Noah Smith

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Top 5 Google Tasks tips and tricks for staying productive

Google Tasks has been around for years and years, but it's finally received the beginnings of an upgrade with the redesign of Gmail and the launch of …

Time Management

Web apps are only getting better

Slack is a web app. Trello is a web app. Google Docs. Gmail. Even Twitter.<p>The web started out as a collection of hyperlinked documents. The “Web 2.0” hype in the mid-2000s was about how the web was becoming interactive. At first we were just commenting and upvoting on hyperlinked documents, but …

Apps

Make Your Planks Harder With These Variations

Plank may not be easy, but it’s simple. If you’re getting bored, though, there are other ways to do it! Here are some variations to try as we enter …

The Tricky, Twisty History of Flour Tortillas

Wait, flour tortillas are Jewish? That doesn’t sound right. Actually, it sounds so wrong, I couldn’t stop wondering, wondering, all thanks to this <b>late-night stumble-upon</b> in the <i>Houston Chronicle</i>. (What am I doing looking at decade-old news stories on tortillas? Oh, who knows?) I always understood …

Mexico

A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss

Teach 600 people to eat more vegetables and less added sugar for a year, and it turns out they’ll lose weight. There’s nothing super shocking in the …

This Carne Asada Burrito Casserole Is a Highbrow Stoner's Delight

Hello, and welcome back to <i>Will It Casserole?</i>, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as delicious casserole creations. …

5 Google launches from 2017 that still haven't landed

I don't know if you've noticed, but Google announces an awful lot of stuff.Between its annual I/O convention, its fall hardware event, and the beefy …

Technology

How to Respond to a Racist Comment

People will say all kinds of offensive things if they think you share their views. Take, for example, this terrific essay by Katherine Fugate, in …

The Cornel West–Ta-Nehisi Coates Twitter Feud Explained Through Russian Writers

There’s a phrase I’ve been thinking about a lot recently by the great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He says in his book <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, “Wherever the law is, crime can be found.” —Ta-Nehisi CoatesChekhov for me is the great writer of compassion. —Cornel West<p>It was the fall of 2008 …

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin On Requiring Medicaid Recipients To Work

Kentucky is the first state to require Medicaid recipients to work or get job training in order to qualify for aid. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Gov. Matt Bevin about the new requirements.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Kentucky's poised to become the first state to require its residents to work, …

Health Care

Why So Many House Republicans Are Retiring

A record number of House Republicans are retiring. History shows that after a new president wins, his party doesn't fare well in the next midterms. President Trump also has low approval ratings.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Congressional Republicans seem to be rushing to retire. There are a couple of …

Republicans

A History Of When The U.S. Chose Immigrants By Their Country Of Origin

President Trump's suggestion that some countries produce more desirable immigrants than others echoes thinking popular nearly 100 years ago, when visas were allocated on the basis of national origin.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>We heard this week that President Trump believes some countries produce …

United States

President Trump's Idea Of Good And Bad Immigrant Countries Has A Historical Precedent

In a White House meeting with members of Congress this week, President Trump is said to have suggested that the United States accepts too many immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa and too few from countries like Norway.<p>Those comments, relayed to NPR by people in attendance at the meeting, …

Immigration

Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left

This liberal philosopher predicted Trump’s rise in 1998 — and he has another warning for the left.<p>A prescient passage from a forgotten book made the rounds after Donald Trump’s election. It was plucked from a 1998 book titled <i>Achieving our Country</i>. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal philosopher …

What future artificial intelligence will think of our puny human video games

A former writer on Westworld and author of How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe on Universal Paperclips and Subsurface Circular<p><i>“But let us note at the outset that however many stops there are between here and human-level machine intelligence, the latter is not the final destination. …</i> …

Singularity

The Gifts of Imperfection Wants You to Let Go of Who You're 'Supposed' to Be

From its title, <i>The Gifts of Imperfection</i> sounds like a book for perfectionists. And it is, but also so much more. The titular gifts are courage, …

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

Part Kurosawa, part Wile E. Coyote, The Last Jedi boldly rewires Star Wars' origins

<i>This article contains major spoilers for</i> Star Wars: The Last Jedi.<p><i>The Last Jedi</i>, Rian Johnson’s stylized contribution to the <i>Star Wars</i> mythos, returns …

Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

Article Contents<p>1 Home automation<p>1.1 Voice-controlled assistants<p>1.1.1 Best - Google Home or Amazon Echo<br>• 1.1.2 Budget - Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo …

How the Republicans Broke Congress

In the past three days, Republican leaders in the Senate scrambled to corral votes for a tax bill that the Joint Committee on Taxation said would add $1 trillion to the deficit — without holding any meaningful committee hearings. Worse, Republican leaders have been blunt about their motivation: to …

Republicans

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

5 productivity tips for Android developers

Creating an app is hard work. A lot of encouraging articles will tell you it’s easy. I’m probably guilty of this.<p>It’s not. It’s really hard work. Trust me.<p>Coding is one of the only types of work where you can spend an entire day focused and working hard and actually come away in a worse state than …

How To Cure an Emotional Hangover

We all know (and hate) hangovers. A crazy night out drinking too much alcohol can lead to a slew of unpleasant symptoms the next morning. But did you …

Assassin's Creed Origins Guide: 11 Tips And Tricks We Wish We Knew Before Starting

Assassin's Creed Origins is a dense action-RPG with no shortage of mechanics to master and interesting details within its world that don't make themselves readily apparent. After spending numerous hours with the game, we've learned a fair number of tips that we wish we knew before starting the …

Gaming Industry

When Verizon Kills CDMA, That Won’t Mean Open Season for Unlocked Phones on Their Network

The end of Verizon’s CDMA network is something that unlocked phone enthusiasts have dreamed about for years. We have all tried to envision a world …

Mobile

How to Stop Babbling and Shut the Hell Up

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.<p>…

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which voice assistant answers questions best?

Amazon Echo and Google Home are the two big names in connected home tech right now. While it's important to see which one sounds better in your room …

Smart Homes

Trevor Noah doesn’t know if The Daily Show can sway the opposition

<i>The Daily Show’</i>s politics <i></i>are undeniably left-leaning, but that doesn’t stop host Trevor Noah from attempting to reach across the aisle. But rather …

I'm Comedian Nicole Drespel, and This Is How I Work

There are maybe ten things in the world that deserve the title “best-kept secret,” and one of them is comedian Nicole Drespel. A legendary improv …

Richard Spencer too stupid to interview

Journalist Gary Younge gives us a wonderful view of human garbage bag Richard Spencer, the Nazi-enthusiast and white supremacist. Spencer's …