Ethan Straus

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Number One In Poverty, California Isn't Our Most Progressive State -- It's Our Most Racist One

Everyone thinks California is our most progressive state. And why not? It imposes the highest tax on the richest one percent. It is aggressively implementing Obamacare. And it is standing up to President Donald Trump on everything from immigration to the environment.<p>And yet the Golden State is also …

Income Inequality

The Secrets Behind The Sparkle Of Disney's Parades

Next month, Disneyland in California will debut a glittering new float in its nighttime parade Paint the Night, and although it has all the bells and whistles, the real magic is behind the scenes.<p>The first nighttime parade that rolled through Disneyland was the Main Street Electrical Parade in …

Why Disney Had To Think Outside The Box To Cast Its Spell In California

This month, Disneyland in California premiered its latest son et lumière show. On paper, it doesn’t sound too radical.<p>Named “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” it is themed to the computer animated movies made by Disney’s subsidiary Pixar Animation Studios. The show features …

Why Do Google, Airbnb, And Pinterest All Have Such Similar Logos?

Branding experts weigh in.<p>Why do so many tech companies’ logos look the same? From Google and Airbnb to Spotify and Pinterest, these companies have gradually shifted their branding from idiosyncratic typefaces to remarkably similar sans-serif fonts. This month, a viral tweet from the type studio Oh …

Graphic Design

Apple is really bad at design

Let me just rip this band-aid off...<p>The “notch” on the new iPhone X is not just strange, interesting, or even odd — it is bad. It is bad design, and …

9 surprising differences between Disneyland and Disney World

While at first glance, Disneyland and Disney World might look like they are the same theme park, just on different coasts, they're very different. Read on to find out what makes Disneyland "The Happiest Place on Earth," while Disney World is "The Most Magical."

Sexism Did Not Cost Hillary the Election

It’s June 2017, and many Democrats (and members of the media) are still trying to figure out how Hillary Clinton managed to lose the 2016 election to …

Fidget spinners, ranked by design

In this strange new world, there are those who fidget spin and there are those who wish this toy trend would run its course already, oh my god.<p>For …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Is Disney World's Biggest Rival Getting Too Greedy?

We're now less than two months away from the grand opening of <b>Comcast</b>'s(NASDAQ: CMCSA)new theme park in Central Florida, and on Thursday we learned about the single-day and passholder pricing for Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay.<p>A one-day ticket to the new water park that opens on May 25 will cost …

Echo Questions With Responses

The Amazon Echo is an odd companion. It's a speaker contained in a tube that sits in the corner of the room, always listening (unless you press the …

How Domino’s Pizza Reinvented Itself

I spent the last 18 months researching and writing a book on how organizations and leaders can do extraordinary things, even if they operate in pretty ordinary fields. You don’t have to be a programmer in Silicon Valley or a gene splicer in biotech to unleash exciting innovations and create huge …

Ann Arbor

Easter eggs evolved: Why gamers spent 3-years-plus studying GTAV’s Mount Chiliad

This unsolved mystery is a perfect artifact of communal sleuthing in the Reddit age.<p>Just below the peak of Mount Chiliad, a huge mountain in the far …

The Robot Presidents Who Rule Disney World

Disney World's Hall of Presidents has a strange 60-year history, and soon, they'll be adding a 44th robot commander-in-chief.<p>As the red curtain rises, subtle blue light bathes 43 presidents. After a few words from America's most illustrious founding father, all heads turn (some more smoothly than …

Disney's Business Model Is Downright Brilliant

<b>Disney</b> (NYSE: DIS) is known around the world for being the name behind many of the most popular movies in history. However, the company is about much more than films, and its unique business model is a major advantage for investors.<p>When Disney launches a successful movie, the company obviously …

"Disneyland Secrets Gold"

• <b>Author:</b> Mike Westby<p>New! "Disneyland Secrets Gold!" Notescast for iBooks - Over 110 secrets with more than 100 colorful photos<p>You'll experience all of Disneyland Park in an all new way as you discover one new secret after another in Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, New Orleans Square, …

Which Major League Baseball team is the most ‘Jewish’?

JTA — October marks the beginning of a new year, a time of fresh starts and second chances — and playoff baseball, the climax of a summer of (we …

Why the New iPhone Risks Becoming New Coke

You've probably been thinking to yourself, "Gee, I wish I couldn't charge my phone while also listening to music." Or perhaps, "Gosh, if only my …

Advertising

15 ways your child's name sets them up for success — or failure

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.<p>So it comes as little surprise then that there is a growing trend among parents called "namer's remorse" — one in five mothers say they regret the name they chose for …

Is a Disney cruise worth the cost?

Disney is known around the world for its family-friendly entertainment offerings.<p>On Disney Cruise Line, you may end up paying a pretty penny for a vacation. But is the higher price worth it all?<p>Compare the cost of an Alaskan cruise. On Carnival Cruise Line, a seven-day round-trip from Seattle …

Airlines Bring Free Sandwiches and Streaming Back to Coach

After decades of red ink, U.S. airlines have gotten their financial houses in significantly better order. And while this new wherewithal certainly …

How to Get a First Class Upgrade Every Time

Until recently, if you had even mid-tier elite status with an airline, you could bet on getting upgraded from economy to business or first class on …

The T-Mobile CEO’s Crusade for Customers Is Paying Off

T-Mobile long ago secured its place as the fastest-growing wireless carrier in the U.S. with a series of unconventional promotions intended to steal …

How To Brainstorm Like A Googler

This is the deceptively simple, three-step process Google uses to come up with its most innovative ideas.<p>Here at Google, we don’t have a secret formula for innovation. But that doesn’t mean Googlers’ best ideas are ineffable mysteries. On the contrary, we’ve found they can be systematically coaxed …

Creativity

It’s a numbers game! How analytics are turning games into distraction machines

A few years before he passed away, Roger Ebert stirred up a lot of game fan anger when he claimed that “video games can never be art”.<p>In response, …

The creative minds at Pixar break down what makes their movies so successful

"Finding Dory," Pixar's 17th feature film, officially hit theaters Friday, June 16. The reviews are already declaring it a wild success, and rightfully so.<p>If you ask the people at Pixar what the secret is to the studio's continued string of box-office hits, they'll tell you there really isn't a …

How iTunes Genius Really Works - MIT Technology Review

Ever since the feature debuted in 2008, there’s been a lot of speculation about how iTunes Genius accomplishes its playlist-building magic. Now an …

Japanese Photographer Documents The Many Faces of Tokyo’s Stray Cats (10+ Pics)

With his pictures, Japanese photographer Masayuki Oki captures the individual personalities of the many otherwise anonymous stray cats that live in …

Why Is It So Hard to Tell If Someone Likes You?

One of the most frustrating things about dating and relationships is trying to figure out whether a person has romantic feelings for you. People …

Psychology

How Budget Airlines Cut Costs to Make Their Flights So Cheap

Running an airline is expensive, but there are plenty of costs to cut.<p>It can really take some of the joy out of your vacation when you have to spend a huge chunk of change just getting to your destination, so it's no surprise that there's a demand for cheap air travel. But supplying it is a …

Air Travel