Also from metafilter
, Vitamin Q
. Lists, trivia, all kinds of fun stuff.
, Alton Brown on mad-cow scares
, an article from The Economist on body hair
and an article from The Atlantic about Stepford Children
. Ooh, and Jim Loudermilk's top tech flops
and top tech-before-its-time
Amateurish middlebrow cultural commentary from Time magazine: Has the Mainstream Run Dry?
Of course it has, and this is, of course, only news to Time magazine.
, and from Lucian James' page
(I've mentioned his work here before
), American Brandstand
, dedicated to counting the occurrence of brand names in popular music. Current leaders: Mercedes-Benz and 50 Cent. And, also via memepool, an Elvis jumpsuit search
. And from slashdot, a link to a comparative review
of online music services. I wouldn't use any of 'em, but that isn't to say I'm not curious. And, from metafilter, this snazzy zipcode
applet. Give it a shot. It's neato.
The Greatest Week in Rock History
--the Mefi discussion is more interesting than the Salon article. Take a look at the big hits of, oh, say, 1969
, or 1993
, or the current Billboard chart
. Golden, gilded, interesting times, I don't think this shitrain will ever let up.
And from my pal Laura, If the Library Were Like Amazon.com
from Yamaha. Yes, that Yamaha. And, along the same lines, paper polyhedra
, paper Nintendo characters
, paper robots
and the paper Thinkpad
Anti-RIAA stuff: on the PETA/Adbusters street theater tip, downhillbattle.org
. And, for Nature Conservancy-style vote-with-your-wallet tactics, RIAA Radar
, an easy online tool for determining whether that album from Carly Simon, The Coup or Chumbawamba was released by an RIAA member label (yes, no, maybe).
Here's Games Magazine's Top 100
for the year. Their data goes back quite a ways, too. Good stuff, if only for suggestions as to which games you've never heard of to keep an eye out for at the thrift store. And Gothic Miss Manners
On mefi a while ago, and keeps getting more and more entertaining: sidetalking.com
, which started out making fun of the N-Gage
(which just had MAME
ported to it--alas, if I didn't already have a cellphone and a gameboy, I'd be all over that. Wait--wouldn't I just get a PDA/phone combo?) and mutated from there, and fuh2.com
, flipping off Hummer H2 drivers (I originally had 'owners,' but please--the owners are mostly banks and GM dealerships).
Also: geek tattoos
And was it Rachel that was telling me about this? Whirl-mart
. Also in the area of anti-consumerism-performance-art, Rev. Billy's Starbucks
And, last but not least, I think I've decided what I'm going to get engraved on the back of that iPod I'll probably never buy: Think Differently. I wonder if Apple would object, like when that guy wanted to get 'Sweatshop' printed on his light-customized Nikes.
Let me just say, so there isn't any shadow of a doubt, that I think Spiderman-themed blogger and livejournal templates are an idiotic boondoggle that, rather than hyping a bad movie, will serve only to mark, years from now, the creation dates of a bunch of long-abandoned and very stupid weblogs.
Also, here's a meta-page with best-of-year lists. Aww yeah
Here's an article
from Cleveland's Scene magazine about the reclusive Bill Watterson.