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Links for October 28, 2011: Let’s play with Diamond Dave’s crotch

*Games: The Van Halen edition of Asteroids, Assteroidz, entails shooting bullets out of Diamond Dave’s crotch.

*Connectivity: The average smartphone user checks their phone 40 times a day.

*Fashion: I’m not really sure what’s going on in this NSFW “Les Fleurs du Mal” Agent Provocateur ad, but I’m pretty sure it should be made into a full-length feature film. Trilogy.

*ZZZ: Hive is an art installation by Kristiina Lahde of phone books that look like honeycomb. I usually throw my Yellow Pages directly into the garbage. [notcot]

*Headlines: Golden Fiddle linked to this headline, but it’s too good not to repost: “Kauai charger gets pantsed by Teahupoo monster during Code Red swell in Tahiti.” Every word is like a delicious burst of nougat.

*Rides: Be mesmerized by Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei.

*Film: Director of photography John Alcott talks about what it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick on “Barry Lyndon.” Personally, I found “Barry Lyndon” to be the perfect combination of well-lit and depressing. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.10.10: These are all links, it doesn’t matter what day it is.

*Reading: Even just the opener of this Robert Hass The Believer article on Chinese poetry makes it worth the read: “The sky over Beijing on an October morning in 2008 was the color of a bruise, a livid yellow-brown that, my friends explained, was a sandstorm off the Gobi Desert, plus inversion, plus smoke from the coal that heats and powers the city, plus automobile exhaust.” All of those things at the end of the opener are things I like. In the abstract. [harper’s]

*Video: The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow. Whom you may know from a series of Steve Guttenberg cop movies whose name must not be uttered. Watch this video. Also, ask me some time about my 1937 Royal Deluxe. [pocket monster]

*Beverages: Beer in a Box. In the fridge. In my mouth. [notcot]

*Books: What classic books wouldn’t get published today? Robert Rowland Smith says “The Waste Land.” “Lolita.” I want more. Not just a graf on it. [mktg]

*Videogames: I was unfamiliar with Theremin Hero until today. TODAY, a day that will live in infamy. Anyway, I don’t even really know what’s going on here, nor the actual day of the week.

*Twitter: Some links from Twitter people: Samhey writes Simultaneity, a story that feels like a modern-day cross between Kafka and Bulgakov. And these two drink guides from Insooutso and Sloganeerist are well-written, informative, thirst-quenching, and feel somehow also life-giving. Huh?

*Pets: Laurie Anderson’s Music for Dogs, a concert for DOGS reminds me of Bros Icing Bros. In what way, I don’t exactly know. YET.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 8.28.09: Ronald shot, Sodomized by Satan, Pop-Tart gorillas…

*Obit: DJ AM was found dead in his New York apartment.

*Fast food: The Jack in the Box guy violently attacks Ronald McDonald – a dramatic (and possibly disturbing) painting. [eat me daily]

*Nerdery: Burning Man has an API. In honor of Burning Man, I’m wearing a Dorothy dress and goggles. Who am I kidding? What’s Burning Man? Is it happening now? Why am I wearing goggles? [mefi]

*Prose: One of the finest linear collections of words I’ve seen in years – “Sodomized by Satan is a one-man bedroom acoustic black metal band out of New York.” – Metal Sucks

*Trailer: Kurt Cobain on Guitar Hero. [fimoculous]

*Words: How do you pronounce Beyonce? Let us count the ways. (There’s only one way.)

*Followups: If you follow me on Twitter (which I do not recommend), you may recall my mentioning a local news story about an off-duty cop POSSIBLY giving a Pop-Tart to a gorilla at the local zoo. Here is that story.

*Art: Frankly, I don’t know if this stuff is any good or not, but for maybe a decade “America’s foremost miniaturist” has been one of my favorite sayings (in a variety of contexts). Another of my favorite sayings has been “eccentric polymath Jello Biafra.”

*Grade: F

Video: 8-Bit Trip

Legos. 8-bit.


Video: 4-bit style video for “No Escape!”

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Links for 4.27.09: Meat cards, vinyl and job loss

*Food: Meat business cards are memorable, but spoil quickly. Like so many business relationships. Umm, what? [presurfer]

*Economy: This Slate map of American job losses is impressive and scary. I still have a job as of this writing.

*Vizzie: Wiredsets grabs an infographic of vinyl sales from Nielsen SoundScan. Bars! Big dots!

*Apple: A certain musician is planning on performing only with iPhones. I find the long-term AT&T contracts to be off-putting. Related video: Watch a dude spin records on an iPhone. [waxy]

*Videogames: You can play frisbee golf with Tiger Woods. Some call it frolfing. Somebody bring a oney!!! WHEW!!!! I was channeling my 8th grade buddies right there.

*Twitter: Check out a map (built with Yahoo! Pipes) of your Twitter followers. Better in theory than in execution. Like a certain blog THAT YOU ARE READING RIGHT NOW???

*Today’s links: Bite me.

Links for 4.17.09: Streaming Coachella, Record Store Day, a coffee printer…

*Music news: MOG has gotten another overhaul, and is now your #!1 site for music news! Or something. I feel like these dudes have switched directions at least a few times now. Maybe they need some guidance.

*Coachella: See some of the Coachella performances streamed at this ATT site.

*Social media: We Are Hunted uses social media sentiment and activity metrics to aggregate the most buzzed-about songs of the day. [mental orange]

*Ceremony: Is Record Store Day a Gen Y Hallmark holiday or a meaningful gesture toward a Slow Music movement? I don’t know the answer to this question. But maybe you should read this Billboard article about the day’s 10 best events and releases.

