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  • Wandering Eye: The app fad reaches peak stupid, the effects of Hobby Lobby, and juking stats in Chicago

    Wandering Eye: The app fad reaches peak stupid, the effects of Hobby Lobby, and juking stats in Chicago
    Welp, the app fad has reached peak stupid. Online Health News counts two separate smartphone apps that monitor and tally how many times you check your smartphone, apparently with the goal of "creating mindfulness" about how addicted you are to whatever other apps have swallowed your attention: "The newest one, Checky, is a simple application that tells users how many times they've checked their phone today, and maps out where they've checked it throughout the day. Another app, Moment, gives the amount of time the user has spent on his or her phone instead. While Checky is free, Moment is $4.99, but Moment does deliver some kind of an intervention, not just tracking: the app can alert you after you've spent a preset amount of time using your phone." Tech critic Evengy Morozov summed it up in a tweet with about 126 characters to spare: "Stupidity goes meta!" But we still wonder, does the app count the times you check the app? (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • Paper Kingdom Release Show

    For the past two years, Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Elena Johnston, 23, has been collecting concert posters made and designed by local artists. It's an interest that turned into her second book, Paper Kingdom, spotlighting the work of...

    MICA Buys Globe Poster Company

    The @baltimoreprints Twitter feed alerted us this afternoon to news that many music nerds, graphic design heads, and printmakers have been waiting and hoping to hear: BREAKING NEWS: MICA will be purchasing the Baltimore Globe Poster collection....

    Table Tennis Nemesis

    Table Tennis Nemesis
    The opposite of stately and plump, Geoff Dyer walked into Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C., tall and gangly. Even though he is 56 years old and an Honorary Fellow at Oxford, the author is still cloaked with the slightly adolescent air of...

    Hot Grease

    Hot Grease
    On normal shifts working the mean streets of Baltimore's northwest police district, officer Maunda Williams catches people engaged in typical Mobtown crimes, like shooting people. But just after midnight on Oct. 18, 2012, Williams' shift started with...