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Scammy startups want to pay writers in worthless cryptocurrency

Some cryptocurrency entrepreneurs are trying to convince bloggers to write articles for tokens.<p>Imagine you’re a struggling writer and someone …

Publishing

Trump gave us an ugly blueprint for an ugly year

He didn’t rise to the occasion. He didn’t become more presidential. He slid right into the swamp, and stayed there.<p>The year began with a kind of …

Donald Trump

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is/is not great

We’re taking your calls about it live<p>This week on <i>Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky,</i> we were planning on a nice discussion about gift giving and holiday …

Star Wars

Productivity is dangerous

You know who else was productive?<p>My personal rule is that if you aren’t quite certain that a certain action will be good for you and the world, you …

Time Management

I have no voice, and I must scream

‘Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness’ explores the terrifying history of pain and memory in modern medicine<p>The …

Medicine

Ann Coulter knows it’s cuffing season

Baby, it’s cold outside.<p>’Tis the season to be jolly, but ’tis also the season of feeling pressured to begin a short-lived, …

Ann Coulter

The EPA’s headquarters are covered in shit

Perfect.<p>In what’s the most perfect possible metaphor for the EPA’s year, the agency’s offices are now covered in, uh, a bunch of shit. Welp.<p>According …

Scott Pruitt

Bhad Bhabie is a new model of teen star

From "cash me outside" to rap stardom, Danielle Bregoli is working out her youth one hater at a time<p>Daytime talk shows were my secret snow day …

Dan Savage

The sales blog cult of LinkedIn

Inside the passionate culture of thought leadership on the hardest-working social network.<p>After Tony J. Hughes, an Australia-based speaker and …

South Dakota

Taking the pineapple out of the sea

How SpongeBob SquarePants came to life on Broadway.<p>During our early years as children, we study the basic laws of earthly physics. At first, we …

SpongeBob SquarePants

College football bowls are a grotesque money grab

As bowl season approaches, it's time to examine just how much cash schools, coaches, and sponsors are raking in.<p>The Camping World Bowl. The Lockheed …

College Football

Two beers and a Tchaikovsky, please

Inside the nautical-themed tavern in Norway that’s served up booze and classical music for the past quarter-century.<p>The door swings open. It’s winter …

Europe

The hot new trend in digital currency: pump and dump

“Penny cryptos” are the latest scam to prey on those with Bitcoin FOMO.<p>An advertisement by Palm Beach Research Group, a self-styled “financial …

Cryptocurrency

The meek shall crowdfund the earth

Why do we give money to viral sob stories?<p>Earlier this week, the internet ate itself over a viral video starring a sixth grader from Tennessee who …

Viral

Miniatures are extremely my shit

Leah Finnegan on living a tiny life with tiny things.<p>Outline Features Editor Leah Finnegan loves collecting tiny stuff: a cookie tin, a living room …

Design

What has Kanye West been up to?

Just checking in!<p>On December 13, 2016, entertainment media nearly had a meltdown when none other than Kanye West was spotted strolling through Trump …

Kanye West

Kanye West’s year, by the numbers

It’s been exactly one year since Kanye West met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Here’s what he’s been up to since then. Swipe on mobile or scroll …

Trump Tower

Patreon hurt its small creators. Now how will it fix the damage?

The site reversed an unpopular fee structure that hit small donors and small creators, but it needs to regain their trust.<p>Patreon’s CEO Jack Conte …

Idealism

The right way to watch ‘Star Wars’: totally clueless

In an era oversaturated with advance information, it’s more fun to turn away.<p>Like millions of Americans born since 1970, I am filled with warm, fuzzy …

Star Wars

The first trailer for Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ looks incredible

The preview of Alex Garland’s next sci-fi opus is filled with terrible delights.<p>If you’re a fan of the Southern Reach Trilogy of books (<i>Annihilation</i>,</i> …

Science Fiction

Ed Lee sold out San Francisco

More than being the city’s first Asian-American mayor, Lee’s legacy is his complicity in the tech industry’s reckless growth.<p>When San Francisco mayor …

San Francisco

Clothing companies are trashing unsold merchandise instead of donating it

Retail’s cruelest policy<p>In New York City, it’s not uncommon to find piles of discarded items on the sidewalk, sometimes accompanied by a sign that …

Urban Outfitters

Why Roy Moore's loss should give you hope

Moore’s loss to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama does not portend good things for the Republican party.<p>Last night Roy Moore, the anti-gay, pro-slavery, …

Elections

Meet the man trying to catch Google search at its worst

Robert Epstein may be paranoid, but he is right when he says search engines should be kept in check.<p>Earlier this week, we wrote about how Google can …

SEO

The pop stars who cry “fake news!”

A new sickness emerges from the music news industrial complex.<p>Given Donald Trump’s fake news-abetted presidential swindle, it was unsurprising that …

Lou Reed

Did Moogfest mess up?

How the festival’s early lineup announcement sparked a conversation about tokenization and inclusiveness.<p>“Gender is over” is more of a hopeful …

Feminism

Baby Boomers love Facebook, so let them have it

Generational separation online might not be so bad.<p>Like everyone else under 50, I have two primary nemeses: Facebook and Baby Boomers. Our antipathy …

John Mayer

When news breaks, Google still can’t separate rumor from fact

After a bombing in New York, Google surfaced unconfirmed claims by sources including an Infowars editor.<p>When an explosion rocked the Port Authority …

Ku Klux Klan

Enjoy the show: Reality TV is nice now

Finding tranquility in shows like ‘Terrace House’ and ‘The Great British Baking Show’<p>In an early episode of Japan’s hit reality TV series <i>Terrace</i> …

TV

Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be

The cryptocurrency was supposed to replace the finance industry. Instead, it has replicated it.<p>On Thursday, the price of Bitcoin fluctuated by …

Bitcoin