Asma Alhumaidi

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This column will change your life: the joy of missing out

‘Staying aware of what I’m not doing enhances my sense of actively choosing what I am doing’<p>Among the promotional emails assailing my inbox, there’s a weekly listings roundup clearly aimed at people younger and more pierced than me: recent suggestions include punk karaoke, tarot-themed cabaret and …

Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?

Frank Lloyd Wright, the Addams Family, and Hitchcock: How Victorian architecture became the default haunted house.<p>Americans have a very specific idea about what makes a house look creepy. If you search for “haunted house” on Google images, only one type of architecture appears in the first 25 …

Horror

Fighting FOMO: 3 Strategies To Beat Your Fear Of Missing Out

<i>If it seems like everyone you know is doing cooler stuff than you, feeling happier than you, and generally out-pizzazzing you, Martha Beck wants you to know they've got you fooled.</i><p>By Martha Beck<p>OMG, do you have any idea what you're missing right now? Have you checked Facebook in the last two …

Right-to-die advocate Brittany Maynard ends life

<b>Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient whose viral YouTube video reignited the debate on assisted-suicide, ended her life on Saturday.</b><p>Mrs Maynard and her husband moved from California to Oregon, where assisted-suicide has been legal since 1997.<p>Oregon's Death with Dignity Act allows …

The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Gaming's most ridiculous button prompts, including Call of Duty's 'Press F to Pay Respects'

Press X to read this story.<p>Video games can go a bit too far in their quest for interactivity. Sure, pushing a button to punch someone, shoot a gun, or drop a Tetris piece feels great, but sometimes, developers have us press a specific button for a single, odd action.<p>Nothing shows this better than …