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Links – 6th August 2008

Final catch-up link update – a few miscellaneous links to accompany the thought that we are now halfway through the working week.

Miscellaneous links

Best of the BBC News magazine (BBC)

America’s top 20 growing and disappearing jobs (Forbes)

A funny spoof of a Michael Bay Dark Knight script (Spill)

The word for !$%@ is grawlix (Typography)

A Family Guy voice recording (Youtube video) – seeing the voices come out of the actors’ mouths just looks wrong

When a football (soccer) match descended into both teams trying to lose (Snopes)

How differently the UK can be represented on maps (Noisy Decent Graphics)

Ten foods only Americans could have invented (Endless Simmer)

The videogames that don’t make it out of development (Guardian)

Very cool photos by Li Wei

Top 10 myths in FBI History (from, amazingly, the FBI)

Wikipedia list of films considered to be the worst

Six snacks that are good for you (Huffington Post)

101 things to do when you’re bored (Listsgalore)

I particularly like Best of the BBC News magazine and A funny spoof of a Michael Bay Dark Knight script

Other posts in this series of updates are Marketing and media, Business and the Internet and Useful and interesting

This will probably be the last miscellany-dedicated post in this blog. I like pointing out bits of randomness on the web, but as standalone posts I’m not sure if they fit in particularly well with the rest of the blog



Links – 14th June 2008

This is part 2 of my 5 part long-overdue link update. See the bottom of the post for links to the others in the series.

Interesting essays/Food for thought

China’s all-seeing eye (Naomi Klein) – Rolling Stone essay on Chinese/US cooperation in advancing surveillance techniques

The Million Dollar long bet (Kevin Kelly) – Warren Buffet bets $1m that hedge funds can’t beat the S&P 500 index

Why professional athletes go broke (Brian Cuban) – essentially, their skills are in their chosen field, not financial management

The striker that snubbed Hitler (New Statesman)

Bill Gates on creative capitalism (Gates Foundation)

Is Executive Function the new IQ? (Newsweek)

Interesting essay on gaming (Prospect)

How pure is your altruism? (Freakonomics)

Designing new sports (Wired)

The top 100 public intellectuals (Foreign Policy)

Questions on the Guinness Books of Records answered (Freakonomics)

Gladwell on Innovation (New Yorker)

On Solitaire (Slate) – I’ve just discovered the Klondike game on my iPod and my bus/tube journeys are now infinitely more enjoyable

Profile of the art dealer Larry Gagosian (More Intelligent Life)

Israel’s 60th anniversary (Avi Shlaim)

Trivia and lists

7 people fired for blogging (Mental Floss)

6 stunts in the name of science (Cracked)

15 fascinating historical events (Frikoo)

6 creepy comic book characters (Cracked)

The world’s most dangerous gangs (Foreign Policy)

25 strangest collections on the web (Neatorama)

7 more underground wonders (Web Urbanist)

Directors’ cameos in films (Cineleet)

Otto Rahn was the original Indiana Jones (Daily Telegraph)

7 unusual restaurants (Mental Floss)

10 deepest caves in the world (Environmental Graffiti)

18 insane journeys (OT Beach)

20 cities, islands and countries threatened by global warming (OT Beach)

10 problems solved by MacGyver (Mental Floss)

10 stars from Weezer’s new Youtube referencing video (Video Clips Review)

Among these I would recommend

Interesting essays/Food for thought: China’s all-seeing eye, The Million Dollar long bet and Israel’s 60th anniversary

Trivia and lists: 7 people fired for blogging, The world’s most dangerous gangs and Otto Rahn was the original Indiana Jones

The other posts in this series of updates are:

Friday: Marketing links

Sunday: Interesting websites, and useful tips

Monday: Technology and web2.0 links

Tuesday: Miscellaneous random links