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Recommended Reading: Wearing Google Glass every day for two years

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Eurobest Festival Of Creativity, Day 1

I'm pretty sure there's nothing I've done every day for the last two years. Maybe I've taken a vitamin, but I'm sure I missed a day here or there. Allen Firstenberg is way more dedicated to habit than I am, though. He's been wearing Google Glass since he received the headset two years ago and has a load of observations about the past, present and future of the tech.

Masters of the Universe: Marvel's Unprecedented Storytelling Gamble
Kevin Lincoln, Grantland

Sure, Marvel's recent comic book films have seen their share of box office success, but bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe with narratives that span not only films, but also franchises , is a massive undertaking.

Reasonable Doubt: Is Jay Z All About the Money or the Fans?
Julian Kimble, Pitchfork

At this point, I'm sure few people doubt that Jay Z's upcoming concerts -- where he'll perform so-called deep cuts -- are little more than an attempt to draw new subscribers to his struggling music-subscription service.

The Weird, Wonderful History of Basketball Retrieval Device Patents for Lonely Shooters
Seth Rosenthal, SB Nation

Practicing your free throws by yourself usually ends up being more of a workout than you intended. SB Nation runs down a collection of patents that aimed to solve that problem, and some of them are downright strange.

'Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us'
Jay Caspian Kang, The New York Times

Since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August, a group of activists have leveraged social media to quickly mobilize civil-rights protests in cities where other police shootings occur, building perhaps the biggest movement of the 21st century.

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