Day: July 18, 2014

⦿ Friday Links

Back for another week of links. I’m digging deeper into the Instapaper archives to pull out some articles I wanted to share earlier in the summer but never got around to doing.


Do you like The Smiths? How about a list of their 30 best songs with notes about each from other artists and celebrities?

The Smiths’ 30 greatest songs – as chosen by the band and their famous fans


Last year, each night I went into C’s room to tell her goodnight, either “Blurred Lines” or “Get Lucky” seemed to be playing on her bedside radio. She’s not listening to the radio at night anymore, but I imagine I would be hearing “Fancy” or “Problem” if she was. The AV Club discusses whether the concept of a song of the summer is out-dated.

Can anything truly be called “song of the summer” anymore?


An article about KU basketball that even non-KU fans might want to read. It’s about an interesting study measuring the stress and hormone levels of KU players during the 2012-13 season. The folks behind the survey believe that, eventually, they may be able to unlock more tools for keeping players at their peak levels of performance from the data studies like this are generating.

Could KU basketball study lead to a change in the way the game is played?


From the Chronicle of Higher Education, of all places, a fascinating article about the recruitment of Marvin Clark, a Kansas City native. Like every article about recruiting, it makes you feel a little dirty about being a fan of college sports. Although, for now, Clark seems to be headed in a good direction in his life.

The Courting Of Marvin Clark


Finally, an absolutely wonderful feature on LA Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. If you love baseball, you kind of have to love Vin. Which means you’ll love this article.

‘We’ve Been Friends Long Enough You’ll Understand’

Friday Vid

“New Moon On Monday” – Duran Duran
You know, when you take a look at Duran Duran’s list of singles, it’s pretty solid. It was easy to hate on them, because they wore makeup and dressed fancy and made use of synthesizers as much as guitars. But you have to admit, they had a terrific run of songs from 1982-1986 (In the US) with a nice mini-comeback in 1993.

I’ve said before, to some other lovers of 80s music, that this might be the most underrated of DD songs. You don’t think of it as quickly as you do “Hungry Like The Wolf” or “Rio.” It wasn’t as big of a hit as “The Reflex.” But I think it’s just as good as any of those songs.

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