Friday Links

Social Links

If you’re looking for me online you can find me on Twitter and on Tumblr. And I’ve started a Google+ where you can find an exclusive tab.

I’m also experimenting with Twitter/Facebook/Google +1 buttons at the bottom of posts. I’ll give it a while and see if anyone is clicking on them and, if they are, which ones are getting used. So if you want them to stay click on your preferred method at the bottom of this post (or any other – if it’s working right).

General Links

A couple of gorgeous videos of Huakani ukuleles being made.

Ukegnome tweeted something I’ve noticed of late: the ukulele is getting very popular in Thailand. You can find out what’s happening on UkuleleThai (if you happen to read Thai).

Stereogum have a premature evaluation of the forthcoming Beirut album, The Rip Tide. I’m expecting plenty of uke since it’s named after one.

Article in The Independent about The Duke of Uke closing.

Prince Charles strums a margarine tub ukulele.

Ukulele Window Shopping

After my last Window Shopping post, Ron Hale pointed out that you can buy the sitar-kuleles on Amazon.

Lego ukulele for sale on Elderly (via Ukulelia)

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  1. zym July 15th, 2011 2:17 pm

    i see no +1 (using works crappy ie7, so that could be the reason)

    Cant really get my head around google+, tbh. I pretty much use my phone for EVERYTHING these days, and ive found that the mobile experience of + is dreadful. The android app seems half finished, and there seems to be tons of features missing. Maybe things might improve once 3rd party developers get involved, but at the moment i havent got the patience to stick with it – Which is shame really, cos im a huge google fanboy;)

    do i need to say something about ukuleles?

  2. milko July 15th, 2011 6:31 pm

    I have never clicked those tweet/like/+1/share buttons on any other site, I fear I’ll be unlikely to do it here. Still, I have you in a circle on G+, I still use that and Twitter and Facebook.

    Rip Tide has ukulele, and is back to a more traditional sound than that electronica thing he had going recently. It’s not nearly as ukulele-led as the likes of Flying Club Cup though, it’s just an instrument in the crowd most of the time if it’s there at all. Perhaps a bit like what you said over here…

  3. Mike Dickison July 16th, 2011 1:34 am

    I was wondering why every second new fan of the Kiwi Ukulele Facebook page was Thai. Can anyone explain what’s the deal with the surge in uke popularity in Bangkok?

    Glad to see New Zealand was number two in the Google Trends scores for ukulele. And then Norway, not as much of a surprise.

  4. Woodshed July 16th, 2011 1:57 am

    zym: Balls. I tested it on Firefox, Safari and Chrome. It completely slipped my mind that some people are still using Explorer.

    I don’t make it out of bed most days so the mobile isn’t a deal-breaker for me. I’m sure something decent will come out sooner or later.

    milko: No, I haven’t often done that – which is why I’ve been slow to try them out. We’ll see how it goes.

    Mike: I think Norway has been up there for years. I seem to remember a Scandinavian country in that position when I first started the blog. Might have been Sweden.

  5. mikeplaysukulele July 16th, 2011 2:02 am

    I think there’s a general uke popularity bubble in many countries these days. They’re cheaper than guitars, easier to learn and play than guitars, and provide just as good accompaniment for singers. I played guitar for about 8 years before picking up a uke, and since then, I’ve probably spent far more time on the uke, although I still enjoy the guitar.

  6. RobNY July 16th, 2011 3:36 am

    I think that Lego uke is one of the stupidest things you could spend $275.00 on

  7. Molly July 17th, 2011 1:32 pm

    I´m norwegian, started using this site a few weeks ago. It surprised me that Norway is so high up on that list, as i find people look at me like i´m a bit of a weirdo when i tell them i´ve gotten a ukulele and started playing. “A uku-what??” :D
    There are a few very active groups who play though, and it could be more of an urban thing here (i´m countryside atm).

    About the sharing buttons, i haven´t used them, if i had i´d have used the Facebook one.
    I only use Facebook, not Twitter, Google+ etc. so it would be brilliant if there was a group on Facebook with updates from this site.

    Huge fan of Ukulelehunt regardless though :)

  8. Woodshed July 18th, 2011 3:14 pm

    mikeplaysukulele: Does seem like the bubble is bigger in some countries than others.

    RobNY: I reckon they’ll get a buyer or two.

    Molly: Thanks very much for the info. Very interesting.

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