Cuphead
‘Cuphead’ Revives the Magic of 1930s Cartoons

The dazzling new game ‘Cuphead’ showcases what makes the earliest animations so timeless. From the very moment you boot up the independent game Cuphead it’s readily apparent that you have stepped into a time machine and traveled to a different era. Right there on the home screen, a black-and-red-clad character with a teacup for a…

Nola Darling
‘She’s Gotta Have It’: The Love and Labor of Art

How Nola Darling is an artist of the moment, reclaiming her voice through art in the new Netflix series ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’ In Spike Lee’s debut film, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Nola is an artist. Her Brooklyn apartment is decorated with her work — in particular, an elaborate wall collage blending drawings and newspaper…

eggnog recipes
Spice It Up with 10 Eggnog Recipes from around the World

Delicious eggnog recipes from all over the globe. Plus vegan and sweet potato spins on the classic! Eggnog gets people brimming with excitement for the holiday season, when grocery stores stock up on this party staple. This year it’s time to ditch store-bought eggnog, though, and serve one (or more) of these globe-spanning eggnog recipes.…

Star Wars characters
‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ Finally Arrives!

The world has waited 40+ years for the newest chapter of the Star Wars saga, in theaters December 15. In a galaxy far, far away, deserted on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has finally returned. Or shall I say “re-returned”? The last we saw Luke in action…

3D printing
3D Printing for Everyone: Stunning Designs and How to Get Started

3D printing is making the unfathomable real, and it’s available to everyone. With 3D printing, the revolution in manufacturing is here. And it’s not just engineers, material scientists, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs using the technology. It’s anyone who wants to create a miniature, replicate something, make a new game piece, solve a problem or just…


  • ‘Cuphead’ Revives the Magic of 1930s Cartoons

    Cuphead

    The dazzling new game ‘Cuphead’ showcases what makes the earliest animations so timeless. From the very moment you boot up the independent game Cuphead it’s readily apparent that you have stepped into a time machine and traveled to a different era. Right there on the home screen, a black-and-red-clad character with a teacup for a head stands opposite a blue-and-black-clad character with a matching teacup head. Both have bent straws coming from the surface of their cups. Cuphead and Mugman, respectively, arrive on-screen as the protagonists of a 1930s cartoons–inspired run-and-gun video game. And the game retains that wondrous, classic look from start to finish in what is not only an incredibly well-made video game but a reminder of the timelessness of cartoons from the dawn of the Golden Age of animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAriv93tzI0 Cuphead opens with a picture book filled with wonderfully expressive drawings telling the tale of Cuphead and        …read more

    ‘She’s Gotta Have It’: The Love and Labor of Art

    Nola Darling

    How Nola Darling is an artist of the moment, reclaiming her voice through art in the new Netflix series ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’ In Spike Lee’s debut film, She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Nola is an artist. Her Brooklyn apartment is decorated with her work — in particular, an elaborate wall collage blending drawings and newspaper cuttings that evolves as the film moves forward in time. Nola Darling shares a birthday with Malcolm X. May 19, the cusp of Taurus and Gemini. She is a figure of transformation, a representation rather than an individual, she is the artist of the moment. In 2017, through a Netflix series written and directed by Lee, Nola Darling was reborn into a new era as an artist searching for her own voice. In the 1986 film Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) lives in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. She juggles three men, Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee), Jamie Overstreet        …read more

    Spice It Up with 10 Eggnog Recipes from around the World

    eggnog recipes

    Delicious eggnog recipes from all over the globe. Plus vegan and sweet potato spins on the classic! Eggnog gets people brimming with excitement for the holiday season, when grocery stores stock up on this party staple. This year it’s time to ditch store-bought eggnog, though, and serve one (or more) of these globe-spanning eggnog recipes. And if you or yours aren’t fans of eggnog yet, these 10 unique variations just might evoke a change of heart. 1. Italy’s Il Bombardino Recipe: Eataly A direct translation of il bombardino is “the bomb,” which is what a skier reportedly called the Italian version of eggnog after tasting it for the first time in the country’s Alps. Created by a former fisherman from Genova with milk, whiskey and zabaglione (an egg-based custard), the Bombardino soon became a sought-after winter cocktail. Over time, the bomb’s recipe evolved to a creamy egg liquor, mixed with        …read more

    ‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ Finally Arrives!

