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Read this heart-wrenching diary of a WW1 soldier in real time

LONDON — On Jan. 1, 1917, a young man from Lancashire started a diary. It might not sound like much to write home about, but the 21-year-old — …

World War I

Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

The White House

A Brief Survey of the Great American Novel(s)

On this date in 1868, novelist John William DeForest coined the now inescapable term “the great American novel” in the title of an essay in <i>The …

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign | Medea Benjamin

According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?<p>Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually …

Feeling tired for no reason? Time to reset your circadian clock

Have you ever wondered why you don’t feel tired until late at night, but your spouse is fast asleep at 10pm and wakes spontaneously at 6am?<p>We each have an internal biological clock, called a circadian clock, that organizes the internal and external activities of our body around the 24-hour …

U.S. Grant Is U.S. History’s Mystery Man

He lacked ambition, failed at most things he tried, and then Grant found himself and his calling with the coming of the Civil War, where he …

Thanks to no-drama Obama, American leadership is gone

By Richard Cohen<p>, Columnist<p>If Dec. 7, 1941, is the day that Franklin D. Roosevelt said “will live in infamy,” then Dec. 20, 2016, has got to be a close second. No Americans died that day as they did at Pearl Harbor, but the American Century, as Time magazine founder Henry Luce called it, came to a …

Middle East

A classic that needs no rewrite: Baby, it’s cold – and consensual

<i>Elise Thorburn is an adjunct sociology professor at Brock University</i><p>"Well, that's it," said my friend, after hearing the viral 2016 version of <i>Baby, It's Cold Outside</i>.<p>"It's done," he said. "We officially never have to talk about that terrible song ever again."<p>Except, maybe we do.<p>Rewritten by Lydia …

How to make your own video game: Guide to using Twine, GameMaker: Studio and Unity engines

But whether you prefer console or PC gaming, chances are at some point you've wondered about making your own game — even if all you managed to do was …

Stephen Colbert writes the 'It's the End of the World As We Know It' remix that 2016 deserves

It's the end of 2016 as we know it, and Stephen Colbert and Michael Stipe feel...well, you'll see.<p>Colbert's special 2016 cover of R.E.M.'s "It's the …

8 Classics Every Christian Should Read

Aside from the Holy Bible, there are certain books that all Christians should read. The following list of books is not comprehensive but should give …

Jesus

When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings

Eighty years ago JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis dared each other to write a sci-fi novel. It was a challenge that would lead to the creation of The Lord of the Rings<p>Once upon a time two friends made a wager. "Tollers," one said to the other, "there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am …

Words act like wild animals: “We don’t understand that no language could ever sit still”

<b>John McWhorter (Macmillon)</b><p>Salon speaks with Columbia University linguist John McWhorter about his lively new book “Words on the Move”<p>Scott Timberg<p>November 29, 2016 11:58pm (UTC)<p>Why does language change? Why do we get so upset when it does? And is there any way to stop it? These are some of the …

C.S. Lewis on Equality and Our Core Misconception About Democracy

“The tempter always works on some real weakness in our own system of values: offers food to some need which we have starved.”<p><i>“The notion of obligations comes before that of rights, which is subordinate and relative to the former,”</i> wrote the great French philosopher Simone Weil shortly before her …

C.S. Lewis

7 Top Blog Posts Every Language Learner Should Read Now

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first …

Self-improvement

Arrival’s screenwriter tells us how it took more than 100 drafts to think like an alien

“So many of our conflicts and our problems stem from miscommunication.”<p>The magnificent sci-fi film <i>Arrival</i>, which proved a surprise box office hit in its opening weekend, wouldn’t exist without the passion of its screenwriter, Eric Heisserer.<p>Heisserer was so taken with Ted Chiang’s short story …

How the Chicago Cubs Made World Series History

This extraordinary Game 7 was for Judy Caldow, a retired teacher who sits in Section 309, Row 14, Seat 10 of the Wrigley Field bleachers. She has …

How A New Generation Is Changing Evangelical Christianity

By Richard Flory, <i>University of Southern California - Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences</i><p>Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority …

Religion

‘On the Silver Globe’ Is the Best Sci-Fi Film Never Made

The story of how one of the most stunning sci-fi films ever made was (almost) swallowed by history.<p><i>This article is part of the Motherboard Guide to Cinema, a semi-regular series exploring foreign and obscure speculative films.</i><p>It's hard to imagine what it must've felt like to see <i>Star Wars</i> for the …

This language-themed web show hilariously tries to guess the meaning behind weird sexual slang

It seems like the most ridiculous, made-up phrases have doubled as meanings for sex in the history of the English language. While some x-rated …

Playing through This Is The Police made me think about morality, bigotry and oppression more than any other video game

Following the release of This Is The Police, developer Weappy penned an open letter to its players, stating that the game isn’t political, but human. Having played and digested the game for a good 30+ hours, I understand what they meant regarding the content of the game. But I disagree. I think …

Comic Books

Instagram update: you can finally save posts as drafts!

Natee Meepian / Shutterstock.com<p>Ever wondered how to save an Instagram post as a draft? The truth is you couldn’t until the latest update. It may seem like a minor feature, but it was also an obvious one to add. People all around the web are loving the added capability and we are sure many of you …

Mobile Photography

These 50 American Slang Words Are In Danger Of Disappearing

Let's all go get some larbo and popskull and have ourselves a night.<p>We’re constantly hearing about saving eagles or giant pandas from extinction, but we rarely hear about words.<p>Electric Literature reported on a campaign launched to help preserve a strange, yet wildly entertaining list of …

New Jersey

Believe it or not: Fiction authors imagine Trump presidency

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine it's 2017 and Donald Trump is president. He's been informed by national security adviser Sean Hannity that Russia has launched a nuclear missile to Canada and war may be unavoidable.<p>Only a fellow celebrity can make it right — at least if you ask Richard Hine, author of the …

A Reading Guide to Stephen King's Dark Tower Universe

<i>Editor's Note: This guide tries to keep it light on the spoilers, but there are some, gunslinger.</i><p>For the past four decades, Stephen King, an American …

Horror

How to beat 'Super Mario Bros. 3' in two seconds flat

We're actually pretty okay with AI winning at "Go," but when it's beating <i>Super Mario Bros. 3</i> in mere seconds, it's time to be worried. ais523, an expert on game "speedruns," noticed that pressing a Nintendo NES's controller rapidly could allow him to insert new code. With help from the …

27 of the Most Beautiful Places In America

From sea to shining sea and everything in between.<p>Narrowing down the list of America's most scenic spots is clearly an impossible task, but these stunning places are totally worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list.

Young Earth Creationism Attacks the Bible

July 7, 2016 by James F. McGrath<p>As we lament the grand opening of the Ark Encounter, here are some links to blog posts that I have been meaning to …

The Sole Surviving Print of the Legendary 'Turkish Star Wars' Has Been Found

<i>Star Wars</i> fans who are also cult-movie junkies: today is the equivalent of your birthday and Life Day rolled into one. The last remaining 35mm print …

Elon Musk is Hitting Back at Self-Driving Car Critics

The Tesla king isn't happy.<p>While Elon Musk's Twitter is usually a hub of <i>Iron Man</i>-hinting fun, it's recently become a battleground for autonomous car debate.<p>The Tesla CEO has gone on the offensive, after news of the death of a driver in a self-driving car test in May sparked a stream of hot take …

Tesla