Angry Robot

Is the Oculus Rift sexist? – Danah Boyd

Not at all SFW. Way too much Tom Hanks for that. (thanks y!)

Metro Morning – Running For Mayor

Matt Galloway interviewed Ford this morning. It’s an excellent interview. There are interviews with the other candidates as well.

Grim Game Of Thrones Billboard Is In A Very Inappropriate Place

Full stack writing (and publishing): Welcome to Hi – Tokyo, Japan — A Hi Moment

A few things about this are rubbing me the wrong way, but there are undoubtedly some good ideas woven into this new “writing platform”.

Jimmy Kimmel weighs in on CityVote Toronto mayoral debate

Say what you will about Ford, he’s certainly gotten Toronto’s municipal politics a lot of attention.

A Fight Is Brewing

The tale of the Danish identical twins who are also craft beer brewmaster rivals. This is an indie film waiting to happen.

Police probing crack video now have 10 gigabytes of audio and video files from Rob Ford’s friend, new documents reveal

Oh, Lisi

Twitter / goldsbie: No one go to sleep for the …

MetroMan says Ford arrest is imminent. UPDATE: seems to be clarifying “April”.

The Plan That Could Finally Free New York City From Traffic Congestion

Is it a London-style congestion charge? Yup. “The more I think about it, the more I think that there’s only one solution.”

Greetings from Planet Facebook

On the Oculus Rift acquisition, which is horribly disappointing.

Death By a Thousand Cuts: The Week in Rob Ford

“The odds of Rob Ford being frog-marched out of City Hall at some point during his re-election campaign seem increasingly non-trivial.” Fingers crossed!

If Iconic Pop Culture Vehicles Were Transformers

Total nerd bait but I will take it for KITT alone (thanks, Geoff)

20 Best TED Talks

by Sean Tejaratchi. Amazing name comedy, among other things.

The Unique Genius of Hong Kong's Public Transportation System

New stuff in the Rob Ford crack scandal

Good summary.

Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Here, this is a repost, so I’ll link to my link to a great Graeber piece back in Feb.

Super Position

Graeber takes on superheroes. “Let me clarify one thing from the start: Christopher Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight Rises really is a piece of anti-Occupy propaganda.”

The truth is out: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it

More Graeber:

<blockquote>        <p>Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn’t know how banking really works, because if they did, “there’d be a revolution before tomorrow morning”.</p>    </blockquote>

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

Might as well “curate” (gawd I hate that word) a bunch of David Graeber links while we’re on the subject.

<blockquote>        <p>In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There’s every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn’t happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more. In order to achieve this, jobs have had to be created that are, effectively, pointless. Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed. The moral and spiritual damage that comes from this situation is profound. It is a scar across our collective soul. Yet virtually no one talks about it.</p>  </blockquote>

Ill-Considered Choices: Coffee and its Effects on Feature Creep

How a coffee-ordering chat bot turned into a bank. (Via BoingBoing and incidentally, I recently read Debt and will theoretically have more to say about it at some point, but yeah it’s VERY good.)

The Cheapest Generation

Tries to make sense of millenials’ apparently decreased interest in motor vehicles and houses (other than depressingly high youth unemployment). Makes the argument that smartphones do a lot of what people used to want cars for: “opening new vistas and carrying us far from the physical space in which we reside”. Other choice quote: “The typical new car costs $30,000 and sits in a garage or parking spot for 23 hours a day.” Well, when you put it like that.

The car lobby should lobby the phone guys to lower prices so that they can afford some wheels.

What is mass extinction?

From the pre-launch Vox:

 <blockquote>        <p>Just to give one example that I think people can relate to, or understand, the Arctic ice cap, which has been there for millions of years, is probably going to be gone in your lifetime. You’re going to be able to go to the North Pole in the summertime and swim around, paddle around, if you were in the Polar Bear Club, or whatever. That is a huge change on the surface of the earth, and it will occur in the lifetime of a lot of people who are alive today.</p>    </blockquote>

How clones, fear, sanitisation and free-to-play soured Apple's iOS gaming revolution