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Tag: unconsumption

Links for 3.22.09: Cassette tape art, Quietube, James Joyce…

*Art: Cassette tape portraits will blow your mind into smithereens. If you are not already crazy. [neatorama]

*Visualize: Your life in dots – a visualization wherein each day of the average Americans’ life is represented as a tiny dot on an expansive grid. [coudal]

*Video: Quietube allows you to watch YouTube videos without all the noise by stripping out a bunch of the background garbage. [daring fireball]

*Department of Forgotten Songs: NYT columnist Rob Walker is still looking for help with his Unconsumption tumblr. This blog – probably among others – did, in fact, mention previously that the tumblr was probably about feeling out the market for his next book, though the comment was as much about tumblr being the ultimate platform to jump into publication these days as it was about his topic in particular. Does anyone out there know anything about consumption and/or blogging who could help him?

*Twitter: Tweleted lets one uncover anyone’s deleted Tweets. Not only do I sometimes later delete tweets because I hate them, I also frequently fix typos, word choice or awkwardness. I refuse to apologize for this and if you have any questions you can sod off. [mashable] Also, here are 4.5 lessons from Twitter. I don’t really know if I learned any of them.

*On Language: The wordplay that brings James Joyce and Britney Spears together has to do with the “If you seek” construction.

*Recession: New Jersey’s Fountains of Wayne (the store) may close. DAMN THIS RECESSION ALL TO HELL. I feel like the caps were overplaying it, but that fixing them would make things even worse.

*Blogging: Eric Carle, author of the timeless classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” has a blog. You may not know this, but “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a metaphor for our current economic meltdown. [buzzfeed]

*Groups: Bandize is one of those online things that helps bands do all the non-rocking part of being a band. [wired]

*Economics: The crisis is far from over, they say. “If the United States follows the norm of recent crises, as it has until now, output may take four years to return to its pre-crisis level. Unemployment will continue to rise for three more years, reaching 11–12 percent in 2011.”

*Dating: Vine-yl, where Music + Wine always = <3. [coudal]

*Today’s links: D. Dry and lacking in proper quips.

Links for 2.20.09: Vizzies, Last.fm, the RIAA, Girl Scouts, Mayer’s workouts and more

*Visualizations: Whoa. Billboard’s top 100 of 2008 and Pitchfork’s best 100 track of 2008 as seen through a mesmerizing series of charts and graphs. [wiredset]

*Nausea: These Typographical Illusions will make you vomit. Highly recommended!!!!111 Perpetua. [eyeteeth]

*Writing: Did TechCrunch make up a story about Last.fm colluding with the RIAA? Nobody scrobbles baby into a corner. And by baby, I mean me. Because I don’t scrobble any more. Because I’m too lazy.

*Charity: Radiohead donates one of its songs, House of Cards, to Shelter, a U.K. charity for the homeless, for use in commercials. [radioheadatease]

*Dough: Pre-sales of Girl Scout Cookies are down 19% this year due to poor economic conditions. God, I’m happy I hoarded all that Tabasco sauce. Depressingly related: On the issue of the global crisis, investor George Soros sees no bottom. [maura]

*Ads: The Greatest Chase Ever – another viral microsite from Converse. [psfk]

*Consumption: Rob Walker starts a tumblog about Unconsumption (what happens after an act of acquisition). Testing out ideas for the next book, I guess.

*Twitter: All in all, I’m going to have a hard time topping this one, from John Mayer. Somehow, everything just comes together. Practicing defensive sprawl on ab ball? Genius. This story of meeting Shaq by stalking on Twitter is good, too.

*Gimmicks: 50 People, 1 Question – videos of people answering the same question. I found it kinda mesmerizing when Rocketboom asked the old Firefox vs. Explorer question back in the day. [psfk]