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Did OkCupid send a bunch of incompatible people on dates on purpose? 

I’ve been a pretty big proponent of OK Cupid in recent years.  I used it for most of 2012, went on a lot of first dates, a few second dates, and I credit it with meeting my girlfriend (even though that was through friends, when you go on that many first dates it’s useful experience). I like Ok Cupid more than Tinder because you can see a persons personality not just the best few photos of them and more than Match because the barrier to entry is lower (there is no membership fee).

These experiments that Ok Cupid ran are a little disturbing. The article doesn’t make it clear if “Love Is Blind Day” was something that was advertised or not. It’s honestly a pretty good experiment, and it plays to Ok Cupid’s strengths as a service. If people were told ahead of time, then that’s fine.

As Dylan Matthews says in the article, the third experiment is the most troubling. “Users [were] told they were 90 percent matches when they were in fact 30 percent matches”. Yikes.

Users were told the truth after the fact, but I know that I’d be more than a little upset, more because the service was wasting my time than anything else. Because, at least for me, when you’re actively looking for dates (online or irl) the last thing you want to do is waste time.

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment 

Uh, what?!

The Summer Movie Season is dead 

A great case for why “Summer Movie Season” is now 10 months out of the year. 

Summer Movie Season is now just another marketing angle, the movies chosen for release during that window amounting to the multiplex equivalent of “maximum strength” painkillers.

And with everything from Avengers, to Star Wars, to Jurassic World, to Fast Seven all coming in 2015 “Summer Movie Season” would have to grow. We are seeing similar things happen in the video game industry. It used to be that the AAA titles were released in the fall. Now we’re seeing games like Watch_Dogs come out in May, and Mass Effect 3 came out in March of 2012!

Why multiplayer games are better in person 

But the advent of the online first-person shooter means that games like Goldeneye 007 and Halo are no longer the preserve of late-night sessions in the dorm room. Why play for nothing with your friends when you could be fighting against the world for new perks in Call of Duty? Major developers have all but ignored local multiplayer games in recent years, and now it’s up to the indie scene to pick up the slack.

Everything Sam Byford says here is completely true. Luckily, so far Halo has stuck to its local multiplayer roots, but it’s getting harder and harder to find games like this.

My favorite gaming memories come when playing local multiplayer. It’s the reason I own multiple Xbox 360s.  A contingent of friends used to come over and play 6-8 player Bomberman and Halo in my old apartment. There is really nothing more satisfying than killing your friends sitting in another room.

Personally, I hope there is more local multiplayer coming. Even if it’s not from the AAA devs.

The future that everyone forgot — Tech Talk — Medium 

Here’s a great look back at Danger and the Sidekick (or Hiptop as it was called outside the United States).

I think there’s a little too much looking to the past with rose colored glasses, and a little too much ‘we did this first’ (including ‘pivoting’…), reading Chris DeSalvo’s words with such enthusiasm is very enjoyable.

The new Apple: relaxed, playful, and trying to kill Google 

A huge article from Nilay Patel. This gives you some perspective on the keynote that happened today. It’s an absolutely wonderful read.

But look past the usual list of new features, and what Apple was really announcing was the next version of itself — a playful, relaxed, hyper-competitive giant that wants the next generation of products and services to be built on its platforms. That’s the game now, after all — the mobile revolution is over, and the war is now between Apple and the Google / Samsung alliance for the hearts of developers.

And that’s really what happened today in San Francisco. Apple’s Cook and Federighi seemed relaxed and confident — just as the company’s Eddy Cue did last week at the Code Conference alongside Iovine. After a series of weird missteps, executive shake-ups, and hurried redesigns, it feels like Apple’s organized around a clear new mission: to provide the dominant platforms where the next generation of innovation occurs.

Go read the whole thing over at

10 Directors Who Should Direct Ant-Man 

Wow, this is a great read. Very thorough. The title is misleading, this is far more than a list of directors. It provides the methodology behind how Marvel chooses directors.

Three pages of director choices follow. And I absolutely love choice number 1.

Kinect Cut Could Lead To Two Interesting Xbox One Developments 

An interesting theory from Stephen Totilo.


This article was first published in Empire Magazine Issue #2 (August 1989). A great/historic read about one of the most important superhero movies of all time.

A perfect morning read.

The Comic Sans comeback is the perfect expression of our cultural confusion 

My friend Mallory Blair wrote an essay about Comic Sans. 

It’s an absolute delight. Go read the rest of it!

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