Thienthai Sangkhaphanthanon

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Fighting for Identity: The Life of a Transgender Kickboxer in Rural Thailand

Fightland Blog<p>Photos by Lindsey Newhall<p>In her color-coordinated training attire and fashionably fit tops, Rose is easy to spot at her tiny dirt-floor gym in rural Thailand. Her hot pink top clings snugly to her compact, lean torso. Bra straps in a delicate petal pink peer through at the shoulders. …

How To Take The Best Food Photos With Your Phone, According To An Expert

Admit it: You take the occasional food photo on your phone. You might even do it a lot. If you're not guilty of this all too common practice, you must know someone who is. At some point, you've probably patiently awaited permission to dig into your entree while someone's iPhone hovers over your …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

How Tyler Brûlé has extended Monocle beyond simply a magazine for the jet set

“We want to create and craft an environment where we’re not getting into a discussion about cost per thousands. It’s the cost of a quality audience.”<p>— It’s lunchtime on a Tuesday, and the Monocle Cafe in the Marylebone neighborhood here is packed. All but one of the tables in the cafe’s lower level …

Journalism

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

Product Design

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Masters of Love

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.<p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry …

I Tried The iPhone Keyboard That Lets You Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute

There are plenty of keyboard apps out there to help you type faster, but I've never seen anything quite like Nintype, the new iPhone keyboard that promises typing speeds up to 130 words per minute.<p>Nintype uses a combination of methods to achieve this speed. It's designed to be used with two hands …

Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

Sweetness was meant to be irresistible.<p>We are born with a sweet tooth. Babies drink in sugar with their mother’s milk. Sweetness represents an instant energy boost, a fuel that kept our ancestors going in a harsher world where taste buds evolved to distinguish health-giving ripeness and freshness …

Just How Likely Is Another World War?

Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014<p>A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years …

The Brilliance of Louis C.K.'s Emails: He Writes Like a Politician

Where campaign strategy and comedy marketing collide<p>Louis C.K.'s regular-guy shtick permeates everything about his image: the plain black T-shirts, the self-deprecating humor, his Twitter bio ("I am a comedian and a person and a guy who is sitting here"), even his mass-emailing strategy.<p>Louie—and …

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

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The 100 best novels: an introduction

If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the <i>Observer</i> can adduce empirical evidence.<p>Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

12 Gorgeous Color Photos Of Geisha In The Late 1800s

A glimpse at what is known as the geisha golden age — and the kimonos are absolutely striking.<p>These photos would have been taken during what is generally known as the golden age of geisha.<p>(via)

Japan

Fall Movie Preview: 16 Oscar Contenders to Watch For

That time of year when studios bring out their most award-worthy films<p>If you're a filmmaker looking to attract smart, adult audiences and award-show buzz this fall, it seems your best bet may be to set your movie in one of the following settings: out at sea, out in space, or in any year before …

Sleek hydroponic terrariums are like picture frames for plants

In the wild, plants are part of a larger environment, or at the very least anchored firmly in the ground or a body of water. To some extent, an ordinary terrarium creates a micro-environment in which a plant or animal can live. By contrast, Japanese brand [10¹²] Terra turns the terrarium into a …