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The Ugly, Disorganized Obama Victory on Syria

If there’s one thing that Wash­ing­ton can agree on right now, it’s that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of the chem­ic­al-weapons at­tack …

Middle East

How a Swath of 20-Somethings Have Tuned In to 1920s Pop

It has been called New Orleans jazz, Dixieland (a term that most of the musicians playing it despise), and most recently, “trad” (short for “traditional”) jazz. Ever since Benny Goodman exploded onto the pop-music scene in 1935 and ignited the swing era, the earlier jazz of the 1920s has been …

Gastronomista for Cool Hunting Gift Guide - Cool Hunting

A "place where you might find architectural chicken coops, tea parties, decanters, bespoke knives or donut art," the NYC-based blog Gastronomista is the work of Emily Arden Wells, an architect by day, and a writer and drinks aficionado by night. Wells' background in art and design lends itself to a …

Celebrity Gossip

What You Can Learn About Leadership From A Tough Guy Who Doesn't Say Much

There is one advantage that quiet people have over those of us who like to hear the sounds of our own voices. They are good observers.<p>This is a point that actor Liev Schreiber made about the title character he plays on Showtime’s <i>Ray Donovan</i>. During an interview on NPR’s <i>Fresh Air</i>, Schreiber says …

The Nanaimo Bar: Another Reason to Consider Moving to Canada

If you grew up in Canada or in the Pacific Northwest, you may be familiar with the Nanaimo Bar, a no-bake, triple-layered confection that gets its name from Nanaimo (pronounced Na-NYE-mo), a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.<p>I originally made these bars—many moons ago—to thank my …

Dessert

From Paper to Pixels | About Verizon

From grocery store receipts to newspapers to utility bills, Americans come across countless pieces of paper every day. It all adds up to 70 million tons of paper and paperboard distributed every year. Many of these documents are now in digital formats, and the vision of a paperless world is slowly …

The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers

1. <i>Nevermind</i> (1991)<p><b>Nirvana<br>Design by Robert Fisher and Kirk Weddle</b><p>Spencer Elden's first time swimming was a memorable one.<p>At four months old, Elden was …

Prince Philip

Google Maps “Hello World” Campaign

Google Maps – Marketing Materials.<p>Google’s marketing campaigns are always something special. A good example is the “Hello World” marketing campaign …

Google Maps

To Get Users To Make Smarter Choices Now, Show Them Their Future

Design can be used to introduce users to the future now, so they can act in ways that will benefit them in the future.<p>As designers, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future. We look for trends that give us clues about the Next Big Thing. We make predictions about how society, technology, …

You Don't Need a Dehydrator: 5 Fruits You Can Dry in the Oven

If you see a lot of fruit dehydrating in your future, buying a food dehydrator makes sense. Using one is more energy-efficient than slowly baking …

Food Preservation

The Secret Ingredient In Delicious, Creamy Hummus

Without the insanity that is peeling chickpeas.<p>Without the baking soda, it takes 90 minutes. Please.<p>Food52 is a community for people who love food and cooking. Follow them at Food52.com and on Twitter @Food52.

Chickpeas

without surgery

I will be 40 in 18 months. When I was a child, this landmark birthday meant the start of life with a white cauliflower hairdo and sensible shoes …

Naming names: Cherries you cannot miss

Bite into a great cherry and get an amazing hit of sugar, sweet almond and squeaky-plump fruit. When the cherry is one of the especially sexy …

Baking

Divers discover 50,000-year-old cypress trees on Gulf of Mexico floor

Deep beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, off the Alabama coast, lie ancient cypress trees that only a handful of people have ever seen.<p>One of those lucky few is Ben Raines, director of the Weeks Bay Foundation. For many years, Raines was the environment reporter for a newspaper in the area, …

No Child Left Behind overhaul passes

The House approved on Friday a rewrite of federal education law that would dramatically scale back the federal government’s role in education.<p>The chamber approved what amounts to a repeal of the No Child Left Behind Act on a largely partisan 221-207 vote. The Student Success Act would end the …