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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 

Also, penguins are great



So I wound up being busy all weekend and not posting my listening from the Music Diary project... but you know what? Other than reading a particularly egregious review of the new Wire album in Mojo and listening to Object 47 at 1:30 AM late Friday/early Saturday to confirm that it's still as good as I remember it being (it is), my listening was pretty much monopolized by the Low review I wrote that weekend. So there you have it.

And now, some links that I've been sitting on:

This might be my favourite weird photography thing I've seen in a while, and was even before I read the explanation.

I've recently been corresponding with Dan Zapruder Phillips, and he happens to have written an excellent post that happens to have been at least partially engendered by something that I wrote. I think the key thing that Dan seizes on, although I'm not sure he ever phrases it this way, is the circumstantial nature of our early listening. When I was growing up (in a town with a Radio Shack as the closest thing to a record store, and the owner would order stuff in for you even if you offered to prepay for it), I listened to certain albums over and over because there was nothing else to listen to. I'm not trying to lionize that experience (and frankly, I suspect that even with increased options there's something in the teenage mind that lends itself to monomania), but there's something to be said for the strength of our affections for those works that we let wear a groove into us.

My friend Hans semi-recently linked to this science fiction short story, called "Understand." You should read it. Yes, you.

A little while back I linked to the online version of my friend Theon's wonderful EMP paper. Now the mighty Tal Rosenberg and Jeff Weiss have both posted their joint paper at their respective internet homes. Even more than Theon's, though, what you're missing here is the delivery; Stylus alums accounted for most of the really well delivered papers at the conference (although not all), and it's shame we can't duplicate that experience here.

I don't normally link to a blog here just because I start reading it, but Slaughterhouse 90210 is a special case. I am a little obsessed with it right now.

Lastly, but far from leastly, you should probably take this test.

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