I had to do it. The pressure had become too intense to hold out any longer.
Those of you who have read the ‘nerd for a long time know that I used to put up a lot of super boring videos of old phonographs playing. Well. Wow.
You need to assess why you sometimes check this blog. And then you need to think about that assessment for awhile. And then you need to decide how much you really think I can help you. And then, if you decide that I can help you at least enough for you to click-through to :57 video, you need to click.
And I’ll tell you this: I do not think you will be disappointed.
Instruments: It’s pretty much impossible for me not to link to The Badgermin, a combination badger-that’s-been-made-into-taxidermy and theremin. In fact, this kind of thing is the very reason the listenerd exists today. Well, this and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Yes, what you are reading is the verdant future you’ve long been promised. (All that last part is complete bullshit.)
Booze: You can buy wine at White Castle now. You may find this strange to hear, but White Castle has long been on the forefront of experimental marketing and product-mix best practices. TRUTH.
Cold: Terje Isungset makes musical instruments out of ice.
Mashups: For all you dubstep fans out there, I know you’ll appreciate this video of dubstep violin.
Magic: Teller actually gives some decent tricks of the magician’s trade in this article from the Smithsonian. For instance, keep the trickery outside the frame. And, to fool the mind, combine at least two tricks. Of course, this whole article could be some sort of sleight of hand?
Retail: Ransack New York is, SORT OF like many others, trying to make backstory a boon. They’re selling used goods with a sheen of cool for premium prices. For instance, you can buy a semi-vintage, blood-splattered Budweiser shirt for just $48.
Today’s links: Back to F. (Still unsure on the Tyrolean hat.)
Animals: See above for the brilliant Atelier Volvox project “Outsiders,” which entails turning stuffed animals inside out. If this doesn’t make you think about the nature of perception and self-perception, I don’t know what will. (Also, it would be cool if they’d do this with food. Huh?)
Imagery: These “visual mixtapes” of some of Noa Emberson’s favorite albums are out-and-out gorgeous.
Shrooms: In something called the Infinity Burial Project, Jae Rhim Lee is training fungi to decompose her body. The Mushroom Death Suit is a special outfit that will be embedded with the spores of the trained fungi. Look, this is some out-there cool circle-of-life shit that I can’t even begin to explain in this tiny space.
Indented: Inner Message Rings have patterns on the inside that leave temporary marks on the skin. Think hearts. Think words. I joked about this in some other echo chamber, but I believe Under Armour should jump on this — maybe with TEAM LOGOS — and run! [laughingsquid]
Fashion: A question for the fashionable readers of this blog – can a man of, say, 37 years old, wear some kind of modified, winter, 1960s throwback Tyrolean hat? While not looking like Robin Hood, of course. Or a pimp. This is a CHALLENGE. Also, how about Russian divers’ watches? A little help?
Today’s links: I kind of killed it today, people. I kind of fucking CRUSHED IT.
Firearms: These miniature guns — the size of matchsticks — actually work! Can you imagine teaming up with a hunting dog puppy to chase a tiny, baby pheasant around with this miniature weapon? ADORABLE! [mefi]
Family: Local writer Andrea Swensson interviewed Conrad Sverkerson, long-time stage manager of Minneapolis rock club First Avenue and longer-time uncle. As I mentioned in a brief tumblr post, I’m always amazed that people are intimidated by Con! (For those of you who have never met me in real life, I am a terrifying combination of stony stoicism and unforgiving hellfire.)
Hip-hop: Check out Pop Chart Lab’s Magnificent Map of Rap Names (if you haven’t previously).
Local: Snowgrade, a pop-up shopping event for men who like the whole handade, American made thing opens its doors this weekend. Which is lucky for me, since I have been looking for a pair of leather underwear upcycled from saddles taken off of old burros. Each with its own story to tell. The saddle. And the burro. (And the underwear.)
Question: Is Pinterest everything that is wrong with the internet? Or is even ASKING if ANYTHING is EVERYTHING that is wrong with the internet what’s wrong with the internet? But really, is a platform that has even people with an extraordinarily liberal stance toward what copyright can and should do scratching their heads in bemusement a sustainable option? Funny side story. I’m terrible at the visual parts of Pinterest. But I think I can kind of kill it on the captions. Best regards.
Art: To be honest, I don’t even really know what this means. But I guess that is the key to great art? Check out Chris Elzinga’s gimpressionism, paintings of gimps walking through the forest. [laughing squid]
Texas forever: Pour yourself a big ol’ glass of Chardonnay and read this post from the Hairpin on the sighting of one Connie Britton, one TAMI TAYLOR.
I think I have a new video. Har Mar Superstar interprets Doomtree.
Actually, I found this – sort of weirdly – kind of hot????
A HUMAN PALINDROME?