James Brew

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The First Decent Home Automation System Is A DVR Built From Virtual Lego

Home automation equipment is the new digital junk drawer. But Argodesign may be cracking the code.<p>Most companies approach home automation equipment the same way. You download their app. So your smartlock is one app. And your smart light bulb is another app. It’s easy. But the idea doesn’t scale …

Home Automation

6 Types of Photos Every Photographer Should Know How to Make

While the popularity of some creative photography techniques rises and falls, there are some photo tricks that continue to stand the test of time. …

Europe Is Flirting With A Bizarre New Kind Of Economic Meltdown That Hasn't Been Seen Since The 1930s

Most people don't know what deflation means. We're familiar with its opposite, inflation. That's the condition in which prices keep rising, the value of money keeps falling, and people end up having to pay huge sums for small amounts of goods — as they are in Venezuela right now.<p>For most people, …

Economics

The New Baker: Peanut-butter-caramel brownies

Sinfully rich and moreish brownies with a nutty kick and a swirl of caramel<p><b>MAKES</b><br>24<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><br>300g (10½oz) granulated sugar<br>120ml (4fl oz) double cream<br>170g (6oz) smooth peanut butter<br>1 tbsp golden syrup<br>2 tsp vanilla extract<br>225g (8oz) unsalted butter<br>170g (6oz) unsweetened chocolate, 99 per cent cocoa …

This British Conversation With American Subtitles Should Explain Everything To Our Friends Across The Pond

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language".<p>And this gem by Rita Chin - discovered for us …

Robin Williams's death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish

News broke today that Robin Williams had passed away, due to apparent suicide following severe depression. As the vast majority of people will likely have already said, this was terribly heart-breaking news. Such an iconic, talented and beloved figure will have no shortage of tributes paid to him …

Around Clock White

What is time? A system of order in which all of civilization relies on to avoid falling into chaos? A societal construct devised to drive you mad? Get existential as you watch the hours tick past on the <b>Around</b> <b>Clock.</b> As the name suggests, the <b>time is measured by the rotation</b> of its cylindrical body. …

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

Maps

The Economist