The Weekend Links Post: No. 19

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my week’s online reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below:

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

Crowdsourcing doesn’t work, says UK government (or actions to that effect).

Carphone Warehouse launches ‘infinite MP3 player’ cloud music service.

On being young and lonely in the age of social networking.

The tablets are working, says Murdoch, tablets are our future. (Meaning the iPad, etc. Obviously.)

Social Media

Ian Bogost explains the mechanics of social games (e.g. Farmville) and why he created Cow Clicker: “a Facebook game about Facebook games”.

Google buys social games site Slide for $182m, adding yet more fuel to rumours of a future Google answer to Facebook.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

The Marketplace of Ideas
: “a radio show and podcast about books, culture, commerce and fascinating concepts.” (The show archive on iTunes is well worth a look.)

The author who paid actresses to read her book – prominently, in public places around New York.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads “the internet’s largest” library of bookmarklets – all of which can be easily accessed from your browser with the site’s über-bookmarklet.


Film footage from the Alan Lomax archive of American traditional music is gradually accumulating at the Alan Lomax Archive YouTube channel.

Spotify now has a Google Chrome extension – use it to search for and preview music from within the browser.

Games & Other Distractions

BattleCell: a free massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Google Maps.


Google Wave is dead. Long live Novell Pulse?

Remember Mouse Trap (the Heath-Robinson-esque board game)? Now it’s lifesize.

Errotica: the joys (or otherwise) of being wrong.

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