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19 September 14

language & culture

10 Foreign Words We Need in English

KILIG (TAGALOG) n. The feeling of butterflies in your stomach, usually when something romantic or cute takes place.

food & culture

Every Comment On Recipe Blogs

“I didn’t have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible.”

17 September 14

food & sustainability

Why Pretty Apples Lose When It Comes to Taste

Sarah Yager’s recent Atlantic article, “The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious,” stops by that tree as she charts the apple’s story from unwanted beginnings to market saturation. “If you want to make an allegory of the Red Delicious, you might see in it the story of America,” she writes. “Confident intrusion on inhabited soil, opportunity won in a contest of merit, success achieved through hard work, integrity pulverized in the machinery of industrial capitalism.”

design & web

How Bauhaus Design Is Helping To Build a Better Web

14 September 14


Designing the User Experience was a one day master class I recently taught to a group of startups.

11 September 14

culture & technology

This Guy’s Replies to 9/11 Brand Tweets Sum Up Everything That’s Wrong With 9/11 Brand Tweets. Mike Monteiro is priceless. A curmudgeonly kind of priceless, but priceless nonetheless.

10 September 14


99 Red Balloons played with red balloons

8 September 14

sports & culture

An incomparable pep talk for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015

2 September 14


On a coastal road near Canterbury, at an inn that has served visitors for more than 350 years, Chef Stephen Harris is bringing renewed emphasis to eating locally

23 July 14


Boyhood: Richard Linklater’s audacious, epic cinematic journey

Audiences might think they’ve seen this kind of coming-of-age story before. But they’ve never seen a film like “Boyhood,” which in the hands of writer-director Richard Linklater turns from classic cinematic portraiture into something epic, transcendent and monumental. Filmed for a few days every year over 12 years, “Boyhood” breaks open a brand new genre: a fictional drama contoured and shaped by reality; a lightly scripted ensemble piece executed by both professional and non-professional actors; an experiment in time, narrative and cinematic practice that utterly transforms the boundaries of what film can look like and feel like and achieve.

15 July 14

nature & sustainability

A Disappearing Planet

Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would be expected under natural conditions.


How to Criticize with Kindness

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

8 July 14

culture & sports

Sad Brazilians

2 July 14


Belgium dominated possession versus the United States

humor & language

William Safire Orders Two Whoppers Junior

27 June 14

music & film

OK Go’s new song The Writing’s On the Wall is accompanied by this incredible new video, as has come to be expected from the band.

And the behind the scenes is a must see:

26 June 14


Shinji Kagawa & Hiroshi Kiyotake VS 55 Kids

23 June 14

film & culture

What Pixar’s Next Movie Will Do for Girls


What it’s really like inside the peloton

17 June 14

food & sustainability

Massive Honey Shortage Due to Hottest California Year Ever