The SF Bay Area, where the streets are paved with single young men
Remember that time I was blasting a startup for shipping single women from NYC to San Francisco? And about how I had all of this cool data that showed that…
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7 days ago
The Theory of Visitors – Sam Lansky – Medium
I went on dates. I went on a Tinder date with a schoolteacher who read me poetry aloud on his faded leather couch, but he seemed a little too earnest for me, so…
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15 days ago
“I Have a Secret. My Father Is Steve Jobs”: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Recalls Memories of Her Famous Father
Lisa Brennan-Jobs on her father’s lap in the Palo Alto home she shared with her mother, 1987. Photograph courtesy of Grove Atlantic. T hree months before he…
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18 days ago
Banning smoking in public housing is cruel and unnecessary
Side Note Michael Waters The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officially banned smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in public housing units…
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The Bullshit Web
My home computer in 1998 had a 56K modem connected to our telephone line; we were allowed a maximum of thirty minutes of computer usage a day, because my…
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19 days ago
A Spectre is Haunting Unicode
In 1978 Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade andIndustry established the encoding that would later be known as JIS X 0208, which stillserves as an important…
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21 days ago
The Land Before Binary – Marianne Bellotti – Medium
In the early days of computing, 1 + 1 didn’t always equal 10 In the summer of 2016, USDS assigned me to the IRS to work on a project called Online Accounts.…
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22 days ago
Is COBOL holding you hostage with Math? – Marianne Bellotti – Medium
Face it: nobody likes fractions, not even computers. When we talk about COBOL the first question on everyone’s mind is always Why are we still using it in so…
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23 days ago
So What Do Data Scientists Actually Do? – The Bold Italic
Suggestions for a more accurate job title Illustration by Ellis van der Does I worked as a “data scientist” — note the quotes — for three years of my life.…
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25 days ago
We Should Be Building Cities for People, Not Cars
August 19th, 2016 The way we live is shaped by our infrastructure—the public spaces, building codes, and utilities that serve a city or region. It can act as…
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The Creeping Progressiveness of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’
At 12 seasons and counting, the show is a vivid timeline of evolving American sentiment. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a beautiful show about horrible…
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4 weeks ago
You don’t have to live in public
My book Show Your Work! was an attempt to answer questions my readers had asked me about self-promotion: “How do I get my stuff out there? How do I get noticed?…
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4 weeks ago
The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns
It’s difficult to believe now, but there was a time when the internet was nowhere instead of everywhere. Before the social internet had mapped so completely…
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4 weeks ago
Our homes don’t need formal spaces
For a recent study , UCLA-affiliated researchers in fields ranging from anthropology to sociology used cameras to record in great detail how 32 dual-income…
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6 weeks ago
Wanted: Late Capitalist Tech Worker – Gabriel Stein – Medium
We are seeking a highly motivated and extremely intelligent individual to dig into the minutiae of a tiny, mostly boring problem that we have identified as…
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7 weeks ago
3 Years In The Making With Zach Margolis
Friday, June 22, 2018 Courtesy of WOWSA , Dover , UK . Zach Margolis reported today from Dover, England, " Today I just got the 'go' from my pilot, so tomorrow…
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7 weeks ago
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Final update! Thanks everybody again for all the support, it means a ton! I put together a quick summary of my swim…
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8 weeks ago
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I want to also add a huge thanks to my crew of my mom as well as one of my BFFs , you were such a huge h…
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Today I'm in Dover, UK and just got the "go" from my pilot, so tomorrow morning I'm going to swim! 5:15am Friday he…
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A little over 3 years ago, I met for the first time through , and I promised I'd swim the…
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Hopped off the plane at LHR with my dream and my cardigan
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Summer 2018
Second favorite: set up a travel blog!
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9 weeks ago
Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Kiarra Boulware and her niece at Penn North, an addiction-recovery center in Baltimore Jared Soares Image above: Kiarra Boulware and her niece at Penn North, an…
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9 weeks ago
New York Today: The Hudson River Isn’t Dirty. It’s Alive.
Updated, 8:12 a.m. Good morning on this iffy Tuesday. Don’t judge a river by its color. It’s a little something we learned from the River Project , a group…
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10 weeks ago
The whole philosophy community is mourning Derek Parfit. Here's why he mattered.
