20.01.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » What we read this week (20 Jan) Written by: Maddie Tags: apple, Basis, body tracking, Facebook, iBooks, iPad, Nike, perception, quantified self, time, william gibson In this week’s reads: Facebook wants to get into your car, Nike tracks your heartbeats, Apple’s iBook Author shakes the bookshelves, and William Gibson makes a not-unusual cameo appearance. Quotes of the week Metaphors are useful, as they enable the thin skein of connectivity between bodies of thought; yet they are also a leaky mechanism, potentially losing much richness from original concept to translation. - Dan Hill Is serendipity just the playing out on the human level of the same emerging, patterned self-organization that drives evolution? - Simon G. Powell Articles of the week New York Times: On Modern Time This one is a bit heavy on the philosophical side of things and yet, our cultural perception of time is a highly important topic. It’s heavily correlated with our ability to change and how to allow new patterns to emerge. Nieman Lab: The day the bookshelf shook: Four lessons for news orgs from today’s Apple iBooks announcements Joshua Benton looks at Apple’s presentation of their iBook Author and discovers developments with far bigger consequences than just for education. All Things D: With FuelBand, Nike Gets Into the Ultra-Wearable Fitness Game Nike introduced the next iteration of their quantified self system Nike+ on Thursday, with an armband that tracks steps, calories and movement and puts it all into their own activity score labeled NikeFuel. We’d rather have them go with something like the Basis watch, that just shows and helps interpret your measurements instead of locking you into another closed system. Reuters: Facebook’s newest frontier: inside the car Facebook is extending to new platforms, namely TVs and cars. These announcements around CES are an indicator of the ever-increasing overlap of some so-far largely separated spheres. Publishers and broadcasters have long been looking into getting their products ready for Social Primetime. More recently, the automotive industry has realized that the cars they build should be made a platform – CarOS, so to speak. Getting a slimmed-down version of Facebook on your Mercedes Benz is one early step into that direction. Wall Street Journal: Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson on His iPad It’s a William Gibson interview. How can we not link to it? 20.01.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » Stay up-to-date with what we do and what we read. Subscribe to our newsletter.