    Star Wars characters

    The world has waited 40+ years for the newest chapter of the Star Wars saga, in theaters December 15. In a galaxy far, far away, deserted on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has finally returned. Or shall I say “re-returned”? The last we saw Luke in action was in Return of the Jedi (1983). Since then, 2015’s The Force Awakens, set some years into the future, left us off with Rey (Daisy Ridley), another young Jedi, hunting down Luke after his many years of self-exile. Now the two are back, alongside an ensemble cast of old and new Star Wars characters, rekindling hope against the dark side of the Force. Here, in anticipation of its release, let’s look at where we left off, what the cast and crew have been saying, and what we can expect from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.        …read more

    3D Printing for Everyone: Stunning Designs and How to Get Started

    3D printing

    3D printing is making the unfathomable real, and it’s available to everyone. With 3D printing, the revolution in manufacturing is here. And it’s not just engineers, material scientists, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs using the technology. It’s anyone who wants to create a miniature, replicate something, make a new game piece, solve a problem or just experiment and have fun. 3D printing is making the impossible possible, and it’s making it accessible to everyone. 3D printing pioneer Joshua Harker wanted to make in real space what he could only draw in two dimensions. This drove his experimentation with the additive process. In combining art and engineering, he “wanted to bridge the traditional medium [of sculpture] with new technology” and be able to create objects “that never could be made before.” His Tangle series uses organic forms so complex with tapering forms, knots and bends that they couldn’t be made any other way.        …read more

    8 Best TED Talks to Inspire You

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    Looking for more happiness, focus, creativity? Here are the best TED Talks to put you on track for your best year yet. TED Talks have long been the go-to videos for inspiring, thought-provoking ideas from a variety of experts and leaders. Following are the eight best TED Talks, each under 20 minutes, if you're looking to find your calling, expand your creativity and confront your fears. 1. ‘There’s more to life than being happy’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Trdafp83U Author and writer Emily Esfahani Smith upends the long-held theory that we should all be happy as we saunter through this mortal coil. Rather, she says, we should focus on these four pillars of living a meaningful life: belonging, finding purpose, transcendence and storytelling. Essentially, Smith encourages us to seek belonging in relationships or a community, which helps us feel valued. Finding valuable work is important in order to feel like you’re contributing to society,        …read more

    Communal Living Is Back — For Some, It Never Went Away

    Communal living opportunities are popping up nationwide, appealing to everyone from singles in their 20s to retired couples. Sky Blue loves communal living. And, yes, that’s his real name. “My parents were hippies,” says Blue, 37. And he appears to be following in their footsteps, quite literally. Blue’s parents met at Twin Oaks Intentional Community, a 350-acre piece of land stretching a mile up from the South Anna River in Virginia. The community currently houses about 90 adults and 15 children. Ages range from newborn to 80 years old. Here’s where it gets unconventional: they share everything, from clothing to the residences, which house 10 to 20 each, to their 18 vehicles. They also share income, which goes to a collective. They’re all dedicated completely to communal living. “In some respects, it’s like a 100-person family,” Blue said. These strangers-turned-families who live in intentional communities are popping up throughout the        …read more

    Painting the Solar System with Pigments of the Desert

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    Stella Maria Baer paints the solar system with sand and cacti pigments, evoking the otherworldly landscape of the American Southwest. Stella Maria Baer — a widely respected painter and photographer who currently resides in Denver, Colorado — grew up in the enchanted, surreal deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a family of artists going back generations. “Art was always part of our family’s language and landscape,” she explains. Her mother was a weaver, and her father owned an art gallery. One of her grandmothers was a sculptor, and one of her grandfathers was a photographer. With such influences, she grew up experiencing art in many forms — from the visual to the tactile to the gallery. Originally from California, her family moved to Santa Fe when Baer was just a few years old. Yet it is her grandfather’s photography — largely featuring California — that she recalls most vividly        …read more

    The Competitive World of Gingerbread House Design

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    These artists take their gingerbread house creations seriously. Very, very seriously. Gingerbread house making isn’t reserved for kids and the kitchen table. Gingerbread dates back to ancient Greece, and in the Middle Ages gingerbread cookies were all the rage. When the Brothers Grimm released the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the gingerbread house took off — losing the evil witch attachment in favor of a winter-wonderland fantasy. Gingerbread house construction grew into an art form that continues today — so much so that there are yearly competitions to crown the best of the best. The National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina, is the biggest, with magnificent entries that look too good to eat. The National Gingerbread House Competition For 25 years, artists of varying skill levels have entered The National Gingerbread House Competition. The number of competitors was highest at 289 in the early 2000s. “It was almost        …read more

    9 Festive & Quirky Christmas Traditions from around the World

    Christmas traditions

    From crashing your neighbors’ homes to noshing on KFC Christmas dinner, maybe it’s time to add some international Christmas traditions to your celebrations. All across the globe, people celebrate the holidays in creative and some downright quirky ways. As you prepare your own holiday festivities this year, take note of these nine unique Christmas traditions from other countries. 1. The Gävle Goat in Sweden In 1966 a man named Stig Gavlén decided to build a giant version of the traditional Swedish Christmas straw goat. Ever since then, the goat has become a symbol of Christmas in Sweden, and it has even been crowned the world’s largest straw goat in the Guinness World Records. The goat is over 40 feet high, and it’s inaugurated every year on the first Sunday of Advent. However, the most interesting aspect of this tradition is another ritual that accompanies it. Every year people try to        …read more

    Anxiety Disorders Are the Shared Cultural Experience of the Moment

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    A look at why more people are diagnosed with anxiety disorders now than ever before. The ’90s were totally depressing. Prozac was the word du jour, and Prozac Nation was the book on everyone’s nightstand. Today we’re anxious, and anxiety disorders appear to be a cultural phenomenon. Recently a slew of books on the topic of anxiety disorders have been published, including On Edge and Hi, Anxiety. Anxiety beat depression as the most common mental health issue people face today, according to a 2016 national study of more than 150,000 at the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University. And 38% of 13-to-17-year-old girls and 26% of boys have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In the past five years, online searches for the word “anxiety” have doubled, according to Google Trends, while the search for “depression” has remained steady. “Anxiety can be        …read more

    Speedrunners Take Gaming to the Next Level

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    Speedrunners defy logic to complete your favorite games in staggering times. Some people are good at a video game, and then some people are speedrunners. Speedrunning — the act of completing a video game as fast as possible — would seem somewhat like a natural progression for improving at a game. The more you play, the better you get and the less time it takes to make progress. But speedrunning entails much more than simply getting extremely good at a particular game. Successful speedrunners shorten play-through times through unnatural mechanisms. Sure, they’re better at their game of choice than 99% of players, but they’ve also found and learned to play in ways even a game’s developers never thought of. Essentially, speedrunners push a game to its limits and then some, all in the pursuit of shaving off minutes and seconds from their runs. Speedrunning has been a subculture in gaming        …read more

    Psych-Os! Are You Ready for ‘Psych: The Movie’?

    Psych TV show

    Back with a new movie, the zany ‘Psych’ TV show is still more believable than any real-world psychic detective. Just past 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon in October, the Javits Center in New York City shook with cries of “Suck it again!” emanating from the main stage area — and nobody was all that surprised. After all, it was New York Comic-Con, and for that hour the stage belonged to the reunited cast of USA’s Psych TV show, one of our most enduring modern dramedies. Where Psych goes, hilarity and unhinged behavior often follow, and the panelists’ spirits were particularly high. They’d just announced that Psych: The Movie, a two-hour television event, would premiere on December 7 on USA. Those unfamiliar with the show will be forgiven for any bewilderment when trying to parse the air of glee surrounding the announcement. Spanning seven seasons between 2006 and 2013, Psych        …read more

    ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Reveals the Absurdity of Our Own Culture

    Curb Your Enthusiasm

    In ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Larry David’s honesty gets him into a lot of scrapes. But maybe he’s on to something. When season eight of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm wrapped in 2011, it was unclear if and when the peculiar comedy sitcom would return. During the indefinite hiatus, years passed with no word. Thankfully, Curb Your Enthusiasm has returned for a ninth season and is currently ramping up to its December 3 finale. While the show is as brilliant and funny as ever, something has changed. The hiatus has affected the root of our laughter, caused us to reinterpret its startling presentation of basic interactions and, most of all, demonstrated that it’s always been ahead of its time. Now, 17 years after the pilot episode, it’s as if Curb Your Enthusiasm was warning us what could happen if we completely stopped being honest with each other. Most of the show’s laughs, conflicts, resolutions        …read more

    ‘Riverdale’ Is Cheesy, But It’s in on the Joke

    Archie comics, Riverdale TV show

    With loose ties to ‘Archie’ comics, ‘Riverdale’ is a self-aware and engaging drama for teens and adults alike. SPOILERS AHEAD! In just the first season of the CW’s Riverdale, we see a father murder his own child, a teacher with a false identity have a passionate affair with a high school student, a man thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and a vengeful daughter burn her family’s beloved estate to the ground. In the hands of producers who didn’t understand the ridiculous nature of such a melodramatic and implausible tale, the show would’ve been a disaster. After all, the source material — the long-running Archie comics — bears little resemblance to Riverdale in either tone or narrative. But with a straight face, the show gives us subtle hints that it’s in on the joke, and it’s the reason I’ve continued to tune in week after week. “From a        …read more

    How the ‘Citizen Kane of Bad Movies’ Inspired the New James Franco Movie

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    The 2003 drama ‘The Room’ is widely regarded as one of the worst films of all time, which is exactly why it’s the subject of the new James Franco movie. James Franco knows a thing or two about bad movies. On Rotten Tomatoes, several of his many projects have been labeled “rotten” by critical consensus. (As much as I may personally enjoy it, Your Highness sits at a rotten 27%.) But what about the new James Franco movie? The Disaster Artist sits at a fresh 95% as of today. The irony? It’s about one of the worst movies ever made. I was 10 years old when Tim Burton’s Ed Wood was released in 1994. My mom’s boyfriend at the time took me to see it at the Rio Theater, a single-screen movie theater inside a repurposed Quonset hut, and though I had no idea who Ed Wood was and had never        …read more

    Why ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Is Topping the Charts

    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

    ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ brings in up to 2.5 million players per day. Here’s why the multiplayer battle royale simulation is such a hit. Bluehole Studio found moderate success with a massively multiplayer online title called TERA, released in 2012. When TERA switched to a free-to-play model in 2013, the game boasted more than one million users. As of March of this year, TERA eclipsed 25 million users worldwide. But there was a much more significant event for the independent studio that same month. Bluehole wouldn’t know it at the time, but the early-access release of their sophomore title — a very different type of game — would turn Bluehole into the hottest independent studio in the business. You probably haven’t heard of TERA, but ask anyone who even casually pays attention to video games, and they will probably nod if you mention PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODWCbu_cuqk Development started on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in        …read more

    6 Strange Jobs around the World

    If you think your line of work is hard to explain at parties, imagine having one of these strange jobs. Want to make a living shoving people around? Maybe you’re looking for something more service-oriented, like helping people evade traffic tickets. One of these six strange jobs just might be for you. 1. Toqueros (Mexico) Looking for a job where you can shock people? In Mexico customers line up to pay for a shock (or toque). All you need is a box with six rechargeable AA batteries, an inverter and a transformer that controls the voltage, and you’re in business. The shock can reach up to 100 volts, and the toque is a more controlled version of sticking your finger in an electrical outlet. After having their victims grasp one handle in each hand — the positive and negative charges — the toquero flicks a switch, keeping the dial at        …read more

    8 Gift Ideas for the Minimalist in Your Life

    The minimalist in your life may not want much, but a unique gift will show how much you care. What do you get that person on your list who has everything? Easy. More things. People who have lots of stuff tend to crave more stuff. But what do you get that person who has nothing and wants nothing? No thing (not to be confused with “nothing”). Most people know gifts don’t have to be tangible objects, but with minimalism on the rise, especially among millennials, it can be challenging to think of meaningful presents. Here are some thoughtful, creative gift ideas for that minimalist in your life. 1. Experience Would your beloved minimalist enjoy going to an Escape Room? On a hot air balloon ride? Zip-lining? Parasailing? Skydiving? Or perhaps something slightly less adventurous, like going to see a musical, a sporting event, concert, comedy routine or public speaker? Take        …read more

    Haven’t Tried ‘Shameless’ Yet? Get Your Shit Together and Binge It Now

    Shameless

    Here’s why you should binge all the seasons of ‘Shameless’ available now. The Gallaghers are back! The eighth and latest season premiered on Showtime in November, and those without a Showtime subscription (or those who just crave a rewatch) can binge Shameless seasons one through seven on Netflix. Out of consideration for those who are new to the show, we won’t discuss any major spoilers here. Instead, let’s talk about what Shameless is all about and why you need to hop onto this roller coaster ride of a show. What is ‘Shameless’ all about? Make sure to clear your schedule before you sit down to watch the first episode of Shameless, because you’re sure to be hooked immediately. We get a pretty vivid picture of the dysfunctional Gallagher clan in the opening scene, in which the patriarch Frank introduces everyone in a voiceover: there’s Fiona, the oldest child and the        …read more