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The myth of religious violence | Karen Armstrong

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple<p>As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging …

Marshall Stanmore review

By Dan Sung<p>Image 1 of 4<p>Image 2 of 4<p>Image 3 of 4<p>Image 4 of 4<p>This wireless Bluetooth speaker like a legendary Marshall guitar amps. But does it have a …

Linn's Sondek LP12 turntable costs £25,000, but it's made from Highland Park whisky casks - Pocket-lint

If you love a combination of vinyl records and Scotch whisky (and have loads of cash to spare), then you'll love the latest audio product from …

Weddings Used To Be Sacred And Other Lessons About Internet Journalism

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Sean Parker is the executive general partner at Founders Fund. Previously he was co-founder of Napster, as well as the founding president of Facebook. He currently serves as a director of Spotify. Follow him on Twitter @sparker.</i><p>Our Wedding<p>My wife Alexandra and I met five years ago, …

SLiM Stand For iPad Gives It An iMac Look (Video)

We have featured a number of different stands and docks for iPads here at Geeky Gadgets, the latest one is called the SLiM stand and it is designed …

NFC Stands For Nobody F****** Cares And Apple Gets That

If you think QR codes are a bad joke then consider NFC. Near Field Communications’ evangelists have been trying to get smartphone owners to share stuff by bumping and grinding their phones for years. And progress has been painful, to put it mildly. The reality is NFC is an ugly wasteland of …

The Most Insane Dystopias Ever

<b>Humankind has a long-standing</b> obsession with the end of the world. We've been coming up with stories about it for as long as we've been telling stories, and the subject has shown up in nearly every culture across the globe. The countless different ways we've imagined earth's destruction is a …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

Steve Wozniak discusses his dependency on a MacBook Pro and his affinity for transistor radios

<i>Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire.</i><p>Steve Wozniak pioneered the personal computing industry with the Apple I and II. In a throwback to our 31st issue of Distro, we'll take a very thorough look at the …

Daft Punk: the midas touch Daft Punk's new album is astoundingly ambitious, creating a frenzy even before it has appeared. On the eve of its release – and 20 years since they made their first record in their bedroom as teenagers – Dorian Lynskey gets beyond the helmets to talk to the notoriously shy French duo http://gu.com/p/3fph7 Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Observer

The Constitution And The 3D Printed Plastic Pistol

By now, you have probably heard about the Liberator, a 3D printed plastic gun designed, assembled, and test-fired by Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. Is it legal?<p>Last week, the State Department’s arms export office demanded that Defense Distributed remove CAD files for the Liberator from its …

Seduced by ‘perfect’ pitch: how Auto-Tune conquered pop music

In January of 2010, Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, <i>Animal</i>. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, …

“The Great Gatsby”: Try Again, Old Sport

It would be fun not to know that Baz Luhrmann’s new movie is an adaptation, not to have read the book that it’s an adaptation of, not to bother comparing the movie to its source or evaluating its fidelity to or imaginative reinterpretation of the novel, but simply to watch “The Great Gatsby” as a …

Hear the Velvet Underground fade to static on a laser-cut wooden record

Records can be made out of just about anything: vinyl, 3D-printed plastic, paper, even ice. Over at Instructables, Amanda Ghassaei has set out to push the limits of music formats — after trying out Joy Division and the Pixies with 3D printing last year, she's moved on to laser-cut wood. The records …

BBQ Dragon

We all know the deal — gas grills get going instantly, while charcoal imparts more flavor but can take a while to warm up. Or at least it used to. …

The N.R.A.’s Challenge to America

In case you missed the news—and I can’t really blame you for tuning it out—the National Rifle Association has gotten itself a new president. He’s a charming tub of a man by the name of Jim Porter, and Monday was officially his first day in his new job. But even before taking over at the N.R.A.’s …

The Truth About the World Trade Center

Seven years ago, when Ground Zero was just a hole in the ground and the world seemed convinced that nothing good would ever be built there, the author began the epic story of the rebuilding of downtown New York. Now, as the "Freedom Tower" reaches its full height, the inside story of boondoggles, …

