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8 December 2014


Parable of the Polygons is a playable post on the shape of society.

11 November 2014

food & culture

Allen & Alinea: One Man’s Odyssey Through an Iconic Cookbook

24 October 2014

design & culture

One of the better Layer Tennis competitions in a long time: DKNG vs. Delicious Design League

16 October 2014

technology & culture

Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard

We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.

15 October 2014

sports & culture

An oldie but goodie, if you like biting sports satire: Got No Game with Paul Mecurio: Race in Sports

7 October 2014

television & culture

Oh, yes please: The Definitive History Of The West Wing

22 September 2014

design & culture

Pieter Desmet on Designing for Happiness

19 September 2014

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.”

11 September 2014

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.

8 September 2014

sports & culture

An incomparable pep talk for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2015

15 July 2014


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 2014

culture & sports

Sad Brazilians

23 June 2014

film & culture

What Pixar’s Next Movie Will Do for Girls

16 June 2014

health & culture

Miles O’Brien on Life After Losing a Limb

typography & culture

On Times New Roman

5 June 2014

culture & nature

Holy tusks, Batman. This makes me sad: Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?

If you are the sort of person who harbors prejudices against people who blow sums greater than America’s median yearly income to shoot rare animals for sport, let me say that Will and Robyn Waldrip are very easy people to like. They didn’t grow up doing this sort of thing. Robyn’s dad was a fireman who took her squirrel hunting because it was a cheap source of fun and meat. Will’s father was a park ranger. In his twenties, Will went into the architectural-steel business, and now he co-owns a company worth many millions of dollars. They look like models from a Cabela’s catalog. They are companionable and jolly, and part of the pleasure of their company is the feeling that you’ve been welcomed into a kind of America where no one is ever fat or weak or ugly or gets sad about things.

31 May 2014

sports & culture

The Rise of the Red Devils

How Belgium built one of the top contenders for the 2014 World Cup, and what the team means to this fractious nation.

12 May 2014

science & culture

Spurious Correlations

sports & culture

The Premier League Standings if Only Goals by English Players Counted