I actually had 15 links for this week that I had to cut them down and ended up with 11. Well, the rest of the links are for other day, I think.
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality by The Verge
The Verge’s humongous coverage on VR guides you from the beginning of the fantasy to the present day, where Oculus (newly bought by Facebook early this year) battles it on with Sony’s Morpheus. Both trying to give us what gimmicks humanity had long desire: the ability to immerse themselves in a whole new world. Be forewarned, it’s a pretty long read.
America’s Worst Charities by Tampa Bay Times
The goodwill to help the needy has to come with ever-alarming wit. Appeal to heart is often the best tactics to reach the majority, no? Such a good business these ‘charities’ make, one even made it a family business. This series will tell you how foul the water is. When you donate your hard-earned cash, make sure you’re helping those who actually need it, not some telemarketers and their employers. If you don’t wish to donate cash, there is another way. Turn your unused reward miles into some gift to those who need it.
What Dreams Still Come: An Old-Fashioned Explorer in Modern Times by Robert Anasi from Pasific Standard
It’s hard to believe, yet terribly exciting to read. Such exploration is this modern world laden of gadget and worrying about tomorrow’s tests or the new restaurant around the corner, an old-world, RPG-style adventure is still happening. To many, Keith will be a motivation: that there are still places untouched, beauties unveiled. The world is still vast enough to dream of.
Buy Experiences, Not Things by James Hamblin from The Atlantics
Money can’t buy happiness, they say. But money can buy you mediums to achieve happiness. A study concludes that the ephemeral quality of these immaterial purchase gives you more positive boost in feelings for their lingering impression. I can’t agree more.
If you have money with you, then spend it right. Live to the fullest, try everything, do all you want. Experience life. Pile up these memories to bring with you forever.
25 is the New 21 by Randye Hoder from The Atlantic
More and more people are graduating with no job. In the last decade, apparently, the age of living independently has shifted. While one was expected to be able to support oneself once out of college, now parents expect to support their kids while they’re trying to make a stable living for themselves. Still thinking you are nothing? Look at yourself and see how well you manage by yourself. That should tell you how ahead you are from these people. By the way, I personally think some expenses the parents in this story covered are ridiculous, but well, to each their own.
Are eBooks Destroying Bookselling Culture? by Michael Kozlowski from Good E-Reader
I swear by printed books, but eBooks have their places. These kind of doom-foretelling news make me uneasy, but the truth is not exactly comfortable either. Bookstores in Indonesia still thrive, fortunately, thought no one could put a finger on how long. I wish for the best.