Critical Linking: July 11th, 2014

 

Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul. You feel fed, if only for a little while. This type of reading, according to TIME magazine’s Annie Murphy Paul, is called “deep reading,” a practice that is soon to be extinct now that people are skimming more and reading less.

Does a collection of studies about the effects of reading add up to the conclusion that readers are the best people to fall in love with? Isn’t it pretty to think so?

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

Wow. This could be amazing.

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The school to which we commute is in a small town called Kade. Population aprox. 16,000. A mining town. A town of dust and rust and corrugated roofing, near-naked children playing in empty dirt fields, a tiny market, and, a digital library.

Fascinating story about building digital libraries in Ghana.

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A few years ago Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and its sequels seemed destined to become a Fox TV series, but the deal fell through. Now the books are headed to the Syfy network, and let’s face it: Cable is the way to go these days, especially in cases where there is grownup source material to be adhered to.

Seems like this could be a good series, though I have never watched anything on SyFy so I don’t know what to expect in terms of execution.

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