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The Essential Cyberpunk Reading List

It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens …

Cyberpunk

Gaming Advice: How to Build Your Perfect Gaming Kit

For a game that takes almost completely in my imagination, I find I need a surprisingly large amount of paraphernalia to play.

By William McAusland …

How to design a (fantasy) city

Today a quick mini-tutorial. This isn’t a photoshop tutorial, nor is it a tutorial for a polished finished map. This is a step by step in my own town …

Scrivener is fantastic software for writing and organizing novels and screenplays - but it has an unintended use of being great for creating a digital binder for your campaign. I’m currently working on getting my shit organized for my monthly dark fantasy 13th Age game, and it’s been a great help. I got pretty wasted while GMing the first session, and now I’m working on trying to make sense of all the plot threads I threw onto the table. It’s like The Hangover, but dorkier! Scrivener is $40, and I don’t know if it’s worth purchasing SOLELY for gaming… But if you’re also a writer, it’s a great tool.

Scrivener is fantastic software for writing and organizing novels and screenplays - but it has an unintended use of being great for creating a digital …

Writing a fantasy novel: 34 must-visit websites

Writing a fantasy novel involves many considerations: Worldbuilding, avoiding clichés of the genre, using popular elements such as magic originally …

Writing

The Best Drone Photos of 2015

The world from a different perspective.

Drones aren't just used for fishing, warfare, and target practice. As the remote control flying machines grow in popularity, so does the amount of jaw-dropping aerial imagery being produced.

"There literally are no physical limits as to where a shot can take …

Drones

Scientists anticipate birth of Cecil the lion's grandcubs

The son of Cecil, the lion killed by American dentist and hunter Walter Palmer in July, has been observed mating and scientists now anticipate the birth of Cecil’s grandcubs in March.

“Xanda was seen mating repeatedly with lionesses from the so-called Backpans pride,” said Professor David Macdonald, …

Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright.

Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.

Researchers have believed for some time that …

Intelligence

The stock market loves Democratic presidents more than Republicans

Democratic presidents are better for stocks than Republicans.

In its year-ahead outlook, analysts at Bespoke looked at the effect Washington can and does have on the stock market. And, at least when looking at a simple breakdown of the party in the White House and the returns on Wall Street, there …

Stock Markets

Side Dishes

Holiday Guide

Our favorite traditional and non-traditional sides for your festive feast.

Potatoes

Extra-Crispy Herb-Roasted New Potatoes

Crispy Mashed Potato Casserole With Bacon, Cheese, and Scallions

Vegan Cheesy Baked Potatoes With Broccoli

Cheesy Onion, Bacon, and New Potato Gratin

Hasselback Potato …

Master Your Roast

Holiday Guide

Whether you're going for a perfect Christmas ham or looking to change things up with a crazy-tender slow-roasted boneless leg of lamb, there's plenty of inspiration to be had. Our favorite roasts for a no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-metal, full-tilt holiday blowout.

Beef

Methods for …

How to Make Ginger-Lime-Infused Vodka in 5 Minutes

If you’ve never tried infused vodka, you’re definitely missing out. All it takes is five minutes to fill a couple of jars with ingredients of your choice, then top it up with vodka and leave to infuse until the flavor is to your liking. You might like something elegant like blackberry and vanilla, …

Here are the intense workouts and diets the actors in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' went through to prepare for their roles

It's not easy training to survive in a galaxy far, far away.

The new, younger cast members of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" spent months doing grueling work to prepare to join the franchise. And for the returning veterans like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the process was very much …

Harrison Ford

Commuting on the Bosphorus in Turkey: Pictures

Europe

Century-Old Photographs of Adorable Cats and Dogs

Harry Whittier Frees, an American photographer who lived from 1879 to 1953, may have created the original LOLcat images! His funny photographs show adorable animals dressed up in clothes and posed in human situations. Often accompanied by humorous captions, the photographs depict the furry little …

Cats

Dancer Captures Elegant Photos of His Gravity-Defying Movements Frozen in Time

While levitation photography is nothing new, Taiwanese-French-American photographer Mickael Jou's self-portraits of himself leaping through the air are exceptionally elegant feats of movement and grace. For the past three years, the Berlin-based creative has united his two passions—photography and …

Portrait Photography

Hilarious Photo Series Explains How to Make a Baby

If you were ever wondering how a baby is formed, Quebec-based photographer Patrice Laroche has created a easy-to-follow, almost instructional, series of photos. Of course, it's only a joke! Laroche and the soon-to-be-mother of his child, Sandra Denis, found a humorous and creative way to share …

Babies

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2015

Carefully culled from thousands, TIME selects the best photos of the year

Each photograph selected for TIME’s Top 10 photos of 2015, carefully culled from thousands and presented here unranked, reflects a unique and powerful point of view that represents the best of photojournalism this year.

There’s …

Photojournalism

Best Photobooks of the Year: 2015

© Alice Wheeler / courtesy Minor Matters and Greg Kucera Gallery

Outcasts and Innocents by Alice Wheeler | Minor Matters

Wheeler captures the funky …

Martin Shkreli Allegedly Told Investors He Had $35 Million; He Really Had $700

The FBI says the pharma exec known for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug — from $13.50 to $750 — cooked financial reports and used other people’s funds to buy food.

In December 2010, Martin Shkreli was working to convince potential investors to give money to MSMB Capital, a hedge fund he …

Money

How to invest $500

If investing feels like a rich person's game, it's not your imagination: Many online brokers impose initial deposit requirements of $1,000 or more. Mutual funds, a common investment choice with close to $16 trillion in U.S. assets, often have similar minimums.

But that doesn't mean you should sit on …

Investing

How to pay off a huge debt in five years

Whether it’s from a credit card, a mortgage or student loan, most people are burdened with a lot of debt. But it’s possible to pay off a large loan quickly – if you plan ahead.

Phil DeGisi finished business school laden with debt — $150,000, to be exact. He's not alone. Many students who borrow to …

Money

Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed

Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.

A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is …

Entrepreneurship

The Secret Of Happiness Revealed By Harvard Study

Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.

Thus revealed a recent survey of Harvard's class of 1980 - with data likely biased to those feeling good enough about their …

Happiness

The 8-Minute Circuit To Avoid Winter Bod

Get rid of that extra layer of insulation we all seem to put on this time of year.

Winter bod: The softer shape we take on when daylight feels in short supply and the weather calls for comfy layers. You haven't stopped working out; it's just that you have a little less motivation than you did …

Exercise

21 Brutally Honest Coffee Mugs That Nail Your Morning Struggle

No coffee? No talkie.

Some people wake up every morning all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to seize the day. They get up early to exercise and love to watch the sunrise. They enjoy nothing more than the peace and quiet of an early morning before their family and neighbors wake up.

You are not …

Mornings

What should I read next?

If you’re like me, you’ll be hoping this Christmas is filled with book-shaped presents. But if you haven’t yet picked your winter wishlist, look no further – our site members have plenty of new reads to fill your Christmas stockings. So, whether you are looking for otherworldly adventures, a …

From Cloned Beef to Micropig Pets, We're Playing God by Editing Genes

People are talking of this being as important in long-term impact as the moon landing. Others say it might be the biggest scientific breakthrough ever. The smell of a coming Nobel Prize hangs heavy in the air.

The excitement is about gene editing, a technology that is offering the prospect of …

Genomics

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admits it: 'Xbox is just another Windows computer'

At today's Microsoft shareholder meeting, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about how Windows 10 has the potential to become the hub of a connected home, in response to an investor question.

And Nadella says that the Microsoft Xbox One video game console is a big part of those efforts, given its …

Microsoft