Posts tagged ‘book’

September 24, 2010

In 2021 You’ll Enjoy Total Recall

by Matt Forcey

Upgrading our memory is a matter of improving our recording and retrieving abilities. At the current pace of miniaturization, camera components could be made tiny enough to fit in a contact lens (A) in just a few years. A high-precision microphone could fit in your ear (B). And the data could be downloaded to a searchable handheld gadget (C) Big Sesh Studios

Humans naturally have the power to remember almost two bits of information per second, or a few hundred megabytes over a lifetime. Compared with a DVD movie, which holds up to 17 gigabytes, that´s nothing. Worse, you might easily recall the 40-year-old dialogue from Hogan´s Heroes yet forget your mom´s birthday. Or memorize reams of sports stats while spacing out on work you completed just last week.

It’s a problem that’s been bothering Gordon Bell for almost as long as he can remember.  In 1998 Bell, a senior researcher at Microsoft, began digitally capturing his entire life for a project he calls MyLifeBits.

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September 15, 2010

Get Your Freakonomics On… at the Theater

by Matt Forcey

The bestselling book by University of Chicago economist, Steven Levitt, and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics, is now a movie by the same name.  In a move as unconventional as the material it covers, Magnolia Pictures has chosen to

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September 8, 2010

Birth of a Contemporary Vampire Legend: Let the Right One In

by Matt Forcey

Illustration by Tyler Stout

With the Millenium trilogy and other great mysteries like The Man From Beijing finding their way into my collection over the past year, I’ve been on a real Swedish author kick.  Taking a deviation from the inventive page-turners of Larsson and Mankell, I recently picked up Let The Right One In, by yet another Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindqvist.  Set in the early 1980’s Stockholm, the story is an unusual blend of a coming of age buddy tale and an eerie vampire horror. 

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September 5, 2010

All My Friends Are Dead

by Matt Forcey

A dark-witted book explores the feelings of loss and loneliness with ironic levity.

A children’s book for adults, “All My Friends Are Dead” cleverly illustrates the inevitable sadness we all will face—whether you’re a tree, sock, pirate, cassette tape or other—when our friends cease to exist.

From the snowman whose friends all melt away to the house plant whose friends are slowly killed by humans, the book uses dark humor to shed light on the ubiquitous feeling of loneliness.

Written by actor Avery Monsen and journalist Jory John.

Via Cool Hunting

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