• The Curse of Cow Clicker: How a Cheeky Satire Became a Videogame Hit | Magazine
    ‘Every “I’m clicking a cow” newsfeed update served as a badge of ironic protest. Players gleefully clicked cows to send a message to their FarmVille-loving friends or to identify themselves as members of the anti-Zynga underground…. And then something surprising happened: Cow Clicker caught fire.’
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  • Inspiration vs. Imitation | Jessica Hische
    ‘When you’re learning, it’s not wrong to copy people—to learn from them the way that they learned from others before them. What many young artists have a problem realizing though, is that the work you create while practicing and learning is completely separate of what you do professionally.’
  • Harvard Gazette: Academic turns city into a social experiment
    ‘Another innovative idea was to use mimes to improve both traffic and citizens’ behavior. Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn’t follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move. Mimes also poked fun at reckless drivers. The program was so popular that another 400 people were trained as mimes.’
  • The Four Lenses of Game Making – What Games Are
    Tetrism, Narrativism, Simulationism, Behaviorism.
  • Obituary – Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s Enigmatic Strongman – NYTimes.com
    ‘Mr. Kim was a source of fascination inside the Central Intelligence Agency, which interviewed his mistresses, tried to track his whereabouts and psychoanalyzed his motives. And he was an object of parody in American culture.’
  • Vaclav Havel, Former Czech President, Dies at 75 – NYTimes.com
    ‘Mr. Havel spent five years in and out of Communist prisons, lived for two decades under close secret-police surveillance and endured the suppression of his plays and essays. He served 14 years as president, wrote 19 plays, inspired a film and a rap song and remained one of his generation’s most seductively nonconformist writers.’
  • Lookspring » In which I don’t try to write like a man
    ‘I posted a picture of my skirt on Twitter the other day, because the pattern reminded me of a Pokemon. I was anxious about posting it, in case it seemed like something that would lay me open to accusations of being a camwhore or an attention-seeking flirt…. It has taken me a horribly long time to understand what an insidious impact the fear of attracting the degree of negative attention has on the way I present myself.’
  • Users Know: STFU About What Women Want
    ‘So, when a publication like TechCrunch spews some nonsense about what women want, it means that the next time I go into an interview with a male founder… who has read that nonsense, he may be thinking, consciously or subconsciously, “she doesn’t really want to work at this startup because she wants to have a baby.” And frankly, that sucks for me and all the other women like me.’