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Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Things are pretty bad right now in Venezuela. Grocery stores don't have enough food. Hospitals don't have basic supplies, like gauze. Child mortality is spiking. Businesses are shuttering.<p>It's one of the epic economic collapses of our time. And it was totally avoidable.<p>Venezuela used to be a …

Venezuela

Prisma Gives Your Photos the Look of Famous Paintings

Prisma is a new camera app that transforms your photos to look like paintings by famous artists. It goes beyond the film simulation filters that are …

Life-Changing Things That Happen When You Travel Alone - Quiet Corner

1. You inevitably make some pretty stupid mistakes.<p>Without a fellow traveler to watch your back, your basic common sense is more likely to slip …

'Skullgirls' is coming to mobile with a role-playing twist

Lab Zero's hyper-stylized fighting game <i>Skullgirls</i> has been available on almost every modern platform at some point in its history, but you couldn't play it on your smartphone... until now. Hidden Variable (best known for producing versions of <i>Threes</i>) has revealed that it's developing a <i>Skullgirls</i> …

Here’s How You Can Get a Flight to Europe for $150

If you’re already thinking about how you’re going to spend your time away from the office this holiday season, please allow us to offer up a few suggestions: Why not catch a show in London’s West End or take a wander along the picturesque canals of Amsterdam? Or maybe spend a few days totally …

8 things I stop giving a sh*t about when I travel solo

1. Asking for help<p>Stubbornly independent, to my own demise at times, I hate asking for help from others and will often go out of my way to avoid …

11 Photos That Prove Japan Is The Most Beautiful Place On Earth

...not that we needed convincing.<p>Hidenobu Suzuki knows Japan like the back of his hand.<p>This spring, the Toyohashi-based photographer shot some stunning photos of cherry blossoms in his home country. And now that it's rainy season, he's back outdoors to capture more Japanese scenery. (Spoiler alert: …

Japan

Architecture Nerds Will Love This Video Game Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

<i>Manifold Garden</i> has some pretty sophisticated design references for a puzzle game. The M.C. Escher-esque video game, created by Chicago-based artist …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Japan’s UltraSmall Houses Photos

In Japanese cities, the average house is 1,075 square feet. That makes sense when you consider that the country has a landmass smaller than Montana but a population that puts it at number 11 worldwide. Creativity abounds despite such constraints, notes Naomi Pollack in Jutaku: Japanese Houses …

Japan and Bhutan with Robert van Koesveld | The Traveling Image Makers

The true value of travel photography, I believe, lies more in giving the viewer access to environments, communities, and cultures that would …

10 Stunning Places To Visit So That You Can Expand Your Travel Bucket List

The world in which we live is full of amazingly beautiful places that most of us do not know they exist. We have compiled a list of ten beautiful …

11 Vacation Spots Where You Won't See Another Tourist

Want to clock some quality alone time this summer? These remote destinations have you covered.<p>Sometimes, you go on vacation to spend time socializing with friends, family and that fun couple you met on your snorkel excursion. Other times, though, all you want from a good summer getaway is to …

10 Super Secret Sides Of Singapore That 95% Of Locals Have No Clue About

Singapore’s secret sites Source Singapore’s a small island, and it seems near-impossible that there can be things about it we don’t know about. Given …

Asia Travel

5 Reasons Phong Nha, Vietnam Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

I'll admit it: it's been three weeks since I left Vietnam and I can't stop thinking about how badly I want to return. While I'm grateful for the month I spent there, I don't think it was enough. If I'd known acquiring a one month visa to roam the country was too short for my liking, I would have …

Why You Don’t Need To Travel Far To Turn Your Life Around

You're reading Why You Don’t Need To Travel Far To Turn Your Life Around, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If …

Travel

Our favorite books of the year

This was an odd year for books, usually the quiet introspective cousin at the pop culture family gatherings. But the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute …

Books

The Scandinavian Summer Cottage Gets A Brutalist Update

Swedish architects defy cabin-loving tradition with a new seasonal retreat made of concrete.<p>Swedes are very proud of their social democracy, and why wouldn’t they be? The Swedish welfare state–which, by all accounts, is disintegrating–provides its citizens with the kinds of benefits that are simply …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …