Some of my favorite albums of 2011

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Welp, that’s the list. Feel free to take it with you (hint: the names are clickable). Also made a playlist for yer listening pleasure. Enjoy.

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My best albums of 2011

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The New Idea

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-D Berman, “The New Idea" from Actual Air

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The New Idea

On writing about speed, time, geological formations, and the meaning of meaning

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Seriously, Metal Mob — I’m not fond of hyperbole, but this might be the best line of promotional copy ever written:

The presenters will explore theories of speed, time,…

On writing about speed, time, geological formations, and the meaning of meaning

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Seriously, Metal Mob — I’m not fond of hyperbole, but this might be the best line of promotional copy ever written:

The presenters will explore theories of speed, time, geological formations, and the meaning of meaning while performing brutally fast speed metal with fog machines, laser pointers, samples, and PowerPoint visuals.

Of course it’s a run-on with serial commas. It’s for the First International Speed Metal Drumming and Arts Education Symposium, fer chrissakes. If I lived within a hundred-mile radius of the Tri-State area, I would so be there tonight.

(via @WFMU and @dddiana)

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The scientist of tomorrow

The scientist of tomorrow will have special scruples about his internal life. He will create out of himself the precision instrument for reducing life to a subject of analysis.

-Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

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The strength of street knowledge

Launched today, Google’s Art Project provides Street View tours of some of the finest art museums in the world, complete with multimedia installations, floor plans, historical context, biographies and bookmarking. Bear witness.

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The personal appeal of Sneakerpedia

A friend of mine is an archivist at Nike HQ. Of the many fascinating things she told me when we toured the Beaverton campus a while back, the one that really stuck in my head was a story…

The personal appeal of Sneakerpedia

A friend of mine is an archivist at Nike HQ. Of the many fascinating things she told me when we toured the Beaverton campus a while back, the one that really stuck in my head was a story about the company’s own sneaker collection.

Rumor has it that for the longest time, Nike didn’t maintain a comprehensive archive of its shoes. As a result, the company allegedly had to buy back 150 pairs of vintage kicks from a Japanese collector in 2005 — at premium prices, of course.

Poetic justice aside, this urban myth underscores the fact that Sneakerpedia could be absolutely massive. The culture, passion and hype are all there. Really, the only way it’ll fail is if the user experience sucks.

Talk about a Jimmy Wales-size burden to bear….

Thanks to @danielmall for tweeting this video.

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