Matthew Ackerman

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Then + Now in Myanmar

I first visited Burma, now Myanmar, in the spring of 1966, when I was 18. It was a few years after the coup d’état; most foreigners had been kicked out of the country, and the government was not welcoming visitors.<p>At the time, Union of Burma Airways offered flights between Calcutta and Bangkok with …

The Dragon's Back and beyond: the best hikes in Hong Kong

You’d be forgiven for thinking that hiking isn’t among the must-try activities in Hong Kong – that the only place you’ll cop an eyeful of green is in Yau Ma Tei’s Jade Market. But a quick look at a map tells a different story: the territory is mostly painted in swathes of emerald and azure, fringed …

Hong Kong

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

Burma census bans people registering as Rohingya

<b>Burmese officials have begun the first national census in three decades, but are refusing to allow people to class themselves as Rohingya.</b><p>The UN, which is helping to carry out the census, said all Burmese should be allowed to choose their own ethnicity.<p>But Burmese officials said the Muslim Rohingya …

Asia

Frugal Living: How To Frame Your Art on the Cheap

(Image credit: Andrea Sparacio)<p>I never quite felt like a real adult until I framed my first piece of art. All through college I pinned giant collages …

DIY

The Pummeling Joy of Southeast Asian Massage

"What doesn't kill you will make you stronger," said our friend David Hawk when encouraging us to take advantage of Thai massages.<p>Our first massage in Thailand was in a room packed with beds pushed side by side. You lay right next to complete strangers -- all fully clothed. The kneading of all …

15 lessons I learned trekking the Manaslu Circuit in Nepal

STRADDLED BETWEEN THE ANNAPURNA MOUNTAINS and the Langtang Valley lies the comparatively undiscovered Manaslu region. A simple lack of infrastructure …

Climate Report: Warming Is a Big Risk for People

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you're mistaken. That's the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming.<p>In fact, they will say, the dangers of a warming Earth are immediate and very …

Climate Change

Intimate Black & White Photos from Burma: A Conversation with Monica Denevan

Monica Denevan’s work has been exhibited internationally — including solo shows at Scott Nichols Gallery (San Francisco) and Tao Gallery (Hong Kong) …

Kandu Teaches Kids How To Make iPad Apps, No Coding Required

Whenever a challenge lies before you, and you feel like you can’t go on any further, I implore you to remember this article, and this startup, and realize that you, in fact, “Kandu” whatever you set your mind to.<p>Kandu, the latest venture out of betaworks, founded by David Bennahum and Gerry …

LifePrint’s “App-Connected” Wireless Printer Makes Its Kickstarter Debut

LifePrint wants to bring back the fun associated with printing out photos – something users once marveled they could do at home with store-bought printers until social media reached critical mass, offering far easier ways to share. With LifePrint, described as an “app-enabled wireless photo …

Love in Ubud, Bali

I've been a fan of the novel <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> by Elizabeth Gilbert for year. Before knowing anything about the book, I assumed the "love" would take place in Italy. Doesn't every woman secretly dream of amore with a gorgeous Italian man who calls you bella? After becoming engrossed in the book, and …

Asia Travel

Betas Arrives on Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the UK on March 14

Tomorrow, Amazon will launch its original comedy series Betas on Prime Instant Video in the UK.<p>It’s been a long time coming, given the show premiered in the US last November, but Amazon is trying to make amends by releasing all 11 episodes from season one simultaneously. While Netflix pioneered …

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10 tricks to get quality work done and still have a life

It took me a long time to accept the fact that adding structure and routine to my workday was not the equivalent of giving up the freedom of …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

As China And Japan Move Closer To Armed Conflict, The Obama Administration Dangerously Dithers

The danger of the U.S. being drawn into lethal conflict with China over the Japan-China Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute has just risen. That the Obama administration has not done more to push the disputants—and particularly Japan—to de-escalate the crisis and to begin negotiating a resolution, is …

Kano kit offers an easier way to make a low-cost Raspberry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted …

China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea

<b>China has outlined an "air-defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan.</b><p>China's defence ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures".<p>The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and …

China

MIT’s inFORM uses Kinect to physically interact through a computer

The Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab created a "self-aware computer" that allows users to affect physical space in front of the monitor, Fast Company reports.<p>The device is called inFORM and functions with the use of a pin board; each pin is connected to a motor made mobile by a computer. …

Bilingualism could delay onset of dementia

New research suggests that even the illiterate can reap benefits from speaking multiple languages in their old age<p>It’s very difficult to predict whether we’re going to be afflicted with dementia in our old age. But if that’s the trajectory we’re on, we’d surely like to delay its onset as long as …

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Animation

Close-up Portrait Photo Tips

Martin Schoeller is famed for his stunning close-up portraits, but he says that’s not because he possesses the innate ability to coach his subjects …

Photography

22 Epic Places You Didn't Know Existed

The world is full of wonders... wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it's important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place. In case you don't have the time (or funds) to visit these spectacular places, we thought we'd do you …

Effective habits of great travel writers

When I was writing the first edition of <i>Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing</i>, we decided to incorporate interviews with a wide range of travel writers, editors and agents into the book, thinking that readers would profit from hearing a spectrum of experiences and opinions.<p>We’ve continued this …

Travel

Lakefront House In Seattle Promises Solitude Along With Stunning Views

Beautiful and wide-open views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier obviously make for a stunning sight every morning. Nestled next to the serene …

Steampunk IRON MAN and OPTIMUS PRIME Helmets