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Month: October, 2011

Links for October 31, 2011: Slutty Krueger

*Kickstarter: Today, I gave money to a Kickstarter project that will fund Flummox and Friends (from Christa Dahlstrom), a “live-action comedy designed to help kids navigate the social and emotional world.” First, I love the project, and am heartened by it. Second, that quote (and the messaging in toto) contains some pretty savvy language. It’s dripping with latent code that people who are read in the literature of autism spectrum disorder are sure to pick up on. That not a knock on it. The pitch is neurally inclusive, and should be. (If neurally inclusive isn’t a term yet, it will be.) What’s interesting about the project is that its utility for those on the autism spectrum and/or those with Asperger’s gets an explicit mention, but it’s not until the third or fourth item in the list of features.

*Things: Architect Gijs Van Vaerenbergh has designed a transparent steel church. I don’t speak French. (On a side note, I do enjoy sitting at outdoor cafes smoking.) [gijs]

*Intellectual property: Via Murketing comes a story that CNN is reporting; namely, that some people in New York are trying to copyright the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” in order to sell merch. This is a BRILLIANT thought experiment / conceptual art piece. Whether it was meant to be or not.

*Crafts: Apparently, drive-by quilting is the new yarn bombing. (Also, Ricky Tims is “a good-old boy.” Or so I hear.) [mefi]

*Sports: I’m not at all interested in a water skiing chair. But in the event that a water skiing toilet gets invented, you know who to contact. (Me.)

*In memoriam: You’ve seen it before. Maybe you’ve even already read it. But Steve Jobs’ sister, Mona Simpson, wrote a moving tribute to the Apple founder.

*Salty snacks: We’re all thinking it when we see Tom Lyons’ Triscuit Chairs, so I’m just going to go ahead and say it: swiss cheese cushions. [laughing squid]

*Film: OK, this description of Andrew Niccoli’s film “In Time” speaks to me in a BOOMING voice: “In the future, thanks to genetic engineering, everyone’s physical appearance ceases to develop or decline at age twenty-five, at which moment, with a silent, monitory thump, a stop watch on the left forearm—a cross between an Auschwitz serial number and a lime-green digital alarm clock—begins ticking down from one year.”

*Today’s links: F.

Video: A pumpkin EXPLODES

Happy Halloween.

[coudal]

Links for October 29, 2011: Shave and a haircut

*Games: I highly recommend you drink three cocktails and play first-person Tetris. It’s a disorienting blast, right up until the point you vomit. (On a side note, I am making SAZERACS tonight. Then probably playing first-person Tetris.)

*Money: CNNMoney writes about North Dakota’s new boom economy. “‘We work insane hours,’ said Benjamin Lukes, who gets an average of four hours of sleep a night as a hydraulic fracturer in Williston but earns about $100,000 a year — thanks in large part to overtime.”

*Reading: Let’s have an intelligent debate about the merits of reading while sitting on the toilet. I would like to hear Christopher Hitchens’ thoughts on the matter.

*Video: This invention, a gumball machine that works via a secret knock, is very cool. But just as fascinating is that a secret knock has a name, right? Shave and a haircut. I love it?

*Cameras: These sardine box cameras are fairly awesome, and I bet would smell delicious? (Note that these are merely “vintage-inspired” designs, but I’m sure it would be possible to rub sardines all over them. [psfk]

*Internet: I’ve never used it (I don’t think I will?) but IsItOld seems like a good tool for linkbloggers who want to stay ahead of the curve? (It tells you how long ago a link was tweeted, and how much action it’s gotten.) Do linkbloggers still exist?

