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Friday Links – July 6, 2012

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What’s happening to iGoogle?

iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012.

This weeks reason to hate Google. I remember when this came out and it was a pretty big deal bringing along the glory days of Digg and Remember the Milk gadgets. In Chrome my home page is a rather slick personalized Favorites page these days.

→ Does Hollywood hate adults?

There’s an entire adult demographic out there who would be happy to go to the movies every damn week, if there were something they wanted to see. Generally there isn’t, so they stay home and watch “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife” and so on.

With action movies really not being engaging for years (the fight scenes in Haywire were better then they should have been) and drama moving long form and to television it’s rare I feel the need to go to the theater anymore. Sure I’ll go see Batman but these days there are so many options where one hardly even needs to move to watch something good.

UICA – Films

Voted by On-The-Town readers as the “best alternative film theater” in the region, UICA has developed a reputation in West Michigan as the only place to see cutting-edge films. The film program offers screenings six days a week, in our state-of-the-art 198-seat theater.

The downtown UICA is open and appears to have new films weekly. They have concessions and for non-members it’s $8 dollars to see a movie. Few weeks ago I saw a screening of Indie Game: The Movie with five others in attendance and it was awesome.

Why the Uninsured Are Still Vulnerable

Beneath the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act lies a simple truth. We are all born frail and mortal—and, in the course of our lives, we all need health care. Americans are on our way to recognizing this. If we actually do—now, that would be wicked

Dr. Gawande once again drops the knowledge on everybody and everything.

What Really Makes Us Fat

The fewer carbohydrates we eat, the more easily we remain lean. The more carbohydrates, the more difficult. In other words, carbohydrates are fattening, and obesity is a fat-storage defect. What matters, then, is the quantity and quality of carbohydrates we consume and their effect on insulin.


What Went Wrong with Kinect?

Digital Foundry looks at the highs and lows of Microsoft’s controller-free platform and considers a next-gen Kinect.

Kinect has always felt to be a side dish of bullshit. Anybody knows the voice commands should be open to anybody with a headset Kinect hardware doesn’t do anything that special to make that work. DF also goes into the other issue with Kinect and that’s input lag and low depth resolution. Kinect 2 might be worth a damn but right now feels like a big skip outside of dancing.

Category: Friday Links


One Response

  1. chouse says:

    Reading Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat right now – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WUYOQ6?ie=UTF8&tag=cshus-20&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B003WUYOQ6&ref_=tmm_kin_title_0. Fascinating stuff. A real slap in the face for the calorie counters (myself included).

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