Mehrdad Ershadifar

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Meet Rand Paul’s Nerd Army: Like Mathletes, but for Liberty

When Senator Rand Paul left the Capitol on Sunday evening, after successfully causing the temporary death of several provisions in the PATRIOT Act, …

Rand Paul

The Children of ISIS

On the day he planned to make his sacred journey, or <i>hijra</i>, to the Islamic State, 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan woke up before dawn at his house in …

"The X-Files" Is Coming Back To TV With Gillian Anderson And David Duchovny

More than a decade after going off the air, Fox has ordered another chapter of the Emmy-winning show <i>The X-Files</i>. The new six-episode event series, which was announced on Tuesday, will be created and produced by Chris Carter, who also created the original series. It will also see David Duchovny and …

TV

'Yoga Pants are Ruining Women' and Other Style Advice From Fran Lebowitz

Sartorial tirades from one of the most tailored and opinionated dressers in all of New York City.<p>"You are calling me from a cell phone," Fran Lebowitz , the cultural critic, writer, and sometimes actress announces, mere seconds after I say hello. She says it's the worst connection in the history of …

Clothing

Roast Chicken Recipes For The Easiest Dinner Ever

It's just so easy.<p>How Sweet It Is, Cafe Johnsonia, Feasting at Home, Adventures in Cooking, Foodie Crush<p>Nigella Lawson said it best: "You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?"<p>If you don't wholeheartedly agree with Lawson's …

Recipes

How Much Sprawl Costs America

More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.<p>More and more young people are moving to urban centers because they prefer to live in walkable areas with lots of public transportation options. Still, developers are reluctant to build compact housing using this smart growth approach. But perhaps a …

I was in the CIA for 25 years — Here's how I explained my job to my kids

"Dad, what do you do?" my 13-year-old daughter Peggy asked about six months after we had settled into our home in North Thailand.<p>She had been observing my strange comings and goings, my home office with its safe, map, and cameras, and my frequent hushed conversations with a variety of visitors. She …

All aboard San Francisco's startup bus craze

'Introverts in the front, extroverts in the back.'<p>Late Friday afternoon, I was sitting in the back of a Leap bus with CEO Kyle Kirchhoff when the bus manager, a young blond guy named Richard, approached, holding his smartphone like a menu. Kirchhoff had just shown me how riders can use the Leap app …

The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die

“I hope you step on a Lego” is such an apt curse that it has become a meme. Pages upon pages of YouTube videos detail the experience’s excruciating agony.<p>The comedian Steve Ranazzissi perhaps described the moment the best: “Last week I stepped on a Lego with my bare foot and I almost murdered my …

QuoTED 2015

In our last five years of attending the conference, TED 2015 might have been the best yet. Now firmly settled in its new Vancouver, BC home, this year’s production was deep, meaningful and overall more simple than in years past. Performances were moving, but not shocking. Talks were grouped in a …

I Tried To Design The Perfect Night’s Sleep. Here’s What Happened

Sleep tracking wearables, smart alarms, and fancy light bulbs are the future of a good night’s rest. But how much can they achieve?<p>I have one goal in life: to achieve the perfect sleep. I’m neither a morning person nor a night owl. I go to bed early; I wake up late. Each morning I invariably engage …

Corporations' Newest Productivity Hack: Meditation

Target, Google, and Ford have started teaching employees mindfulness. Will capitalism complicate something as simple as following your breath?<p>Since I started meditating two years ago, my practice has been shamefully sporadic. When I do manage to stop what I’m doing and sit down, device-free, I find …

Mindfulness

Transcript: Everything Hillary Clinton Said on the Email Controversy

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference Tuesday to discuss the controversy over her use of a private email account for …

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

Queen Elizabeth II

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

We all can agree that we have too many meetings. From the one-off event to the weekly check-in with an employee, meetings are taking an increasing amount of time in our daily work. But removing meetings from your calendar isn’t always the best way to take back your time.<p>When faced with an onslaught …

The Decreasing Relevance of the Campaign Speech

In his first big address of the 2016 cycle in Detroit last month, Jeb Bush used a teleprompter. He wanted to get it over with, it seemed, resulting …

A Brewing Problem

What's the healthiest way to keep everyone caffeinated?<p>“I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use,” John Sylvan told me frankly, of Keurig K-Cups, the single-serve brewing pods that have fundamentally changed the coffee experience in recent years. “Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough …

The secret life of a public library security guard

For Petrovich, the self-imposed uniform is essential. It has an effect on people, especially those up to no good. Enter the library intoxicated and …

The truth about the Sound of Music family

<b>When it was released 50 years ago, The Sound of Music became one of the most successful films of all time. It was based on the true story of the von Trapp family (above) - but what did they think of it and was their life really like it was portrayed in the movie?</b><p>"Everyone thinks the Sound of Music …

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

The Layman’s Guide To Virtual Reality

So many companies, so many technologies. Who can keep it all straight? We can! Here’s a plainspeak FAQ to get you up to speed.<p>Oculus. Facebook. Samsung. Microsoft. Sony. Google. Viewmaster. Virtual reality is coming, but it’s a remarkably confusing market, filled with dozens of players, all …

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent: A Look Back at His Intimate Photography Exhibition

Spock is no longer with us.<p>Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared <i>Star Trek</i> character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. …

Leonard Nimoy

Explore a 3D Environment Made of Magritte Paintings

Shattered sunsets and 3D apples abound in animator Ali Eslami's reconstructed<p>Wish you could get a little deeper into the surreal paintings of René Magritte? Using the Unreal Engine, animator Ali Eslami invites you into a virtual room constructed from scenes from the Belgian painter's …

Why our brains see the black and blue dress as white and gold

Have you seen this dress? Depending on whom you ask, it might be black and blue or white and gold.<p>Tumblr/Swiked<p>The debate, which started after a photo of the dress was posted on Tumblr, has raised some obvious scientific questions about why people are seeing the dress in different colours. Experts …

How Shake Shack makes their cheeseburgers so delicious

Perhaps you've heard of the little hamburger operation called Shake Shack. Started in 2001 as a hot dog cart in a public park, the critically acclaimed New York-based burger chain now has 63 locations and, last Friday, debuted on the NYSE with a valuation of nearly $1 billion. The driving force …

Will Forte Can’t Stop (and He Hopes That Doesn’t Bother Anyone)

Will Forte greets me outside the bathroom, extending his hand as I zip up my fly. We are at the production offices of his new television show on the …

Reading List: 13 First-Rate Fashion Books

13 bold, bright and beautiful fashion reads, both new and old.<p>13 bold, bright and beautiful fashion reads, both new and old.