Link Roundup: Aug. 5, 2005

Hillary vs. the Xbox
This is a great open letter to Hillary Clinton and all of the other people that want to make video games out to be worse than they really are.

Explore Flickr
Flickr just came out with some great new features. The best of which are clusters and interestingness. Clusters let you search by a tag like always, but then it also groups together other related tags into… well… clusters. Interestingness is some measure of the popularity of pictures on Flickr. It’s a great way to find stunning pictures quickly and easily.

Songs to Wear Pants to
This guy will write a song for you on request. You can make a request and it might or might not get turned in to a song, or you can pay a small fee to have a song written. It looks like he creates a few per week. It seems like a great way to get some practice and have a lot of fun.

If you have a cameraphone, why not get an account on Scoopt. If something newsworthy happens and you’re there to snap a picture, they’ll try to sell it for you and split the profits 50/50. Sounds like easy money for them, and a great way to connect “citizen journalists” with more traditional media. It’ll be interesting to see if it works out and how many copy-cat agencies spring up.

The End of DSL Competition
The FCC has ruled that companies like SBC don’t need to lease their lines to companies like EarthLink. This is good news for government sanctioned monopolies and bad news for everyone else. On the other hand, it will make it easier for the telephone companies to compete with cable companies. We’ll have to wait for wireless broadband (where more than one company can supply to an area at a time) before we see any real competition again.