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What if the Swiss Alps came to New York?

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Here’s some of the best stuff on the Web, plucked right from the tree by the Re/code team:

  1. Young people and also people who are not young are clogging the subways between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Solution: A gondola system suspended above the East River. Gizmodo has the details for the proposed project, which will never happen but is cool to think about.
  2. Despite Congress’s abysmal approval rating, Americans have never actually gathered around an elected representative and tossed him into a dumpster. In Ukraine, parliament member Vitaly Zhuravsky was surrounded by a mob and tossed into a trash can, probably because of his support for legislation restricting protest rights. You can find a quick story and video at NBC News.
  3. For the last 20 years, videogame content has been policed by the long arm of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, a concerned parent’s best friend, in the same way that the MPAA is a concerned parent’s best friend, which means it’s not really a great friend. Ars Technica has a retrospective of 20 controversial ratings handed down by the ESRB in the past two decades, which include an 18+ game with no sex or violence, and the time they missed a graphic sex scene in a Grand Theft Auto game.
  4. In response to Benchmark venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s Monday interview in the Wall Street Journal (in which Gurley basically concluded that overfunded Silicon Valley companies are burning too much cash, just like they did in the Web 1.0 bubble), Union Square Venture’s Fred Wilson says Gurley is right. The influential investor goes on to complain about some of the money burners in his own portfolio, without naming names. Fun game for Union Square-funded companies — guess who Fred is talking about!
  5. There’s now scientific proof that shelling out the extra cash to see a movie in 3-D isn’t worth it. The Pacific Standard reports on a study from psychologists who found that audiences react the same to 2-D and 3-D movies. Out of the movies tested on audiences, the only one with a measurable difference in emotional impact was “Polar Express” in 3-D.

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