the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Month: December, 2009

Links for 12.29.09: I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man.

*Reading: The Awl’s “The End of the 00s” has essays. By people. About things past. Those people include: Joel Johnson (I wrote about being a new dad for a week for his medium-lived Dethroner), Maura Johnston (formerly of Idolator, she hates dropped-crotch trousers), Will Leitch (we were going to do a video interview with him at a conference for my day job for a while, until the video interviewing devices exploded), and Rob Walker (whom I now read less for consumed than for his other projects). And many other people. Ugh. People.

*Lists: Before you read THIS, you should know that if I were forced to either choose a favorite author or be mock-executed, I’d say Dostoyevsky. (In order of likedness: Brothers K, Notes from Underground, Crime and P, The Idiot, The Gambler, The Double.) I should also note that I don’t think the list is particularly accurate. Like, except for a few authors that she nails, it’s offish. UGH.

*Art: Look at these books you don’t even have to read anymore. [notcot]

*Social Media: The track the most Last.fm users wanted hidden from their scrobbles was Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” I must say, Lady Gaga has grown on me. Like a skin on a glass of egg nog. Delicious, delicious egg nog. [fimoculous]

*Video: Stereogum has collected the 10 Most NSFW Music Videos of 2009. On a somewhat related note, I used to love Stereogum. I used to wait for new posts (they were written by Scott). I used to read them. I used to read the comments. I used to chuckle at the comments. I thought I should say that. It was a long time ago.

*People: Wikipedia on Andrew W.K. – “Popular memes and subcultural rumours suggest that another person, known as “Steev Mike”, is behind Andrew W.K.’s music.” This reminds me of the theory that it wasn’t William Shakespeare who wrote the works of William Shakespeare, but someone else named William Shakespeare. A theory which, incidentally, I love. [the daily swarm]

*Vinyl: Look! It’s Allen Ginsburg made out of vinyl. I was never much of a Ginsburg fan. Too easy.

*Literature: Abe Books’ Weird Book Room presents such titles as “Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan.” Too easy? [harper's]

*Local: Holy. A VERY skinny Craig Finn, along with Lifter Puller, doing a St. Cloud, Minnesota gig. Forever ago.

*Local blogging: Here’s an interview with Ed Kohler of The Deets about his recent poltical blogging. Also, he’s done some examinations of Twitter noise recently that have been sort of interesting. (Close readers of the ‘nerd may recall that I once wanted to make a qualitative inquiry into local Twitter users’ signal-versus-noise, but was unable to do so due to personal stupidity.)

*Today’s links: F

Video: DJ Earworm’s “United States of Pop” 2009

The top 25 hits of 2009 mashed up.

Video: Water drop sequencer

more about "Video: Water drop sequencer", posted with vodpod

Video: Parkour juggling

There’s juggling. From Aung Zaw-Oo. [mefi]

Video: A phonograph playing Bing Crosby soothingly

I find the camera work meant to feature the unmoving speakers to be less soothing.

Links for 12.20.09: Let it be.

*Words: If you know me, you are probably aware of the fact that I don’t believe in definitions. To wit: This. Additionally, here are the year’s buzzwords. I’m a big fan of Great Recession, but I think teabagging should have gotten its own entry (not just as an extension of “Tea Party.”)

*Humanity: Google Maps India gives directions by landmarks, since many roads aren’t clearly marked with their names. [waxy]

*Food: These photographs depicting last meals of death row inmates by James Reynolds are rather cold. [coudal]

*Beer: Heineken once designed its bottles to work as bricks? (Older, link, but I mean, it’s a beer bottle that’s also a brick.)

*Video: Watch this video showing how holiday music can be played on a washing machine. I haven’t used a washing machine in years. Also, I need to buy a new refrigerator. [notcot]

*Art: Doodling improves your concentration. I drew a Charlie Brown figure flying in a recent HR meeting. FYI. [marginal revolution] Also, if you feel like time has passed quickly, you had fun. That meeting felt long.

*Local: Slate takes on The Replacements’ “Let It Be” on its 25th anniversary. Unrelated to this link, I despise Slate. With great vigor.

*Today’s links: F

Video: Techno Jeep

A techno song. Kind of. Made with Jeep sounds.

(I will assume it is a Jeep-sponsored viral. And at least somewhat fake.)

Video: A robot cycling in reverse

[Legami via neural.it]

Video: The National – “So Far Around the Bend”

Links for 12.15.09: Honest to God, don’t look at those embroidered pillows.

*Shows: Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer will be playing together at a run of concerts in Poland and the Czech Republic in June.

*Marketing: Seth Godin has compiled an ebook called “What Matters Now.” It’s made up of very short musings on apparently hot topics. The ones I’ve read have been bad, but the design is nice. And maybe some of them will be ok? Remember Squidoo? Ugh.

*Twitter: Read up on the top Twitter trends of 2009. Twitter’s trending topics was an atrocity. I derive much less joy out of the platform than I once did. It’s sad to say that.

*Stock stuffers: Warning, these embroidered pillows are SUPER dirty. Really; they’re NSFW. And that phrase before the colon there was sort of a euphemism, not a suggestion. Please; just don’t click on the link. [c-monster]

*Cessation: MC Frontalot uses Dungeons and Dragons to quit smoking. “Name your character. Mine’s Breathorr Inflatagon, a level 2 Lung Elf.” I have never played Dungeons and Dragons (not even once), but I have smoked about three cartons of cigarettes in my life. I don’t advise it. [waxy]

*Sports: Watch the top 10 hockey fights of the past decade. I do not condone fighting. Or hockey. [via a canadian, as it should be]

*Watch: The Fluid Piano is an acoustic instrument with microtonal tuning for every note. Sorry about the pre-roll ad. [coudal]

*Design: Check out these web services as seen through the aesthetic of retro manuals. That sentence may be gibberish now, but trust me on this one. There you go. Easy. [laughingsquid]

*Today’s links: F

Video: James Ha’s body beatboxing

Man, I wish this guy were a founding father.

[urlesque]

Video: Benjamin Franklin rapping

I am collecting videos of founding fathers raps.

See previously: The Hamilton Mixtape.

Video: This is what English sounds like to non-English speakers

And a pretty damn good tune, too.

Video: T.S. Eliot reading “The Waste Land”

I recommend watching this post and the previous one at the exact same time.

Also, I think he’s reading it wrong. I will offer an alternate interpretation soon.

[coudal]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.