*Social: I don’t have an iPad, but I do a little reading on a few devices. I’ve been reading about and wanting social reading features for a long time – usually to the bemusement of anyone I tell that, too. (Usually the line of argument is, “Why would I want to read some idiot’s annotations?” To which I answer, “You don’t want to read some idiot’s annotations – you want to see the notes and additions of specific people you know and whose opinion you respect.”) Truly useful social reading features have been a long time coming (maybe because of that resistance from people?), so I’m not all that optimistic about Subtext (a new iPad app). I’ll give it a try when the iPad 3 comes out, and just hope that social reading is significantly better by then.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Big Trouble in Little China supercut

It’s a little known fact that “Big Trouble in Little China” is my favorite movie of all time.

Links for October 28, 2011: Let’s play with Diamond Dave’s crotch

*Games: The Van Halen edition of Asteroids, Assteroidz, entails shooting bullets out of Diamond Dave’s crotch.

*Connectivity: The average smartphone user checks their phone 40 times a day.

*Fashion: I’m not really sure what’s going on in this NSFW “Les Fleurs du Mal” Agent Provocateur ad, but I’m pretty sure it should be made into a full-length feature film. Trilogy.

*ZZZ: Hive is an art installation by Kristiina Lahde of phone books that look like honeycomb. I usually throw my Yellow Pages directly into the garbage. [notcot]

*Headlines: Golden Fiddle linked to this headline, but it’s too good not to repost: “Kauai charger gets pantsed by Teahupoo monster during Code Red swell in Tahiti.” Every word is like a delicious burst of nougat.

*Rides: Be mesmerized by Forever Bicycles by Ai Weiwei.

*Film: Director of photography John Alcott talks about what it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick on “Barry Lyndon.” Personally, I found “Barry Lyndon” to be the perfect combination of well-lit and depressing. [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Table-banging cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”

Wow. That’s pretty damn good. (The group is Erato.)

Video: Mad Men without January Jones

Brilliant. Along the lines of Garfield Minus Garfield, this video explores the idea of absence (rather than the usual mere vacuousness!). [pop loser]

Video: Christopher Hitchens is ruthless and articulate

Here, he is speaking on what he deems the false consolation of religion in the face of death. (See also, Hitchens’ take on David Mamet’s conservatism.)

Links for October 27, 2011:

*The joy of illustration: Read this story about how “The Joy of Sex” was illustrated. That initial beard pic is a real boner-killer (please excuse the phrase). [coudal]

*Swirling eyeballs: Can you use one word to induce a hypnotic state? (There is video.) I have a special technique that I call “mesmerizing.” You will probably never experience it, but imagine taking a bunch of quaaludes and staring at the ceiling, maybe with urine dribbling down your leg.

*Nirvana: This wine-pumping shop in Palermo sells vino – 5 liters for €7.

*Imagery: NASA photos document the spread of nighttime lights in India from 1992 to 2003. The growth is incredible, and its implications boggle my mind daily. (I AM NOT EXAGGERATING HERE.)

*Selling: Mavic makes bicycle wheels that actually emphasize the little howling sound that comes with brake friction. This reminds me (a little) of the branding around Harley’s sound, leading the company to copyright the cough of their engines.

*Authenticity: Are Americans getting sick of one-of-a-kind things? Are handcrafted goods “overwhelming”? [notrobwalker]

*Generation X: Holy shit, Francis Bean is engaged. There’s old. There’s officially old. There’s bald old. And then there’s this. Where we are.

*Reading: The Awl tells you to read about Lynda Barry. And this time, you should listen.

*List: These essential rye cocktails, including the Manhattan, the Brooklyn and the Sazerac and the Diamondback, remind me that I would like to somehow raise $1800 to take a class on distilling.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Making of the Novum 11/11 magazine cover

This is actually really cool.

Video: J-pop vs. heavy metal

Watch Sakura Gakuin’s BABYMETAL. (I don’t know what’s going on here.)

Video: Baroque.me – a visualization of Bach’s cello suite no. 1

By Alexander Chen.

[waxy]

Video: Radical spinning metal sculpture

This sculpture was done by Czech artist David Cerny.

Video: Beatboxing for the 21st century

I think this kid will eventually need a good dentist?

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