the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Month: September, 2009

Links for 9.27.09: Blood lamps, movie poster mashups, Safire dies…

*Lighting: The blood lamp requires a drop of blood to give off light. They should make a blood internet. [neatorama]

*Mashups: Two movies, one poster. We are all mashups now. There will be posters. I’m all out of lazy headlines. [videogum]

*Head injuries: Alcohol is good for head injuries. Buy me a beer someday and I will tell you about my roommate from freshman year in college, who loved cheese curds and Mountain Dew and fell down a flight of stairs drunk one night and bashed his head. Great times. Great times. [harper's]

*Inspirational bullshit: A couple things to read or look at, if you like reading or looking at things. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

*Obits: William Safire died. The Nixon stuff, I wasn’t that crazy about. The weird word stuff was pretty cool, though. Also, I think he inspired one of my favorite Onion pieces. Also, holy fuck, one of my favorite Onion pieces is almost ten years old? (I was reading the Onion – stories about Jesus leaking beer from his stigmata – back when it was on paper, and only available in Madison.)

*Today’s grade: F. Keep striving.

Video: Introducing the concertinome

[bek]

Video: Bon Iver doing “Worried Mind” at The Fillmore

[npr]

Video: Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking autotuned

[negatendo]

Two local notes: Conrad and Scott Seekins

Ignore this if you are not a Twin Citizen. (Related, though, is a topic that has tickled me [in a bad way] since I started nosing around our online culture – the strange, seemingly disproportional, geo-parochialism of Twin Cities bloggers. I’m repeatedly surprised about how many Minneabloggers’ conversations seem so strangely, strenuously local. It’s like we’re living in a physical world instead of a world of ideas or something. But I have digressed.)

OK, business. Via S4xton’s tumblr comes this post asking the world who the “mysterious” Conrad whose name is being celebrated on a silver First Avenue star (featured in the accompanying photo) is. I’m not sure what’s funniest about the post – the question itself, the “wonderful,” or the failed Wikipedia search. And I’m not just saying that because Conrad is uncle Con. The appropriately sheepish followup links to a couple of tumblr posts – or just see these.

Secondly, I saw Scott Seekins yesterday and dutifully recorded it on Seeking Seekins.

Links for 9.24.09: Marilyn Manson has contracted Swine Flu (and other links)

*Medicine: Marilyn Manson has contracted swine flu. I have no droll commentary to make regarding this tidbit. But I will say that odds are, this contraction was latex related.

*Robotics: The Old Robots site shows images of robots as seen through the lens of the 1980s. I love stories and images of futures past. I say that with complete sincerity. [presurfer]

*Photography: By taking portrait photographs of 100 strangers, you are not only risking arrest, you are participating in the 100 Strangers project. Which could be fun. Or dangerous. [coudal]

*Marketing: Seth Godin: Brandjacker? On a related note, Squidoo is still repellent, years later. I’m repelled right now!

*Twitter: Justine Bateman has no idea what’s going on online or in the world, informing @badbanana, the drollest man on Twitter, to “GET YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT TOGETHER and stop this attempt to shove your posts into other people’s feeds.” She also calls Daring Fireball’s John Gruber “human waste,” which might be more acceptable if it were in the context of professional sports fandom.

*Television: Mad Men fans ask if Dr. Pepper was really around in New York in 1963.

*Birds: Wild turkeys have been terrorizing New Jersey. They do it so we don’t have to. On a side note, I don’t partake of Wild Turkey due to a binging incident that occurred in 2003. Let’s speak no more of it. [katemuhl]

*Film: HBO Imagine shows movies you can help edit. At least for you. Kind of. [fimoculous]

*Interfaces: Check out the interactive site for music videos by Chinese rapper Chinza Dopeness. [notcot]

*Language: Fei Si Bu Ke (say it out loud!) means “doomed to die” in Chinese. See what they did there?

*Comics: What if Bukowski wrote Peanuts? Those of you familiar with my youthful literary indiscretions will know that I once had a bumper sticker that said “I’d rather be reading Bukowski.” And a car full of old newspapers. I also weighed 156 lbs at the time. Long story. [bf again]

*Words: Motivated Grammar is a grammar blog that I just became aware of through Harper’s. Those of you who know me will know that I hate grammar. And words. And their rules. It’s all a confidence game that I grow weary of.

