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Month: February, 2009

Video: Ken Nordine’s “Immunological Systems”

Note: I will post anything and everything Ken Nordine puts up on his YouTube channel until the end of time.

Video: The Walkmen on Pancake Mountain

[culture bully]

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 +.)

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 2.25.09: Lemmy’s crotch, bread tie taxonomy, Beamcast update..

*Podcast update: All attempts to contact Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam (not through traditional means, but merely through the ether) to get him to be my interview subject for the first listenerd podcast have failed. Zero response. However, I now have a 5th question formulated: Could you please speak up? More to come, as things develop.

*The Markets: Keep track of the world’s stock markets in real time. This can be a sad endeavour. [good]

*Lemmy: A lovely quote pulled by The Daily Swarm regarding Lemmy’s displeasure with a doll made in his likeness: “Are you gonna put a dick on it?”

*Update: The Hipster Runoff guy is not Tao Lin. I am in no way taking credit for this idea.

*Correlations: How one’s SAT scores correlate to his or her musical tastes. I do not see Elmo on this grid. [buzzfeed]

*Facebook: eMusic jumps into the widget game (a couple years after the rush?) with some Facebook functionality that allows users to show the music they’re listening to and gives away free downloads.

*Models: Mashable takes a look at iTunes Pass. There are a lot of “hopefullys” in this article.

*Charity: Musicians on Call brings bands to the hospital rooms of sick people, for bedside concerts. [licensing plate]

*Twitter: Twitter = YouTube. “Google most likely really, really wants to buy Twitter.” Feel like it’s been coming for a long time.

*Food: Being a taxonomy of bread ties. [coudal]

*I find this collection of links and quips to be wholly unsatisfying. There is always tomorrow.

Links for 2.23.09: Last.fm’s rebuttal, Cohen poetry, a “turd-covered silicon aviary”

*Update: Still no word from Sam Beam about whether he wants to do a LISTENERD PODCAST. Fourth question: “Do you have to go to the bathroom?”

*Clarifications: Last.fm denies the recent TechCrunch allegation claiming it turned over data to the RIAA. [waxy]

*Psychiatry: You call it compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorder, I call it life.

*Driving: We’ve been talking about this for a long time at the day job, but for the first time in 25 years, Americans are driving less. You can read about America’s fastest-dying car brands here. Sorry for the downer.

*Social media: Try to figure out this Periodic Table of Social Media Elements. If you are able to do so, you may be my second-ever podcast guest. Your first question: What the fuck is going on with that chart, anyway? [fallon]

*Predictions: Nate Silver comments on his so-so predictions for this year’s Oscars (he got 4 out of 6 correct). Also, he took a crap at 1:45 pm yesterday. Or so it was reported.

*Art: Plastic guys. [eyeteeth]

*List: Mashable compiles a collection of 18 great music tumblrs. [spin city]

*Identity: Is Carles, the author of Hipster Runoff, also known as writer Tao Lin? Also, who is Tao Lin? [fluxtumblr]

*The Internet: Once you have read and loved this Flickr comment thread, you have achieved a passing grade and may move on.

*Related to above: Can it be long before the entire country is tweeting away in the din of a giant turd-covered silicon aviary? And how scared should we be?

*Poetry: A Street – Leonard Cohen. “I see the ghost of culture, with numbers on his wrist.”

Video: A phonograph spinning in a soothing manner

Well. More disarming than soothing, I guess. Feel free to turn off the sound.

Video: Gary Louris and Mark Olson do “Turn Your Pretty Name Around” for the Current

Word Watch: Economic collapse edition

I have posted on new and/or fake words in a long time. Here are a couple of terms related to our current global economic meltdown. HOW COULD YOU NOT ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF THIS??!!!?????!!!!

Collapsitarians: Kevin Kelly examines “collapsitarians,” people focused on a doomed future, separating them into six camps.

Homedulgence: Basically, it’s the idea of retaining one’s indulgences while staying at home, despite the economic downturn. [wordspy]

Stag-deflation (I’ve also seen it written as “destagflation”): A stagnating economic period (recession) driven by deflationary forces, rather than inflationary ones.

Links for 2.21.09: Live air traffic chatter, Bon Iver cover, Beamcast update…

*Podcast: An update on my unyielding quest to secure Sam Beam for an interview for the listenerd’s inaugural podcast. Still no word from Mr. Beam, though I have now figured out my third question for the heavily bearded crooner: “What does the bottom of our current global economic meltdown look like? Is it a W bottom? A V bottom? An L bottom? Thoughts? Thank you.”

*Eavesdropping: Listen to Live Air Traffic Control chatter on LiveATC.net. Why do I find this so appealing? [neural]

*Covers: The Chairs cover Bon Iver’s “Flume” (an MP3). I typed that with my three remaining fingers. [blisslist]

*Data: An examination of more than 300,000 Twitter users puts them into a couple groups (NOT Retweeters vs. Favrders this time) – interacters (those who @ and otherwise talk to each other) and followers/followees. This is only interesting if you are a total loser. I find it fascinating. Well, maybe not this analysis in particular, but the system’s dynamics. Sorry.

*Charts: Andrew Kuo’s charts of Antony & the Johnsons’ “The Crying Light,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “Beware,” and Morressey’s “Years of Refusal” for the New York Times. Too much yellow?

*Biz: Songbird’s CEO exits, replaced by the board’s chairman for now.

*Games: Barack Obama is apparently addicted to BrickBreaker, a game yours truly has been known to partake in. To wit –

-Me, reading RSS feeds: “WHOA. Guess who ELSE is addicted to BrickBreaker?”
-Her: “John Hodgman?”
-Me: “Cooler.”
-Her: “Prince?”

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]

Video: Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor

Again, there is no show on television more likely to have snippets or video clips of it IM’d to me.

Video: The Uncler

Our country, our metaphors. [hinto]

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Links for 2.19.09: Daniel Johnston on art, Retweeting vs. Favrding and chicken

*Podcast: Still no traction in my quest to convince Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam to record a comedic podcast with me (the listenerd’s first), though I have now figured out my 2nd interview question: “Do you know any jokes?” Doubtless, he will have one that makes use of the homophonic phrase “Mountin’ Party.” DOUBTLESS.

*Interviews: Harvey Pekar interviews Daniel Johnston in Black Book. Holy weirdness. This is like me talking to…Sam Beam. Or something. DJ: “My writing is an absentminded, subconscious kind of thing. I’m lucky if I write a song a week, but I like to try every day. It’s always been that way.”

*Graphics: This flowchart for porno movies is not safe for work at all.

*Social graphs: I recommend looking at the Facebook Nexus. If you are interested in getting your MIND BLOWN about things that probably don’t mean much. I feel bad for the dots that only have me. [the deets]

*Eating: A Flick photo pool called The Fried Chicken Pantheon collects pictures of dining establishments that serve chicken. I am ON RECORD as saying that the Famous Bowl is man’s most incredible creation. [coudal]

*Marketing: What brands do 19 teens and tweens associate with music? You can see the answer to that question, here. MTV! Apple! Facebook! Huh. [ypulse]

*Beards: Can you put 2,000 toothpicks in your beard? OK, how many chopsticks? [urlesque]

*Movies: The Art of the Title Sequence takes a look at the good beginning parts of all kinds of movies, and even offering commentary on them. Here’s 300. [good]

*Twitter: Read this post about “Twitter’s two cultures,” Favrders and Retweeters. I’m neutral in this debate, but retweeters are retarded morons. [fimoculous]

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