Cecily Mak

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What to Pack For a Winter Week in Iceland

Before my first trip there, I had no idea what to pack for a winter week in Iceland. It just looks <i>so</i> cold, but it was actually the same temperature as Ireland (home for me) the week I went in January. I flit about Dublin all winter (and summer for that matter) in just a leather jacket, so …

Iceland

Trump Against Humanity

We couldn’t make this shit up.<p>We took real life Donald Trump quotes and his best words and turned them into a super unofficial expansion pack for …

Donald Trump

The U.S. Road Trip That's as Beautiful as Highway 1

When it comes to West Coast road trips, California’s Highway 1 often monopolizes the spotlight. But Oregon’s own Highway 101, complete with quiet …

Road Trips

I saw something horrible and wrong in VR

<i>Warning: this post includes graphic content.</i><p>I went over to a friend's house the other day to have some quality time in his Oculus Rift. He has a nice apartment, and instead of hiding the Oculus away in a bedroom, he's devised a setup where you can sit at the kitchen table in his brightly lit living …

Virtual Reality

WhatsApp, Used by 100 Million Brazilians, Was Shut Down Nationwide by a Single Judge

<i>(Para ler a versão desse artigo em Português, clique aqui.)</i><b>(update below)</b>A BRAZILIAN STATE JUDGE ordered mobile phone operators to block nationwide …

Privacy

Violins, Trash and Calculus: 6 Paths To Better College-Entry Essays

What delights college admissions officers as they read high-school students’ application essays? What’s a total turn-off? Six experts weighed in on the subject yesterday at the annual convention of college admissions counselors. The most memorable insights touched on everything from violins to …

Mathematics

Strange and Beautiful Deep Sea Jellyfish

What does this creature remind you of? A space alien? A virus? A cartoon? It’s real, a real jellyfish recorded by an ROV from the ship Okeanos …

Jellyfish

Obituaries My Mother Wrote for Me While I Was Living in San Francisco in My Twenties

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Bess Kalb, twenty-four, of San Francisco, formerly of New York. The cause of death was botulism from a homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam that was prepared by one of her housemates. The housemate, Aviva Something, holds a degree in—I kid you</i> …

San Francisco

30 Vegetarian Mexican Recipes So Good You Won't Even Miss the Carnitas

<b>When you think of Mexican cooking</b>, it's hard not to conjure up images of carnitas, carne asada, beef-filled enchiladas, tacos al pastor ... but finding a Mexican vegetarian recipe is a lot easier than you think. This roundup includes 30 of our favorites, from fried avocado tacos to elote-style corn …

Mexican Food

What becomes of Facebook when people start to value privacy?

We’ve learned to protect our online image, but that's inconvenient for a site that wants every gory detail of our lives.<p>Facebook's role in the world has changed though I didn't expect to have an epiphany about that while sitting in the pews of a drafty, 11th-century church. It was at a wedding …

Facebook

7 Steps to Overcoming the Overactive Mind

Our over active mind seems as if it is our normal state-of-being. It isn't. It is learned, re-enforced, and rewarded from early age onward. It's a mental habit. We cannot imagine getting through daily life and work without ceaseless mind talk - without creating lists and crossing things off, …

Mind

I Thought Meditation Was a Waste of Time. I Was Wrong

If you're looking for a performance edge that also yields important health benefits -- and if you're not, why aren't you? -- look no farther.<p>I used to go to a yoga class that started with a few minutes of meditation designed to help us "find our center."<p>I never found my (gosh darn) center.<p>Instead I …

Meditation

NASA launches new X-plane program to create cleaner, more efficient planes

NASA has announced the launch of the “New Aviation Horizons” initiative, which will lead to a new generation of X-planes that are fueled by greener energy, use half the fuel, and are half as loud as commercial aircraft in use today.<p>“NASA’s flight research program is on its way to creating a …

NASA

If you have solar panels in Oakland, Prince might have paid for them

In the days since the death of music legend Prince, stories of his secret, wide-ranging philanthropy efforts are finally being told.<p>Two of Prince's major charitable endeavors were centered in the Bay Area: bringing solar panels to Oakland and helping young people of color learn how to code.<p>In an …

