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11 Writing Tips That Will Change Your Life

by Marcy McKayThere seems to be two different camps regarding the writing process. One adheres to a strict regime of rules and writing tips to …

Designing the Visual Identity of 'Girls'

We talked to creative director Howard Nourmand about working with Lena Dunham on 'Girls' and 'It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise.'<p>Grand Jeté<p>The title sequence for <i>Girls</i> is simple but distinct: a single frame of bold typography. Though Lena Dunham's HBO series nearly kicked off with an intro …

Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald’s With Propaganda Imagery

Egg McMuffins aren't just mediocre pastries stuffed with microwaved eggs, bright yellow cheese and ham product. They are a form of tyranny.<p>That, at …

Crippling blackouts paralyse South Africa | Africa

<b>Johannesburg, South Africa -</b> One click and the lights went off and Mandisa Tyabule sat in the dark.<p>"Damn," she said as her sewing machine slowly ground to a halt. "I hate it. I hate load-shedding."<p>It was Thursday morning and Johannesburg's Central Business District was hit by another blackout.<p>A …

“Apocalypse is right around the corner”: Rick Perlstein unloads on Mike Huckabee-style conservatives

Author-historian Rick Perlstein tells Salon why the crypto-candidate’s avarice fits so well with today’s party<p>Earlier this month former governor of Arkansas, Fox News host and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee found himself on the receiving end of some well-deserved ridicule. But although his …

The $3 game that wants to create a totalitarian surveillance state with puzzles

What if we knew every piece of communication we sent or received was watched? What if it was your job to do the watching?<p><i>Touchtone</i> is a $2.99 iOS puzzle game that sees you, playing a direct role in the story, breaking what seems to be a form of encryption and then looking at the e-mails and …

Game Design

What are the best fonts for logos? + how to pick the perfect one

Out of the thousands of fonts available online, how can you know which are the best fonts for logos? (Especially when many of them start looking the …

Dogs listen better when they’re loved

New research suggests your pooch is more responsive to your commands when they’re delivered with affection<p>It turns out dogs do a better job of following their human's commands when they feel loved — so if you want your pup to listen to you, just show him some affection.<p>A new study in the journal …

The best and oddest science-inspired music

Science inspires music more often than you might think. Philip Ball compiled a playlist of the good, the bad and the far-out.<p>In February 1930, a young astronomer called Clyde Tombaugh confirmed what some researchers had suspected for some time: the solar system was home to a ninth planet, orbiting …

15 Signs of Emotional Masochism

<i>By Mike Bundrant of the iNLP Center.</i><p><b>Disclaimer:</b> <i>By writing this article, I do not suggest that emotional masochism is a conscious choice.</i><p><i>I also do not</i> …

Self-Criticism