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Links – 5th August 2008

Next up on my whistle stop tour of what happened on the Internet over the last month, we have:

Useful and Interesting

Piclens – presents the web in 3D

Real-time world statistics

Graffiti creator website

Fight The Bull – a tool to test your writing skills

Does the world need another Indie band? (Independent) – I like the phrases used to describe the genre that is basically an updating of MOR – Landfill Indie and Mortgage Indie. I had previously referred to it as Topshop Indie. I can’t say I agree with the comment “Major Label ‘indie’ in Britain is literally the worst thing since AIDS” though

Is it curtains for critics? (Guardian) – I don’t think so. Bloggers build up trust over time. The umbrella of a big newspaper or media owner is an immediate signifier to those that haven’t previously invested any time into the subject. SEO only takes you so far…

Excellent profile on CocoRosie (New York Times) – I’ve never seen them live but I’m a big fan of their last two albums

How Vampire Weekend made it big (Portfolio) – well, biggish

Lifehacker’s Top 10 Modern Life Survival Skills

Are we conspiring to kill the cult of celebrity? (Guardian)

How Batman would cope in the real world (Scientific American)

The best tools and fitness plans to get into shape (Lifehacker)

Gmail vs Outlook (Lifehacker)

Paris is concerned over its declining cultural influence (NZ Herald)

Nice review of “How Fiction Works” (Slate)

Blue Hill at Stone Barn (Serious Eats) – self-sustaining restaurant, where all the ingredients are grown in-house. Looks amazing.

Psychology is the most politically correct sector; electrical engineering the least (Inside Higher Ed)

Hedonic Man – TNR reviews happiness books

The burgeoning market for pet medication (NY Times)

Particularly recommended are Real-time world statistics, How Batman would cope in the real world and Hedonic Man – TNR reviews happiness books

Other posts in this series are Other posts in this series of updates are Marketing and media, Business and the Internet with a final update of trivia and miscellany tomorrow

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