#Cyberculture – “Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at augmented reality…

Report: Snap Inc. spent millions to get better at augmented reality The Social Software Weblog   The creators of Snapchat are running toward an IPO at full speed, but it seems to have nabbed itself a neat holiday gift along the way. According to a report from The Calcalist (as interpreted by The Times of Israel), … Read more

“Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation” Istanbul news roundup….

Lost in Istanbul: Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation The National Lost in Istanbul: Orhan Pamuk and the onslaught of urbanisation The National “Can you tell me where Istanbul ends, and the rural begins?” Cihan Uzuncarsili Baysal, a housing rights activist and Bilgi University law professor asks during a recent talk on urbanisation at Kadir … Read more

Literati roundup: “Map of literary road trips

Map of literary road trips  FlowingData » Visualization by Nathan Yau Ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of a famous writer or literary character in their journey across the country? Well now you can. Richard Kreitner for Atlas Obscura hand-cataloged the road trips — more than 1,500 entries — from twelve works of literature and … Read more

Literati roundup: “10 gadgets for the bookworm…”The 75 best-edited movies of all time…

10 gadgets for the bookworm in your life Mashable! by Elisha Hartwig   Everyone knows one of them. They always have their nose stuck in a book, they don’t go anywhere without one and they are perennially asking you if you’ve read the book version of that movie that just came out. Bookworms. Book lovers. Bibliophiles … Read more

Journalism roundup: At least 66 journalists were killed in 2014 … Crowdsourcing the future of news…

At least 66 journalists were killed in 2014 as attacks grow more ‘barbaric’  Mashable! by Christopher Miller KIEV, Ukraine — Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday that at least 66 journalists were killed over the course of the year as the number of reporters’ kidnappings soared in 2014. Crowdsourcing the future of news Nieman Journalism Lab by Melody … Read more

50,000 Norman Rockwell Photographs free… Essential Films for the Student of Philosophy…

50 cultural icons and their favorite books kottke.org Flavorwire collected a list of the favorite books of 50 well-known people, including Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Ayn Rand, and Caroline Kennedy. Here are some of the picks:   50,000 Norman Rockwell Photographs Now Digitized and Available Online  Open Culture by Colin Marshall Reference photo for Norman Rockwell’s … Read more

Literati roundup: “feminist moments in sci-fi history… “50 books that influenced Leo Tolstoy

Most feminist moments in sci-fi history  Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder Read 14 Great Banned & Censored Novels Free Online: For Banned Books Week 2014  Open Culture by Josh Jones We well know of the most famous cases of banned books: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. In fact, a full 46 of … Read more

Literati roundup: A Wired discussion on Dystopian Sci-Fi……..

Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology  Wired Top Stories No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever  Wired Top Stories Dystopian fiction is a warning, and if it makes people pay attention, then good— 15 Sci-Fi Books That Predicted the Future Mashable! by Andrea Romano Sci-fi writers are really … Read more