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A Guide to Saba: The Caribbean’s Best-Kept Secret

If you’ve not heard of Saba, you’re not alone. This 5-square-mile island, just 28 miles southwest of St. Maarten, is one of the last unspoiled havens in the Caribbean. Built upon a dormant volcano, Saba is untouched by cruise ships and chain restaurants. You won’t find a Cabo Wabo, a Señor Frog’s, …

Buckminster Fuller’s Map of the World: The Innovation that Revolutionized Map Design (1943)

Last week we brought you news of a world map purportedly more accurate than any to date, designed by Japanese architect and artist Hajime Narukawa. …

Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, California

Location<br>Moro Rock is located inside Sequoia National Park, east of Three Rivers, California. The magnificent granite dome formation is situated in …

National Parks

Charming midcentury time capsule with glorious views is up for auction in Australia

This 1960s house is on the market for the first time ever<p>Another midcentury time capsule this way comes—by way of Brisbane, Australia. Built in the 1960s and impeccably preserved, the five-bedroom is on the market for the first time ever. Comprising two spacious floors of open-plan, indoor-outdoor …

Time Capsules

Hear a Great 4-Hour Radio Documentary on the Life & Music of Jimi Hendrix: Features Rare Recordings & Interviews

The legacy of Jimi Hendrix’s estate has been in conflict in recent years. Since his father’s death in 2002, his siblings have squabbled over his …

Guitar

The 11 Items Expert Survivalists Always Have on Hand

When you’re living off the grid, your chances of staying alive are only as good as your instincts—and the gear you have on you. Here are 11 items …

Iconic Perspectives: Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

At this day and age, the name Frank Lloyd Wright is virtually inseparable from the topic of American architecture.<p>However, what’s not always recognized are the unsung stories that reveal the challenges that took place behind-the-scenes of his projects. One of the homes we visited at the Iconic …

10 Must-Listen True Crime Podcasts

True crime has been a compelling feature of television for decades (<i>Forensic Files</i> and <i>Dateline</i>, anyone?), and now, it's hard to remember a time when …

Crime

The Long Way Home

Romanced by Marfa's charms, a couple find prefab an apt solution for building in the remote desert.<p>The beauty of Far West Texas lies not in its lushness, but in its isolation. More than 400 miles west of San Antonio, the small, handsome town of Marfa sits in the rocky Chihuahuan Desert, backlit by …

national forests

The national parks of the United States account for some of the world’s most glorious landscapes: ice-whittled peaks, abyssal gorges, primeval …

National Parks

Browse & Download 1,198 Free High Resolution Maps of U.S. National Parks

I cannot, and do not wish to, imagine the U.S. without its National Park system. The sale and/or despoliation of this more than 80 million acres of …

45+ amazing desert spots in the American Southwest

I LOVE the desert landscape. It’s amazing how life can flourish in seemingly hostile conditions; I find that so interesting and inspiring. It’s also …

National Parks

The 12 Most Underrated National Parks in the U.S.

The Great Smoky Mountains is America's most popular national park, welcoming more than nine million visitors every year, followed by the Grand …

'70s bunker-like house is actually a dream

Under ground but not underground<p>If you’re not quite ready to burrow all the way down into the ground in preparation for whatever may ensue in our volatile world in the coming days, weeks, and months, then consider the appeal of this under-ground but not-underground home in McLean, Virginia.<p>Designed …

Long Island Found

When the Fisher family’s 1960s Long Island beach bungalow started to crumble, they sought an architect who’d preserve the home’s humble roots and mellow vibe, while subtly bringing the place up to date.<p>In the summer of 2007, Charlie and Rebecca Fisher noticed something odd about their weekend …

Are these the lyrics that won Bob Dylan a Nobel prize?

In honour of him winning the Nobel prize for literature, we pick out some of Bob Dylan’s greatest lyrics<p>Richard Williams: Why Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel literature win<br>• Alexis Petridis: Pop lyrics aren’t literature? Tell that to Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan<p>“Not me,” says the gambling man<br>With his …

Collaborative Completion of a Mid Century Modern Home 48 Years Later

Just as people often say, it came to her in the middle of the night, the epiphany of epiphanies.<p>Margot had kept the business card of the gentleman who designed and built her house for nearly as many years as she owned the house, 20 years at the time in 2009. Shortly after Margot purchased the home …

Exploring the Remote Wilds of Easter Island

I board my plane bound for Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on the planet, floating some 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile. Its treeless landscape, anchored by three extinct volcanoes and fringed with sandy beaches, is home to more horses than humans. And the story behind its totemic</i> …

Google Maps gets hands-free navigation at last

Google has quietly updated its Maps application for Android with support for a much-requested new feature — ‘Ok Google’ commands. This is a pretty big deal as it means that users no longer have to tap the microphone icon before speaking when driving.<p>Once the update has been installed on their …

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Home Automation

Stunning Timelapse of Grand Teton National Park

Filmmakers and brothers Will and Jim Pattiz of More Than Just Parks have created an absolutely stunning timelapse video that takes us on a beautiful …

National Parks

Hear David Bowie's Previously Unreleased Album, 'The Gouster'

A new David Bowie box set released late last week includes a complete (and remastered) version of his long-lost album, <i>The Gouster</i>. Bowie originally recorded the album in 1974, but eventually shelved the project. Reworked versions of "Somebody Up There Likes Me" and "Can You Hear Me" wound up on …

This Google Maps update makes it easier for Android users to find the way

A new shining 'direction beam' will point you in the right direction.<p>One of the most frustrating things about using the maps app on a smartphone is …

Google Maps

Knoll Inspiration: It Began With A Sketch

Early drawings of beloved designs from Knoll's archives<p><i>This post was originally published on Knoll Inspiration in 2015.</i><p>Often, it is the first line of a story that captures the imagination of the public. What accounts for the enduring appeal of that first sentence is in the twofold nature of its …

6 Producers Reflect on What Synth Innovator Don Buchla Meant to Electronic Music

EMA, Suzanne Ciani, and more pay tribute a man who tried to change the way humans interacted with their instruments.<p>Like few instrument designers before or since, Don Buchla wanted to change the way people thought about sound. Starting with his first electronic instrument—the Buchla Series 100—in …

Liquid-Filled Vinyl Records Make Trippy Art, Music

Now, collectors can own playable albums sealed with glitter, hair, leaves, and even blood.<p>The hype over plain wax is over. Vinyl can be made out of chocolate, or filled with blood, leaves, glitter, oils, human ashes, and even decorated with wax and hair. Usually aimed at hardcore collectors, these …

Overlooking a Niemeyer Masterpiece, This Flat is Filled with Brazilian Modern Gems

A São Paulo aerie showcases a collection of Brazilian modern classics—with a priceless vista to match.<p>When a husband and wife from São Paulo, Brazil, were looking for a new residence in their hometown, they articulated a big wish—to find a spacious apartment in which they could comfortably live, in …