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21 Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Add to Your October Reading List

October is nearly here, which means it’s time to re-up your pile of reading material for a new month. And there is some excellent subject matter …

Books

What can architects learn from No Man’s Sky?

Three years after it was initially announced at E3 2013, <i>No Man’s Sky</i> has officially gone gold. Few games in recent memory have created so much buzz. …

12 sci-fi/fantasy books that channel the blood of hardboiled noir into their black, black hearts

Hardboiled detective novels (popular from 1920 through the 1950s) and the film noir genre inspired by it (popular from the 1940s through the 1950s) …

World Cocktail Day: amazing cocktail recipes from across the globe

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would need a reason to have a cocktail. But since it’s World Cocktail, here are ten...<p><b>Bull In The Heather (USA)</b><p>From Dona Bridges, one of my favourite bartenders who mixes up a storm at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood, comes this summery lavender scented dream of a …

Agatha Christie

50 Things That Are Worth the Money

Trips. Clothes. Booze. Rocking chairs. Objects, experiences, and services that, regardless of cost, justify the price tag.<p><b>1.</b> The newer model.<p><b>2.</b> Brooks Brothers pure-cotton handkerchiefs, $45 for 13. You don't want to pull out a wad of tissues at a funeral. Or a wedding. Or any other occasion at …

Adam Savage Builds His Childhood Home in Foamcore

In this Tested.com “One Day Build,” Adam does something really cool, he uses a set of plans he had made of his childhood home to create a scale model (1/24th scale) of it in foamcore. He says he’s only going to use one tool for the build, a humble #11 X-acto knife. He, of course, ends up using …

Marko Kloos On Turning His Military Service Into Kickass Space Adventures

Last week, we reviewed the latest two books from Marko Kloos: <i>Angles of Attack</i> and <i>Chains of Command</i>, which we really enjoyed. We particularly liked …

Almost all great science fiction and fantasy comes back to this simple idea

Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox<p>Almost all science fiction and fantasy stories are, at their core, about the economics of scarcity and abundance.<p>That's …

Cocktails That Need To Be Retired, According To Bartenders

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p><i>Credit: Sara Norris/Thrillist</i><p>Great bartenders know the best drink is whatever the customer wants, but that doesn't mean those same bartenders can't possess an irrational hatred of copper mugs and energy drinks. Be it because a cocktail has gone out of style or was never good to begin …

James Bond's drinking habits through the decades

As the conjecture over new twists in the <b>latest Bond film</b> fizzes, fans will be reassured that some things never change. Bond might be a more modern man, but the gadgets, the cars, his behaviour towards women and, of course, the habitual martini will remain. <b>The martini</b> is synonymous with the world’s …

A Rookie's Quick Fact Guide To Spanish Wine

Ok, so you like wine. You come home, make dinner and pour yourself a generous glass of the red stuff. But when friends ask "what's your go-to wine?" a deer in the head light look falls over your face. Because you, like many wine drinkers out there, buy cheap or whatever's on sale - not knowing what …

Knife Sharpening Tip From a Master Bladesmith: Apply Adequate Pressure

There’s a big difference between running your knife along a sharpening stone and actually sharpening it. Here’s how much pressure a Master Bladesmith …

How to Make a Beautiful Wooden Table That Glows in the Dark

Maker Mike Warren has created a beautiful wooden table with glow in the dark inlays that illuminate after being exposed to light. For his table, …

How Retailers Will Survive In The Amazon Era

Hire a service designer, for starters.<p>There’s no way around it—the past year has been rough for retail. Even the stalwarts have taken a hit: Nordstrom had a terrible run on NASDAQ; Macy’s cratered, with its stock ending 2015 40% down for the year; and Walmart is shutting down over 250 stores …

eCommerce

Daan Roosegaarde’s Latest: Turning Wind Turbines Into Light Art

The artist puts his own spin on an icon of Dutch innovation.<p>Windmills have long been a symbol of Dutch innovation, but in recent years, the Netherlands has become the site of a contentious debate over wind power. Despite a landscape still dotted with iconic Dutch windmills, many citizens are less …

