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12 Trees That Will Ruin Your Yard

Don’t even think about planting these pests.<p>We love trees. They can provide shade; fall, spring, or year-round color; and plenty of visual interest …

Gardening

Witnessing the Obama Presidency, from Start to Finish

Ben Rhodes was the President’s speechwriter, foreign-policy adviser, and confidant. His book records the Administration’s struggle to shape its own narrative.<p>Barack Obama was a writer before he became a politician, and he saw his Presidency as a struggle over narrative. “We’re telling a story about …

Political Science

Russian VPNFilter Router Malware Much Worse Than Thought: What to Do

Remember that Russian router malware warning from last week? The situation is even worse than we originally thought, and a whole lot more router …

Wi-Fi

What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom

"I felt as though I were communing directly with a plant for the first time."<p>Paul Stamets, a mycologist I had come to visit in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to go mushroom hunting, had a gift he wanted to give me. We were in his office, looking at some images on his computer, when he pulled …

Immune System

Our New Favorite 800-Square-Foot Cottage (That You Can Have Too!)

1 of 11<p>This Small Space Still Has Major Charm<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 11<p>Exterior Charm<p>3 of 11<p>Prettiest Porch on the Block<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 11<p>Living Space …

Small Spaces

Kafka’s Remarkable Letter to His Abusive and Narcissistic Father

“It is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun sometimes shines and one can warm oneself a little.”<p><b>Franz Kafka</b> was one of history’s most prolific and expressive practitioners of what Virginia Woolf …

Literature

Why Smart People Take Social Security at 62 (Even When They Shouldn't)

Is it really a mistake to claim benefits early?<p>Figuring out when to take Social Security is a tough decision. You can generally claim retirement …

The amateur’s guide to biking the Tour de France’s most famous routes

The Tour de France is often dubbed the most prestigious and the most difficult multi-stage bike race out there. Because of this exceptional …

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood: Career-Spanning Live Spotify Playlist

Celebrate Steve Winwood's 70th birthday today with a 70-track career-spanning Spotify Playlist of the multi-talented musician performing live.The …

The 3 Stage Housing Bubble Collapse

Most Americans don’t know, but the housing market is heading toward another epic bubble. However, the bubble forming today is much different than the …

Keith Jarrett

What can we say about this monumental talent? The truly great American pianist Keith Jarrett is one of that rare breed of artists who it is …

Sex and Longing in Larry Sultan’s California Suburbs

In the mid-nineteen-eighties, when he was the head of the photography program at the San Francisco Art Institute, Larry Sultan hired me as an adjunct faculty member—the beginning of our lifelong friendship. I’d visit him often in his studio at the Headlands Center for the Arts, in a converted old …

Affordable camper van comes with a rooftop deck

Elevate your van life<p>The camper van craze has grown from a fringe Instagram hashtag to a national movement that has people ditching their jobs and hitting the road in Sprinters, Promasters, and the like. And whether you have an unlimited budget or want to DIY, it seems like everywhere you turn, …

Watch Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey take on Kilimanjaro

Hans Rey, Danny MacAskill and Gerhard Czerner go on the mountain bike journey of a lifetime. Facing intense altitude challenges and health risks, …

How to Calculate Staircase Dimensions and Designs

This question can be basic and you may know the answer, but it's always good to remember some elementary calculations that help us to streamline the …

How to set up a record player to get the most out of your vinyl

Whether you’ve got a top-tier listening setup or you’re a casual analog listener, getting the most out of your vinyl collection requires more than …

Audiophile

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet.<p>Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed …

Retirees Often Make This Major Social Security Mistake

Many people take Social Security early and put off tapping into their IRAs and 401(k)s until they must. But that's the opposite of what most should …

How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Information Systems

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

10 bad habits that can cost homeowners in the long run

Every homeowner makes mistakes. The real trouble, however, starts when these blunders become habits that cost a lot of money over time. Some behaviors also create safety issues.<p>If you're guilty of these bad habits, break them — pronto.<p>Clogging pipes<p>Be mindful of what you're putting down your …

Home Improvement

Here is how the US empire will spiral into fascism and collapse — according to science

A sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump.<p>Johan …

How Keith Jarrett Defied The Odds To Record His Solo Masterpiece, ‘The Köln Concert’

24 January 1975 proved a memorable, magical night for the 1,300 people that witnessed American jazz pianist Keith Jarrett perform a solo recital in …

Patti Smith’s 40 Favorite Books

<i>The Master and Margarita</i> by Mikhail Bulgakov<p><i>Journey to the East</i> by Hermann Hesse<p><i>The Glass Bead Game</i> by Hermann Hesse<p><i>Heart of Darkness</i> by Joseph Conrad<p>…

How Many Guitars Can Steve Miller Fit in His Closet?

The space cowboy on finding a home for his four hundred and fifty guitars.<p>For more than three decades, the musician Steve Miller lived on a hilltop in Ketchum, Idaho, on a baronial estate that he built and perfected over the years, including creating a private network of cross-country-skiing …

This new privacy tool would speed up your internet, too

These days, you may wish you had a magic switch you could flip to keep your data more secure.<p>The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica is only the latest consumer privacy flap to create outrage. Remember the Equifax hack? That affected more than 230 million people. And in 2017, US …

Privacy

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Religion

Fresh Evidence: Revisiting Rory Gallagher’s Sublime 80s Albums

By the end of 1976, Rory Gallagher had harnessed a prodigious talent and admirable work ethic to reap sizeable rewards. With six critically-acclaimed …

The End of Winter

For the better part of a decade, I lived alone, in a cabin, in the boreal forest on the outskirts of Fairbanks, Alaska. In winter, the deeper the cold and the darkness got, the better I liked it. Or so I told myself. In March of 1989, an extreme cold front (an “omega block”) settled over Alaska for …

Discover the joy of watching a guitarist hear Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time

It's easy to undervalue how much joy music can bring into a life.<p>Rafael is a guitarist from Guantanamo, Cuba. He doesn't have reliable access to the …