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What it's like to know everything about Star Wars, despite having never seen it

The greatest story of late capitalist American popular culture, and Charley Locke hasn't even watched it! But Locke knows every moment.<p>The good guys …

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius<p>In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, …

Science Fiction

Developer careers start here: Interactive Coding Bootcamp

The ability to code is one of the most valuable and sought-after skills around, with professionals earning salaries upwards of $75,000. If it appeals to you as a vocation, then you should check out the Interactive Coding Bootcamp, which readies you for the world of development work, and it …

The new terror of P.T., as explained by Mega64

We're all dealing with the loss of <i>Silent Hills</i>and its brilliant teaser, <i>P.T.</i>, a little differently. Some of us pen thoughtful epitaphs in its absence, while others turn to eBay and outlandish prices for the chance to play it again. And then there's Mega64, coming in hot with a video parody that …

How Apple Inspired the Stormtroopers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Costume designer Michael Kaplan tells Bruce Handy about the galaxy’s new look.<p><b>Michael Kaplan,</b> the costume designer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens,</i> began his career in the mid-1970s working for <b>Bob Mackie,</b> Hollywood’s glitziest designer, on <i>The Sonny and Cher Show.</i> (His initial task: “metallicizing” …

Blade Runner

13 Star Wars Questions We Want Answered in the New Books

There's a 30 year gap that needs filling.<p>Star Wars fans have plenty to look forward to as we inch closer to the release of The Force Awakens this …

Can Marxist theory predict the end of Game of Thrones?

The elite are in trouble, their sources of wealth exhausted, their civilisation assailed by crazed fanatics from without – while, within, the masses are in open revolt. No, it’s not the eurozone – it is Westeros, the mythical venue for Game of Thrones.<p>It was JRR Tolkien, the father of fantasy …

The Internet Is Trying To Get Ruth Bader Ginsburg A Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor

Earlier this week, Tania Lombrozo at NPR wrote an article titled “Why We Need Ruth Bader Ginger Ice Cream.” The point was that in the long storied history of Ben & Jerry’s naming ice cream flavors after stuff and/or people, there have only been two flavors named after women — “Liz Lemon’s Greek …

Slumber Party!

Casper leads a new crowd of startups in the $14 billion mattress industry, trying to turn the most utilitarian of purchases into a quirky, shareable adventure. Wake up to the new world of selling the fundane.

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015.<p>Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we’re arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of …

The last places on Earth with no invasive species

Pockets of land and water that are free from ‘alien’ species are few and far between, finds Rachel Nuwer. Yet could we reverse the tide of these pests?<p>When Piero Genovesi received my email, his interest was piqued. Is there anywhere left, I asked, free from invasive species? Genovesi chairs the …

30 years of .com

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a bit of video that goes around the Internet every so often, showing a couple of clueless 1990s television hosts trying to decipher the mysteries of the Internet.<p>"What is Internet, anyway?" NBC "Today" show host Bryant Gumbel asks in the 1994 clip after stumbling through an email …

27 Things You Probably Never Noticed In "Grease"

Rizzo's side-eye is the original side-eye.

A Rare Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

While the world is only too aware of what North Korea’s leader thinks about a certain Sony comedy, less is known about his dynasty’s long history with—and love of— the cinema. Assessing the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival and touring the vast “Cholliwood” studio complex, built in 1947 by …

How Clocks Changed Us

(YouTube link)<p>Before we had clocks, our concept of the passage of time wasn’t measured in minutes or hours. But now we don’t know any other way to …

If This Theory Is Right, Eddie Redmayne Will Win Best Actor

Explaining the Pitt-Hanks Continuum, and how it predicts this year’s Oscars.<p>Last March, I argued that <b>Leonardo DiCaprio</b> failed (again) to win the best-actor Oscar because cool guys don’t win Oscars. I drew my definition of “cool” from a comment made by the director <b>Andrew Dominik</b> about <b>Brad Pitt</b>: “He …

Han Solo Shot First

The surprising significance of past tense, present tense, and everything in between on Wikipedia<p>Time bends on the outer rim of the Wikiverse. Visit the Luke Skywalker entry on Wikipedia, and you’ll find his adventures described in the present tense, a tacit acknowledgment that his story is a …

17 more songs that sound as much (or more) alike than Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” (part 2 of 2)

You can find the first part of this Inventory here.<p>1. Sara Bareilles, “Brave” (2013) and Katy Perry, “Roar” (2013)<p>When Katy Perry released her …

David Bowie

The Two Best Pieces of Advice David Carr Ever Gave Me

Over the last decade David Carr poured buckets of advice on me. He counseled me through my first and second book. Helped me find a hidden path in The …

A Brief History Of Star Wars Canon, Old And New

When a franchise is around for four decades, it can get impossibly unwieldy to try and grasp its lore — and <i>Star Wars</i> canon is no exception. Here's a …

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Disney Can't Be Forced Into Licensing 'Star Wars' Flying Car

On Wednesday, the entertainment giant beat a lawsuit claiming it was "stalling the next evolution of human transportation on this planet."<p>The Walt …

“Star Wars” Might Be Even Cooler In Helvetica

What does <i>Star Wars</i> and Helvetica have in common? More than you might realize. The original designer of the <i>Star Wars</i> logo based her work on a modified version of Helvetica Black. Still, it’s safe to say that most people don’t think about Luke Skywalker and Helvetica together very often.<p>But as these …

Kaitlin Olson And The Perils Of Being A (Funny) Woman In Hollywood

As Season 10 of It’s Always Sunny gears up, Olson looks ahead to what a life after Sweet Dee would be like. “Sometimes I'm like, Oh well, they just wanted a young pretty person, rather than a funny person.”<p>Kaitlin Olson is hating having her picture taken right now. The 39-year-old star of <i>It’s</i> …

Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

The song that knocked Taylor Swift off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week is a pulsing, funky rager sung by Bruno Mars. But the name on the track, and the vision behind it, belong to someone else. "Uptown Funk" is the first single from a new album by British producer, songwriter and …

The 8 Best Games of 2014 (that I've actually played)

2014 has been another great year for tabletop gaming. The hobby is going from strength to strength and is getting more main stream as each month …

Articles about 26 books you need read if you love design on Dwell.com - Dwell

The ChampPhaidon Design Classics: 001–999.<p>Even with ample lot size, one Boulder couple opted to go small with their new home.<p>We’ve all seen interior design that almost brings us to the point of being ill. Maybe bad design does cause allergic reactions?<p>Dwell.com is never short of informative, …

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The Genius Of Taylor Swift's Girlfriend Collection

Swift has spent the last two years "making friendship fun." But her choice of Instagram girlfriends is also an incredibly savvy image maintenance strategy.<p>Around the October 2012 release of <i>Red</i>, when Taylor Swift had spent the gossip year linked with several boys — Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, …

Relive The Magic Of Your Childhood With This 3-Year Old As He Watches ‘Star Wars’ For The First Time

It’s hard to determine what’s cuter in this video. It’s a three-year old child with an English accent that’s as thick as his adorable little glasses watching in amazement as <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> proceeds to laser blast his reality to pieces.<p>“What’s this, dadee?” he says as the opening …

40 Things to Leave Behind in 2015

Photo: Getty Images<p>As yet another year comes to a close, and the initial giddy appeal of social media continues to cool, let's take a minute to descale the kettle of clichés and boil off the lingering herd words, expressions, and gestures that have been building up since we did this last year. Here …

Watch a Dramatic Nicki Minaj Steal Scene as High School Actress

Years before she conquered hip-hop as Nicki Minaj, Onika Maraj studied drama at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts …