Massive Greatness

By M.G. Siegler | What M.G. Siegler is reading.

HANOI

We started talking internally about the possibility of shooting a scene with the President of the United States a long way out — nearly a year before …

Hanoi

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Meditation

Elon Musk to detail plans for colonizing Mars

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Elon Musk has talked a lot about going to Mars. Now he wants to colonize it.<p>Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, will speak Tuesday about the technical challenges that industry, government and science need to solve to establish a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on …

Elon Musk

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Users in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo announced Thursday that the account information of least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago.<p>In a statement, Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords, and in some cases security questions — was …

Security

Talking hot dogs in Hanoi with President Obama

<b>(CNN) —</b> We started talking internally about the possibility of shooting a scene with the President of the United States a long way out -- nearly a year before it actually happened.<p>Some people at the White House had reached out and hinted at the possibility that maybe, just maybe, we might find a …

Anthony Bourdain

The endless Star Trek franchise ages in reverse

<i>With</i> <b>Run The Series</b><i>,</i> The A.V. Club <i>examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.</i><p><i>Star Trek</i> is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a movie in theaters and a new TV show in production. All of this, alongside its seemingly permanent place in the …

Star Trek

The Free-Time Paradox in America

The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?<p>"Every time I see it, that number blows my mind.”<p>Erik Hurst, an economist at the University of Chicago, was delivering a speech at the Booth School of Business this June …

Paradoxes

The Most Pleasing Campaign of 2016

Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, was running behind. “I just need a few minutes,” he said. “Have you eaten?” The still boyish former wunderkind, now forty-two, had one more matter to tend to before turning to our scheduled chat, so he deposited me in the …

Baseball

Three-hit wonder

A co-founder of Twitter is betting he can revolutionise digital publishing once again<p>FEW feel as conflicted about the internet’s descent into glib, …

Global Perspectives

Our Reporter Goes for a Spin in a Self-Driving Uber Car

PITTSBURGH — I’m parked on a patch of gravel outside the old Heinz ketchup bottling factory here early on a Monday morning, and I’m frustrated. My Uber self-driving car will not start driving itself.<p>The engineer in the passenger seat next to me, an Uber employee for all of three weeks who asked if …

Automotive

‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’

Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.<p>Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, …

Liberal News

No Driver? Bring It On. How Pittsburgh Became Uber’s Testing Ground

PITTSBURGH — Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world’s first city to let passengers hail autonomous vehicles.<p>So with the world watching, what has the city of 306,000 done to prepare for Uber’s unprecedented test? The …

Transportation

Boise State Mounts a Paper Defense of Its Home Turf

BOISE, Idaho — If anyone in the world — a high school in Texas, a college in New England, a university in Japan — wants to install an artificial turf field of any color besides green, it must first receive permission from the occupant of a corner office in a brick building at the center of the …

New Balls, Please

BANGKOK — There is no mistaking that particular shade of yellow. It is known as tennis ball yellow, and for years we’ve been watching it blur back and forth in front of us.<p>Those seemingly fluorescent balls have changed little over the last few decades (they were originally white), but the process …

Statue of Liberty

Can the Old Masters Be Relevant Again?

Old masters, new world.<p>At Christie’s over the last few weeks, two experts in old master paintings and drawings quietly left the auction house.<p>Their departures followed a year of spotty sales, in which the values of works by old masters — a pantheon of European painters working before around 1800 — …

The Arts

License to (Not) Drive

T<b>en years ago I found myself</b> standing outside the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. I looked out over acres of glinting windshields in a …

Fact-Checking Alec Baldwin’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Monologue

Fact Check<p>Alec Baldwin’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Monologue Is Perfect — But Is It Accurate?<p>Investigating a legendary scene<p><i>Glengarry Glen Ross</i> is a …

The First and Last ‘One-to

The First and Last ‘One-to-One’ Device<p>Will nothing ever touch the scale of the smartphone?<p>To me, the most interesting part of Apple’s recent press …

Oldchella and the Future of the Concert Business — The Ringer

If 2016 isn’t the end of days, it sure as hell feels like the end of rock ’n’ roll. We lost David Bowie, the innovative hero of so many rock gods. We …

Live Music

Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month

Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s …

Robotics

Is Trump Purposely Sabotaging His Campaign?

Friends,<p>Donald Trump never actually wanted to be President of the United States. I know this for a fact. I’m not going to say how I know it. I’m not …

Dinner, Disrupted

SAN FRANCISCO — At a fancy Silicon Valley restaurant where the micro-greens came from a farm called Love Apple, I got a definitive taste of California in the age of the plutocrats. This state — and this native of it — have long indulged a borderline-comic impulse toward self-expression through …

San Francisco Bay Area

Atop the Golden Gate — Startup Grind — Medium

Atop the Golden Gate Bridge<p>The 746-foot-tall, mile-long Golden Gate Bridge is as abstract in scale and allure as it is essential in function. There’s …

NBC Has Spoiled the Olympics — 500ish Words

…By Pretending They Won’t Be Spoiled<p>Four hours. That’s roughly the amount of time I had to wait in between when Michael Phelps won his record 23rd …

The Next Generation of Wireless — “5G” — Is All Hype.

5G is just a marketing term. The connectivity we crave — cheap, fast, ubiquitous — won’t happen without more fiber in the ground.<p>I <b>remember a May 1989</b> …

Meet the Greenland Shark. It Could Be the Longest-Living Vertebrate.

The Greenland shark is a ludicrously late bloomer.<p>This lazy-looking, Arctic predator reaches sexual maturity when it’s about 150 years old. Though more than a century of prepubescence might sound bad, there’s a bright side for the sea creature. Once it hits adulthood, it still has another hundred …

Macy’s, Struggling to Draw Shoppers, Plans to Close 100 Stores

Macy’s, the country’s largest department store chain, plans to close more than 10 percent of its locations, part of efforts to reverse years of sagging sales.<p>The retailer said on Thursday as it announced its second-quarter earnings that it would shutter 100 stores, mostly at the beginning of next …

David Chang’s secret code to unleashing the most amazing flavors on Earth

SCROLL DOWN<p>Unified Theory of<p>Deliciousness<p>THE SECRET CODE TO<p>UNLEASHING THE WORLD’S<p>MOST AMAZING FLAVORS<p>THE SECRET CODE TO UNLEASHING THE WORLD’S MOST …

Food

Don’t Let Them Tell You You’re Not at the Center of the Universe

<b>Misconception: The universe started someplace.</b><p><b>Actually</b>: The Big Bang didn’t happen at a place; it happened at a time.<p>“Where did the Big Bang happen?” I am often asked, as if the expansion of the universe was like a hand grenade going off and the solar system and our Milky Way galaxy were shards …

Cosmology