Today is my birthday. More on that at the end of the post, but
first the best of the week.
Best New Tech. “MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch” by John Brownlee at Co.Design.
At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT’s new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning.
Best Retro Tech. “Breaking Madden: The Glorious Return of Techmo Bo Jackson” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.
The legend of Bo Jackson extended to video games. His Tecmo Bowl self remains arguably the greatest athlete in the history of gaming. In this episode, we recreate Bo in Madden NFL 25, and watch him pile up over a mile of rushing yards.
Best Parody. “Watch toy robots hilariously poke fun at our smartphone addiction” by Casey Chan at Sploid.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: the toy robots line up to buy a phone that they use to haggle for likes and amuse themselves with digital purchases until that phone breaks and they have to buy a new model and repeat the whole process again.
Best Photo Series. “Photographic Series Showing What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods” at ArtFido.
Best Special Needs Post. “Why I Refuse to Care About the Redskins Name Controversy” by Andi Sligh at The Huffington Post.
There’s something very wrong with a society that obsesses over the nickname of a professional football franchise but sees nothing wrong with the everyday use of the word “retard.”
Best Question. “Did Jesus Get Diarrhea?” by Tamára Lunardo at A Deeper Story. (Warning: Includes some sh*tty language.)
My brilliant nurse practitioner friend says that, given the water quality and sanitation of the time, he probably had frequent diarrhea as a child. Then, as an adult, he would have had enough antibodies that he didn’t have to worry about it. So, okay, fine. (Also, I’m not sure I’d take that deal. Or any of his subsequent ones, come to think of it.)
Most Moving. “My Birth Father Doesn’t Love Me, But My Real Father Does” by Lorilee Craker at Convergent Books Blog.
(W)hen you have no answers, you create ever-ballooning expectations that never can be met. I don’t care if your birth father is Neil Young, Captain Kangaroo, or the crown prince of Genovia. The balloon starts out like a cute red blob floating at a kid’s party, but when you puff it up with a lifetime of wondering it can grow to the size of the Goodyear Blimp. And we all know when the blimp springs big leaks and comes back to earth, it won’t come down gently.
Best Birthday. Mine.
And now I’m off to enjoy it.