Wind Power

Modern Seattle Home Finds Creative Ways to Let the Sunshine In

Named for the leafy Seattle neighborhood it calls home on the shore of Lake Washington, the <b>Madrona House</b> is 2,400 square feet of cool, contemporary …

Sprawling Home in Scotland Integrates 18th-Century Ruins

<b>The White House</b> by <b>WT Architecture</b> is on Scotland’s Isle of Coll. The original stone house was built in the mid-1700s and was abandoned in the …

Architecture

Delightful Design, Deconstructed

What makes design delightful? Four real-world examples<p>Some websites provide us a service, other websites make us smile–but the best ones do both. In the context of web design, delightful designs give us a special feeling that keeps us coming back.<p>But a website that only offers delight–no substance, …

UI Design

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015

A year in which Kim Stanley Robinson took us beyond the stars in Aurora and David Mitchell embraced his inner geek in Slade House<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>As per that …

Science Fiction

8 Overlooked Obstacles That Sabotage Your Happiness

How do you get happy?<p>Some people say that if you visualize happiness, you'll be happy. Does that mean if you visualize a castle, you can have that too?<p>Here's another one.<p>If you have negative thoughts, you're doomed. Toast.<p>That's scary, right?<p>Maybe you strive to stay happy by reading inspiring blogs …

NASA Technology Helped Create This Alien Typeface

Like emblems from an alien world, Craig Ward and Linden Gledhill have created a generative computer font using ferromagnetic fluid.<p>First invented by NASA in the 1960s, ferrofluid has been experiencing a kind of renaissance lately, being used in everything from high-tech lava lamps to designer alarm …

Watch a Master Bladesmith Make a Kitchen Knife Out of Meteorites

Bob Kramer's knives are out of this world<p>Talk about an in-demand craftsman: After knifemaker Bob Kramer was first featured in <i>Saveur Magazine</i> in the …

Meteorites

The best novels in English: readers' alternative list

After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list<p>Which are the 100 best novels ever written in the English language? No list could possibly satisfy everyone, as …

Books

Countless Meticulously-Stippled Dots Form Fantastical Drawings

Los Angeles-based artist Kyle Leonard (aka K.A.L) creates meticulously-detailed drawings with the help of extremely fine-tipped pens. The realistic style is made up of countless tiny dots, which together create a smooth and expertly-blended appearance. “Pointillism is my method of madness,” Leonard …

This DIY Hologram Projector Will Make You The Most Popular Guy At The Party

Looking for a good party trick? Take a look at this hologram projector tutorial. The simple DIY project uses your smartphone, an old CD case, and a …

The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

17 Fitness Tips That Will Actually Make You Psyched To Work Out

Insightful fitness gems from people who do this for a living.

It's Time for a Kitchen Spring Cleaning. Avoid These Common Mistakes

When the weather warms up, it's time to give your kitchen a good spring cleaning. Here are the most common mistakes—and how to avoid them.<p>Giving the kitchen a good scrub-down may not be your idea of a happening Friday night, but it's got to get done. And there's no better time to do it than when …

17 Problems You Can Fix Right Now

These easy remedies will eliminate all of life's little annoyances—and improve your wealth, health, and sanity<p>These easy remedies will eliminate all of life's little annoyances—and improve your wealth, health, and sanity.<p>Drill sergeants know it. So do mothers and psychologists. Take care of the …

Nightwalking review – an enthralling study of London after dark

From Defoe to Dickens, the history of literary and criminal London intertwines at night<p><i>Nightwalking</i> is an enthralling study of city life and creativity based on the illuminating discovery that, for a thousand years, being on the street after dark was a crime. Matthew Beaumont’s subtitle, A …