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Vinyl Archeology


Trivia and geekery have flourished on the internet since the DARPA days, but one species of obsessive may be finally getting his flash-enabled due: the cratedigger.

WhoSampled (hat tip) is a site specializing in tracing rap samples to their original sources. So if you type in “D’Evils,” and you get pointed back to the Allen Toussaint song where the piano riff began life. And if you were wondering exactly how many producers had taken cuts from Isaac Hayes, this would be the best place to find out.

It’s trivia, and not obviously useful, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a few 90s rap fans were accidentally converted to the gospel of 70s soul.

Chinese CGI, Madison Avenue, and Hot Buttered Soul


The Story of Isaac: Refinery29 bids goodbye to a soul legend. [Refinery29]

The Man in the Gray Flannel Pajamas: Madison Avenue just got a little shlubbier. [NYT]

China My China: Apparently part of the Olympic opening ceremony got a little assistance from the People’s Glorious CGI Department. [Boing Boing]

Behind the Mask: The smog-mask look is really taking off in Beijing. Expect it to hit L.A. within the decade. [AdAge]

Hitting the Bottle: What the world needs now are designer soda bottles, sweet designer soda bottles. [Marktd]