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California needs to turn down the tap, state OKs historic cuts

Californians have a lot of work to do when it comes to water conservation.<p>That became painfully clear Tuesday when the state released new data showing that cities and towns reduced their consumption a mere 3.6 percent in March — compared with the same month in 2013 — just as officials took the …

The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How Lady Day was in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics fight for survival.<p>F <i>rom his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury</i> …

Billie Holiday

R nine T Custom Project: the builders

It’s not often that we get an insight into the minds and work processes of Japan’s custom motorcycle builders. The language barrier is simply too much. So we’re wrapping up our coverage of BMW’s R nineT Custom Project by interviewing the four builders involved.<p>Although they’re at the top of their …

​The Highway Fighter Is BMW's R nineT Finally Done Right

BMW handed out a dozen of its new retro R nineT motorcycles to some of the world's top customizers and told them to go to town. The results have been …

Tips For Caulking

Use these tips for perfect results every time!<p>Apply painter's tape to control your caulk lines. Apply the caulk, smooth the joint with your finger …

Caulking

Here's how the Google Camera's Lens Blur effect works

Adjustable depth of field effects are hot new camera features included in both the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. If you don’t fancy buying a new handset, the newly released Google Camera App includes a similar feature as well. Depth of field is great for adding some additional “pop” to your …

Mobile Photography

Psychic Weight- Life is Pending

May 17, '06 Comments [5] Posted in Musings<p>Sponsored By<p>Wow, this post really nailed it. Sometimes I read a post and wish I'd written it and this is …

Robert Scoble's Augment Your Life

For the past few months I’ve been studying social media with fresh eyes since learning more about my addiction to it, and other things.<p>Here’s one …

How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible

The following is a detailed write-up of a popular productivity talk delivered by Scott Hanselman. Visit his blog, hanselman.com, for more …

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.<p>You work really hard. In fact, you might not be able to work any harder. But you can still work <i>smarter</i>.<p>Here are five ways anyone can work smarter from Belle Beth Cooper, content crafter at Buffer, the maker of a social media management tool that …

Productivity

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

Time Management

Japan used to rule video games, so what happened?

Everyone knows video games are big in Japan, but in recent years the question has been whether Japan’s still big in video games. “Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished,” said <i>Mega Man</i> and <i>Dead Rising</i> creator Keiji Inafune at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, and five years on there’s no …

These 5 sedans are V8-powered supercars in disguise

Supercar performance, raucous V8 engines, and four doors.<p>These five sedans don't look like supercars. They have no carbon tubs or active aerodynamic tricks that make them look like low-flying spacecraft. They fit human beings in their front and rear seats. They have cushy suspensions and seat …

Siblings

"I Killed A Man": What Happens When A Homicide Confession Goes Viral

Last summer Matthew Cordle drove drunk the wrong way on a highway in Ohio, killing another driver. With the help of a charismatic, entrepreneurial do-gooder, Cordle admitted his guilt in a YouTube video that 2.6 million people watched — but where is the line between personal contrition and public …

Jalopnik - Drive Free or Die

I’ve talked about headrests in the context of one of these Quick Questions before, but it was in a biting context, not a …