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2016: Understanding the nightmare

A selection of my articles on the hellscape that was 2016, divided by topic. Full list available here. If you want an understanding of how we got …

The Ice Breaker

Can P. K. Subban win over hockey’s stoic traditionalists?<p>In late September, several weeks after signing a long-term deal that gave him the third-highest average annual salary in the National Hockey League, P. K. Subban went shopping for a house. Subban, a twenty-five-year-old defenseman for the …

The Economics of the Civil War

Roger L. Ransom, University of California, Riverside<p>The Civil War has been something of an enigma for scholars studying American history. During the …

Two Friends Hiked For 10 Months And Captured This Breathtaking Footage Of Yosemite

Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill are adventurers.<p>Over the course of 10 months, the friends backpacked 200 miles through Yosemite National Park, capturing a combined 45 days of unbelievably beautiful footage.<p>Their video is called Project Yosemite.<p>It will give viewers the experience of seeing …

Virtual reality made me believe I was someone else

I am no longer Aaron Souppouris. I am a woman. I am a stranger. I stare down at the mask I hold in my hands, struggling to comprehend how those hands, which are clearly not mine, are allowing me to feel its curves and cracks. As I glance at the mirror in front of me, my new lip piercing glimmers …

Behavioural economics and public policy

The past decade has been a triumph for behavioural economics, the fashionable cross-breed of psychology and economics. First there was the award in …

20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …

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Method Cards

<i>IDEO Method Cards</i> are a tool to showcase methods we use to inspire great design and keep people at the center of our design process. Each of the 51 …

A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

What’s Wrong With the N.S.A. Tracking Cell-Phone Locations?

Here is the latest news from the Edward Snowden documents, though undoubtedly not the last: the Washington <i>Post</i> reports that the National Security Agency is collecting cell-phone location records on a mass scale—something like five billion a day, worldwide—many having to do with Americans. The <i>Post</i> …

Quad-Copter Camera Flies Over Niagara Falls, Captures Breathtaking Views

Niagara Falls is (or rather are) a sight to behold, and while capturing the falls from a boat or one of the overlooks is impressive enough, why not …

Mike Xie's answer to What is the most amazing Olympic moment?

A lone figure comes into view, barreling down the home stretch. Gasping with effort.<p>The crowd stands. And roars with encouragement. Every. Single. …

Infographic: An Astounding Map of Every River in America

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 06.26.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>To create his <i>All Rivers</i> map, Nelson Minar …

All the president's hitmen: tracking Washington's secret army

<i>Additional reporting by Jesse Hicks and Janus Kopfstein</i><p>In the 1960s there was a saying: "Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came?" We'll probably never know the answer to that particular American koan, but a recent book and documentary film sets out to answer a more important question: "What if …

The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

Facebook is the only major social network in decline. Saudis share more online than anyone. You check your phone 150 times a day. And more.<p>Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's …

Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future?

Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Steve Clemons discuss the political limitations of the Internet.<p>And they might ultimately engage, Cohen continued, in a kind of "digital ethnic cleansing." Traditional legal and political checks on mass criminality have been developed within and for the physical …

18 Brilliant Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

We first wrote about Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer and retoucher, 4 years ago, when he was still a computer engineering student. Even back …

Is the Specter of a 'Cyber Cold War' Real?

Why the best and brightest in China and the United States have the most to lose from a cyber-related conflict between the two countries.<p>"How do I screen when hiring Chinese employees?"<p>I was asked that question the other day by a senior executive at one of America's most prominent tech companies who …

Out in the Great Alone

• Email<p>May 5, 2013<p>Brian Phillips<p>Brian Phillips (@runofplay) is a staff writer for Grantland.<p>Follow on Twitter<p>Facebook<p>Twitter<p>Facebook …

Why Is Congress Trying to Make Our Internet Abuse Laws Worse, Not Better?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is too vague and broad to make sense in an increasingly computer-mediated world. Yet legislators don't seem to get it.<p>Angela Waye/Shutterstock<p>In January this year, political activist and net guru Aaron Swartz committed suicide. Facing the potential of years in …

Katie The Prefect

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about our plans to take our daughters -- particularly our nine-year-old Elizabeth -- to Harry Potter World a...

Salesforce End of Year Financial Results and Subscription Numbers Versus Dynamics CRM

With the recent release of the Salesforce end of year financials and the release of Dynamics CRM subscription numbers at Convergence, we can kill two …

Did you know.... in order to create extra storage space for lumber, the mill at the top of Canoe Lake filled in a portion of the northwest side of the lake with wood chips? You can still check out the remnants of this, although it's now underwater.