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You’ve Reached the Winter of Our Discontent

<i>Rebecca Schuman | Longreads | March 2018 | 9 minutes (2,305 words)</i> The ’90s Are Old <i>is a Longreads series by Rebecca Schuman, wherein she unpacks the</i> …

Mario Kart

This is how Big Oil will die

It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction.<p>The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in …

Fossil Fuels

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No 50<p>Kick-Ass<p>Rotten Tomatoes 75%<p>Box Office $48M<p>Adjusted Box Office $54M<p>Remake Necessity 8.20<p>Rewatchability 6.82<p>Total Score 109<p>Michael Baumann says:<p>A …

Construction

Luke Skywalker Speaks

MALIBU, Calif. — It was maybe the longest buildup in movie history.<p>After more than three decades since he was last onscreen, years of anticipation and some two hours into “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” there was Luke Skywalker, the once youthful hero of this science-fiction saga, revealed as a …

Star Wars

Has plain language deepened or ruined our delight in language?

Although technical writers champion plain language, embracing plain language for many years can cripple your ability to use more eloquent language, …

Linguistics

The word “girl” also used to mean “boy”

A “girl” in the strictest sense is a young female person. But “girly” or “girlish” or “like a girl” stereotypically suggest pink, curlicues, high-pitched, fruity, not athletic, not serious—in opposition to stereotypes of masculinity as mature, tough, rough, boyish, high in alcohol content. (Since …

Language

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There is something special happening in a generic office park in an uninspiring suburb near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, amid the low gray …

This is How Canada Talks

Spread across a vast landmass, Canada’s roughly 30 million anglophones speak something called <i>Canadian English</i>. The stereotype often goes that …

What the caves are trying to tell us

Whatever they once said to their authors, they scream their message of no message across the millennia to us now.<p>Every so often, I get the urge to …

Bezos Prime

<b>By Adam Lashinsky</b><p>Photograph by Wesley Mann<p>March 24, 2016, 7:30 AM EDT<p><i>Amazon’s CEO has driven his company to all-consuming growth (and even, believe</i> …

John Lanchester: It Zucks!

I am scared of Facebook. The company’s ambition, its ruthlessness, and its lack of a moral compass scare me. It goes back to that moment of its …

Social Media

We need to stop pretending that the autonomous car is imminent

Tap the brakes.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>It’s time to face some challenging realities when it comes to autonomous cars. While consensus seems to imply that the future of …

Fermi’s Paradox: The Great Suck

Simply put, Fermi’s Paradox is, “Where is everyone?”Fermi’s Paradox highlights the apparent contradiction between the sheer abundance of stars in the …

Astronomy

It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change – Matter – Medium

By Margaret Atwood<p><i>Animations by Carl Burton</i><p><i>Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of our every desire, our co-conspirator,</i> …

Can Reading Make You Happier?

Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of …

The Man Who Broke the Music Business

The dawn of online piracy.<p>One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network …

How to Deal With North Korea

There are no good options. But some are worse than others.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本 | Read this article in Chinese.<p>Thirty minutes. That’s about how long it would take a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea to reach Los Angeles. With the powers in Pyongyang working …

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That's OK. (For Now.)

Video games, like work, are basically a series of quests comprised of mundane and repetitive tasks: Receive an assignment, travel to a location, …

Universal Basic Income

The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda's Troubled Five-Year Development

In 2012, as work on <i>Mass Effect 3</i> came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi …

Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible<p>This is my last weekly column for <i>The Verge</i> and <i>Recode —</i> the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere<i>.</i> I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> and during that time, I’ve been …

Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

Inequality goes back to the Stone Age. Thirty thousand years ago, bands of hunter-gatherers in Russia buried some members in sumptuous graves replete with thousands of ivory beads, bracelets, jewels and art objects, while other members had to settle for a bare hole in the ground.<p>Nevertheless, …

Income Inequality

An inside view of Hong Kong’s hidden rooftop farms

Born out of a fear of contaminated foods, the city’s budding interest in high-altitude gardening may help heal an increasingly fractured – and ageing – society.<p>A butterfly perching on a lettuce leaf is not normally a cause for marvel. But I am standing on the roof the Bank of America Tower, a …

Hong Kong

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership | WIRED

One More Thing<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely<p>Great (or Just Insane)<p>New Mothership<p>Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (or Just Insane) New Mothership<p>by Steven Levy …

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The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.<p><b>On the afternoon of March 21, 2011,</b> a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.<p>That Monday had …

Dinosaurs

Why Americans Smile So Much

How immigration and cultural values affect what people do with their faces<p>On Reddit forums that ask “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” one trait comes up over and over again: big, toothy grins.<p>Here’s how one Reddit user in Finland put it:<p>When a stranger on the street smiles at …

You're Not Mad at United Airlines; You're Mad at America

There’s a saying that is sometimes attributed to Karl Marx or Slavoj Zizek—apocryphally, in both cases—that tidily sums up the existential angst some …