Is Facebook Your Window to the World? It Could Be Soon

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As you may know, a few months ago Facebook announced that it was acquiring Oculus Rift, a maker of virtual reality headsets. Compare this news with this Banksy art piece:

Need Help with the New BookBook?

Need Help with the New BookBook?

You may have heard about IKEA’s innovative move to release its latest catalog as a BookBook: If you have any trouble operating it, just call the Medieval Help Desk:

Snowden Updates

Snowden Updates

A Web Guerrilla Breaking News From the Jungle: Inside Glenn Greenwald’s Mountaintop Home Office by David Carr at the NYTimes “On approaching Glenn Greenwald’s home office high in the jungle-encrusted mountains above Rio de Janeiro, all is tranquil, bucolic even. A gurgling stream at the entrance frames the idyll. And then the dogs notice the incursion. [...]

What to Read: “Life Under Instant Replay,” and more

What to Read: “Life Under Instant Replay,” and more

New app helps teens calm anxiety “Anxiety disorders affect one in eight teens. There are medications and therapies that can help alleviate symptoms, and now there’s even an app that can help. The MindShift app aims to teach young adults how to combat everyday anxiety, panic, conflict and worry. Teens can input their symptoms and [...]

Watch the Sky…On Your Wall?

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Love the sky, but don’t want to have go outside or even look up? This place has the solution:

Loneliness vs. Electric Shock. Who wins?

Every NSA Revelation in One Chart

Blaise Pascal famously wrote: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” and now science shows us a deeper truth: that we would rather administer electric shocks to ourselves than sit quietly in a room alone. Read on below. The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders [...]

Read Schuchardt to Speak at Christ Community Church as Part of #TrendingNow Series

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Co-founder and chairman of Second Nature‘s editorial board Read Mercer Schuchardt will be speaking throughout the weekend of July 12th and 13th at Christ Community Church, a multi-site evangelical church in Illinois. Part of their summer “#TrendingNow: Christ & Culture” series, Schuchardt will be “analyzing the so-called ‘better quality of life’ provided by technology in the post-digital [...]

Look Up

Look Up

“I have 422 friends, yet I’m lonely.” This is for all of us who need a reminder to shut our computers and look up from our smart phones, but who respond better to advice when it rhymes. Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, who describe his video as ” a lesson taught to us through a love story, in [...]

Snowden: “I was trained as a spy”

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  In case you missed the latest Snowden interview, here’s a short clip where Snowden explains that contrary to official government releases, he was not simply a “low-level systems analyst” but actually trained as a spy. You can see the whole interview with Brian Williams and read more at NBC News.

Popes, Pseudo-Events, Computer Marriage and the Simple Life

Popes, Pseudo-Events, Computer Marriage and the Simple Life

In this week’s reading list, we have quite a combination. A murder in Montgomery remains unsolved as the victim’s simple life leaves no social media, email or other electronic footprints for law enforcement to follow. A Florida man is demanding his right to wed his pornography-laden computer. We’ve also got a scholarly love letter to [...]