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Hotwire's first iPad app speeds hotel discount hunting

Hotel discount site Hotwire launched its first iPad app, which it says reduces the time needed to book a hotel by half compared with users laboring …

It’s vital that children translate English to Latin at GCSE

Gove is quite right to suggest we turn English into Latin<p>One of the most rewarding exercises a Latinist can attempt is to turn a piece of English prose into Latin. The reason is quite simple: it means getting under the surface of the English meaning — to ‘get beyond the word to the thought behind …

Caput Mundi – Beheading and Barbarism on Trajan’s Column

“Silent enim leges inter arma.” – “In times of war, the law falls silent.”<p><i>Cicero, Pro Milone</i><p>When we think of the Roman Army at war, the image we have …

Zombies, Ancient and Modern

I keep hearing lately that zombies, unlike vampires (which seem to have a fairly long history in folklore) and werewolves (which date back to the …

"He has a wife you know" — Rome didn’t just trade within its own ‘bubble’....

Rome didn’t just trade within its own ‘bubble’. Here’s a map according to the Periplus of the Erythraen Sea (a compilation of texts describing trade …

Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

Among the great joys of spending countless hours rummaging through archives is the occasional serendipitous discovery of something absolutely wonderful: Case in point, these gorgeous black-and-white photographs of vintage NASA (and NASA predecessor NACA) facilities, which I found semi-accidentally …

One Great Animation about Five Great Buildings - The Fox Is Black

While I’m not sure that <i>all</i> five of these buildings are necessarily great, the animation sure is. Titled Five Great Buildings, this short was made by …

Mini guide to activities in Wales

Get active in all corners of Wales, from mountain biking in the forest to exploring sea coves by kayak.<p>Wales’s varied terrain lends itself to a whole host of activities, from the relaxing to the rather more vigorous. And whether you get on your bike, horse or surfboard, you are guaranteed a …

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A Skyscraper-Style Treehouse With Soaring Mountain Views

The Tower House, designed by GLUCK+ Architects, reflects back the forest canopy.<p>Architects like wordplay. It’s a fun and effective way to condense the main thesis behind a project without resorting to archi-speak. It’s also a good bit of marketing. A simple subversion like “horizontal skyscraper” …

The best of the West in Jackson Hole

Much more than a snow sports mecca, Jackson Hole is an ideal summer vacation spot, whether you are looking for romance, wildlife, family bonding or high adventure.<p>Wyoming’s Jackson Hole, surrounded by the towering Gros Ventre and rugged Teton mountain ranges, is best known for its “steep and deep” …

Jackson Hole

An 'Entrepreneurial Seedling' Sprouts In Detroit

Detroit is littered with empty warehouses — more than 7,000, by one estimate. They've become skeletons of the city's industrial past.<p>But not this warehouse, where Jennifer Blake is feeding quilted fabric through a sewing machine. She's making a coat. Fashioned with Velcro fastenings, it has a …

Pope Francis Denounces 'Cult Of Money'

Pope Francis has demanded that financial and political leaders reform the global money system to make it more equitable.<p>"Money has to serve, not to rule!" the pontiff declared.<p>As The Associated Press writes:<p>"It's a message Francis delivered on many occasions when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, …

Boomer Housemates Have More Fun

Today more than 1 in every 3 baby boomers — that huge glut of people born between 1948 and 1964 — is unmarried. And those unmarried boomers are disproportionately women. As this vast generation rushes into retirement, there's a growing concern among experts on aging: Who will take care of all these …

Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland

Apple was criticized in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday for using complex accounting to minimize the corporate taxes it pays. One key piece of the company's tax strategy: It funnels lots of its profits through subsidiaries in Ireland.<p>Offering low corporate tax rates has been a fundamental part …

References for On-line Algorithms

[See also my more recent blog on this talking about using bandits for ranking rated items like comments]<p>I have been speaking lately about how various …

Spain Is Beyond Doomed: The 2 Scariest Unemployment Charts Ever

This is what a permanent underclass looks like.<p>(Reuters)<p>Spain is in a great depression, and it is one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.<p>Five years after its housing boom turned to bust, Spanish unemployment hit a record high of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013. It's almost too …

Hard Keynesianism in the European Union

John Quiggin and I have a piece on the eurozone mess in the new issue of <i>Foreign Affairs.</i> The piece is subscriber-only, but we’re allowed to post it …

Christine Lagarde's future at IMF in balance over arbitration payment

Christine Lagarde’s future as International Monetary Fund chief hung in the balance today as a Paris court grilled her over a 403 million-euro state payout to a disgraced tycoon while she was French finance minister.<p>Lagarde, 57, was questioned over her role in the huge payment to Bernard Tapie, a …

Kerry admits his push for Middle East peace faces 'scepticism'

John Kerry admitted there was scepticism and cynicism about his efforts to broker new talks between Israelis and Palestinians, as he began his fourth visit to Israel.<p>Flying in from a night of meetings in Jordan on the war in Syria, the US Secretary of State went straight into talks with Prime …

Pope Francis defends atheists

Atheists and other nonbelievers largely welcomed Wednesday's (May 22) remarks by Pope Francis that performing "good works" is not the exclusive domain of people of faith, but rather a place where they and atheists could and should meet.<p>In a private homily, Francis described doing good not as a …

Don Jon Trailer Official - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson

Chadwick Boseman Gave His Best Hero Award To Real-Life Hero James Shaw Jr.

Movies<p>The latest movie news, casting updates and rumors, trailer sneak peeks, and expert reviews on MTV.<p>Movies<p>Leia's story isn't over quite …

'World War Z' Screening Garners Positive Early Buzz

'We're the Millers' Trailer