*Video: Little Big Cremaster – a level in the game Little Big Planet that was inspired by Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle. [waxy]

*Ciao: A video for Ciao! Tiga that you do NOT want to avoid. Reaction to the gum part has been largely positive. [jarlady]

*Green: Check out this eco-friendly printer concept that uses coffee and tea dregs. I’ll tell you one thing: I would sniff the shit out of those documents. Especially in the morning. [presurfer]

*Film: I could find no chewing gum on this site.

*Twitter: What I like about Fireland (one of the funniest dudes on Twitter) is illustrated on his Tumblr – “I’m not putting this #followfriday on Twitter where it belongs because I have all of these embarrassing rules for myself that keep me from being a healthy member of the community.”

Links for 3.6.09: Crack, beef and videogames

*Games: Fall Out Boy and Pearl Jam both have videogames.

*Law: Coolio was arrested at LAX airport on suspicion of possessing crack. Note: Don’t bring crack to an airport. [tds]

*Maps: See at a glance what the drinking ages across the globe are. Additionally, here is a map of migration habits of the sockeye salmon. [smartmobs]

*Trends: At 8:25 pm central time today “Ickett” was the third most-searched term on Google trends. Ickett is what M.I.A. did not name her child. Also, not Ickitt.

*Relationships: Hulu and Boxee are fighting. (Hulu blocks Boxee’s access to public RSS feeds.) Also, The Arcade Fire and the Flaming lips are fighting.

Games: QWERTY ROCK and Diamond Dave Edition Assteroidz

Two music-related flash amusements that will probably make you feel good; the first is a takeoff on the arcade classic asteroids, and the second turns your computer keyboard into plucky neon musical instruments from the 1980s..

Diamond Dave Edition Assteroidz [kate]

QWERTY ROCK [mefi] (My name is Josh and I’m on Dvorak. It’s been 8 years since my last QWERTY.)

Links for 2.4.09: Videogames as old books, Hipster run-ons, SWEARING…

*Mixed media: Era-swapping media mashups come to video games. Read up on these games imagined as old-timey books.

*Interviews: The Village Voice talks to Carles of Hipster Runoff, the man who inspired me to create a podcast. Turns out, I’m a shitty podcaster. (Did you know that on-air epigrams just create a whole lot of radio silence? FACT!) A quote from Carles, “I feel like the “Carles” part of HRO is insignificant, and it probably makes the site easier to digest without “some dude” attached to it. It’s more of a naive, bro-like, third-person omniscient tone.” [lots of people!]

*Affection: Kiss Me in 3-D allows shut-ins with 3-D glasses somehow on hand in their homes to pretend to kiss a three dimensional man or woman on their laptop screen. FUN? [pop candy]

*Machines: Ze Frank made a little application that lets you draw with your voice. Here’s what happens when you run some well-known music through it. [waxy]

*Cursing: If you like the eff word, you’ll love reading a transcript of Christian Bale’s recent expletive-filled on-set tirade. (Strongly recommended.)

*TV: Michel Gondry is slated to direct an episode of “Flight of the Conchords.” Throw in Radiohead and Kanye West and you have the four winds of the blogging world, all in one place. (Not sure what that means.) [spincity]

*Blogs: I don’t follow the inside blog game that closely, but it’s interesting that the company is spinning parent blog Babble’s spin-off from sex-blog Nerve as a strong sign for the baby. You’d think buy on sex and sell on sippy cups, but Babble just raised $2M in funding.

*Update: Like Dr. King said, I will overcome. I don’t think he was talking about me, though. And I now he wasn’t referring to my just being really tired.

Video: World of Warcraft in meatspace

The WoW Project allowed World of Warcraft players to walk around with their avatar name above their head for a day. Weeeeee….

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Video: Zelda music played on acoustic instruments by some nerd


Video: A Wii Theremin playing the Star Trek theme


Links for 11.20.08: …

*Sexy men: Salon says that one of those preppy Ivy League dudes from Vampire Weekend is one of the sexiest men alive. I really liked that “Oxford Comma” song. But not THAT much. I mean. Not even close to that much. [largehearted boy]

*Multimedia: BuzzFeed highlights Paintings on Books, which I liken to people recording videos of their phonographs playing old records, then posting those videos on YouTube. Which is to say, LOVE.

*Videogames: The wondrous Waxy offers a collection of videos of Meta-Musicians, real rockers playing their own songs on Guitar Hero and Rock band. A few weeks ago, I sang Corinne Bailey Rae on Sing Star, though I am not Corinne Bailey Rae myself.

*Digital Rights Management: Apple is talking to more labels about offering their music through the iTunes store without digital rights management.

*Chinese Democracy: You are just three days away from claiming your free Dr. Pepper. Three days. Do not miss this or you will have to pay up to $1.25 for a Dr. Pepper in the future.

*Retail: I did not know that customer service wizards Zappo’s moved their slow-moving stock to 6pm, but now I do.

*Microsoft: Zune has cut prices. I would here like to make a bold stand and say that I prefer saying the word ZOON to saying the word EYEPOD. I’m just sayin’.

*Trends: New York Times columnist (and former Slate columnist) Rob Walker on some of my (and my day job’s) ideas. [Everything redacted.]

*Holidays: First Avenue will hold its second annual “Too Much Turkey” Thanksgiving dinner. [mfr]

*Economics: Perhaps you should listen to Nouriel Roubini on the state of world economics. And then cry. For almost ever. [3 quarks daily]