Thought You Should See This, January 13th, 2012

This week’s Thought You Should See This update:

Be confused about what year it is, when you read about Lou Reed and John Cale of the Velvet Underground suing the Andy Warhol Foundation over the use of *that* banana image (above.)

This super-provocative piece about educational data-mining, Colleges Mine Data To Tailor Students’ Experience, raises as many questions as it answers, and is well worth a read.

Watch an amazing video about “realtime gesture recognition with contact microphones.” No, really. Watch it.

Think about design and… smell, and read about a series of “smell-walks” being held around the world in order to challenge participants to think about environments according to multiple senses, not just the obvious ones.

Challenge your perceptions of the state of the Japanese economy by reading this fascinating piece about The Myth of Japan’s Failure.

Consider the antipathy faced by legislators, litigators and lobbyists when it comes to thinking about innovation. In a great piece about the movie industry and the Stop Online Piracy Act, entrepreneur Steve Blank breaks it down in simple, if acidic, terms.

Be glad you didn’t have to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Laugh at the account of the Gizmodo reporter who did.

Consider the mis-application of design trends–and their potentially fatal consequences, by reading this Jalopnik piece looking at the integration of touchscreen technology into car dashboards.

Marvel at the polymathic wizardry of Dr Eric Lander, profiled in a New York Times piece that details his journey from math genius to human genome-finding pioneer to founding director of The Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT.

Enjoy a rant about Google’s introduction of “Search, Plus Your World.” “Google just broke its search engine,” writes Slate’s Farhad Manjoo. Do you agree?

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