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The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

3 common UX mistakes killing good design

You probably know this, but we’ve only skimmed the surface.<p>Nonetheless, there are some simple rules to bear in mind, although you should always approach each design project individually.<p><b>Keep it simple, stupid</b>– Minimalism and flat design are so popular because they strip away everything that doesn’t …

Seven times Kanye West dressed like a 'Final Fantasy' character

Apparently the Kanye West role-playing game, <i>Kanye Quest 3030</i>, contains an eerie hidden area involving a butterfly and a New Age cult called Ascensionism. We know, it's hard to believe that Kanye has a video game. Anyway, this secret game-within-a-game is weird, but it's certainly not surprising …

No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.<p>If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in …

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The best (and cheapest) places in the world for coworking

They’re impeccably hip, located in buzzing, central locations a stone’s throw from a (fair trade) coffeeshop. And they attract interesting, often high-profile people: Etsy founder Chris Maguire, Brainpicker’s Maria Popova, and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes have been spotted at one in New …

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For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

How our startup was bought by Google without even trying…

<b>Google Acquires Early Clues, LLC</b><i><br>Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Early Clues, LLC …

Thoughts on Google+

I fucked up. So has Google.<p>It’s been over a year since I left Google. Over 450 days, actually. During that time, I joined and left a startup; …

Should digital monopolies be broken up?

ALTHOUGH no company is mentioned by name, it is very clear which American internet giant the European Parliament has in mind in a resolution that has …

Against the Grain

Should you go gluten-free?<p>Just after Labor Day, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo stopped for a weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Each year, the event wends its way across the country like a travelling medicine show, billing itself as the largest display of gluten-free products in the …