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Sunday Times interviews Jonathan Ive on everything design, Apple, and much more

The UK’s <i>Sunday Times</i>published a massive, five-page interview (paywall) with Apple SVP of Design Jonathan Ive today that takes a look at the history and future of Apple from the perspective of the man who designed some of the most iconic devices of the past decade.<p>In the interview, Ive discusses …

Pop culture consumed on the sly

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Listen: Sufjan Stevens' Early Recording of "Impossible Soul"

<i>Photo by Colin Kerrigan</i><p>Sufjan Stevens: "It's A Long Life Live Jam" (via SoundCloud)<p>Following his recently-shared "Take Me", Sufjan Stevens has posted another demo on his Tumblr. This one is an early recording "that evolved into the last party section of 'Impossible Soul'," the 25-minute closer from …

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Digitize and Clean Your Analog Audio Collection with Audacity

We've discussed a number of steps to digitize your audio, but if you're looking to delve a bit deeper into ripping all that analog media, technology …

Read This: Here's a new, rare interview with Calvin And Hobbes creator Bill Watterson 

The latest issue of <i>Mental Floss</i> features an interview with pop culture’s great white whale: <i>Calvin And Hobbes</i> creator Bill Watterson. The entire …

Lest one day go by without some cool Breaking Bad story, here's Walt's entire storyline synched to Marty Robbins' "El Paso"

While speculation was running wild for a time that the title of the <i>Breaking Bad</i> finale, “Felina,” was either an anagram of “finale” or referred to …

Playing pictures: the wonder of graphic scores

Artist and composer Tom Phillips ponders musical notation, and the brief but glorious union of art and sound<p>Graphic scores In pictures<p>Can a musician play from art? I do not mean a Mona Lisa Minuet or a Hay Wain Sonata, but the current sheaf of scores that Joanna MacGregor is performing with her …

How-to: Setup and start using Evernote

Evernote is one of the most popular and talked about apps in the App Store. In this article, you’ll learn how to install and configure the app, gather and organize notes, and review workflows that include sharing and advanced features. You’ll also learn about Evernote’s accessories and “baby apps” …

Breaking Bad and beyond: TV series finales that satisfied

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Breaking Bad ended the anti-hero genre by introducing good and evil

Taking what you want is not glamorous. It is not sexy. Giving in to your own worst impulses does not somehow make you more of a “badass,” more of a …

Ideal fictional law enforcement

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Just How Much of Musical History Has Been Lost to History?

Valuable original recordings and rare tapes have vanished over the years—a process that Jack White and the National Recording Preservation Foundation are looking to stop.<p>Bones Howe ran the tape machines on the first Hollywood sessions for 22-year-old Elvis Presley in 1957. “They drove out west in a …

Bringing Breaking Bad into focus

<i>Most of us are accomplished watchers of TV and film, so we intuitively understand some of the concepts lurking in dense film-theory tomes. You won’t</i> …

How to: Live a paperless life with Mac, iPad and iPhone

Remember those promises we were made, about a paperless world? Everything electronic, everything online? Since the world was failing to deliver, I decided a couple of years ago to do an experiment to find out whether it is possible to live a truly paperless life.<p>Two years later, the bad news is …

Read This: a long but good excerpt from a new book on how Jim Henson balanced art and commerce  

In 2011, Elizabeth Hyde Stevens wrote an in-depth examination of the Muppets as an entertainment property in the years after Jim Henson’s death in …

24 Things You Should Know Before Starting A Vinyl Collection

Here's the answer to every question you could possibly have, including some that may be embarrassing. Like, is vinyl actually better than digital?<p>There are two basic answers for this: You are an audiophile, and fetishize the sound of analog recordings, or you simply like the aesthetics of vinyl …

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The isolated vocals for The Beatles' Abbey Road medley are just plain lovely

Isolated vocals are slowly joining the ranks of mash-ups and super cuts in Internet ubiquity, but they're still pretty neat. The Beatles' <i>Abbey Road</i> …

Enjoying John Mayer's New Album Does Not Make You a Bad Person

Mayer's sixth studio album Paradise Valley is out today. It's good, and separable from the artist.<p>I was into John Mayer before he was big. I was into him when he was so small-time; he couldn't even afford velvet bandanas. His guitar strings were old shoelaces. He was still a kid. He was so small. …

How-to: Manage your iCloud account’s storage space

Apple gives iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage space. At first, 5 GB does not seem like a lot of storage space, however it is. For a majority of users it is plenty. For others, it isn’t. This storage space is for backups, documents and data, and email only if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com, or …

How-to: Deal with the infamous Apple ID

<i>This is the third how-to in our new weekly series:</i><p>One of the most common issues I hear about is forgotten Apple IDs. But this is not as simple as it sounds. Figuring out Apple ID details can involve finding out what the Apple ID username is, which Apple ID they should be using (if they have …

Read This: A grand unified theory connects all Pixar films in one timeline

The world of Pixar is intricately connected, with bushels of in-references to other films and the history of Pixar animators hidden in plain sight …

How to Get 8GB+ Extra Dropbox Space for Free with Google AdWords

Last week, we mentioned that Vladik Rikhter used Google AdWords to max out his Dropbox account with all the space he could get from referrals for a …

Pop pilgrimages 2.0

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20 Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers

Who was your pop-culture mentor?

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The films you’ve loved longest

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The books you’ve loved longest

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Watch Nardwuar Interview Questlove (For 46 Minutes)

When two music nerds come together, the conversation tends to be a journey. Questlove was ready for The Human Serviette, but he still got caught off …

Favorite pop-culture goodbyes

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