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Roundup August, 27 2010

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Beau Colburn does Thursday’s roundup…

01. Radiohead Live in Prague (above)

“On 23rd August 2009 a group of Radiohead fans descended on the Vystaviste Holesovice in Prague on a mission — to capture the band playing using as many different angles as possible.” #recommended
(radiohead-prague)

02. Be Unbeatable

“On the evening of May 23rd, 1945, in the Japanese town of Chiran, Masanobu Kuno sat down and hand-wrote the following farewell letter to his 5-year-old son, Masanori, and 2-year-old daughter, Kiyoko. The next day, Captain Kuno proudly boarded his explosive-laden aircraft, took to the skies and, as did thousands of other Kamikaze pilots  during World War II, deliberately flew his plane into an Allied warship as part of the Battle of Okinawa.” (kottke>letters of note)

03. Vampire Weekend’s Mutinous Muse

“Some music-business insiders whispered that she was squandering the opportunity of a lifetime: Vampire Weekend had transformed this retired catalogue model into the golden mystery girl of indie rock, and she repays them by filing a lawsuit? But they’re missing the point. For the models of Kennis’s generation, there is a right way and a wrong way to recruit a model to sell your product. And in this episode, it’s clear something seems to have gone very wrong indeed.” (vf)

04. The illusion of diversity: visualizing ownership in the soft drink industry

“Three firms control 89% of US soft drink sales. This dominance is obscured from us by the appearance of numerous choices on retailer shelves. Steve Hannaford refers to this as “pseudovariety,” or the illusion of diversity, concealing a lack of real choice . To visualize the extent of pseudovariety in this industry we developed a cluster diagram to represent the number of soft drink brands and varieties found in the refrigerator cases of 94 Michigan retailers, along with their ownership connections.” (good>philiphoward)

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