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Boston-Based Startup Simplifies Music Production

The music industry is a notoriously tough one to crack. With scores of musicians vying for recording contracts at labels such as Sony Music, the environment is intensely competitive. While it may seem like anyone equipped with a smartphone, a voice and a social media presence can become a star, the …

The biomechanical horror of Alien and H.R. Giger

In this video essay by Kristian Williams, the story of the biomechanical beasts from the mad mind of H.R. Giger, surrealist painter and designer best …

​iPhone owners can recoup their costs with 500px camera app

The site 500px, which has expanded from photo sharing to photo sales, taps into the higher quality that's available through raw photo formats.<p>A top-end iPhone 7 Plus, with its fancy new dual-camera setup, costs nearly $1,000. Now photo-sharing site 500px wants to help you make some of that money …

Mobile Photography

Her NYFW Show Revealed Why Women Love Vera Wang

At NYFW, Vera Wang was ghostly, Alice & Olivia future-looking, Monique Lhuillier and Reem Acra reveled in glamour, and BY. Bonnie Young stayed in the …

The One Small Thing I Did That Helped Me Drop 22 Pounds Without Any Stress

<b>I know you.</b><p>Yes, <i>you.</i><p>You want to be able to eat healthily for more than three days in a row without feeling like you're going off the rails when your donut cravings kick in on day four.<p>You want to lose 50 pounds but can't seem to get going because you don't feel like you 'deserve' to look and feel …

Smoking marijuana daily can help lower body mass, study finds

The next diet fad to replace Atkins and South Beach might just be to smoke weed every day.<p>In a University of Miami study recently published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, researchers examined the link between marijuana use and Body Mass Index (BMI) and found that daily pot …

San Francisco’s Best Outdoor Dining

Locals know that autumn is the real summer in San Francisco and when the weather’s nice, enjoying a great meal or drink alfresco is at the top of …

San Francisco's Private Cannabis Lounge: Leather Seating, Chess and a Concierge

The city’s first high-end pot ‘boutique’ – with a $100 membership fee – adds to a growing industry, but is Harvest signaling an end to the days of …

Cannabis

8 of the most memorable drives in the West

In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails — or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th …

National Parks

The Blonds Know How to NYFW Party, and Hood by Air Sells Sex With a Smile

Fierce-looking gloves were the perfect accessories for the outrageous Blonds, while Shayne Oliver’s sexy X-rated NYFW show lived up to the …

Ancient psychedelic Ayahuasca's Brooklyn and Silicon Valley devotees

In the New Yorker, Ariel Levy explores the buzz around Ayahuasca, the ultimate artisanal psychedelic drug.<p>“I came home reeking of vomit and sage and …

5 Visionary Ideas Hatched in the Middle of the Jungle

I've never been one for conferences.<p>The name tags, the Twitter streams, the Z-list celebrities, the forced five-minute conversations, sizing up other attendees to see what you can get from them.<p>So when I had the opportunity to join a group of international thought-leaders for a four-day summit, I …

Sunny autumn beach breaks in southern Europe

Polignano a Mare, Italy<p><i>‘Cannier tourists wait for late summer and autumn’</i><p>“Don’t come in August.” That was the advice of a local when I discussed a return visit to Puglia, the heel of Italy. He has a point. In August – when Italians tend to take their summer holiday – the beaches and streets are …

European Travel

Burning Man 2016, a professional photographer's striking images

Photographer Sidney Erthal shared his images from Burning Man this year with SFGATE. He has been shooting Burning Man for several years, and many of his images are in the recently released book "Burning Man: Art on Fire: New and Expanded Edition," written by Jennifer Raiser and photographer Scott …

Butt-lifting jeans a success

Photo: NATALIO COSOY/ BBC<p>Butt-lifting jeans are a success in Colombia, reports the BBC, and the innovation is heading north: "The decorated …

This bundle can be very helpful for designers and marketers alike

When it comes to creating great designs, it’s going to take a lot of time, and in many cases, it’s going to take a lot of money. And of course, both …

Watch People Play The Eight Most Insane Instruments On The Internet

Music is completely subjective. Not everyone has to like a certain song to understand how quality the composition is. In the same regard, not every instrument requires traditional craftsmanship in order to produce beautiful and engaging sounds. In fact, some of the most incredible instruments ever …

A New Book On The ‘Real Life True Detective’ Case Links A Louisiana Congressman To Murdered Sex Workers

Back in January of 2014, <i>Medium</i> published a piece by investigative journalist Ethan Brown that shined a light on a string of unsolved murders in the Louisiana town of Jennings, which resides in Jeff Davis Parish in the southwestern part of the state. The victims were all sex workers who were …

9 Soulful Books for Emotional Elitists — High EQ's Only

I have a theory about readers and the otherwise emotionally inclined: It's that since we're adept at navigating a particularly <i>broad</i> range of emotions, it means that we need our emotional thrills to be even more extreme than the masses can take. It's like we've built up an emotional tolerance …

Books

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Ex Gaslighted Me Throughout Our 9-Year Relationship

He was way too attractive to be interested in me. The questions still nagged me, even after many years together: <i>What does a guy like him want with a girl like me?</i><p>It's still a bit difficult for me to understand why this happened or to put into words what our relationship did to me. I still feel bad, …

Living Rooms

Travis Rice Takes Snowboarding To Dizzying New Heights In Epic New Movie

Travis Rice’s new snowboarding movie, <i>The Fourth Phase</i>, is set for a one night only world wide premiere on October 2nd at 9pm in all time zones on Red Bull TV. From the creators of <i>The Art of FLIGHT</i>, they set out on a 16,000 mile adventure through the North Pacific. They set out to follow the flow of …

More Mysterious, In Which We Slide into a Dark Place and See Yellow

SPOILERS BELOW: YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. (previously)<p>Hastur will sear your soul if you spill the beans! But you may want to send that same can of …

10 Irresistible Habits of the Most Likable People | Inc.com

<i>What are the secrets of being likable? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Andrew Lynch, Publishing Manager at Book In A Box, on Quora:</b><p>What we need is the FBI.<p>Specifically, we need Robin …

Body Language

This Silicon Valley angel investor loves a drug that gave him hours of seizures

"It's mind-boggling how much it can do in one or two nights," Ferriss, an early investor in tech startups such as Uber, Evernote, and Duolingo, told The New Yorker.<p>Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic drink made from boiling Amazonian plants. It's typically used in religious rituals throughout South …

Spike Jonze + Sia's "Chandelier" choreographer = Walkenesque insanity

If you liked the videos for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" and Sia's "Chandelier," you might like this choreographed ad starring Margaret Qualley, …

See world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong, in Vietnam | CNN Travel

Vietnam

Egloo launches brilliant electricity-free heater that warms your home for just pennies a day

Last year, wrote about the Egloo, a brilliant little heater that uses a simple concept to heat your home for just pennies a day - without …

Candles

Earth Isn't What We Think In an Upcoming Scifi Prison Movie

I love movies that frame our planet in an unexpected way. That seems to be the idea behind <i>Prison Earth</i>, a film being developed by <i>Creed</i> producer David …

21 Of The Best Hair Products You Can Get On Amazon

Why Is The Clinton Foundation So Controversial?

It’s alleged to be many things, from shadowy front for political shenanigans to towering modern humanitarian achievement, largely because few people seem to know what the Clinton Foundation is. What does it do? Who funds it? Do the allegations against it have any merit? And why is it so …