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9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

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Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Going Adobe-free

An open letter of sorts<p>It was not so long ago that Adobe, the wunderkind of the desktop publishing revolution, seemed unshakeable from their position …

24 of Banksy's most clever works

The "park," near Bristol, England, puts a dark twist on a Disney Park, and features work from more than 50 artists.<p>The identity of Banksy, a graffiti artist who has risen to superstar status over the past 20 years, is still unknown to the general public.<p>But that hasn't stopped him from selling art …

Pixar Animation Studios Releases RenderMan 20

<b>EMERYVILLE, CA --</b> Pixar Animation Studios has released version 20 of its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software, introducing major innovations …

30 Goals You Should Set For Yourself Before Turning Into 30s

The time between your 20s and 30s is probably the one with the most adventurous potential. The vast majority of the people focus on their careers and …

Hammer Films

Features To Quatermass and Beyond The Impact of Sci-Fi's Unlikely Hero<p>Features Yeti Persisted The Cinematic Legacy of the Abominable Snowman<p>Features …

Want Google’s Cardboard VR Headset? OnePlus Is Giving Them Away For Free, If You Pay Shipping

Since about 10 seconds after Google launched its do-it-yourself Cardboard virtual reality headset, other companies have been selling pre-made clones — and Google is totally fine with that.<p>(Wondering WTF “Cardboard” is? The short version: it’s a virtual reality headset that uses your phone as the …

Virtual Reality

51 Projects That Will Make You Bust Out the Sewing Machine

Sitting down at a sewing machine for the first time can seem like a scary task, but we promise it’s easy once you get the hang of it. Whether you’re just learning how to stitch a straight line or you’re already a pro at reading patterns, there are endless possibilities to what you can create. In …

From zombies to the Somme: 5 VR apps to try on Google Cardboard

So, you've put together your Google Cardboard headset. What's next?<p>Google Cardboard, first introduced at Google's I/O developers conference in 2014 …

Pixar blew through its 'Inside Out' budget to create the biggest effect in the movie

While Pixar's "Inside Out" may not be the emotional powerhouse that its predecessors "Toy Story" and "Up" were, its animation is unlike anything you've seen before.<p>That's because the animation studio blew through its budget to do so.<p>The movie follows 11-year-old Riley, spirited and goofy, as her …

10 Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Characters

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is an instrument to define your personality along four parameters: (I) Introversion vs. (E) Extroversion, (N) …

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5 Ways to Make Your Street Photography More Interesting

Countless photographers and photography critics have engaged in lively debates about the precise definition of street photography. There are those …

10 Ways to Never Get Published

Getting your book published means that actual people will read it, and who wants that? Here are 10 bona fide ways to make sure your manuscript never …

Writing

Christopher Lee’s Top 15 Most Heavy Metal Moments

<b>Making Christmas Metal</b><p>Embedded from www.youtube.com.<p><i>Christopher Lee on “Jingle Hell”</i><p>Beginning in 2012 with “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing,” Lee put …

Horror

25 Do-It-Yourself Necklaces Everyone Loves

I was standing in Anthropologie a few weeks ago when it hit me. I was contemplating spending $45 on a bold necklace made of wooden beads with a neon …

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Having Something to Say and Saying It

My friend, Eric Bryan, recently pointed out that I re-post a lot of articles about writing on social media, articles with tips from how to structure your writing time to overcoming self-doubt to plotting your novel, but rarely do these essays touch on perhaps the most important aspect of the …

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

Body Language

Pixar's only store is locked away in a gated Bay Area campus – Here are the coolest things you can buy there

In its sprawling campus in Emeryville, California, Pixar makes magic happen. There, animators bring your favorite characters to life, host screenings, and sell super exclusive merchandise out of its Pixar Studio Store.<p>The store is somewhat of a holy grail for fangirls and boys. While you can buy …

'Inside Out' is Pixar's most stunning animated film since 'Finding Nemo'

The movie follows 11-year-old Riley, spirited and goofy, as her dad's new job in San Francisco uproots the family from the Midwest. Helping to navigate Riley through this change are her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis …

19 Ways to Rock the Hair Jewelry Trend By Making Your Own

<i>Show off your tresses with these DIY hair jewelry projects!</i><p>One of the emerging spring and summer 2015 fashion trends is hair jewelry. Hair jewelry is …

Hair

Is 'Batman: Arkham Knight's' Season Pass A Total Ripoff? After All, You Can Play As Batgirl

So you can play Batgirl in the upcoming <i>Batman: Arkham Knight</i> game. That’s pretty sweet.<p>If you buy the DLC, that is. Which, if you buy it all, costs $40 on a $60 game.<p>IGN’s Dan Stapleton calls the season pass ”completely bonkers.”<p>And he makes some good points. Past <i>Arkham</i> games haven’t had the best …

Major figures mourn Silent Hills as cancellation appears likely

It's looking more and more like <i>Silent Hills</i> is canceled, with principal figures attached to the project mourning its demise on Twitter and a source telling Polygon that the game is "pretty much dead."<p>Last night the director Guillermo del Toro, who had been co-directing the game with Hideo Kojima, …

40 Amazing Cartoon Tutorials for Aspiring Illustrators

Share!<p>If you’re passionate about cartoons and either work as a cartoon illustrator or simply practice drawing cartoons as a hobby, these fun cartoon …

Graphics

Norman Reedus Confirms That Konami Has Canceled ‘Silent Hills’

<b>UPDATE</b>: Norman Reedus himself confirmed the game’s demise on Twitter this afternoon.<p>The ongoing saga between Konami and Hideo Kojima may have just claimed one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, <i>Silent Hills</i>. The story up to this point has involved a lot of questions without answers, …

Metal Gear

9 Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf Like A Boss, As Told Through 5 GIFs

The silk scarf is one of those style staples that people revere, but rarely rock. Maybe it's because the classic accessory has a prim-and-proper reputation and seems to only be worn by ladies of a certain age. Or maybe folks just don't know how to incorporate scarves into their personal style. …

How Pixar Solves Problems From The Inside Out

It’s easy to forget that Pixar is a technology company. Mostly because the invention that they do is in service of a narrative.<p>When done successfully, your attention is held by that narrative, not by the technical achievements that made it possible. With Inside Out, its newest feature due later …

Animation

Naughty Dog Strengthening Environment Team as Uncharted 4 Production Enters Final Year

Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment delayed the release of <i>Uncharted 4: A thief’s End</i> to Spring 2016, but this doesn’t mean that they’re …

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The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid difficulty, as Nietzsche believed. Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui …