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"Anything threatening to be a subculture is commodified before it can walk"

<b>Opinion:</b> unbridled materialism, technology and design combine to challenge the meaning of personhood in William Gibson's latest sci-fi novel. The …

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. But a simplistic understanding of what it means can hinder your growth and limit your impact.<p>Consider Cynthia, a general manager in a health care organization. Her promotion into that role increased her direct reports 10-fold and expanded …

Lumbersexuality and Its Discontents

One hundred years ago, a crisis in urban masculinity created the lumberjack aesthetic. Now it's making a comeback.<p>The first one I met was at an inauguration party in 2009. I was in a cocktail dress. He was in jeans, work boots, and a flannel shirt. He had John Henry tattooed on his bicep. He was …

Can America’s Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

Water

The Scary Truth About Chicken

Now the Morisons raise chickens on their own terms. In those chicken houses, now cleaned and uncrowded, Frank kicks wood shavings under a water station. "See how nice and dry this is? When it was industrial chickens, you'd have this much poop under here." He holds his hands several inches …

Is Google Doing Anything New?

In ancient mythology, the Medusa was a face, ringed with serpents, whose very stare turned people to stone. The only hero in the ancient world to survive the Medusa’s stare was the young hero, Perseus, who flew through the air on winged sandals. Perseus succeeded in cutting off the Medusa’s head by …

How to make hybrid-cloud computing pay off

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>One of the big themes at this year’s AWS Re:Invent conference was that fact that AWS is moving fast to support hybrid-cloud …

Adrienne Rich on Lying, What “Truth” Really Means, and the Alchemy of Human Possibility

Long before Sam Harris’s memorable assertion that lying is “both a failure of understanding and an unwillingness to be understood,” long before psychologists identified the four most reliable ways to spot a liar, <b>Adrienne Rich</b> (May 16, 1929–March 27, 2012) wrote beautifully about what is actually at …

Rare Maps Show Life in Hong Kong's Vice-Filled 'Walled City'

The infamous, secret city was a hotbed of temptation and violence that most refused to enter—even after the walls came down.<p>The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong looks like a beehive, with cramped quarters stacked haphazardly on top of one another. It grew up organically, clearly constructed without …

The frequent fliers who flew too much

Many years after selling lifetime passes for unlimited first-class travel, American Airlines began scrutinizing the costs — and the customers.<p>May 05, 2012|By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times<p>For many years, Steven Rothstein, left, and Jacques Vroom held lifetime… (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)<p>There …

Andy Rubin exits Google: Where are the robots?

“The future is looking awesome!” Andy Rubin tweeted almost a year ago. Back then, it was.<p>Google had just acquired yet another robotics firm for …

Against the Grain

Should you go gluten-free?<p>Just after Labor Day, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo stopped for a weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Each year, the event wends its way across the country like a travelling medicine show, billing itself as the largest display of gluten-free products in the …

China cloning on an 'industrial scale'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1043000/1043655_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524612603_c0ed803946e403eb88ae318a3eb48c67<p><b>You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set in rolling hills in southern China.</b><p>Feeding time produces a frenzy as …

Biotechnology

Le Divorce

For most of this year, corporate America has exhibited a full-blown case of merger mania. Deals worth more than a trillion dollars have been announced. But there is also something odd going on: the urge to merge has been accompanied by an urge to purge. According to S. & P., the number of spinoffs …

'Too Much Champagne Is Just Right': Famous Writers on How to Drink

Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Mencken, and other scribes had deep thoughts on boozing.<p>Ernest Hemingway<p><b>Phenomenally Tricky Books</b><p>Last week, Gawker republished a fascinating essay by H.L. Mencken, also known as the Sage of Baltimore, entitled "How to Drink Like a Gentleman: The Things to Do and the Things …

Google is run by adolescents, says Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov, the author and critic battling 'the internet' itself, talks to Christopher Williams.<p>As an author known for his viciously mocking criticism of web culture, Evgeny Morozov recently found himself the unaccustomed target of ridicule for his own technological habits.<p>Promoting his …

Silicon Valley

The Shining Is Much Scarier Than You Thought

<b>Before I saw Room 237,</b> the documentary about fantastically weird interpreters of Stanley Kubrick's <i>The Shining</i>, which is being released Friday in theaters and video on-demand, I thought I was obsessed with the movie. I've seen it at least two dozen times. I've read more books about <i>The Shining</i> than …

Horror

I do not fear death

I will pass away sooner than most people who read this, but that doesn’t shake my sense of wonder and joy<p>I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was …

Should the Modern Man Be Taking Testosterone?

Testosterone deficiency is exceedingly less common than marketing campaigns and "you only think you feel fine" culture would have us believe.<p>Is It Low T? .com<p>By now you've likely seen the commercials. Fit-looking middle-age men telling you how they put on weight, had less energy, and were no longer …

Apple's Spaceship HQ Is Getting a Downgrade From Absurd to Just Plain Extravagant

Back in 2011, when Steve Jobs announced his plans to build a spaceship-like Cupertino HQ for Apple, we all knew it was going to be one ridiculously …