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Month: March, 2009

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.

Video: The Voca People

I get all tingly any time I hear the phrase “modern beatbox.”

[buzzfeed]

Video: Music from Sand

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[psfk]

Links for 3.30.09: Beer, Hunch, The Jayhawks, sound ears…

*Homes: The Ramp House, a home designed for skateboarding. I am perhaps the worst skateboarder you have ever met. [coudal]

*Graffiti: “America is dying.”

*Beer: What could be better than a keychain that replicates the physical sensation of opening a beer? Besides a real can of beer. Related: The best beer in America.

*Leftovers: Sound mirrors, listening ears, whatever you want to call them, I like them. [neural]

*Electricity: Here’s what Earth Hour looked like; a story in photographs. Well, kind of a story. [waxy]

*Recommendations: Hunch. Try it.

*Twitter: If you are daring, check out this video and series of links about musicians using Twitter. I’ve said it a million times: Be human.

*Local: The Jayhawks are reuniting to play the Basilica Block Party in July.

My +1

I am currently charged with watching over the 2-year-old I like to call my +1, and therefore cannot read or otherwise manipulate the Internet, unless it is to find toddler sleep training strategies. (You may follow a highly fictionalized log of these events here, but I don’t recommend it.)

Moderately interesting links with tepid commentary will resume at our earliest convenience. We regret the usual.

Links 3.26.09: Meat faces, Los Lobos, epic sex with Gene Hackman…

*Words: The New York Times has launched a neologism blog, Schott’s Vocab, cultivated by the Schott’s Miscellany dude. Apropos of that, in Haiti, “Clorox” means you’re really hungry. How’s that for miscellany?

*Update: Still no word from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam on the fabulous podcast I have proposed to him.

*WHAT??!?!?: Cloris Leachman Tells of Epic Sex with Gene Hackman. Talk about a headline you don’t want to read. (Interesting: The main HuffPo page includes “epic,” but the head on the article itself omits it. HM.)

*Pics: I didn’t even know beer sweaters existed. [coudal]

*Interior decorating: Take a look at this Danish decor of the 1970s, as seen through carefully isolated portions of pornographic movie stills. It’s kind of NSFW. And a bit disturbing. Aesthetically. [mefi]

*Art: On refrigerators. With magnets. More art: MEAT FACES: The following photos might make you slightly ill – [eat me]

*Economics: Roubini says stocks will continue to fall and a bunch of banks will have to be nationalized in 2009.

*Interviews: My colleague Abelardo interviewed Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for Latino LA. “Nobody’s got more cousins than Conrad [Lozano]. Half the audience is either his cousin, knew him from high school or split a case of beer with him.”

*Local: Culture Bully interviews Cloud Cult. I used to like Cloud Cult. I will go no further in this comment.

*Today’s links: D-. What’s worse than piss poor?

Video: Rihanna’s “Disturbia” rendered in sign language

[mefi]

Video: Pharrell goes to McDonald’s

Links for 3.24.09: Hipster Depression, vodka gummis, Neil Young…

*Economy: Forget the recession, there’s a Hipster Depression. With beards. And toenails, I’m sure.

*Photographs: Wired snapped a bunch of pictures at SXSW. Now they’re asking you to guess – Band or Fan? Poor parallelism! [murketing]

*Cooking: If you like vodka and gummi bears, you will love making your own vodka gummi bears. You could also just buy a huge bag of gummi bears and a bottle of vodka. [neatorama]

*Newspapers: Examine this NYT visualization of newspapers size and indicating the dire straits some are in. Also, here’s a list of newspapers the Silicon Alley Insider thinks will survive the financial meltdown. I don’t mean to sound unappreciative, but I don’t appreciate the Star Tribune at all. OK, I meant to say that. [waxy]

*Twitter: A song about Twitter. On a blog. Reading those words, I hate the English language for its flexibility. And myself. [shorties] Also, check out this list of the 50 Best Rock Star Twitters from Stereogum. Also, I’ve been following @arjunbasu, one of the subjects of this article, for several monhts. What he’s doing works.

*Music: The Neil Young Archives, long talked about, will open up for superfans in early June. The details are here. [daily loper]

*Today’s links: D+. Not enough quips. Or interesting shit. Pass the gummi bears.

Video: A Sigur Ros Take Away Show

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Video: P.O.S. – Why Go? (Live)

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Video: The Rapping Flight Attendant

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Links for 3.23.09: Beckett, The Wiggles, abandoned big boxes…

*Empties: Is there a tumblr of abandoned things? And has it gotten a book deal yet? Here’s a photo essay from Time about abandoned big box stores. Cue the solitary man onstage crying into his own cupped hands. [eyeteeth]

*Photo: Your daily Chris Martin. He is seen here posing with The Wiggles. Submitted without comment.

*Apparel: The Recession is being merchandised. [urlesque]

*Words: If there are two people I like, they’re Anthony Lane and Samuel Beckett. I am a retarded nerd.

“For a man of few words, Beckett wrote an awful lot of them. To date, some fifteen thousand letters have been found.” Fake story: My dad made me memorize “Krapp’s Last Tape” when I was five. Do you understand me now???

*Twitter: Twitter begins placing advertising on the platform with ExecTweets. Also, Salesforce integrates twitter.

*Video: Hey Paul Krugman (a plea). A song.

*Today’s links: D-. Pathetic and nearly wholly without merit.

Video: Neko Case’s “People Got a Lotta Nerve”

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