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In 1968 Vermont Banned Billboards. Here’s Why

In 1968 the state of Vermont passed a landmark anti-billboard law and the landscape has been billboard-free ever since. The law was the result of the …

Badu As She Wants to Be

Though it may have flickered softly while this decade’s meretricious pop princesses paraded in their tinsel, Erykah Badu’s style—lushly nostalgic, glamorously weird—never wavered. Badu’s exalted ragtag of big coats, psychedelic dresses, and winged cuffs has always matched the languorous tempo of …

Harvard Wants To Help You Make Your Own Squishy Robot

Modern robotics has gone soft.<p>Ever sit alone in your room and think to yourself, “If only I had a soft robot to call my own.” All right, so that scenario is pretty unlikely, but for those who might have wondered how to create a squishy automaton, Harvard has the blueprints you’ll need.<p>In …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

Productivity

Comic Sans On Australian Newspaper’s Front Page Sparks Rage

The <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i> kicked off a Twitter tantrum, after the 183-year-old newspaper had the tacky temerity to use Comic Sans on the front page.<p>To be fair, the typeface was used at least semi-appropriately: in cartoon speech bubbles. <i>The Herald</i> used Comic Sans to put opposing comments by two …

Typography