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Tor is the deep web's favorite browser, so should you use it?

Tor, or The Onion Router, is a browsing tool used to surf the web anonymously. It's used by journalists, activists and privacy advocates as a means …

Privacy

Mavericks: Garrett McNamara surf wipeout worst ever on video?

HALF MOON BAY — Some locals are calling it the gnarliest wipeout captured on video in surfing history.<p>On Thursday, big wave legend Garrett McNamara …

Aquatic Sports

Setting the Story Straight: Real America in 'Stray Dog'

"Stray Dog" is a quietly extraordinary documentary about American life today. Like director Debra Granik's last feature, the 2010 Oscar-nominated …

Vietnam War

May 2, 2015: A Day That Will Make Sports-Gambling History

Seems to me that next Saturday is the perfect storm for sports gamblers. You’ve got the Kentucky Derby in the afternoon and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that evening.<p>The day will have to set an all-time record for money bet in a single day, right? I am talking about single-event sports bets, not …

Boxing

Oldboy director gives thumbs up to South Korean adaptation of Fingersmith

Park Chan-wook returns to Korean-language film with the Booker prize-nominated story of a con artist falling in love with her victim<p>Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has started work on his adaptation of Sarah Waters’ lesbian romance thriller Fingersmith, according to Variety.<p>Waters’ book, which is …

Brewery tourism becomes hot topic in Asheville

Tourism is a major economic driver for Asheville, and there are many popular attractions that lure tourists and their dollars to the local area.<p>But …

Beer

A new day at Salon

Founder and editor David Talbot is moving on, and so is Salon. A letter to our readers from new editor Joan Walsh.<p>Salon Staff<p>February 10, 2005 10:59pm (UTC)<p>In Internet time, 10 years is a long run. In Salon time, it feels like an eternity. We've watched the crazy tulipmania of the dot-com era from …

The 11 Shows You Should Binge-Watch Over the Holiday Break

’Tis the season for family bonding, holiday cheer, and decking all the halls. But if that kind of fa-la-la-la-ing isn’t your thing, we thankfully live in an age of endless options. I’m speaking, of course, of my favorite vacation pastime: the binge-watch. This time-honored pastime doesn’t <i>have</i> to be …

Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2014

<b>1. Parquet Courts,</b> <i>Sunbathing Animal</i><br>Too many excellent albums this year for a mere Top 10 — 2014 was the kind of music year where I’d wake up in the …

Rock & Roll

The top 10 records (and 30 best tracks) of 2014

Every year at this time, my friend Andy sends out an excitable email asking his most music-crazed friends – sound engineers, clubsters, DJs, me, anyone for whom music is less a casual dalliance and more like lifeblood – to send around their personal lists of the year’s best music, so we can all …

Here's How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's never been a better time to be a beer drinker in America. The skillful innovation of American craft brewers over the past decade has pushed beer in delicious new directions. It wouldn't be hard to argue that the craft beer renaissance is the most …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

15 Forgotten Movies You Should Watch

Because they deserve to be remembered<p><b>This week William Friedkin's Sorcerer</b> finally receives its first-ever digital release courtesy of a stellar new Blu-ray. To some extent, Friedkin's 1977 remake of the 1953 French thriller <i>The Wages of Fear</i> flopped at the box office because its release coincided …

Ferrari F40 Promo Film Is The World's Best Car Ad

The world's best marketing B-roll.<p><i>Photo by Silodrome</i><p>We'd suggest that a promotional video for the F40, Ferrari's 1980s supercar masterpiece, was probably unnecessary—Maranello only planned to build 400 examples of Enzo's twin-turbo magnum opus, but due to overwhelming demand, the company eventually …

Supercars

First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

Indie Cindy<p><b>Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.</b><p>Last year, My Bloody Valentine released its first album since 1991, and the result sounded as if not a minute had passed in the intervening 22 years. Every bleary, bended note of <i>m b v</i> sounded immaculately crafted, …

Pauline Hawkins | English Oceans | Drive-By Truckers

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Drugs

Sixteen-Year-Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait | Colossal

<p>For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children …

50 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014

Best Epic Headlining Set: Arcade Fire<p>"It's on, motherfuckers!" That's how Arcade Fire frontwoman Régine Chassagne introduced the sole guest to the …

Music

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream

Now, as never before, DIYers are empowered to design, manufacture, and market their creations. Call it the maker movement, a fresh industrial revolution, or the new innovation economy. By any name, it's a great time to be an innovator. And these visionaries are leading the way.<p><b>1. Perry Chen &</b> …

Maker Faire

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

Space

An Astronaut's View of the North Korean Electricity Black Hole

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit …

Las Vegas

Man raises $160K to market pun-heavy “period panties” to women

<b>(Kickstarter)</b><p>Apparently there is a market for underwear that says “Cunt Dracula” and “Evil Beaver”<p>Katie McDonough<p>February 13, 2014 5:37pm (UTC)<p>A Kickstarter for a line of underwear that women can wear during their periods raised $150K more than its initial fundraising goal because there is, it …

Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …