Friday, 23 April 2010

The Weekly Links Post: No. 7

Following a couple of minor dramas at inopportune moments last week (#nickcleggsfault), normal service is now resumed...

So, here we go, with yet another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below:

Highlights from Guardian Technology
(Because otherwise I just don't get around to reading it now it's no longer in the print edition).

Playing brain training games improves only your ability to play brain training games, according to recent research.

What if we applied a spam filter to life as well as our emails?

Has Google killed the satnav? Google Maps Navigation launches in the UK.

Games will never be art, says Roger Ebert. Again.

We've heard from (and Twittered on) Clegg, Cameron and Brown, but what about the people who wrote their policies? Here's the manifesto writers' debate (with questions decided on by Guardian readers, Twitterers and members of online campaign group 38Degrees).

Social Media

Election 2.0? Maybe not, says report by Apex Communications.

How to protect yourself against Facebook's latest privacy compromising changes. Or try to.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

Historian admits to anonymously trashing rivals on Amazon, and praising his own publications.

Poet attempting to encode self-perpetuating and mutating poetry into DNA.

Prize for New Media Writing established by Poole Literary Festival and Bournemouth University.

Useful Apps & Downloads

Calibre: a free and open source e-book library manager and converter.


Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon gets an 8-bit chiptunes makeover.

Games & Other Distractions

Viricide: another engagingly melancholy creation from Eli Piilonen, maker of the excellent indie game The Company Of Myself (described in this previous post).


Why the US Library of Congress is archiving Twitter. (Not an attempt to create the world's largest repository of sarcasm, as it turns out.)

"Will Nick Clegg give house prices cancer?" The online random Daily Mail headline generator has had an update.

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