It’s time for another reading list, so here’s some stuff i particularly enjoyed reading in June:
- Amanda Hocking, Storyseller: The New York Times profiles self-publishing, best-selling author Amanda Hocking.
- Windows 8 for software developers: the Longhorn dream reborn? Ars Technica takes a look at what Windows 8 has in store for developers and the fate of Microsoft technologies such as .NET and Silverlight.
- A form of augmented reality: Another interesting response to that Kevin Slavin talk.
- In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship: Maria Popova on the growing role and importance of curation. Snip: “While “old media” fought against the scarcity of information, new media are fighting the overabundance of information.“
- AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out. What it’s like to write for an AOL weblog. Makes me almost feel bad about reading Engadget.
- The Earth Is Full: This one drew criticism on Twitter when it made the rounds some time ago, but i kinda like these fatalistic doomsday scenarios to drive your thoughts out of your comfort zone. Snip: “How many people […] lie on their death bed and say, ‘I wish I had worked harder or built more shareholder value’.“
- Ass, and You Shall Receive: Underground Lap-Dance Club Exposed! Yes, apparently such things exist. The New York Observer investigates dutifully.
- Meet Amazon.com’s first employee: Shel Kaphan. GeekWire interviews Amazon’s first employee.
- How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code: How Project Euler succeeds at teaching programming.
- Poking at Cow Clicker: Edge magazine profiles Ian Bogost’s Facebook game Cow Clicker.
- I Was There When Acid House Hit London and This Is How It Felt: Slightly before my time, which makes it all the more interesting.
- Bad Job Market: Why the Media Is Always Wrong About the Value of a College Degree
- Google Chrome – Why I Hate It And Continue To Use It: I’ve never managed to use Chrome for more than a few hours before switching back to Safari as my default browser.
- Genevieve Bell, Intel anthropologist – 10 visions of the future: Pocket Lint (who knew they’re still around) interviews Genevieve Bell. Some great soundbites in there.
- Cranking: Fantastic essay by Merlin Mann.
- On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun: Articles like this one illustrate how fancy buzzwords like gamification change the media coverage and our perception of the world around us. Suddenly everything around us is a bloody game. Interesting article nonetheless – i wouldn’t have thought that a trader’s workspace costs $200k per year in upkeep.
- My Month With the Nexus S: Chris Clark reviews the Nexus S. Snip: “If the Nexus S were my first smartphone, having used only candybar feature phones before it, I’d probably love it.” That’s what many iPhone users say after trying Android…