Mid-day short links snackbar

  • BB reader Meredith says, "This guy (my roomate, in fact) has made these awesome PCB (printed circuit board) skull bracelets."

  • BB Gadgets: Apple's $100 store credit thing is now live.

  • Here's an article in Der Spiegel about German people who fetishize Native Americans.

  • Lacrosse, Kansas, is the barbed wire capital of the world, and home of the Kansas Barbed Wire Collectors Association. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum is currently closed for the season but their competition, the "Devil's Rope Museum" in Texas, is not -- in case you get a hankerin' for such hard-to-find titles as "The Fencin' Tool Bible".

  • The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram. The report was filed to allow for the construction of a canal wich would destroy Lord Ram's bridge - a natural formation that some conservative Hindus believe was built by Ram and his army of monkeys.

  • "What 'The Sopranos' taught me about technology." (plus, a quiz)

  • Prince announces his intent to sue YouTube and other video and music websites for unauthorized use of his work, in an attempt to "reclaim his art on the Internet".

  • Flowchart: all the historic influences that led to creation of the Laugh Out Loud Cats.

  • Trent Reznor on his Australian label: "I've garnered a hardcore audience that you think it's OK to rip off? Fuck you!"

  • David Pogue's latest New York Times piece asks why customers purchasing some ringtones based on music tracks are being asked to pay three times as much for a 30-second, time-limited excerpt than they would for the entire work.

  • Check into Cash into Tequila. BB reader Rob Cockerham says, "After noticing the apparent proximity of liquor stores to check cashing places, I got out and measured twelve of them. The average distance was less than 200 steps."

    (Thanks, Patricio, Virtual Tours, Javier, Tian, Astrofiammante)

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    1. From the Reznor interview:

      When our record came out I was disappointed at the number of people that actually bought it. If this had been 10 years ago I would think “Well, not that many people are into it. OK, that kinda sucks. Yeah I could point fingers but the blame would be with me, maybe I’m not relevant”. But on this record, I know people have it and I know it’s on everybody’s iPods, but the climate is such that people don’t buy it because it’s easier to steal it.

    2. @Meredith with the circuit board bracelets: Your roommate could make a lot of money if he sells those online. I know I’d get one. Or five.

    3. The bracelet looks cool, but if you look at the photos on that page, note that he’s holding his wrist straight — bend your wrist back, and you’ve got the edge of the PCB digging into your skin.

    4. I loved that interview with Trent. His attitudes are very healthy in this current climate. He hates the labels as much as we do, and he just wants his music to get out there and to earn a decent living from it. I think that’s ultimately what every musician wants but they just don’t know how to do it.

      RE: Skull PCB: I would wear that as a necklace or put it as a badge on my messenger bag, but it’s a little big to wear as a bracelet. It’s totally bad ass though, I wish they were for sale.

    5. Regarding the ring tones…

      If you pay the 3 dollars for the ringtones, you’ll be more socially acceptable to shallow people who make a point of spending their money frivolously. (Oh, I’m sorry, it’s called “prestige pricing,” isn’t it? Or maybe the term “audio bling” applies here.) This will gain you admission to a network or more profitable people, which in turn will improve your employment prospects and your paycheck along with it. Then the price of the ring tones won’t matter, or else you can consider it a good investment.

      That’s just the first theory to pop into my head. I hope I’m not right. But I probably am.

    6. I used to be kinda irked at Apelad for “cashing in on a meme” but it’s pretty clear he’s gone beyond that, 250+ comix in.

    7. TheCynic, I think it’s more like having a replicator that can create a perfect clone of a gourmet meal, cooked exactly as the gourmet chef would’ve done it, on your dinner table for free, versus having the exact same meal but paying for the experience of eating it in a restaurant. How many people would pay for the “restaurant experience,” and how often, if they could get the meal for free? How many people would go for the cloned meal and justify it by saying, “well, I wouldn’t have paid to go to the restaurant anyway, so they’re not losing any revenue?”

    8. “Winnetou is the quintessential German national hero, a paragon of virtue, a nature freak, a romantic, a pacifist at heart”

      We used to have many of those here in America — where we now *love* wild horses and our own (fictional) indians and feed (real) indians shit. And so, we’ve proven that you can do worse. Many, many times.

      Ever been in a busy indian casino? Great place to find extras for a zombie movie.

    9. Any casino’s a great place to find extras for a zombie movie. Go to the Las Vegas Strip some night and watch the people going by. Suddenly you’ll realize you can spot the locals: they’re not in a trance state.

    10. re: Cash Into Tequila… How is this surprising? Before check fraud became so easy and widespread, you could cash your check in a bar, liquor store or many other establishments, who would do so as a service to their customers. True, the check cashing places are destructive, but for their own reasons, not because of proximity to anything else.

    11. Check into Cash into Tequila: Teetotaler or anti-Mexican or just plain pleasure-hater? Liquor stores exist to provide a desirable product to the public. Check cashing stores exist to turn checks into spendable currency conveniently. Is it any surprise that they exist in reasonable proximity in the United States?

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