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Photographer Ren Hang Sets the Nude Body Askew

The Chinese artist's obsession with the human form is magnified in a new retrospective of his work.<p>"My shoots are never planned out," photographer Ren Hang told VICE in 2013. "I get ideas on the spot, as we're shooting. My inspirations are derived from my life experiences up to that point... I use …

No Sundance premiere has won the top Oscar — will that change this year?

I thought it would happen with “Boyhood.” And, who knows, maybe it still will this year with “<p>Manchester by the Sea.”<p>But no movie that has premiered at the<p>Sundance Film Festivalhas ever gone on to win the Oscar for best picture.<p>Sure, the Park City, Utah, festival, which begins Thursday, has boasted …

The 9 best comics we read in 2016

We’re heavily invested in sci-fi, fantasy, and superheroes here at Daily Dot Parsec, and 2016 provided a bumper crop of amazing new comics. So many, …

Graphic Novels
Darth Vader

How a 2-hour game of Uno became IMDb’s highest-rated comedy

One of IMDb’s best-rated comedies is a fake movie about four men playing a tortuous game of Uno.<p><i>Uno: The Movie</i> was born out of a two-and-a-half-hour …

Independent Film

25 Nerdy Gifts That You'll Want To Buy Immediately

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League of Legends

Students' catchy long division song will be stuck in your head all day

"Divide, multiple and subtract. Bring it on down and bring it on back!"<p>Those are the words to a foot-tapping song 4th grade students made up to guide …


Watch What Happens When These Adults See Animation For The First Time

What would happen if you showed animation to someone who had never seen a cartoon before? We've got an answer now.The post Watch What Happens When …

The Post

The 11 best video games of 2016

We struggle to recall 12 months so crowded with great video games. Indie developers, blockbuster studios, virtual reality tinkerers, and creators who defy labels: all corners of the industry contributed to one of the strangest, most varied, and best years in the medium’s short history.<p>Controversial …

Kansas City Chiefs

Humans have no penis bone because sex doesn't last long enough, scientists discover

Scientists have discovered why humans do not have a penis bone, unlike chimpanzees, bears and most other mammals.<p>The penis bone, or baculum, first …

University College London

13 Free Desk Plans so You Can DIY One Today

These free desk plans will give you everything you need to successfully build a desk for your office or any other space in your home where you need …

Wes Anderson short film will get you in the Christmas spirit

Fashion retailer H&M has really gone all out with Christmas advert this year.<p>John Lewis may have animals bouncing on a trampoline and Sainsbury's may …

Wes Anderson

The Happiest People Don't Let Their Minds Wander, According to a Harvard Study

There is an old saying: Happiness is a state of mind. As it turns out, it's true.<p><i>How does one overcome depression and anxiety? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Mellissa O'Brien, mindfulness</b> …

The director of Iron Giant and Ratatouille explains the beauty of animation

<i>Incredibles</i>. <i>The Iron Giant</i><i>.</i> <i>Ratatouille</i>. Brad Bird is responsible for some of the best animated films in the last decade and a half, and in a fantastic new video essay by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr., Bird outlines exactly what appeals to him about animation and what it can do as an art form.<p>This short …


27 Stranger Things Gifts You'll Be Tempted to Keep For Yourself

<b>Stranger Things</b> commanded the attention of Netflix watchers everywhere when it premiered last year, and then when it came back in 2017 for round two. Not only is the show itself amazing, but it has already contributed so much to pop culture. Admit it, you'll never look at waffles without thinking …


Pixar's New Short Film Is Definitely Not For Kids

It's pretty dark.<p>The beauty of Pixar films is that although they're targeted at children, there's usually something in it for larger humans too, as was the case with features like <i>Up</i>, <i>Toy Story</i>, and <i>Finding Nemo,</i> but we've always wanted to know what an actual adult-themed animation from them would …

'Westworld' Raises Unsettling Questions About Where Video Game Morality Is Heading

The main conflict of <i>Westworld</i> is already pretty apparent after two episodes, the rising threat of self-conscious AI, growing sick and tired of being tormented by sadistic humans, who use the “fake” creations to unleash their darkest fantasies.<p>We have seen many “what does it mean to be human?” …

Grand Theft Auto

When to give up on a TV show: 7 simple rules to help you know when to bail

How many episodes should you watch before cutting your losses? We can tell you exactly.<p>A new TV season brings with it a revival of that age-old question: How do you know when it’s time to give up on a show?<p>Fortunately for you, dear reader, I — a professional television critic — have rules about …

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Centers for Disease Control

Do you want to write video games?

An industry veteran explains the difficulty in getting the position everyone wants.<p>Do you want to write video games? Do you? Do you <i>really?</i> Be honest with me.<p>I mean, I don’t want to shoot down your dream. There are lots of people who’ve done the research, who know exactly what they’re getting into …

Dragon Age

What 2,000 calories looks like at every major fast-food chain

Healthier, more transparent practices are making their way into the fast-food industry, yet simple awareness isn't always effective.<p>The Upshot took pictures of 2,000 calories' worth of restaurant food in 2014.<p>We decided to do our own version and visit 13 fast-food chains to discover what ordering …


5 tips for making sublime iced coffee at home

“Large iced coffee, extra half-and-half and nine sugars!”<p>When the barista at my favorite coffee shop called out that order one day, I actually …


How to get a job at Netflix, and what it's like to work there

This culture was outlined in a famous 2009 slide deck by CEO Reed Hastings that summarized Netflix's management philosophy.<p>And though the company has morphed since then, diving into original content and expanding across the globe, it has maintained a commitment to that culture.<p>That means that …

Reed Hastings

Nothing In ‘Suicide Squad’ Is Half As Weird As ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

<i>Suicide Squad</i> is a classic case of false advertising.<p>The trailers made David Ayer’s film — which teams up some of DC’s most ruthless bad guys and girls, including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc — look like a fun and funny romp, the antidote to <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>‘s unceasing …

Comic Books

How Screen Addiction Is Damaging Kids' Brains

"I've worked with hundreds of heroin addicts and crystal meth addicts, and what I can say is that it's easier to treat a heroin addict than a true screen addict," says Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of 'Glow Kids.'<p>In the 80s, Graham Nash from Crosby Stills & Nash appeared on MTV for an interview. …

16 Reasons the Pixar Offices Are Better Than Yours

It's pretty much the best place to work.<p>Pixar has made some of the greatest animated movies of all-time, from Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and The …


11 Questions Stranger Things Still Needs to Answer


Stranger Things

20 modern classic movies everyone needs to watch in their lifetime

And if you have some time on your hands, this might be a good time to binge some modern-day classics.<p>With that in mind, I've come up with 20 essential titles from the past 15 years that you should reexamine or, if you've never seen them, delve into.

Tomb Raider

29 DIY Starbucks Recipes That Will Save You Tons Of Cash

Make your own "pink drink" right in your kitchen!