Alec Babala

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The Sufferfest: Complete Training for Cyclists and Triathletes

Struggling for the motivation to Suffer? Not after you watch this.

The Cycling-Inspired New Balance CM600CW Returns With a French Touch

Originally developed for urban cyclists, New Balance presents an interesting new version of the 600C for Fall 2016. Coming in black and white premium …

How Sky's brutal climbing tactics work

FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (VN) — “Fortress Froome” feels just as impenetrable on the inside as it does to Tour rivals, according to one of Sky’s …

Why Trump voters are not “complete idiots” (in charts and photos)

A common trope when trying to understand voters who vote differently from you is to simply call them idiots. This is particularly true this year, when discussing Trump voters. The most aggressive (and IMO offensive example of this) is by Jonathan Chait.<p>There is a lot wrong with this besides …

African team has given Cavendish a 'new lease on life'

ANGERS, France (VN) — Mark Cavendish’s new life in team Dimension Data opened opportunities for him to become one of the Tour de France’s greatest …

Why people under 35 are so unhappy

<i>This post originally appeared on Wait But Why.</i><p>Say hi to Lucy.<p>Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.<p>I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y …

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Bill Maher Attacked Millennials as Entitled and Lazy

"Problem is, they may be ready for a little too much socialism."<p>Bill Maher launched into a rant about how kids—millennial Bernie Sanders supporters, specifically—these days don't understand what socialism really means on <i>Real Time</i> Friday night<i>.</i><p>Millennials are too young to remember the days when …

The weirdest friendships you find yourself in once you hit 30

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>When you’re a kid, or in high school, or in college, you don’t really work too hard on your friend situation. Friends just kind of happen.<p>For a bunch of years, you’re in a certain life your parents chose for you, and so are other people, and none of …

The Urban Poor You Haven’t Noticed: Millennials Who're Broke, Hungry, But On Trend

Too many young professionals have internalised the lesson that to earn any money, you've got to spend a lot of it.<p>There’s an underground dance bar in Santacruz West where I saw a former national-level beauty pageant contestant perform. According to the person who took me there, she began working …

The reason why millennials aren’t happy at work

Young people today are hard on themselves. They have unrealistic expectations and are constantly comparing themselves to their peers on social media. Needless to say, they’re not very happy at work.<p>Despite their role in changing the very nature of work itself, millennials are operating within an …

The Lemons is hilarious Beyoncé fan fiction, aware of its own absurdity

'This is no blood. This is fuckboy fuel.'<p>Floating in the wake of Beyoncé's <i>Lemonade</i>, one feels the urge to react. Our options are limited mostly to tweeting, blogging, crying, or talking to Mom. But conversation and off-the-cuff criticism don't feel like enough — <i>Lemonade</i> is a call to make something, …

These ads perfectly capture the contradictions of life as a millennial office worker

Much has been said lately about millennials in the workplace. We’re entitled. We overshare. And, according to a recent New York Times article, we’re frank on the verge of being insubordinate.<p>All that may be true. But people forget that most millennials, like generations before them, are faking it …

9 Habits That Change Boys Into Men

The world needs you.<p>657<p>SHARES<p>Average male income in America has plummeted, by some economists measurements, by 28 percent since 1969. And things …

These illustrations show that there are two kinds of people in the world

Are you the kind of person that keeps a tidy inbox? Or do you dog-ear pages of your books? Sometimes, these small differences can tell a lot about a person.<p>João Rocha, an art director for Young & Rubicam’s Lisbon office and brainchild behind the popular Tumblr <i>King Jong-Il Looking at Things,</i> has …

Five weak words you should avoid—and what to use instead

When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were filled with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them I was sabotaging myself and my writing.<p>Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime—and when they do, they destroy the power of our …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop could head to 'old' Europe before California

Take that Silicon Valley – Slovakia, a country at the heart of Europe, might become home to the first hi-tech Hyperloop train.<p>Dirk Ahlborn, chief executive officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), announced on Thursday that HTT has reached an agreement with the Slovakian government …

High-speed Rail

American women take team pursuit gold at track worlds

Tears of joy spilled across Sarah Hammer’s face as she stood with her teammates atop the podium, arms held high, rainbows across their chests, and …

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That makes we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to a higher incidence of cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s alone is …

The Brain

Tim Johnson’s icy ascent up Mount Washington by fat bike

It never hurts to be reminded that multi-time US cyclocross champ and all-around good guy Tim Johnson is pretty hardcore. While most cyclists in the …

How a 19th-Century Town Became a New Millennium Marvel

Once the world's textile leader, Manchester had to let go of the past before it could move forward.<p>When Hunter S. Thompson came to New Hampshire’s largest city to cover the 1972 presidential campaign, he described it as “a broken down mill town with an aggressive Chamber of Commerce and America’s …

New England

China is displacing 9,000 people to make room for a humongous, alien-hunting telescope

To find aliens, China has decided to uproot over 9,000 humans.<p>Last year, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported that construction was nearly complete on the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), a massive radio telescope designed to survey the sky for signs of extraterrestrial life. …

How to price your freelance design services

I really struggled with this early in my freelance career, and I still find myself wondering what a fair price is for new projects.<p>But over the …

Business Strategy

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The NFL's Magic Yellow Line Explained

43<p>SHARES<p>Ever wonder about the clever engineering behind the virtual first-down line in NFL games? Finally, a clear and interesting explanation of how …

A New Study Shows 92% Of College Students Prefer To Read Paper Books

Sorry, e-books.

Newport Folk Festival Announces 2016 Lineup

The early roster includes Raury, Father John Misty, and Nathaniel Rateliff. —<i>Michael Marotta</i><p>By ·<p><i>This post originally appeared on Vanyaland.</i><p>Raury is …

Quartz

A separate, lower minimum wage for tipped employees comes from a dark part of American history: slavery.

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars

Have you ever noticed that almost every barn you have ever seen is red? There’s a reason for that, and it has to do with the chemistry of dying …

Kanye West and Amber Rose’s Never-Ending Soap Opera

‘I am your OG and I will be respected as such,’ West tweeted to Wiz Khalifa, before unloading on his ex-girlfriend. But this is really about Kanye …