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This Twitter bot generates a new fantasy world every hour

All the maps you ever needed, plus the code that made them<p>Pop quiz: how many elaborately detailed, scientifically generated topographical maps have you created in the last day or so? Chances are the answer is "none," unless you're writing or publishing a series of old-school fantasy novels. Those …

Game of Thrones

In Defense of a Performance That Needs No Defense: Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin Impression

Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell has called Fey’s viral performance “toothless”—which is entirely at odds with how social scientists and the …

NFL

NFL's schedule-making team and its 255 computers sift through trillions of options to arrive at the best slate

Theirs is the<p>NFL's most secretive room. It's on the fifth floor of the league's Park Avenue headquarters, has glass that's frosted opaque, soundproof walls, heavily encrypted computers, and can be accessed only by a special key card.<p>Even Commissioner<p>Roger Goodellhas to knock.<p>"We let him in," Howard …

Gastronomy Of Genius: History's Great Minds And The Foods That Fueled Them

Genius and food have a lot in common. Both nurture, inspire and occasionally intimidate. Some appeal to almost everyone instantly. Others are acquired tastes. So perhaps it's not surprising that, scanning history's greatest minds, we find many were inspired by certain food or drink, repulsed by …

Silicon Valley

A Guide to Finding Cities With Nearly Identical Temperatures

A map tool reveals unexpected weather connections between far-flung cities.<p>If you’re planning to relocate but want to live somewhere with a near-exact temperature profile, where should you go?<p>That depends: Folks in San Francisco might choose San Luis Obispo 200 miles south, or Portugal’s Cabo …

The 7-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

Happiness

This super-dim iPhone setting will change how you read at night

Christian Marquardt/Getty Images<p>Looking at your phone at night is a bad idea. The bight blue light emitted by the screen can make it more difficult …

Hairdresser | News, Videos & Articles

The town of Norman Wells, N.W.T. has gone two years without a hairdresser, forcing many to take matters into their own hands. Continue reading →

How to Draw a 'Map of Every City': Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>“Drawing the ‘Map of Every City’,” Chaz Hutton, Medium<p>Last weekend I drew a map on a post-it note. Then I posted it on Twitter. 48 hours later it had 3000 re-tweets. …

A 17-Year-Old Created This Insanely Detailed "Map Of Stereotypes"

No offence, but this is brilliant. Via Martin Vargic.

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers | WIRED

A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. …

Super Logo Bowl: The Design History Of The Patriots and Seahawks

Ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, Co.Design looks at the rise of Pat Patriot and Kwakwaka’wakw.<p>On February 1, Super Bowl XLIX (“49” for those of us who don’t quite get Roman numerals) will take place, and over 63,000 fans will converge on the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Many of those fans …

New England

History of American Forests: Tree maps made for 1884 census.

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Forests

The Colbert Report Signs Off: Pictures

Vladimir Putin's Russia Has Crushed Dissent but Is Still Falling Apart

On December 19, Maria Baronova met me on the steps of the Nikulinsky courthouse, a squat Soviet-era building lost in a construction zone somewhere in …

The Dying Russians

Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS …

The Best Longreads Of 2014 On World Affairs

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one, with more than its fair share of world-changing events. The media has covered the chaos using all the methods at its disposal: Live blogs, images and rapid on-the-ground reporting have allowed journalists to disseminate the news in real time, giving a visceral …

14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.<p>1. Historic Drought<p>"There seems to be no relief in sight as the calendar flips over to 2014," the U.S. Drought Monitor pronounced of the West's parched conditions on January 7, after 2013 went down as (then) California's driest year on record. Days …

My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I’ll Never Go Back

Fast Company Web Producer Cia Bernales made the switch to a standing desk a year ago. She shares why she’s never going back to a regular office chair and how her posture got a new angle.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>It all …

Numb

Totallycoolpix

Mapping the Imbalances of New York's Popular, Troubled Bike-Share

Watch The Most Amazing “Wheel Of Fortune” Wins Throughout History

Pat Sajak called last night’s “Wheel of Fortune” win the “most amazing solve” he’s seen in 30 years of hosting the show. But it’s not the only one!<p>It’s always fun to watch people win a bunch of money on game shows that are generally rigged against the contestant. But, what makes a truly great win …

High Level

Islanders' Tavares reaches out to young fan

Living in Winnipeg, 11-year-old Jake Lotocki tends to stick out from time to time. That happens when you're a die-hard New York Islanders fan in the …

NHL

John Steinbeck on the Creative Spirit and the Meaning of Life

A decade before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) wrote <b>East of Eden</b> (<i>public library</i>), which was eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same title starring James Dean and which Steinbeck originally addressed to his two young sons. (The …

The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write

Why do writers — great writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> attributed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Michael Lewis</b> ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …