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Synthetic Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Contemporary Design

From MoMa: Paola Antonelli, Director of R&D and Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, introduces the symposium Synthetic Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Contemporary Design, an investigation of the intersections between synthetic biology and design.

BitLit Is an App That Would Convert Your Print Books Into E-Books If It Worked Properly

When Jeff Bezos decided to improve on Sony's e-reader technology, I'm sure he had something like BitLit in mind. Hell, I bet just about everyone who reads e-books has wished for an app like BitLit. The premise is ridiculously simple: the app urges you to take a so-called "shelfie," which is to say you take a picture of your bookshelf. Show More Summary

Pudding people first at Christmas

I have had half of last years Christmas pudding in the freezer all year. “Must eat that pudding sometime” I’d think each time it tumbled out. So here I was in December, thinking about Christmas lunch, wondering if it would … Continue reading ?

15 things travelers should know when planning a trip in 2015

If we had a crystal ball, using its intelligence to figure out how to be a thriftier, smarter, trendier traveler would bring a big payoff. We don't have such an orb, but we do have some ideas on what the coming year holds for those who make the world their home.

West Hollywood sunset

Chris Goldberg photographed a triplet of dangling lights at his home in West Hollywood. He took this photo at sunset on Sunday with a Canon EOS 50D.

Boy, 12, hit and killed while riding scooter he got for Christmas

A 12-year-old boy was killed Friday when he was struck by a car while riding a motorized scooter in San Antonio Heights, according to authorities.

Benedict Cumberbatch Can't Quite Save The Imitation Game

Blimey, it’s a computer! Alan Turing was a mathematician whose work laid the foundation for modern computing. His team was instrumental in cracking previously unbreakable German codes during WWII, part of a highly classified project that remained confidential until years after his death. Show More Summary

You've Got About Two Weeks to Read Inherent Vice Before the Film Adaptation of Inherent Vice Comes Out

People who have seen Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice seem to fall along two strident lines: on one side, there are the people who think the movie actively doesn't care about its viewers, and on the...Show More Summary

Stabbing leaves woman dead and man injured in La Verne

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman to death and wounding her husband in La Verne on Friday afternoon.

Windows shattered, Christmas tree damaged during Oakland protests

Windows were shattered and an outdoor Christmas tree along the Oakland harbor was destroyed Thursday evening during protests demanding an end to police brutality.

What I Learned from Walking Around Lake Washington in Two Days

pbc I'm grateful to live in a city where a scene like this is just a short walk away from civilization. One of the high points of 2014 for me came in May, when I walked around Lake Washington in two days. (I've alluded to this walk before.)...Show More Summary

Hacking Energy with "Power Hack"

Recently concluded from DesignSparRS.Power Hack with Practical Action, designing problems to alleviate power poverty:

Top Ten List Explosion

Top 10 Albums of 2014 Top 10 Singles of 2014 Top 10 Music Videos of 2014 Top 10 Seattle Albums of 2014 Top 10 Albums We Would Have Included in Our Top 10 Seattle Albums of 2014 if Our Top 10 Seattle Albums of 2014 Could Have Had 20 Albums...Show More Summary

Diana Rauner, Illinois' next first lady, to stay focused on early education

A few days before the election, a Chicago radio host introduced Bruce Rauner and wife Diana, telling listeners "behind every great man is a great woman."

Some have recouped millions from risky type of debt that plagues CPS

With risky debt deals draining money from Chicago's cash-strapped public school system, advocacy groups are calling on local officials to try to get some of that money back.

Things to do on an Airplane Besides Have a Nervous Breakdown

• Order and entire can of fizzy water! They'll give it to you! And drinking carbonated water out of a can is the definition of classy. • Thumb through the in-flight magazine and keep a tally for every time you see a photo of a white-sand...Show More Summary

George Pelecanos' 'Martini Shot' short stories colorful but confined

George Pelecanos is among our most prolific — and compelling — crime novelists, a writer who evokes his hometown of Washington, D.C., much as Dennis Lehane does with Boston or Michael Connelly Los Angeles: as a character in its own right. Complicated, riven by conflicts of race...

Review: At Ledlow, Josef Centeno is serious about American cuisine

When people ask about the modern way of eating in Los Angeles, the succession of wildly variant small plates followed perhaps by a big, shared platter of meat, I sometimes refer them to Josef Centeno, who got the style started here when he was chef of the long-defunct Koreatown restaurant...

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Espresso Room, Westfield Belconnen

This year I was organized and had a list of things I wanted to buy at the Boxing Day sales but I thought I would be clever about it and head into Westfield Belconnen early to avoid the crowds. Coffee is a must before shopping and crowds, and I happened to stumble across a specialty coffee [...]

Asshole Think Piece Writer Jinxes America

Everything about Michael Grunwald's essay for Politico headlined "Everything Is Awesome!" makes me picture it as the sort of thing people will be linking to ironically after the Great Stock Market Decimation of 2016. I mean, paragraphs...Show More Summary

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