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Why your home is a worse investment than you think

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this column about homes as investments left out data and used the wrong time frame in the example given. Because of those errors, the annual return on that home investment appeared smaller than it would have been</i>.<p>Are you as foolishly lavish as me? …

New York Times

22 Home Hacks That'll Make Renters Say "Why Didn't I Know About This Sooner?"

Save that security deposit.

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

In Clint Eastwood's 1988 film <i>Straight No Chaser</i>, Thelonious Monk road manager Bob Jones tells a story about Monk appearing on a television show sometime in the late '50s. Monk is asked what kind of music he likes, to which he replies "all kinds." The interviewer, hoping for a "gotcha" moment, …

So you're thinking about investing in Bitcoin? Don't

A collective insanity has sprouted around the new field of ‘cryptocurrencies’, causing an irrational gold rush. I know you’re tempted, but don’t be a fool<p>I’ve been watching this bitcoin situation for a few years, assuming it would just blow over.<p>But a collective insanity has sprouted around the new …

My decades-long porn addiction nearly destroyed my love life

A few minutes after her late-night booty call had left, Erica Garza turned on her laptop to watch a raunchy video.<p>She finally brought herself to …

Want to learn programming? This startup pays you cryptocurrency to study Python

Blockchain-based skills platform BitDegree has unconventional plans for connecting tech talent and recruiters.<p>Lithuania-based startup BitDegree has …

Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'

"The problem is not solved yet, the solution is not there."<p>It's been three and a half years since <b>Jimmy Iovine</b> left his role as CEO of Interscope …

Within The Context Of All Contexts: The Rewiring Of Our Relationship To Music

<b>Imagine you are</b> in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling speakers, until a song from the distant past makes you start listening closely.<p>The song is Homer Banks' "60 Minutes of Your Love," from 1966, which was …

Facebook Exec: No, Our App Is Not Listening To Your Conversations

We’ve all had that moment: you were just talking about a product, and the very next day — or hour — you see an ad on Facebook about it.<p>The idea that Facebook is listening in on your conversations and tailoring ads based on what it hears seems to be gaining currency. Last year, The Independent …

Apps

13 Things You Never Knew About 'The Ring'

It's been 15 years since the release of "The Ring" (on October 18, 2002), and we're still creeped out by visions of young Samara (Daveigh Chase), wet and bedraggled, crawling out of the TV.<p>The ghost story about a cursed videotape that kills its viewers seven days after they watch it made a star out …

Kate Beckinsale

These Bluetooth earbuds sound as good as AirPods, but they’re only $20 and you won’t lose them

Apple’s AirPods are great and all, but they cost $160 and they’re impossible to find in stock anywhere. And seriously, does the cord-free design …

Here's a Crazy Idea: Let's Agree on the Facts

Steve Ballmer is loading volumes of government data onto a website. Maybe divided America will use it to find common ground.<p>Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, knows more than a little about numbers. He's looked carefully at government spending and arrived at an unexpected …

Income Inequality

A depressing failed experiment convinced Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor that fans wouldn't 'do the right thing' and pay artists for music

That notion was shattered by an experience he had when he put his own money on the line on a record he made with New York rapper Saul Williams in 2007.<p>"I wanted to test out a simple scenario," Reznor explained in an interview with Vulture. "It went something like this: To my database of people, we …

Music Industry

The Un-American Origins of the Left and the Right

It was the progressives’ hope to take over a major party from within. Little did they dream that their vision would be fulfilled by activists at the …

Political Science

Nobody wants an electric guitar anymore

Rock and roll is dead. No, it isn’t! Or is it?<p>Fewer new rock albums are being made and sold these days than in decades past, with the genre slowly taking on the dreaded label of “the oldies” in the entertainment industry and listeners’ minds alike. And with rock music fading out of relevance, so, …

Guitar

11 life questions to answer before you turn 30

We're not talking, "What's the meaning of life?" so much as, "What do I want to achieve in <i>my</i> lifetime?"<p>Some of these questions — none of which have easy answers or right answers — are key to consider during young adulthood.<p>Below, we've highlighted 11 questions you'll want to start thinking about …

Self-improvement

This Eye-Catching Avocado Art Is Exactly as Crazy As It Sounds

For a creative mind, everything is a medium. Even the food we eat. Even, say, an avocado. Once more, everyone’s favorite green superfood is in the …

The ink-less pen that writes forever!

This pen is literally timeless. In the sense that it will run forever, that too without a single drop of ink. Coming from the one company that knows …

Trump is no fascist. He is a champion for the forgotten millions

Obama promised solutions but let the people down. Is it any surprise that they voted for real change?<p>Amid the ongoing protests against President Trump, calls for “resistance” among Democratic politicians and activists, and the overheated rhetoric casting Trump and his supporters as fascists and …

The Perfect Office - Artifox Desk 02, Volta V Wooden Computer and Office Ideas

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every …

Computer Science

The economist behind Universal Basic Income: Give all citizens UBI to help combat a 'neofascist wave of populism'

He described a growing class of "precariat" workers, alienated by a western political agenda which had, since the 1970s, promoted market-led competition above job security. Real wages across the west had stalled for decades and "flexible" work was becoming the norm, leaving many millions around the …

Income Inequality

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Migraines could be caused by gut bacteria, study suggests

Research shows sufferers have higher levels of bacteria involved in processing nitrates, and could explain why some foods appear to act as migraine triggers<p>Migraine sufferers have a different mix of gut bacteria that could make them more sensitive to certain foods, scientists have found.<p>The study …

Top 25 Jazz Albums continued...

Here is the second half of the 25 best jazz albums of all time

From the Smiths to Green Day, map explains the detailed history of alternative music - News - Alternative Press

[<i>Photo credit: Dorothy</i>]<p>Every music genre can attempt to be traced back to its starting point, and designers at Dorothy released an intricate map that …

Green Day

These are all the horror movies you should watch on Netflix in October (if you dare)

The list of reasons we’re looking forward to October is so long that we’ve written an embarrassing amount of articles covering the topic. It’s the …

When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

It can happen anywhere: that moment when you gaze at the people around you and realize you simply can't understand their politics.<p>How can these people – be they our friends, colleagues or, worst of all, our spouses – believe as they do, when facts and reason clearly point in the opposite direction? …

Social Sciences

IKEA launches indoor garden that can grow food all year-round

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own veggies and herbs, but don’t have a yard where you can set up a garden, IKEA has the perfect product for …

Gardening