Derek Parfit addressing the Oxford Union. Oxford Union - YouTube Derek Parfit, who died at age 74 on Sunday evening , was not the most famous philosopher in the…
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10 weeks ago
Grace Hopper and the psychological drain on the gender minority
Grace Hopper and the psychological drain on the gender minority As I flew into Houston for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing , the words of one…
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10 weeks ago
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
Cattle at an illegal settlement in the Jamanxim National Forest, state of Para, northern Brazil, November 29, 2009. With 1,3 million hectares, the Jamanxim…
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11 weeks ago
12 Facts about Otters for Sea Otter Awareness Week
Otters are some of the most adorable aquatic animals. Their charming features are unparalleled, from their expressions to their use of tools. Held every year…
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11 weeks ago
Westworld’s spoiler reveal turns out to be an elaborate Rickroll
Yesterday, Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gave the show’s fans an intriguing offer : in order to fight endless theorizing and spoilers for the…
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12 weeks ago
TANK
May 23, 2018 TANK is an animated short film that I have been working on for a year and half. It's up today on Red Giant's site. The Making of Tank The way I…
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may 2018
Opinion | The Only Houseplants You Can Be Trusted With: A Guide
Spider Plant This easy-to-care-for houseplant is ideal if you’re not a natural gardener. Requires well-drained soil, indirect light, surprisingly no spiders and…
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may 2018
'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG models so terrible?
Marvel/Disney Black Panther is a refreshing answer to the increasingly stale world of superhero cinema. But there's one glaring flaw throughout the film: its…
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may 2018
Old memories, accidentally trapped in amber by our digital devices
Part of what humans use technology for is to better remember the past. We scroll back through photos on our phones and on Instagram & Flickr — “that was Fourth…
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may 2018
The Lasting Legacy of ‘My Neighbor Totoro’
Exploring the way Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 masterpiece has aged perfectly. Two children stand waiting at a bus stop out on a quiet country road. It’s getting late…
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may 2018
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may 2018
List: A Guide to Midwestern Conversation
“I would LOVE a glass of Pinot Grigio” A glass of Pinot Grigio, please. But, if you bring me Riesling by mistake, I will still tip you 25%. “She’s just a doll.”…
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may 2018
Opinion | I Want to Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry
My junior year of high school, I entered a creative-writing contest that awarded a significant cash stipend. I faced stiff competition from a number of Ivy…
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may 2018
How Do We Write Now? | Tin House
The following essay was originally given as a lecture at the Sylvia Beach Hotel as part of our 2018 Poetry Winter Workshop. The alternate title of this, of…
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april 2018
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I gave a talk a few weeks ago to about what it was like to work for !
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april 2018
How 'Deaf President Now' Changed America
Four student leaders of the Deaf President Now protest—Tim Raurus, Bridgetta Bourne-Firl, Greg Hlibok, and Jerry Covell—leading protesters at Gallaudet…
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april 2018
The Finance Guy Who Thinks It’s Cheaper to Date Men
Photo-Illustration: James Gallagher Get Sex Diaries delivered weekly. New York ’s Sex Diaries series asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex…
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april 2018
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I'm walking home from a training swim in my parka and sweat shorts. I just finished stuffing my face with two tacos…
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april 2018
What makes a tree a tree?
Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack and the…
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april 2018
Reasons Why I Checked Facebook 29 Times in the 16 Minutes after I Posted a Status
A list of very good reasons for compulsively checking my Facebook Pexels Preliminary likes are a key predictor of total likes. Must check again while the time…
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april 2018
5 Writers Answer: Do You Feel Like You Look Like Yourself?
Self/Reflection is a week of stories on the Cut about how we feel, versus how we look. It used to be that if you wanted to find out what you really looked like,…
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april 2018
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On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog (especially on April Fool's Day)
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april 2018
Uber is Ripping Off Frequent Riders and Here's How to Avoid It
Share Share Email Shares 631 Drivers already know upfront pricing typically doesn’t work in our favor. But what is upfront pricing, or variations of it, looking…
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march 2018
This Look Inside Spike Jonze's Apple Ad Is as Fascinating as the Film Itself
Apple Apple’s short film “Welcome Home,” directed by Spike Jonze and starring FKA twigs as a beleaguered city dweller whose drab apartment becomes a colorful,…
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march 2018
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march 2018
The Migrating SF Gayborhood – The Bold Italic
In light of the Gangway’s recent closing, we take a look back at how the city’s gay neighborhoods have evolved over the years The Gangway. Courtesy of Kevin Y.…
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march 2018
Here’s Your Chance to Experience Westworld at SXSW
Share On the eve of SXSW, we took a little tour of the massive, meticulous, and very impressive Westworld: Live Without Limits experience. Here’s your chance to…
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march 2018
My Year on the Rock: What It’s Like to Work on Alcatraz
A reflection of my year on the Rock Photo courtesy of Melvin Dean Baker “ T he green button starts. The red button pauses. You go up the stairs, walk about 35…
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march 2018
The Best and Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have – Joe Crobak – Medium
