Link Smorgasbord, July 29 - August 4

Got a bunch of these this week.

xkcd - Time
Randall Munroe is a mad genius.  If you do not already read xkcd you should, it is a brilliant comic.  Then on March 25, 2013 he posted this one, "Time."  3000+ images loaded over a four month period.  You can now watch the whole series at an accelerated or controlled rate here and read discussions about the whole comic at the explain xkcd wiki.  As an extra bonus, Randall Munroe talked to Wired about his comic.

Why Core Gamers Hate Free-to-Play

Obama Gives Jobs Speech at Amazon Warehouse
TL;DR - Obama praises Amazon's "economy boosting" efforts, in this case largely creating thousands of part time and seasonal jobs.  As Amazon is in essence the WalMart of the book world this has greatly upset many industry organizations and business owners.

NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books
I scored a 55, most of the books I haven't read were already on my "to read" list.

Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians
Brilliant and hilarious.  Also, I need that minifig (yes, I know I lack glasses or even a remote interest in drinking coffee, I'm still amused).

"Heald has now finalized his research and the picture, though more detailed, is largely the same: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. "Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view only to reappear in significantly increased numbers when they fall into the public domain and lose their owners.""
Recovering the Classics
A creative collaborative effort creating gorgeous covers for public domain titles.

iPhone Hacked in Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger 
It's 2am, do you know who's charger your phone is plugged into?

This is an argument of freedom of speech vs publicity.  The decision distinctly strikes against freedom of speech but I could see it be used as a basis for stronger privacy protection later on.  This suit however was not about privacy, but about publicity and depictions of public figures.  More discussion on the implications can be found here as well.

Ten Books for the Geek in All of Us
Some really good books on this list.

Your app makes me fat
A very interesting read.  Also caused one of those "oh yeah" moments of reflection concerning my emotional and mental state when coming home from a particularly... demanding day at work.

Update: Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops
And what happens if someone is completely innocent and doesn't consent to the casual search of the premise?  Ironically I'm re-reading Corey Doctorow's Little Brother for a class right now too...

The article title lies, there are significantly more than ten books.  Some of them are fantastic in their awfulness.

FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software
The upside is that, as of right now, ISPs seem to be reluctant to go along.  The downside is that there's a number of other things ISPs resisted at first then gave into that were anti-consumer.

Battle of the media ecosystems: Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft
Interesting read.  TL;DR - all have their ups and downs, but they all sort even out across the different categories.

Nothing to Prove - Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks
I've largely been lucky as a female gamer in my encounters, but this video still made me incredibly happy.


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