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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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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6 days ago
'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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8 days ago
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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10 days ago
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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15 days ago
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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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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15 days ago
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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5 weeks ago
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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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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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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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Twitter
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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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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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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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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7 weeks ago
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On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog (especially on April Fool's Day)
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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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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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9 weeks ago
Twitter
This weekend I tried to negotiate buying a used IKEA dresser on Craigslist
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9 weeks ago
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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10 weeks ago
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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10 weeks ago
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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12 weeks ago
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
The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander
In an episode of Pop Culture Detective, Jonathan McIntosh discusses The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander. Scamander is the hero of the Fantastic Beasts…
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december 2017
LA's homeless housing experiment is paying off, report finds
01:00 Become a KPCC Sponsor MORE FROM THIS CATEGORY Health LA's homeless housing experiment is paying off, report finds December 5, 2017 Hygiene facility…
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december 2017
Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting – Tony Zhou – Medium
Every Frame a Painting is officially dead. Nothing sinister; we just decided to end it, rather than keep on making stuff. The existing videos will, of course,…
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december 2017
Perspective | I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.
People gather on the subtreasury building steps across from the New York Stock Exchange in New York on “Black Thursday,” Oct. 24, 1929. The Great Depression…
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december 2017
New York City Has Genetically Distinct ‘Uptown’ and ‘Downtown’ Rats
New York City is a place where rats climb out of toilets , bite babies in their cribs , crawl on sleeping commuters , take over a Taco Bell restaurant , and…
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november 2017
Twitter
I have 28 browser tabs open on my phone right now, this GIF is one of them:
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november 2017
How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry
Enlarge / A nori farm off the coast of Japan. H. Grobe The tasty Japanese seaweed nori is ubiquitous today, but that wasn't always true. Nori was once called…
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november 2017
Shizukana Ryu*
Watching sunrise over Honshu from where the Japan Sea feeds into the Tsugaru Strait was a surreal experience. My friends Steve Walker and Cameron Bellamy had…
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november 2017
A mesmerizing animation of the repeating elements of a medieval cathedral
I barely know how to describe this so maybe you should just watch it. Animator Ismael Sanz-Pena took a single image of a medieval cathedral and used the…
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november 2017
Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet
Being stuck without access to the internet is often thought of as a problem only for rural America. But even in some of America’s biggest cities, a significant…
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november 2017
On This Tropical Island, You can Cuddle With Puppies All Day on the Beach for Free
Imagine you're lounging on an idyllic white sand beach in the Caribbean, wading through the turquoise water, sipping a rum and coke as you work on perfecting…
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november 2017
Instagram is loving nature to death
There’s a small bend on the Colorado River in northern Arizona that's struggling from its new celebrity status. Horseshoe Bend is just seven miles upstream from…
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november 2017
Against Productivity – The Message – Medium
This Essay Took Four Years to Write Our house in Old San Juan Four years ago I temporarily moved to Puerto Rico. I went to PR to seek the New American Dream, a…
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november 2017
So … When Are We All Going to Apologize to Megan Fox for What We Let Hollywood Do to Her?
In a recent interview with Prestige Hong Kong, Megan Fox made comments about the way women are undervalued in film. She was incredibly on point, and I couldn’t…
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november 2017
McMansion, USA
I often tell interviewers who ask me to define the term “McMansion” that McMansions are like obscenity: you know it when you see it. Like beauty (and…
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november 2017
Interview With Marge Doyle (CA-08)
On November 3rd, I spoke with Marge Doyle, who is running for Congress in California’s eighth district . A transcript of our conversation is below. If after…
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november 2017
Critical Perspectives on Waluigi
Advertisements Nintendo have declared 2013 to be the year of Luigi – “Super” Mario’s taller, greener brother. What better time then to take a critical gaze at…
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november 2017
Hidden San Francisco Gems Best Experienced by Bike – The Bold Italic
Get on a bike and off the beaten path Photo via Prayitno / Flickr S an Francisco is filled with fun, intriguing and inspiring sights. Some are best explored on…
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november 2017
Attila Mányoki Is Knocking At The Oceans Seven Door
Courtesy of WOWSA , Huntington Beach , California . Attila Mányoki of Hungary is knocking at the door of the Oceans Seven with his latest channel crossing of…
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november 2017
Feedback Guide
Here are some attributes of giving feedback in a highly constructive way that we have learned and used over the years. Timely Ideally feedback, positive or…
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november 2017
In Defense of Papyrus: Your Guide for When to Use Despised Fonts
“SNL” mocked it, but like all hated fonts, it has its place in the design fabric of the universe. Comic Sans in the wild. Image courtesy of aimee rivers /…
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november 2017
Mission Burritos Are Great, but I Prefer the LA Burrito
Before you start screaming, hear me out Illustration by Kelly O’Grady I pride myself on being the kind of person who loves San Francisco and Los Angeles. I’ve…
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november 2017
Thank You for Your Undivided Attention – The Bold Italic
Illustration courtesy of Irina Blok T ime to wake up. Your smartphone sits three inches away from your head at bedtime. Last night you had a night terror about…
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november 2017
Landlords and Heirs: Why Prop 13 isn’t just unfair, it’s un-American
Last year I wrote about ballot props . This year, I’m taking a closer look at Prop 13 (here are two primers ), the original sin underlying so many of…
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november 2017
Strait of Gibraltar
Had some time to write up a summary of the swim! Now to nap probably.
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november 2017
track.rs
Got my Gibraltar swim date! 🇲🇦🏊🏼🇪🇸Jump tomorrow around 8:15am CET (12:15am PDT, 3:15 EDT). Tracker link should work:
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november 2017
Q&A with Author of “Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco,” Kimberley Lovato
“Every place has a story” L ocals and visitors alike recognize San Francisco as a food mecca. Here you can find delicious examples of nearly every type of…
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october 2017
How Men Elevate, and Women Ruin, the Foods They Love
Why do we get so collectively annoyed by food and drink trends that we associate with women? Because it’s an ugly double standard. Rosé, in case you hadn’t…
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october 2017
Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars
In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up – almost literally. A new pedestrian crossing has…
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october 2017
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