How to Pray When You're Pissed at God

<b>There's a new entry</b> to the growing literary genre of Books-with-curse-words-in-the-Title (e.g. <i>Go the F*ck to Sleep, Sh*t My Dad Says, Social Media is Bullsh*t,</i> etc.).<p>This one, though, I believe is the first to be found in the theology section.<p>Ian Punnett—a Minneapolis-based Episcopal pastor and …

1963: from the Stones to Dr Strangelove, a year of social and cultural upheaval Introducing g2's look at the year that defined the modern era, the veteran writer Tariq Ali recalls the extraordinary collision of politics, culture and social upheaval that he witnessed as a student http://gu.com/p/3f3gz 1963: the defining year of the civil rights movement - Gary Younge writes http://gu.com/p/3fjab 1963: the beginning of the feminist movement - Kira Cochrane writes http://gu.com/p/3fjb6 1963: the Profumo scandal and a Larkin poem spark the sex revolution http://gu.com/p/3f3ft Photograph: Guardian.co.uk

Scientists are building a better kilogram

A kilogram sample at Sandia’s Primary Standards Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Standard kilograms are polished cylinders made of 90 percent platinum, ten percent iridium, and stand 1.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide.<p>Scientists may be nearing the end of a 15-year global effort to reinvent the …

Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo 'There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf' http://gu.com/p/3f83t/tw?CMP=NECNETTXT766 Photograph: Peter Hoffman for the Guardian

Reading “Gatsby” in Beijing

The ad copy for the colorful men’s dress shirts sold by the Chinese fashion label Masa Maso invites the shopper to recall the lesson of the “The Amazing Gai-Ci-Bi”—or, as it’s known in the West, “The Great Gatsby.” “Don’t forget,” the ads warn, “that as soon as the protagonist, Gatsby, obtained …

Boston, from One Citizen of the World Who Calls Himself a Runner

In the past thirty years, I’ve run thirty-three full marathons. I’ve run marathons all over the world, but whenever someone asks me which is my favorite, I never hesitate to answer: the Boston Marathon, which I have run six times. What’s so wonderful about the Boston Marathon? It’s simple: it’s the …

The mysterious powers of Microsoft Excel

<b>After two Harvard economists admitted a faulty spreadsheet calculation caused errors in a study used by numerous politicians to support their austerity policies, writer Colm O'Regan pays tribute to the power of Microsoft Excel.</b><p>They called it a "coding error". This made it sound like they were …

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In the Land of the Coffee Nerds

“This is what coffee tasted like in nineteenth century!” Peter Giuliano exclaimed, holding a cup of Bard coffee’s Sumatra Wahana Natural as we talked at a small stand near the entrance of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where the Specialty Coffee Association of America was holding its …

The End of the Honeymoon for Obama: What’s Next

Barack Obama is going gray, and no wonder. He said a while back that it was hereditary, but weeks like this one must be accelerating the process. Even before Friday’s dramatic shootout and manhunt in Watertown, it had been a remarkably stressful few days for the President.<p>On Thursday morning, …

It's Getting Harder and Harder to Love a Song

<i>Published in the May 2013 issue, on sale any day now</i><p><i>Part of the Songs Every Man Should Listen To, hosted by the beautiful Nina Agdal.</i><p><b>I am a collector.</b> I am not on Spotify and only occasionally make use of Pandora. I disdain both. I am the listener Steve Jobs had in mind when, in 2007, he said that …

Guardian front page, Tuesday 9 April: Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappeared http://gu.com/p/3f24g/tw?CMP=SOCNETTXT6966 Also on the story: The Margaret Thatcher I knew: 20 personal insights http://gu.com/p/3f2x5/tw?CMP=SOCNETTXT6966 For all our coverage on Margaret Thatcher http://bit.ly/10NT7Ax?CMP=SOCNETTXT6966

What Good Is a Gigabit?

<i>This article was co-written by Jake Brewer and Joe Kochan, Communications Director and Chief Operating Officer for US Ignite.</i><p>What do we get with a Gigabit Internet?<p>At 1 billion "bits per second," a gigabit is 200 times faster than today's U.S. average of roughly 5 million bits per second. But the …