay. AND he is attracted to men. For reasons sexual.

*Politics: U2’s Bono will meet with Sarah Palin tomorrow. Perhaps you are waiting for me to make an inappropriate joke about two human beings whom I dislike intensely. When I have a couple beers in me, people. When I have a couple beers in me. Ugh. [daily swarm]

*Furniture: Who wants to sit on Hercules’ face? [apartment therapy]

*Ubiquitous: Kanye West is working on a pilot of a Comedy Central show that involves PUPPETS, somewhat like a “black Muppets.” FWIW: I would recommend the classic Muppet Show episodes to even the most adult viewers. Excellent television. [everywhere]

*Lodging: Red Roof Inn taps the power of country music, using music from Phil Vassar and Little Big Town as its telephone hold music and to otherwise promote the motel chain. Personally, I’m a Motel 6 kind of guy. Sometimes a tent. [licensing plate]

*Music biz: DRM-free tracks “[haven’t] moved the needle” according to music execs.

*Local: A contributor to the blog Perfect Duluth Day helps DIY geeks make their own instruments on MAKE. [mnspeak]

*Hodgman: John Hodgman has a new book coming out – “More Information Than You Require” – and Wired has interviewed him about it, as is warranted. I corresponded with Mr. Hodgman for my regular job once, and he was exceedingly polite. That was my brush with fame for 2007.

Links for 8.16.08: Bono’s stereo, 8tracks kudos, Straight Outta Compton’s 20th…

*A very Bono links edition: Startling Moniker calls the ‘nerd’s attention to the fact that Bono has been playing his stereo loudly, allowing a nearby fan to record some new U2 tracks and leak them online.

*Online music: Silicon Alley Insider loves the free, legal music platform 8tracks. I haven’t been able to try it yet!

*Anthems: The New York Times collects music files of the national anthems of each of the countries that has won a gold medal so far in the 2008 Olympics. [kottke]

*Nostalgia: Wow, it’s been 20 years since Straight Outta Compton was released. This was one of the first cassettes I ever bought. And I’m pretty sure my purchase of it was “illegal” due to my tender age. Ice Cube talks to the L.A. Times about the album’s anniversary. [largehearted boy]

*Off topic: I am going to the zoo today.

Links for 8.14.08: Second Life soars, Bono snorts, Obama’s picks…

*Metaverse: A blues musician from Second Life, Von Johin, has signed a record deal in the real world. The dude does weekly virtual-world shows, and is interviewed about his success here. No word on if he is into Furries.

*Snorting: Bono snorts salt. OK, now you are trying to rehabilitate him in my eyes? YOU FUCKERS.

*Tourist traps: Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s sister might open a Beatles museum in Branson, Missouri. Let me tell you something about Branson, Missouri: I’m scared of it. Very scared.

*Lists: What are Barack Obama and John McCain’s Top 10 Favorite Songs? Politically savvy lists. Both cite Sinatra. A little too much Springsteen and U2 for my tastes, but then again, American hates me.

*Politics: Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song, “Running on Empty” in a commercial without permission.

*Fashion: Blackberry earrings. (Warning: these are NOT real Blackberries.) Also: It would be hard to see if the little red light was blinking while you were wearing them. [shiny shiny]

*Law: Prince will not allow the Singing Dentist to put his own version of “Purple Rain” on his debut album. Admission: I haven’t been to the dentist in about 20 months. I thought you should know. [getty images]

Links for 8.1.08: Radiohead thieves, Bono haters, Kanye explains…

*Clarity post: “Clarity post will be my new thing 2 de-spell all false rumors.” And by my, I mean Kanye’s. Although since I believe that I normally err on the side of clarity on this blog, I may institute something called an obfuscation post. And perhaps this is the inaugural one. Thank you. (Also: I have been drinking wine.)

*Local: Brooklyn Vegan interviews Brother Ali, who is good. He hates 98% of underground rap. And for that, I love him.

*Music: Rhapsody adds U2’s music to its catalogs, DRM-free.

*Charity: There is now a movement whose sole purpose is to bribe Bono to leave public life. And I did not start this movement. But I wish I had. Rather than just sitting around griping all the time. [xrrf]

*P2P: Illegal downloaders of Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” greatly exceeded legal downloaders (who could get the album for free).

*Drumming: On 8/8/08 the Boredoms will hold 88BoaDrum, a performance that will have 88 drummers on each coast. I don’t understand why all these drummers needed!!! Also: It is a NIKE event, but I don’t know if it is NIKE who is pushing all of these DRUMMERS on us.

Links for 7.28.08: Indie labels rule, 8tracks emerges, Zune tatts farewell…

*BusinessWeek: Veteran indie record labels are kicking the asses of the majors. (They have decided not to take names at this time.) [medialoper]

*Speaking of Faith: Is Bono the Godfather of Brangelina’s twins? I have on many occasions professed my hatred for Bono, but it has never been so strong as it is today. Except for that one day when he was wearing those sunglasses and swaggering around all prickishly.

*Music 2.0: 8tracks – “is a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix — a short playlist containing at least 30 minutes, roughly 8 tracks, of music. People can do 2 things on 8tracks: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes.” OK. I will try.

*Sad video: This one has made the music blog rounds. The Zune Tattoo guy says goodbye via YouTube. Unrelated: Should I get a tattoo of an anchor or a tiny chicken wearing a party hat and carrying a cane? Or neither? Please vote.

*Tomorrow: Get your Tom Waits “Live in Concert” stream from a recent performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre July 29th at NPR Music. [p-fork]

*Releases: Bonnie Prince Billy puts out a new 7-inch (Notes for Future Lovers, Donde Esta Prufrock). (Notice how I refuse to accede to the prince-in-quotation-marks convention!) [catbirdseat]

*Television: The song from the “Mad Men” intro is “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. I thought you would want to know more about this television program because you are most probably a male human of some means and are almost certainly on the internet and conversant in the popular ideas currently circulating on it.