links for 2009-01-08

  • 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Workbook, and also the release of Bob Mould’s latest, yet-untitled solo work, set for an April 7th street date. Produced and mixed by Mould in his new hometown of Washington D.C, the album is filled with Mould’s experiences in relation to friends, lovers, the world at large and himself.
    (tags: music)
  • On March 11, Bob Mould will be performing at Carnegie Hall for The Music of R.E.M. – a benefit concert for the Music Education Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The concert covers the songs of R.E.M. which led the underground American music movement with a constant stream of hit records. Also performing at the concert: Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard, The Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The dB’s, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and more.
    (tags: music)

links for 2008-11-28

  • ‘In addition to its distinctive pink color, a unique attribute of the Keyboard for Blondes are the "fun" sayings on 64 of the keys, such as "Oops!" on the Delete key, "The Big One: ‘I Need My Space’ Key" on the spacebar, or "Yes! I want it!" on the Enter key. A number of the keys also act as special texting shortcuts, such as "OMG" on the O key, "LOL" on the L key, and "XOXO" on the X key.’

    (Via Slashdot.)

links for 2008-11-11

  • "Dr. Cheryl K. Olson, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and the Media at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, isn’t convinced.

    “‘It’s not the violence per se that’s the problem, it’s the context and goals of the violence,’ said Olson, citing past research on TV violence and behavior. There are definitely games kids shouldn’t be playing, she said, for example those where hunting down and killing people is the goal. But she argues that the label ‘violent video games’ is too vague. Researchers need to do a better job at defining what is considered a violent video game and what constitutes aggressive behavior, she added."

  • "The president-elect already has said he’ll have a five-day online comment period before signing any non-emergency legislation, so Americans can be part of the process. He’s also planning to appoint a chief technology officer and has pledged to get true broadband to every community in the country."

    Barack Obama will be a President for the 21st Century.

links for 2008-10-31

  • "A Smith production is always noisy, shambling, and liberally smutty on the outside while conservatively gooey on the inside (and always, proudly, a visual eyesore, as if compositional coherence signifies selling out to the Man)."

    Ms. Lisa Schwarzbaum apparently isn’t a big fan of Kevin Smith movies in general. I’m not a cinematographer myself, but I’ve never been bounced out of a Kevin Smith movie by the cinematography myself. Looking forward to forming my own opinion of the movie tomorrow evening.

links for 2008-10-30

  • "The comedy stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as roommates and longtime friends who decide that the solution to their money problems is to make a porn film."

    Planning to go see this flick with some friends on Saturday. Kevin Smith movies are (almost) always a great time, so I’m looking forward to it.

  • "For several months. Delta executives, who are now running what used to be Northwest Airlines, say they will make a gradual and orderly transition to the Delta name. Delta said it will begin using Delta signs at ticket counters and gates next year. It could take as long as two years for some of Northwest’s planes to be painted in Delta colors."

    What a bummer. I love being able to identify an NWA plane overhead from the red tail.

links for 2008-10-15

  • "A music teacher at Foxboro Elementary School, who was formerly a woman, returned to school as a man at the beginning of the school year…. Some parents told Travis Unified School District that they feel like their rights to know were violated…. So far, 23 students from 15 different families have transferred their children out of the music class and into a physical education class."