Weekend Reading: Fourth of July Edition


Happy holiday weekend to our readers in the United States and happy regular weekend to everyone else (and a belated happy Canada day to our neighbors in the north)!

According to an article in Vanity Fair, technology isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: “How iPhones Ruined Summer Camp.”

Also, for the iTunes users among us, or should I say the former iTunes users, Apple has been unrolling Apple Music over the last several days. If you use iTunes and haven’t gotten the update, it’s coming your way soon. Apple Music is a streaming service which gives users access to something like 30 million songs. The catch: after the 3 month trial period, it costs $10/month. If you want to turn off the automatic renewal feature, read this article from the Wall Street Journal.

On a related note, those of you in Chicago will soon face a 9% “cloud tax,” which is likely going to make streaming services from Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, and other companies that provide “electronically delivered amusements” more expensive. Netflix, at least, has confirmed that they will be passing this cost on to customers.

The New York Times nearly brought about the end of days by suggesting that green peas be added to guacamoleThe Atlantic’s Olga Kazan tried the recipe without triggering an apocalypse but concluded that certain things were deemed classic for a reason. The New York Times rounded up other responses, not all of them negative.

An interesting perspective pits the Jetson vs. the Flintstones: “For and Against Machines: Beyond the New Jetsonism.”

Our video of the week comes from across the Atlantic to honor the reunion tour of one of my long-time favorite bands, The Frames. The video is from 1995:

[Creative Commons licensed image by Flickr user Kuba Bożanowski]

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