Elise Ericson Nelson

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Why do we still accept that governments collect and snoop on our data?

Bulk collection clearly violates global rights to privacy and free speech, and now, with a case before the European court of human rights, is the time to stop it<p>In recent weeks, the Hollywood film about Edward Snowden and the movement to pardon the NSA whistleblower have renewed worldwide attention …

Home Tour: This Target Designer's St. Paul Home Is a Nordic Dream

First Do No Harm

<b>I.</b><p><b>On Thursday, November 20, 2008,</b> shortly before midnight, Dustin King arrived at an apartment hangout in downtown Brockville, Ontario. He was …

After A Lifetime Of Bargain-Hunting, I've Finally Come Around To Spending More Money For Higher Quality Clothes

Last week, I bought some $90 clogs. My first instinct is to feel foolish for spending so much money on shoes, ones made simply of wood and leather. I could have just MADE these, I think, turning the clunky birch soles in my hands.<p>Except I’m a busy person, and also, not a cobbler. I know this from …

Tennessee Democratic Senate Nominee Plagiarized Almost Everything Written On His Website

"I had no idea that this material was cut and pasted on my website from other sources."<p>Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Gordon Ball appears to have plagiarized nearly every word on his issues pages from a vast array of politicians including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, …

This is what the cockpit of a Harrier jet looks like. http://t.co/WsSQz0XB4n

YouTube throws a lot more money at Originals content partners

Google has gone on record as saying it loves original YouTube content like <i>Epic Rap Battles of History</i>, and now it looks as though the outfit is doubling down on such. How so? Well it seems that its fully-stocked studio spaces for partners are just the beginning. YouTube is investing millions into …

Short on Time? Try Mindfulness - Mindful

Bogged down with responsibilities at work and at home? Many of us wish we had more time to get it all done—and still steal time to relax.<p>While adding …

3 Stealth Meditations You Can Do Anytime, Anywhere

The author of a new book offers practical techniques that can help even absolute beginners be happier at work.<p>With pursuing happiness all the rage at the moment, no doubt someone has already recommended meditation to you. What new insight could yet another expert touting the benefits of mindfulness …

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage. The chic hairpiece would have never become popular, however, if it hadn't …

What School Computers Looked Like in 1991

In 1991, <i>Computer Chronicles</i> looked at computers in schools. If your school had computers in the 90s (especially Macs, as they're featured heavily in …

Surprise! Mathematical model reveals unexpected findings on happiness

Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents.<p>You turn up, grumbling and prepared to hate every second of it. But then, a funny …

Clever Door Pull for Hospitals Sanitizes Hands

Infections can spread easily through hospitals when workers carry pathogens from patient to patient on their hands. Hospitals go to great lengths to …

Showdown at the Four Seasons

In February, New York preservationists and power-lunchers were aghast to learn of Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen’s plan to remove a beloved Picasso curtain from the Four Seasons restaurant, where it had hung for more than half a century. Talking to Rosen and his critics, Suzanna Andrews charts …

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Star Pulses, a Hurricane Rages, and a Planet Sucks

Astronomers catch the blue light from a pulsar, a hurricane makes landfall, and an exoplanet sucks the life out of its star in the week's best space pictures.

Raising a Kind Daughter

When my daughter Ella was in fourth grade, she got in the car one day after school and announced her plan to run for student council.<p>At her school each class has a representative, and I was thrilled she planned to put her name in the hat. Even if she didn't win, it would be a good experience.<p>She …

Parenting

What's The Best Place You've Ever Been? Plus, COTW!

Last week, Maker Faire was a pretty great place to be. It was full of super energy and creativity everywhere.<p>Even though I loved every minute of it -- including when I got to meet an xoJane reader who came over to say hi! -- if I really sit down and think about it, it's not the BEST place I've ever …

Celebrity Baby Names: Megan Hilty's Daughter

Megan Hilty's new daughter has a <i>Smash</i>-ing name! The Broadway star, who was formerly on the show <i>Smash</i>, welcomed daughter Viola Philomena yesterday, with husband, musician Brian Gallagher.<p>Viola is a fitting name for the daughter of two musically inclined people—it's a stringed musical instrument, and …

Suze Orman: 3 Financial Risks That Can Lead to a Major Payoff

I never condone recklessness when it comes to personal finances. But it's important to remember that too much caution can be bad news for your bank …

Retirement

10 habits you should pick up from your grandmother

Looking to simplify your life, save some money, boost your health and help the planet? Then these grandma-tested customs are for you.<p>Some of us …

Individual Cinnamon-Apple Tarts

You can also try these tarts with firm, ripe pears instead of apples.

Recipes

22 Crazy-Delicious Quesadilla Combinations

Napoleon Dynamite’s grandma said it best when she declared, “Make yourself a dang quesadilla!” Because not only are these tasty tortilla treats easy …

Cooking

Peter Cole’s Vintage Key Hooks and Necklaces

Having trouble keeping track of your keys? Maybe you need one of these wall hooks made from keys by artist and World Maker Faire Alum Peter Cole on which to hang them. Cole was back at World Maker Faire this year, but instead of showing off his curious sculptures, he’s exhibiting a different series …

10 Always-Entertaining Party Games

Party games are a great way to bring people together, break the ice or just provide old friends with new tricks. From easy, no-frills fun to …

Beautiful sunrise at Portree was soon followed by the fog rolling in over the harbor. But still a sight to see. Port Righ (as it is known in Gaelic) is also known to be home to the Pride of Portree, one of the professional Quidditch teams in the Harry Potter universe. Shot on assignment on the Scotland Photo Adventure with National Geographic Expeditions. @JimRichardsonNG @NatGeoTravel @NatGeo @natgeocreative #scotland #iphonephoto #harrypotter #quidditch