The Weekly Links Post: No. 14

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 (I was having a bit of an internet detox last week):

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).

The iPhone 4: great, as long as you hold it correctly.

Twitter’s latest teething troubles.

Five of the best alternatives to Spotify.

The Top 10 comedy podcasts.

Is Newspass Google’s answer to paywalls?

Social Media

Losing our minds to the web? The issues raised by Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows will likely be solved by the web itself, says Evgeny Morozov. The real danger lies in how “the transparent culture of social networking is slowly reshaping human behaviour.”

Clay Shirky’s response to The Shallows.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

GalleyCat is compiling a directory of the best online fiction writers.

Library users – in London, Ontario – can now borrow e-books.

SlushPile Hell: a “grumpy literary agent” selects choice excerpts from authors’ query letters – for example:

My 318,000 word novel may seem like it starts a little slow, but after the first 100 pages or so it really picks up steam.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

Lifehacker explains how to silence the vuvuzelas (Clarice…).

Music

EMI is no longer a record label, now it’s a “comprehensive rights management company”. Which is nice.

Playdio: listen to and broadcast radio shows on Spotify.

Games & Other Distractions

Crush The Castle 2: destroy castles, with a trebuchet. Again. This time with added electric eels.

Miscellaneous

“Sanatogen Tonic Wine: because kids are murder!” – just one of many old magazine adverts posted and commented on by the Gypsy Creams blog.


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