*Vacation: If you are wondering how my vacation was, please examine this picture of me wearing a beret and rolled up pants and holding a 3.75-lbs walleye while sitting in a canoe.

*Grade: Perpetual F.

Video: People reading celebrity Twitter posts

[buzzfeed]

Video: MGMT on Yo Gabba Gabba

[stereogum]

Video: Dokken vs. Chicken

An advertisement for Norton.

[lisanti]

Links for 9.13.09: Tajik Jimmy, Bukowski’s Barf-ly, Jim Carroll

*The Internet: Sent to me from my friend in Soviet Georgia, this story of the popularity of Bollywood tunes performed by Tajik box loader Baimurat Allaberiyev will move you to tears. Tajik Jimmy might also be the best nickname since “The Big Unit.” [richardovich]

*Film: Charles Bukowski’s lover, Linda King, reviews Mickey Rourke’s “Barfly.” Acquaintances of mine will know that I like this movie primarily because I enjoy pronouncing it as BARF-LY. Get it, barf? (It means the same as vomit.)

*Photos: Busted Carbon is a blog of photos of broken carbon fiber bicycle components. Have I told you about my derailing problem? How about my armpit sweat problem? [coudal]

*Anagrams: The proper anagram for “the Listenerd” is “INTEREST HELD.” Coincidence? Hello? Are you still paying attention? [tobs]

*Work-related: Listenerd co-worker-guitared band No Bird Sing drops an album and gets some love from the Star Tribune. On the minus, side, if you click that link, you have to go to the execrable Star Tribune web site.

*Politics: Video from The UpTake of Obama talking about healthcare at the Target Center in Minneapolis this weekend.

*Obits: Jim Carroll died.

*Note: I am going away for a while now. Camping.

Video: Beethoven’s Fifth, a graphical score

[presurfer]

Links for 9.8.09: Lucinda weds, Britney covers, Hornby namechecks

*Weddings: Lucinda Williams is getting married in Minneapolis – actually, she’s getting married on stage at First Avenue, to former Best Buy executive Tom Overby. [mnspeak]

*Television: Former Defamer editor Mark Lisanti now writes – and WRITES VERY WELL – for Movieline. I especially recommend paying attention to the Mad Men Power Rankings, particularly the Don Draper Fingerbang Threat Level. It can be a volatile metric.

*Culture Jamming: Perhaps you would like to chuckle contentedly at these crosswalk sign hacks. Oh, subversion! I should mention here that I once put a Campbell’s soup can into a Progresso soup in-aisle dispenser. Also, I saw a bunch of high school friends of mine this weekend and they reminded me that I’m 30 lbs overweight. It’s complicated, but this is all related. [neural]

*Comics: Check out these visually arresting remixed comic book covers. Please note: I have never bought a comic book, though I was gifted the first four issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the day. Even upon perusal, I was nonplussed. Yeah, even at a tender age, nonplussed. I was a weird kid.

*Blogging: Nick Hornby namechecks the music blogs he likes to read, including Aquarium Drunkard and Largehearted Boy. So now you know which music blogs to take off your reading list. Or risk becoming more like Nick Hornby.

*Vizzies: The excellent Hierarchy of Digital Distractions helps you categorize what divides your attention. [magnetbox]

*Documentaries: “American Artifact” is a documentary film about rock and roll posters. This is code for “optimized for maximum incontinence.” [coudal]

*Arachnids: David Bowie has a spider named after him. However, irregardless (yes, irregardless) of this fact, David Bowie will henceforth be associated first and foremost with NIPPLE ANTENNAE. Like, that’s his thing now. It just is. It has even trumped his normal space shit and his androgyny and weird teeth. [coudal again!]

*Covers: Britney Spears covers Alanis’ “You Oughta Know.” [idolator]

*Grade: Perpetual F. For Forget comma never. Ever.

Video: The Dirty Curls’ “Suck a Ring”

The Dirty Curls perform “novelty bluegrass” with “extraordinarily dirty lyrics.” Please use discretion when clicking, especially if you suffer from delicate sensibilities.

[s4xton via edkohler]

Video: Birds on the Wires

Watch this video that was made according to the placement of photographed birds, on power lines that look like a musical staff. [waxy]

more about "Video: Birds on the Wires", posted with vodpod

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