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Adel El-Siwi (Egyptian, b. 1952) The Others oil, gouache and ink on canvas, in two parts each: 87 x 67in. (221 x 170cm.); Painted in 2012 Learn how this work by contemporary Egyptian artist Adel El-Siwi references African totem masks, Cubism, and the colors of the Egyptian landscape: http://bit.ly/11PlwIT

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Garden Statuary from the Collection of Baron and Baroness Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh

Stunning Photos Of Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors

In India, Holi is marked by a national holiday, and rightly so. Anyone who ventures out of their home can expect to be smeared in colored powder, sprayed with colored water from <i>pichkaris</i> (water guns), and pelted with water balloons and even eggs.<p>The Holi festival officially starts tomorrow, but …

Casinos without borders: 'I moved to Mexico to keep my job playing online poker'

"Effectively, there’s no online gambling in the United States." Shane Schleger is a professional poker player with a remarkably chill grin on his face, considering. "Well,” he goes on, “except for fantasy sports. The fantasy sports lobby is strong, I guess."<p>Shane collects all his income from the …

Drones over US soil: the calm before the swarm

It was a muggy spring morning in South Texas almost one year ago when Gene Robinson arrived at the swampy waters near Sam Houston Lake Estates. All that week the area had been a hive of activity, as authorities searched along the banks, diving underwater with scuba gear, and flying overhead in …

Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution

<i>By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger</i><p>Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.<p>Great design is not something anybody has traditionally expected from Google. Infamously, the company …

Seduced by ‘perfect’ pitch: how Auto-Tune conquered pop music

In January of 2010, Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, <i>Animal</i>. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, …

The dream and the myth of the paperless city

When Rahm Emanuel took office as Mayor of Chicago in 2011, he asked his constituents for advice. What should he change about Chicago’s notoriously opaque government? How should he balance the budget? Which technologies should he embrace? He would take suggestions on a free, public website so that …

Not fade away: on living, dying, and the digital afterlife

<i>In the world of social media, it can feel bizarre that potent evidence of grieving from one friend is followed so quickly by pictures of oven-fresh cookies from another.</i><p>– Paul Ford, <i>Facebook and the Epiphanator</i><p>My father died almost twenty years ago, after an illness spanning decades. My parents had …

For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade

If you’ve never been inside a “real” arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster’s. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there are a few hallmarks of the video game arcade of days gone by: first, they have video games. Lots and lots of video games, and (usually) …

Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup

<i>(This story appears on the Nov. 7, 2011 cover of Forbes.)</i><p>Here’s that rare Steve Jobs story, one that’s never been told, about the company that got away. Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple’s radar screen when he reverse-engineered …

How Much Tech Can One City Take?

<b>Last year, when Mayor Ed Lee heard that Twitter was planning to move its headquarters out of San Francisco and down to the peninsula, he quickly</b> …

Resident Visitor: Laurie Spiegel's Machine Music

<i>Photo by Enrico Ferorelli</i><p>Probably the most remarkable thing about Laurie Spiegel is that a piece of music she made could be the first sound of human origin to be heard by extraterrestrial lifeforms. If aliens exist, of course. And assuming they have ears.<p>Spiegel's computer realization of a …

How VCs Turned My Startup Into A Nightmare

All you hear about in tech today is entrepreneurs and VCs and money changing the world. I was an entrepreneur and I met a lot of VCs and I asked for some of their money. Changing the world is not the business that you think it is.<p>At the turn of the century I spent about a year raising money from …

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps<p>Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway …

Greed is Groupon: can anyone save the company from itself?

The team sitting around the table at Groupon’s Chicago headquarters in the early spring of 2011 were some of the brightest minds in technology and business. Marc Andreessen, the man who created the modern web browser and Silicon Valley’s hottest venture capitalist. Mary Meeker, Wall Street’s …

Scamworld: 'Get rich quick' schemes mutate into an online monster

On a warm summer day in 2002, in Charlevoix, Michigan, Richard Joseph’s bad luck began. The lawyer, husband, and father of two was walking across the driveway with a bag of garbage when his bare foot slipped in a puddle of water that had collected beneath his car’s air conditioner. His leg gave out …

How I hacked my brain with Adderall: a cautionary tale

Evolution is a nice, big idea. It connotes the glacial pace of an unmeditated act unfolding upon species, concepts, and ecosystems. It certainly doesn’t usually get branded as a feeling. But a couple months ago I felt this thing. Maybe a little like what a mommy feels when her fetus kicks the wall …

Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon

Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message.<p>In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on …

For Brands, 2012 Is The Year Of The Story. So Who’s Telling It Best?

Storytelling is the ultimate branding technique du jour–but it’s not just a one-way dialogue. A look at some companies that are keeping customers engaged.<p>The power of stories has become a part of our cultural dialogue. From articles in <i>Fast Company</i> to <i>The New York Times</i>, and applied across different …

How To Sell A $1 Snow Globe For $59: The Real ROI Of Brand Storytelling

“Storytelling” is a hot topic in marketing these days, but can you put an actual price on a compelling brand story? The surprising tale of what happens to the value of everyday objects when you imbue them with backstory.<p>For over a decade, I’ve made a career as a marketer by leveraging the processes …

Free Agent Nation

There’s a new movement in the land. From coast to coast, in communities large and small, citizens are declaring their independence and drafting a new bill of rights. Meet some of the 25 million residents of Free Agent, USA.<p>Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea isn’t much for fancy titles — or glossy photos. …

Grassroots Leadership: U.S. Military Academy

“You can’t lead without making sacrifices.” — Cadet Randy Hopper, U.S. Military Academy<p><b>Recognized for:</b> Grassroots Leadership <b><br>Home base:</b> West Point, New York <b><br>Year founded:</b> 1802<p>“Attention all cadets: There are five minutes to assembly for lunchtime formation. The uniform is battle dress under field …

The Accidental Guru

Malcolm Gladwell, says one fan, is “just a thinker.” But what a thinker. His provocative ideas are taking the business world by storm. So who is this guy, and what can he teach you about business?<p>“I really like that term ‘momentary autism,’ ” a woman says softly into the mike. She is in the back of …

Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

<i>Published in the March 2010 "Essentials" issue</i><p><b>For the 281st time</b> in the last ten months, Roger Ebert is sitting down to watch a movie in the Lake Street Screening Room, on the sixteenth floor of what used to pass for a skyscraper in the Loop. Ebert's been coming to it for nearly thirty years, along …