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Ian McKellen on playing straight: “Heterosexuality is far too interesting a phenomenon to be ignored”

<b>Ian McKellen (AP/Michael Sohn)</b><p>The venerable actor has had a great year playing both Sherlock Holmes and a snarky gay actor on “Vicious”<p>Gary M. Kramer<p>October 16, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Sir Ian McKellen has had a pretty terrific year. He received warm accolades for his turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s …

Inside the mind of a mazemaker

With more than 700 creations, Adrian Fisher is the world's most prolific maze designer. He explains what goes into those twists and turns – and why we love feeling so confused.<p>In the 36 years that Adrian Fisher has been in business, he has created every kind of maze imaginable – from simple, …

Great Britain

How To Plate Food Like A 3-Star Michelin Chef

Tracey Torres has cooked in some of the best kitchens in the world. Now she shares trade secrets on how to plate food like a pro.<p>Take a trip to Daniel or Eleven Madison Park, and you won’t just be blown away by the flavors of the food. The plating itself is an abstract work of art. Now that the …

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes you need a pick-me-up.<p>Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've …

Books

The uniquely powerful reason why Pixar movies are so good

Disney / Pixar<p>The first reaction test audiences had to "Monsters, Inc." wasn't the bottomless sense of wonder drummed up by most Pixar movies: It was …

Animation

Vin Diesel Mixes INCEPTION and Fantasy in THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Trailer

One look at this ridiculous diagram tells you why the Android business is such a disaster right now

This feels like a surprise: We're in the middle of the greatest bull market for smartphones ever, and HTC makes a really nice high-end Android called the HTC One M9, which has gotten across-the-board good reviews.<p>But HTC can't sell phones!<p>Weirdly, Samsung has the exact same problem.<p>The Galaxy S6 …

The Boy Who Loved Chanel

The fashion elite’s latest darling is blond, beautiful—and seven years old. But Hudson Kroenig is no neophyte: following in his father’s footsteps, he’s modeled for Chanel since his awwww-inspiring 2010 catwalk debut. With Karl Lagerfeld as his godfather, he dines with the likes of Rihanna and Anna …

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Every month, we ask a group of public radio hosts to turn us on to songs they haven't been able to turn off. This month, our esteemed panelists picked an unforgettable cut with touches of gospel and folk from the Atlanta hip-hop scene, a moving jazz tribute to a Cuban bassist, a horn-laden stomp …

Music

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the …

No, Microsoft Is Not Going To Kill Off Windows Phone, It Has A Much Better Plan

Contrary to what some outlets are reporting, I really don’t believe that Microsoft is going to be giving up on Windows Mobile in the near future. What is clear, however, is that Windows Mobile is soon going to be another branch of Windows, and that’s a very smart move.<p>The same, it has to be said, …

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter<p>It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.<p>I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

We now have a spacecraft that is propelled by sunlight alone

A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has been successfully deployed above Earth. On June 11, the LightSail satellite overcame a series of glitches to unfurl its solar sails, a propulsion system that’s entirely different to traditional rockets, thrusters or even solar panels.<p>The prototype …

Space Travel

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

Adblocking And The End Of Big Advertising

I have a confession to make as an internet writer: I block ads. It’s not a habit I formed recently – I have pretty much blocked ads my entire life, in every medium that I can. In middle school, I bought the first-generation TiVo in order to skip television ads (my mother may have helped with this …

Digital Advertising

14 Scrumptious Summer Crock Pot Recipes

There’s seriously nothing better coming home to the sweet smell of dinner waiting for you. No, you don’t have to hire a butler to make this a reality. We’re talking crock pots, the ultimate kitchen appliance when it comes to stress-free meals. If you can chop an onion and open a few cans, you can …

Surf In The City

Aquatic Sports

How Will The FIFA Scandal Impact The World's Most Popular Video Game?

It was announced on June 2nd that Sepp Blatter is stepping down. Who is he and why does that matter? Well, if you’re American, there’s a good chance you have no idea who Sepp is. Most don’t. And that’s okay. So if you don’t know, Sepp was the elected president of FIFA, the Fédération Internationale …