We look for love in this edition of What I’ve Been Reading. We also look at corporate branding and Google Fiber. Mmmm… fiber… *eats oats*
- Chris McKinlay, a PhD student in math at UCLA, data-mined OKCupid to find love. It’s an interesting story, but it’s hard to feel good for someone who violated the site’s terms of service repeatedly. (Courtesy of Kevin Poulsen of Wired.)
- Writing for Grantland, Mark Harris makes a counterintuitive argument: expanding the number of Oscar Best Picture nominees from 5 to up to 10 has actually decreased the number of movies nominated for big awards. A number of commenters on the article, though, have pointed out that Harris isn’t accounting for the fact that the ballot deadline for voters has been moved up, thereby not giving voters a chance to watch as many potential nominees as they did before.
- Leila Brillson of Refinery 29 has a frank discussion with pornographic actress Stoya about pornography, feminism, and sex. (Yes, it’s safe for work.)
- Renee Jacques of The Huffington Post has a list of nine well-known brands that may soon disappear. Blackberry in particular is in a heck of a lot of trouble.
- A while ago, a few researchers from Princeton University released a ridiculous study claiming that Facebook would essentially disappear by 2017. Now, Facebook has hilariously debunked it by using similar methodology to show that Princeton would have zero enrollment by 2021. (Courtesy of Josh Constine of TechCrunch.)
- Blake Snow of Fox News reports on the Google Fiber rollout in Provo, Utah. Verdict: it’s blazing fast. It’s great that users are able to have such high upload and download speeds, but I have to wonder if these speed increases will actually allow for new Internet experiences, or if they’re just going to be used to deliver the same old content but faster.
- Andrew Heaton of Cracked writes about five terrifying planets in outer space that are weirder than science fiction. Yikes!
- Finally, Grumble Vision is my new favourite webcomic.
Phew, that was a lot of links! Alright everybody, ciao for now.
(By the way, I really need to stop linking to pieces about porn stars, lest this blog get flagged. I reiterate: this is all safe for work!)