We all love characters who are good at what they’re doing. Nobody wants to root for someone who screws up constantly or walks into traps we can see a mile away. But at the same time, it can be hard to love someone who’s too perfect. So how do you make us believe in, and love, a major badass?
Outside the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, there’s an installation. In a still-bubbling lake of asphalt, a mammoth drowns to death while a crying baby mammoth reaches out its trunk. This is one of the most depressing pieces of statuary I have ever seen.
For some people, the internet is like the wild west: a lawless play-pen where they can get away with being an asshole to anyone they’d like. You know—trolling.
Welcome back to the Connected States, the project that involves me living in a van for a year, driving around and telling stories. After going live last week I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response. I received so many tips, well-wishes, and offers of help that I haven’t been able to respond to them all…
We thought we knew the extent of human shame. We thought wrong. After publishing some of your most mortifying follies involving Gchat, AIM, texting, and email last month, even more stories of the dreaded "wrong window" poured in. And they were so, so much worse.
Six years ago, photographer Joey L. was accidentally caught on film by a fellow snapper. Six years later, the pair discovered they'd been within meters—and caught each other on camera. Here, we republish Joey L.'s account of what happened.
It doesn't matter if it comes from a book, a movie or a friend: Conflict is what triggers the majority of the stories we know and love. And the essence of that conflict has changed a lot throughout history influenced by how society evolved. Illustrator Grant Snider sums up this evolution in just one clever comic strip.
Raise your hand if you've ever gone on a vacation (or even to an event for a day), taken a bunch of photos, sworn you'll put them in an album for your friends and family to see, only to leave them languishing on phone or SD card for many months. I do it pretty much every time. Google+ Stories, a feature that begins…
How do we discover new cities to visit? How do we remember where we've been? With all the tools at our fingertips, I'd still argue it's actually not all that easy. Hi, which just opened to the public today, is a beautifully designed way to find, share, and tell stories about places.
In this modern age, there aren't many sleeping beauties to wake, dragons to fight or treasures to hunt. But there are plenty of ageing family members whose Wi-Fi needs fixing—and that's the tack this animated fairy tale takes.
MegaUpload's founder, Kim Dotcom, was arrested in New Zealand with at least three other MU employees as part of federal actions against the file-sharing website today. And The four had better get used to their cells, they'll be there through the weekend as a North Shore District Court denies their request for bail.
Vic Gundotra, bigwig at Google, the man behind Google+ and someone we really enjoy, has a wonderful story to tell about Steve Jobs. It's about how Jobs called him on a Sunday to discuss an emergency.
When the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer was introduced in 1946 as a tool for calculating the trajectory of artillery shells, it made headlines nationwide as the first all-electronic computer. But there was little mention of Jean Jennings Bartik and the other women who programmed the machine, charting new…
With tsunami warnings blaring, 64-year-old Susumu Sugawara didn't head for higher ground like most of the 3500 or so inhabitants of Oshima, the small island on which he lives. Sugawara knew that if he let the storm destroy his fleet, his island risked becoming isolated after the calamity subsided. So he got in his…
Click to view A lost remote control is an annoyance. A house fire is a tragedy. A 19-year-old near Cleveland turned the former into the latter when he used a lighter to search under his bed for a missing remote.
Earlier this week, in the Norwegian town of Rakkestad, 13-year-old Walter Eikrem was walking home from school when he crossed paths with a pack of wolves. With his life on the line, he had to think quick. He blasted Creed.
A teenage girl is claiming that her father's
ex-girlfriend (now ex), a reporter, took photos of her diary (which she kept in her bedroom) and posted them on a "Gossip Girl"-style fake Facebook page.
Boy meets girl. Girl runs away. Boy pursues. Girl falls head over heels—literally. It all sounds so familiar, but when it's been shot entirely on a photocopier, it feels as sublime as the very first time.
Imagining how Facebook keeps track of everything from the first login to the last logout is overwhelming, but this stunning video makes the phenomenon seem natural. From tragic endings to happy beginnings, here's the story of a life on Facebook.
Click to viewIn an effort to escape his "chronic need to both feed and be fed by the so-called digital grid," NYT reporter David Carr spent a week with his wife on a private island in the Bahamas. He survived!