Inbox: the week on the webADAM ROBERTS
Five links. Well, more, really, but five arbitrary categories of links. Enjoy!
1. The first 100 albums of beloved BBC DJ John Peel's record collection are online, in a beautifully designed space. You could lose hours playing around here, and you should! Meanwhile, Pitchfork offer up a pretty decent essay on the physical allure of vinyl.
2. Here's Barack Obama's and Jimmy Kimmel's speeches at the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner, held at the weekend. Not enough Kim Kardashian-baiting for my liking, but still rather funny. Gotta say, at some points it seemed like Jimmy was hurrying through his, but there are a few zingers. If you haven't got time to bother watching them, here's lists of BO's and JK's best gags.
3. Tech reporter vows to quit the internet for a year. Internet responds: meh. I actually think this is a cool idea and I hope it results in some interesting insights. I give him... a month. At the bottom of the linked page are some links to a Reddit conversation about the project, which is also worth a look.
4. Since the real Don Brash ascended to the throne of the ACT Party (and then promptly descended), the hilarious and at times slightly unhinged Twitter alter-ego @DrBrash has been livening up the social network with a near-constant flow of witty, bizarre tweets. This week, @DrBrash called it quits, with a protracted death-scene referencing Adam Smith's Invisible Hand, Citizen Kane and The Aristocrats (not the cartoon). Shortly afterward the two guys behind the account unmasked themselves. Here's a piece from co-Brash Joshua Drummond, explaining how it all worked. Sorta disappointed it wasn't Trevor Mallard or Winston Peters.
5. Tumblr of the week - Charts N Things - The New York Times' new blog which goes behind the scenes on the creation of the various charts and graphics the paper uses. Good nerdy stuff.
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