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A Cemetery in Marbella: A Photo Essay

There’s something inherently beautiful about a cemetery. It’s not just the peace and quiet, which is of course an inevitable feature of every cemetery or graveyard, but the tangible demonstration of human emotion shown by the care taken by those living for the memories of their beloved dead. 466 more words

Photo Essay

Demilitarization of the Police Requires Demilitarization of Civilians

The recent clashes between demonstrators and police forces in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police forces has many calling into question the slow, steady rate at which police forces in the United States have become militarized. 1,097 more words

Police

The One with the Referendum

Och. I was doing so well too.

You have no idea how hard I’ve tried to be good about this. How often I’ve sat on my hands, and not commented, or liked or retweeted or shared or argued or said a single frickin’ word, because it’s not my business anymore. 1,419 more words

Scotland

Fantasy Football is No Longer a Boys’ Club

Hey Guys! Newsflash: Fantasy Football isn’t just for you dudes anymore. In 2013, over 6 million females were among the legions playing fantasy football.

That’s right. 777 more words

Fantasy Football

The Poetry Sorting Algorithm

An over educated twit,
An algorithm he has writ
To analyze poetic Lit
And sort the good stuff from the shit.

No, this is not a silly joke; 291 more words

Poetry

Sanding The Stone

Telling a story about a place using images isn’t necessarily as straightforward as it may seem. There are many layers of information; some need to be added to, others subtracted from. 305 more words

Geology

Doing More Only to Do Less: Do We Glorify Busy?

My friend Gavin was telling me about a conversation he had with some Dutch colleagues. Gavin, and his compadre Georgina, find that the sheer volume of work they are confronted with on a weekly basis is just un-doable within the confines of a normal 8-hour work day. 1,153 more words

Productivity

If You Haven't Worked a Day in Your Life, You Probably Don't Love Anything

You’ve heard it before, the beloved aphorism from the ever-intriguing Confucius;

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 1,207 more words

Work

How the Other Half Works: An Adventure in the Low Status of Software Engineers

Bill (not his real name, and I’ve fuzzed some details to protect his identity) is a software engineer on the East Coast, who, at the time (between 2011 and 2014) of this story, had recently turned 30 and wanted to see if he could enter a higher weight class on the job market. 4,368 more words

Office Politics

Academic Research and “Time Off”

“Can you read these words to me, Amanda?” my first grade teacher asked, pointing at the cover of The Wheedle on the Needle. I shook my head and smiled, thinking this was some kind of trick. 2,527 more words

Work Life Balance

Dog Rescue in China: A Photo Essay

Recently, AP Images was hired by Humane Society International to photograph activists as they worked with local authorities in Beijing to negotiate the release of a truck full of dogs that were being transported to a dog meat market in Northeast China. 518 more words

Animal Rights

Don't Fear the Reaper: On Being a Hospital Chaplain

I was in line at my local food co-op, which just so happens to have the planet’s best dirty chai (the treat I get for myself after an especially hard day’s work). 1,376 more words

Hospitals

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Witches and Modern Women

Two weeks ago, I published a piece on modern monsters and their meanings within contemporary pop culture. Though I dug through the remains of zombies, vampires and kaiju, I intentionally avoided analysis of witches—I wanted to devote an entire piece that would provide me with the space to unpack the cultural resurgence of witches this year. 2,314 more words

Culture

A Cyclist is Just Another Human Being

Short version – it’s as preposterous to attribute characteristics to ‘cyclists’ as it would be to attribute them to ‘trainists’, ‘busists’, ‘planeists’, ‘tubists’ or ‘pedestrians’. A ‘cyclist’ is just a human being who happens to be travelling by bike, just as a ‘pedestrian’ is a human being who happens to be travelling on foot, and a ‘trainist’ one who happens to be travelling by train. 874 more words

Cycling

Gaza: Leaving Isn't Difficult

Leaving isn’t difficult. It’s coming back that breaks you.

“So how was teaching terrorists all summer?” my aunt asked contentiously as we lay on the beach at the lake, August 2000. 661 more words

Gaza

How Google Can Really Help News & Media

Earlier this month, folks from Google invited me along with Kara Swisher and Audrey Cooper for a conversation about the future of news. Towards the end of the conversation, we were asked what Google could do in order to help the news and media industry. 1,516 more words

Media

Blaming Fat Women For Our Lack of Clothing Options

While I’m on a roll of ranting about things that piss me off, here’s another one: the recent trend of blaming the lack of plus size clothing options on the supposed buying habits of plus size customers. 891 more words

Fashion

Women’s Cooperatives in Rwanda

In February of this year, I joined All Across Africa in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi for an amazing two-week journey through their women’s basket weaving cooperatives, as well as sewing schools designed for young adults. 59 more words

Photography

The Internet Archive and Flickr's Commons

Over the past couple of weeks, The Internet Archive has already been uploading content behind the scenes, and today we are very excited to officially launch them into… 382 more words

Photography

Seeing Through the Illusion: Apple’s Mastery of the Media

“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”

“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”

“Just avoid holding it in that way.”

Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products than any other technology company. 336 more words

Public Relations

Writing Memoir on Social Media

I’m doing something in the room and The Boy walks in stealthily from behind me and suddenly there is a shower of bubbles in the air and lots of childish laughter. 1,184 more words

Blogging

On the Public Humanities and the Reign of Opinion

“Within a philosophical frame of reference, Opinion is the lowest form of knowledge, something like prejudice, a mental state which tends to agreement to something represented.

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Twitter

I Am a Hero, and So Is Anita Sarkeesian

A few weeks ago, I wrote a rambling post on whether or not video games are art. Someone linked to this post on Reddit, which drove the hit counter on my site to record-setting numbers. 975 more words

Anonymity

The 'Informal Economy': Inside a Family's Fruit Stand Business

Douglas Haynes | Orion | Summer 2014 | 22 minutes (5,391 words)

OrionThis Longreads Exclusive comes from the latest issue of Orion magazinesubscribe to the magazine… 5,780 more words

Economy

The Complete Guide to Swearing at Work

For those of us with a fondness for profanity, testing the bounds of cursing in the workplace can feel at once satisfying—and fucking terrifying. But fear not, there’s reason to believe that indulging your impulse to drop an f-bomb in the office is worth it, according to some experts. 1,241 more words

Cursing

Fight Club: The Complete Rules

  1. You do not talk about Fight Club
  2. YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB.
  3. If someone says stop, goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over.
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Humor