Inbox: the week on the web

22:22, Jun 14 2012

Links for you, arranged in a slightly different format for easy perusing.


Love or hate the original song, this rendition of Call Me Maybe, the annoying pop hit that you can't escape, is pretty amazing.

Openculture's Master List of 500 free courses from great universities.

How scientists measure the size of the universe.


In light (sort of) of the NBA finals, an oral history of the Dream Team.

I am a paranoid schizophrenic - compelling stuff.

Why Gatsby is so great. In light of Baz Luhrman's new film.

Obama's Second Term.

How tech is turning us into neurotics.

Other stuff

This guy's been playing one game of Civilisation II for 10 years, or thousands of years of in-game time, and offers a summary of his findings. It makes for bleak reading if you count the game as a realistic representation of the world.

Favourite line from the summary of the future:

I wanted to stay a democracy, but the Senate would always over-rule me when I wanted to declare war before the Vikings did.

I am not looking forward to that.

Star Wars characters drawn in the style of Dr Seuss.

Slate editor David Plotz's dad, a scientist, explains how he got there.


The Nelson Mail