Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Link roundup

1. MS Corley is giving away a free sketch if you buy a copy of The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, which is currently $10 at Amazon.

2. LA Times:

Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

3. Bug Agentes Biologicos "perfected a way to spray its wasps onto soy fields, just as pesticides are spread via airplane" to kill parasites.

4. NY Times:
People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.

According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.
5. Play This Thing:
The Problem with Gamification is that it tries to solve a problem that doesn't exist. We already have a universal points system, across all aspects of life, that represents status and is redeemable for real world prizes. It's called "money."