Oakland

The race for the first 3D printed shoe

Today’s leading athletic footwear companies — including Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and New Balance — have come to rely on 3D printing to speed up the process of designing and prototyping new shoe designs. Moreover, these companies have been slowly revealing plans for using 3D printing beyond …

3D

56 Mindfulness Quotes From Mahatma Gandhi

<b>“Mahatma Gandhi”</b> one of the world’s greatest soul, an inspiration for millions and billions of people’s, a life of wisdom and celebration. An example …

Indian History

Tinker Crate will have your kids bolting to the mailbox for monthly tech projects

Let’s talk about DIY kits for kids! Ever since my nephew celebrated his fourth birthday, I’ve been buying him DIY kits. Robot kits. Science project …

Kids

You're saying it wrong! How to pronounce Bay Area landmarks, streets and towns

The Bay Area has its own way of doing things. And in some instances, this includes saying things in a very particular way.<p>Many local proper nouns, including Gough Street, Arguello and San Rafael, have certain pronunciations that Bay Area newbies commonly stumble over. Others, such as Guerneville, …

California

Intricate Illustrations of Star Wars Spacecraft Cutouts Reveal Their Inner Mechanics

Hans Jenssen has been working as a technical illustrator for decades, and it shows. With painstaking detail and accuracy, he creates cutaway paintings that expose the interior structures of complex vehicles and buildings, down to every last tiny piece of machinery.<p>Jenssen is best known for his <i>Star</i> …

Star Wars

Solar plane aims for Bay Area stop on trip around the world

OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN — The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around-the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California’s Silicon Valley will help link the daring project to the pioneering spirit of the area.<p>Pilot Bertrand Piccard, who left Hawaii three days ago, said he hoped to …

Airplanes

GOOD - Earth is a Miracle

Billions of noisy bugs are about to take the East Coast by storm for the first time in 17 years

You’ll hear them from a mile away. This spring, billions of cicadas will come up from underground, creating a symphony that the east coast hasn’t heard since 1999.<p>Cicadas are large, clunky insects with translucent wings and wide set eyes. They are divided up into different broods, or year-classes, …

Love Stories

The magma from the Bárðarbunga volcano eruption in Iceland reflecting onto the clouds in the distance. Above, an aurora resulting from a solar storm. Happy Earth Day!

The best places to whale watch in the Bay Area

If you're a fan of whales, there are few better places to live than California.<p>Nearly all year long, you've got a chance to see some of nature's most majestic creatures. Pacific gray whales, blue whales and humpback whales, plus other marine mammals like dolphins and orcas, all pass by Northern …

Killer Whales

It's ridiculous that Uber won't let people tip drivers from its app

Uber drivers are about to start asking for tips.<p>But Uber refuses to let passengers pay the tips using its app.<p>Fasten your seatbelt for some awkward rides.<p>You may have thought that tips were included in your Uber fare. And you could be forgiven for thinking that. While Uber's website says tips are …

Uber

The best spring hikes in the Bay Area

With the El Niño season coming to a close and the winter season in our rearview mirror, it's time to take in what the Bay Area has to offer by exploring the great outdoors.<p>Looking for a prime location to take your workout outside, picnic with your family or gaze at butterflies in their natural …

Trails

9 Hottest New Coffee Shops in San Francisco

Photo by: Equator Coffees & Teas/Facebook<p>The Marin County roaster's first San Francisco cafe is a hit for its espresso, and it has been a driving …

Coffee

The VICE Guide to San Francisco: What to Do Outdoors

Since the mid 1990s, San Francisco has been remodeled as an upper middle class Shangri-La for white suburbanites who, in equal parts, hate the uninspiring blandness and FOMO of living outside a major city, and who are also deathly terrified of inner-city crime, poverty, and bad schools. As such, …

San Francisco Bay Area

The VICE Guide to San Francisco: Where to Eat

Let's be real: Eating in San Francisco today requires both a healthy bank account (or an expense account, you lucky bastard) and a hearty tolerance of the queue. Sure, there are still affordable holes in the wall and quiet neighborhood restaurants, but part of the joy of the San Francisco food …

Northern California

5 Drool-Worthy Spots to Get a Grilled Cheese Sandwich in SF

Whether it's in fondue form, garnished all over our nachos, or in cubes while we sip our wine, we're obsessed with cheese. In honor of National …

California