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You Can Explore the Ghost Island That Inspired Skyfall on Street View

If this view looks familiar, it's because it was the inspiration for the Javier Bardem's cyberterrorist HQ in Skyfall. Now, you can explore the …

Four-Panel Album Cover is Actually One Cleverly Arranged Photo

This album cover for the 2011 album <i>Terrain</i> by VLP may look like a four-panel collage, but it is actually a single photograph. The painstakingly …

Lake Lucern, Switzerland

Rereading Stephen King, chapter 22: The Eyes of the Dragon

There's a lot of debate in some circles about exactly what sort of author Stephen King is. Genres are either dismissive of him, or claim ownership: …

These Photos Of NYC's Subway Project Are Astonishing

New York City is doing some serious work on the Second Avenue Subway, the first new line built under the city since 1932. The $4.5 billion project …

Helios Bars - Transform any bike into a smart bike.

<i>Kenny Gibbs combines innovation and technology with a love of biking in his Helios Bars project, which reinvents the cycling experience as we know</i> …

How werewolf erotica found its way to prison

<b>(MTV)</b><p>A hardened prisoner was comfortable enough reading werewolf romances that he sued for the right — and won<p>Laura Miller<p>June 13, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>Much amusement greeted the announcement, earlier this month, that the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco had overturned previous rulings to …

Exclusive Video: Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Taps Into The Magnificent Desolation of Ruin Porn

In a summer when <i>White House Down</i> director Roland Emmerich will lay waste to Washington, D.C., for the third time in his career, one of the most hotly anticipated video games of the year will demonstrate that there are still new ways to devastate our nation’s capital with striking visual flair.<p>If …

53 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Everything

By Brianna Wiest,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/109dAo0<p>1. “Everything you can imagine is real.” ― <b>Pablo Picasso</b><p>2. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now …

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My First Writing Teacher -- Frank McCourt

My first encouragement to write came about in 1983 when I was a 30-year-old special education teacher at Seward Park High School on Grand Street in New York. I had just started teaching and had to take an after-school course on writing held every Tuesday on the second floor. It was a writing …

Healthy Hiking With Your Dog

By Kim Boatman<p>For years, Doug Gelbert, author of <i>Doggin America: 100 Ideas for Great Outdoor Vacations to Take with Your Dog</i>, and his border collie …

Matt Whyman's top 10 unusual fictional families

"Standard-issue parents are a problem when it comes to books for younger readers. Why? Because nobody wants to read about olds who are well-balanced …

Why the minimalists do what they do

I was 31 when I figured out breakfast, and after that life’s overall difficulty level declined a bit.<p>Every month I buy a bag of bulk steel-cut oats, …

Is Optimism Hard-Wired? 6 Ways to See the Glass as Half Full

<b>“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit</b><p>My best friend called me on the …

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Summer Books: 15 New Releases To Put On Your Reading List

These 15 new books for May include stirring new fiction from Isabel Allende, a memoir from a 6'7" librarian struggling with Tourette's syndrome, a hilarious novel of a young man's job as a bird tracker and more.

Welcome to the jungle: The definitive oral history of ’80s metal

<b>Mötley Crüe</b><p>Mötley Crüe, Slash, Lita Ford, Dokken and more share the wildest stories from the heyday of L.A.’s Sunset Strip<p>Jon Wiederhorn • Katherine Turman<p>May 22, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from the book “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal”<p>While the New Wave of British Heavy …

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Astronaut Covers David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in Orbit

Cmdr. Chris Hadfield pulled off a cover of David Bowie’s 1969 classic “Space Oddity” like nobody else has: in space. Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, …

Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class

<b>Jaron Lanier (Jonathan Sprague)</b><p>Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth — even democracy<p>Scott Timberg<p>May 12, 2013 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Jaron Lanier is a computer science pioneer who has grown gradually disenchanted with the online world since his …