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Tag: wikipedia

Links for 11.23.09: “Goodnight bottles and cans all strewn…”

*Stories: Goodnight Keith Moon is not safe for children due to alcohol, drug use, and adult situations. [coudal]

*Marketing: If you sit near me at work, you may know that I am working on something called KEEP IT AWESOME. This is somewhat related. SOMEWHAT. “The Swedish rock band Bob Hund released their single Fantastiskt (fantastic) as a one copy vinyl record that only allows 30 playings.”

*Dance: There’s a new style of dancing known as “Jerking.” I recommend an immediate rebranding.

*Anatomy: Scientific American examines the age-old question “Why do human testicles hang like that?” You may think that this, like so many items, is unrelated to music. OR you may recall a tune that was a favorite on playgrounds nationwide, “Do Your Balls Hang Low?” [harper’s]

*Lists: This list of the 50 most interesting Wikipedia entries has been circulating the web, and it is, indeed, fantastic. I especially recommend the entries on humanzees (hypothetical human/chimp hybrids) and the Tube Bar prank calls.

*Food: I have a new blog to monitor obsessively: Insanewiches. It is about insane sandwiches. It’s not exactly insane, but my signature sandwich is a bagel, munster cheese, lettuce, spicy mustard, Tabasco, green olives and a stacker pickle. Best if eaten while wearing a rainbow-colored afro clown wig and reading an enormous RSS feed. [eat me daily]

*Holidays: You may consider this question from the San Francisco Gate a commentary on American culture: “You’ve gotten so popular that there are two Trans-Siberian Orchestras touring at once. Do you get to pick which coast you tour on?” [opp]

*Today’s links: Courage.

Links for 8.11.08: Byrne’s bikes, the coming apocalypse, iTunes $$$…

*David Byrne: First he made a building sing. Now he has designed some New York City bike racks. Next? [coudal]

*Biz: Coolfer asks, is the iTunes music store a huge money-maker or a break-even proposition meant to prop up hardware sales?

*Apocalypse: Greg Gillis of Girl Talk will be playing his final concert (and, indeed, the world’s final concert) on December 12, 2012, the day of the apocalypse according to the Mayan calendar. I am not buying tickets, but might try to crash the show.

*The Markets: Live Nation stock bounced 28% after its earnings report last Thursday.

*Consumer insights: Hipster Runoff runs an infographic of what you see when you go to music festivals. I highly recommend that you look at it, as it is colorful, accurate, and easily consumed.

*Things you know: Isaac Hayes died. Then Slate asks: Where do Scientologists go when they die? [spin city]

*Fashion: T-shirts for fake bands. You know what would be a hilarious fake band name? Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. [fimoculous]

*Rumors: Though fans wondered for hours whether Lil Wayne’s 8-year-old daughter had died in a car crash, she is fine. Ugh. Scary.

*Dirty: By now most of us have seen Kafka’s porn. (Hilarious pornography jokes redacted.)

*The Wikipedia entry for anagram told me this, and it is FUCKED UP:

“Anagrammist Cory Calhoun discovered that the first 3 lines of the ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy from Hamlet (“To be or not to be, that is the question; whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune“) anagrammed into the phrase ‘In one of the Bard’s best thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.'”

ALSO: “Jim Morrison came up with an anagram of his name in the Doors song L.A. Woman, calling himself ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’.”

COINCIDENCE? [caitlin]

Links for 6.20.08: Girl Talk samples, Toby Keith’s movie, Diesel’s pants…

*Has the music industry abused us? “To me, Apple’s success with iTunes and its ability to sell 5 billion songs since its launch is an awful event.” Also: Who is “us”? [medialoper]

*Top 45 free music sites: Free, unless you consider the time you have to waste wading through the ads peppering this list a form of payment. Which I do. [red ferret]

*The Wikipedia page for Girl Talk’s new, name-your-own-price album “Feed the Animals” already contains a wealth of information on the samples used.

*Marketing: Diesel will be selling mud-resistant jeans and giving out free underwear at some European musical festivals this year. Mud-resistant jeans. [psfk]

*Listen to the oldest recordings of computer-generated music. Recorded in 1951, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is every bit as powerful today. [waxy]

*The composer of some of the music John McCain is using for his ads is getting annoyed. Also: Who knew McCain was using videogame music?

*Toby Keith: Screenwriter.

*Semi-related: Why does your voice sound different when you hear it from a recording? [magnetbox]

*Off topic: The long-awaited video game Spore started releasing some teases the other day with a Creature Creator download. Within 48 hours users were creating porn creatures.

Links for 3.23.08: Wikipedia’s tunes, Bragg’s tail, Ramones’ shoes…

*Lots of reactions to Mr. Billy Bragg’s Bebo-based editorial from yesterday’s Times, including TechCrunch, New Music Strategies, Mathew Ingram and Fred Wilson. So many people ready to tell everyone else they’re wrong-headed, so few decent answers. Now back to searching YouTube for videos of phonographs playing.

*Music fans would rather get band info from Wikipedia than MySpace, according to Yahoo data. [mashable]

*Kurt Cobain Converse? Meet Johnny Ramone Vans. [uncrate]

*The Wall Street Journal looks at the Black Keys’ potential career paths. They’re working with DJ Danger Mouse.

*Thom Yorke interviews the mayor of London on climate change. [treehugger]

*If you have lost your hearing due to inappropriate iPod volume or excessive concert going, I recommend these flaps.

*Off topic: Straddling the line between the worst and best website of all time. [reddit]

Jeff Tweedy, Wikipedia accuracy, parenting and smoking dope

Yesterday, I mentioned that pop band Mates of State is once again blogging on Babble about the challenges of parenting while on tour. Today, another story of rock and roll ‘renting. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talks about telling his kid about his past drug use (and resetting the little dude’s expectations around Wikipedia accuracy):

“Well, you know Spencer is 11, and awhile back, he said ‘I just read on Wikipedia that you started smoking pot when you quit drinking in nineteen-whatever. That makes me so mad. Wikipedia is always so wrong. It’s just like, so stupid.’ And I had to take him aside and say ‘Spencer, I didn’t think I was going to have to have this discussion with you at this age, because it is not something that has really entered your world, but I don’t want to lie to you. That Wikipedia thing, there are probably a lot of wrong things on there, but that is not one of them. That happened.'”

Links for 10.26.07: Classical music, sausage, the Wire and coke guitars

*Classical music is the future of all music. Consider. Also. [waxy]

*Who would like an electric guitar made of pure cocaine? (Read the Google translation of an Italian news story.) [music thing]

*Rocketsurgeon reviews, a new blog music aggregator, in the style of Hype Machine and

*Is iTunes in danger of losing all its music? asks Mashable. (Looks like Warner may go to an ad hoc relationship, as Universal did a few months back.)

*iLike. The VinylDisk is a combination record and CD.

*The New Yorker profiles The Wire‘s David Simon. The writer is not shy: “It is perhaps the only storytelling on television that overtly suggests that our political and economic and social constructs are no longer viable, that our leadership has failed us relentlessly, and that no, we are not going to be all right.”

*Wikipedia is like a sausage. [lift think]

Music hunting on the Vicipaedia Latina (Latin Wikipedia)

The Wall Street Journal writes up the Vicipaedia Latina – the Latin version of Wikipedia – calling it a labor of love for “weekend philologists” who often have to linguistically improvise in order to keep with the times. (I love weekend philology!)

Here’s the Latin entry for the Beatles. And here is the entry for rock music, or musica rockica. Lastly, Apple Computatra (but there’s no iPod entry!).