A few weeks ago, I had my last day at the United States Digital Service (USDS). Compared to working as a software engineer at a startup in NYC, my time in the…
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february 2018
During World War I, U.S. Government Propaganda Erased German Culture
This week marks the centennial of U.S. entry into World War I, a conflict that shattered empires and cost millions of lives. On the American home front, it made…
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february 2018
In the Aftermath of Tragedy, Generation Rey is Showing Why It’s Their Time to Lead
Fictional heroes matter to the real world. And in this current moment, these heroes are inspiring a new generation of kids to lead. In the weeks following the…
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february 2018
Death Star Thinking and Government Reform
"The target area is only two meters wide. It's a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system." ― Jan…
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february 2018
Everything Easy is Hard Again
This talk was given on October 12, 2017 at Mirror Conf in Braga, Portugal, and again on February 9, 2018 at the Awwwards Conference in Berlin. This past summer,…
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february 2018
What Love and Sadness Look Like in 5 Countries, According to Their Top GIFs
Brazil India Italy Mexico U.S. The GIF — just long enough to convey a single emotional gesture, and simple enough to cross linguistic and cultural barriers —…
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january 2018
A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage
What the McRib says about us as a society is worse than any conspiracy theory by Willy Staley One of McDonald’s most divisive products, the McRib, made its…
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january 2018
Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for "What I Deserve"
The 'Grey's Anatomy' star recalls in her own words the personal struggles and advice from Shonda Rhimes that led to a milestone: highest-paid actress on a…
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january 2018
My Dad Invented the Extra Value Meal
Fast food was a huge part of my upbringing, because my father worked for McDonald's for about 17 years. My family has this very typical American Dream story. My…
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january 2018
SFUSD, School Choice, and Integration – Mc Allen – Medium
This week I put out an obnoxiously long tweetstorm, regrettably using 280 far too much after reading this excellent Vox.com article by Alvin Chang informed by…
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january 2018
The Good War
How America’s infatuation with World War II has eroded our conscience Posted Yesterday This comic is an adaptation of Chris Hayes’ piece ‘ The Good War on…
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january 2018
San Francisco Deserves Better than Champions of the Status Quo
Photo by Justin Kern (licensed under CC BY 2.0 ) And that means we deserve better than London Breed. By Curtis Steckel San Francisco changed dramatically during…
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january 2018
Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans
THE symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature is a giant panda. The panda’s black-and-white pelage certainly makes for a striking logo. But, though pandas are an…
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january 2018
The Curious Life of an Extra
“You look fierce!” I hesitantly walked out of the bathroom at Buddakan to be met with a small army of directors, producers, assistants, and costume designers…
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january 2018
As A Dog, I’m Sick and Tired of Being Introduced As a Rescue
Woof Illustration by Sonny Ross I don’t care what you say—first impressions matter. And as far as first impressions go, I’m sick and tired of always being…
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january 2018
Opinion | Why the Post Office Makes America Great
I WAS transported recently to a place that is as enchanting to me as any winter wonderland: my local post office. In line, I thought fondly of the year I came…
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december 2017
How Hotmail changed Microsoft (and email) forever
Enlarge / The many lives of Hotmail. Sean Gallagher Twenty years ago this week—on December 29, 1997— Bill Gates bought Microsoft a $450 million late Christmas…
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december 2017
The Hanging of the Dakota 38 and the Troubling Legacy of Abraham Lincoln
In the museum located at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, there is a plaque hanging on the wall which states: "I would save the Union. My paramount object in…
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december 2017
lessons for students – zach lieberman – Medium
I spoke a few days ago at the act festival in Gwangju, Korea and as part of my presentation I talked about the S chool for Poetic Computation and more generally…
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december 2017
The Dark Side
A time-exposure photograph of the Milky Way over the New Mexico desert. The word “galaxy” comes from the Greek for milk. CHRIS COOK/PHOTO RESEARCHERS In 1610,…
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december 2017
The ‘Futurama’-esque Space Delivery Absurdity of ‘JohnnyExpress’
Share Just when you thought Fry had a monopoly on sci-fi laziness. T he wonders of space travel and the limitlessness of the universe will make tracking…
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december 2017
Dianne Feinstein Has Always Been Bad
Getty With the GOP almost certain to pass a tax bill that is nakedly plutocratic and disastrously unpopular, Democrats in the opposition have an opportunity to…
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december 2017
December: climate game of thrones | News | University of Bristol
The world of Game of Thrones, showing the positions of the continents over the globe. Light blue represents the ocean, and the colour scale over the continents…
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december 2017
How extensive editing rescued Star Wars
The first version of Star Wars that George Lucas showed publicly (to Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma) was, as Spielberg later related, a mess. This video…
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december 2017
Women Journalists In Rom-Coms Are Trainwrecks. Here's Why That Matters.
By now, you might have seen Netflix’s made-for-streaming Christmas romantic comedy, “A Christmas Prince.” It’s a holiday rom-com in the tradition of countless…
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december 2017
The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger
K arla Peralta is surrounded by food. As a line cook in Facebook’s cafeteria, she spends her days preparing free meals for the tech firm’s staff. She’s worked…
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december 2017
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