Jessica Backman

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Top 50 Songs of 2013

It’s Friday, which means the first week in our 2013 Annual Report has wrapped up. But, what better way to start the weekend than with our Top 50 …

Distractify

Respecting the unique practices of individual cultures is important if you don't want to come off looking like a boorish, insensitive fool.<p>But some …

Kazakhstan

How to Photograph Snowflakes—With a Really Cheap Camera

A morning tip for today. And probably tomorrow, too.<p><b>Somehow,</b> Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, whose Flickr is well worth your time, takes absolutely beautiful of snowflakes, a subject notoriously hard to capture. And he does it with a two-hundred-buck auto-zoom camera. Meaning that, yep, with a …

Photography

Everything You Know About Getting Warm Is Wrong

Be warned, as this might make you want to spit out your coffee, but that hot drink you're sipping on could actually be making you colder.<p>And that's not the only thing making it hard to stay warm as the temperatures continue to drop around you. You're going to need all the advice you can get in …

CES 2013: Wrap This Goop Around Your Fingers Then Smash Them With A Hammer

A super weird, rubbery non-Newtonian fluid that could be the next great material to protect your gadgets.<p>We were strolling through one of CES's auxiliary events, actually on our way to the bar, when we noticed a big clear tub of orange goo. Curious! Then we saw the rep for that company grab a …