The Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under

What do Americans under 35 look for in a place to live? According to Vocativ's 2014 Livability Index: Good public transportation, great food, and excellent entertainment options. Portland nabbed the top spot in last year's survey, but this year the winners are New York City (#1) and—surprise—a bunch of cities in… » 12/09/14 10:00am 12/09/14 10:00am

Vince Guaraldi Trio: Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental)

I consider myself lucky. I managed to make it through the first weekend of December relatively unscathed by bad Christmas music—I didn't even hear the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" remake, which I consider a victory. But there's one album you could put on repeat from now until December 25 and I wouldn't mind one bit: » 12/08/14 7:45pm 12/08/14 7:45pm

This High-Altitude Overlook Perfectly Frames a Volcano

It takes some work to get to Ecuador's Quilotoa Lake. Visiting the collapsed volcano requires hiring a bus or truck to navigate the steep roads, and a hardy constitution to endure its 12,000-foot altitude. Now a simple yet elegant platform allows a moment of meditative respite on the precipitous edge of the electric… » 12/08/14 5:55pm 12/08/14 5:55pm

Trust Us, Change Your Yosemite Font From Helvetica to San Francisco

Brittle, anemic Helvetica is simply not a good choice as a default display font for Apple's operating system. That's why I'm pretty excited about this little trick to replace Helvetica Neue (the standard font that comes with Yosemite) with San Francisco, Apple's new typeface designed in-house for the Apple Watch. » 12/08/14 5:20pm 12/08/14 5:20pm

Protests, Slums, Bass Pro Shops: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Protesters are shutting down freeways, bridges, and tunnels across the U.S. The country's largest shantytown is being dismantled in the heart of Silicon Valley. And a proposal from a famous outdoor retailer could threaten Memphis's strangest landmark. It's What's Ruining Our Cities this week. » 12/07/14 3:00pm 12/07/14 3:00pm

There Is No Such Thing As An Unbiased Map

Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of… » 12/05/14 3:15pm 12/05/14 3:15pm

Zaha Hadid Has Designed the World's Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world's worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever, like, especially great. And that's why for the most part, cities don't put up new ones. Or commission one by an architect known for her tone-deaf hubris. It's like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the trash from her vagina stadium in Qatar and… » 12/04/14 7:45pm 12/04/14 7:45pm

This Car and Bike Sharing App Picks The Best Transit Mode For Your Trip

There's one problem with many car and bike sharing programs: By the time you've decided where to go, you're already locked into a transportation mode. You're either waiting for a cab to pick you up, making your way to a kiosk of bikes, or unlocking a nearby ZipCar. What if you could tell an app what you needed to do… » 12/04/14 12:58pm 12/04/14 12:58pm

Cameron Crowe's Coming-of-Age Film Is Good Life Advice

Sometimes, you just happen to see the right movie at the right moment in your life. Pretty much everything in the world was up in the air for me in late 2000—from where I'd move, to what I'd do with myself once I got there. And then I saw Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe's semi-autographical film about becoming a… » 12/03/14 8:15pm 12/03/14 8:15pm

Highway sound barriers were first proposed to keep movie studios quiet

Los Angeles is widely considered to be the home of the freeway. It's also considered to be the home of the film industry. A fascinating story from Nate Berg over at Re-Form chronicles the way that two emerging forces which would come to define LA ended up making the sound of our ever-noisier roadways (somewhat) more… » 12/03/14 4:15pm 12/03/14 4:15pm

How Many of These Old Cassette Tape Designs Do You Remember?

It's hard to remember a time where our musical picks weren't contained in a Spotify playlist. But just a few years ago, we were still preserving our audio masterpieces on cassette tapes. Tapedeck.org is a project of a German graffiti artist named Neck, who has been collecting images of these analog gems from another… » 12/03/14 9:00am 12/03/14 9:00am

Why Restaurants Want to Sell You Online Tickets to Dinner

So you want a table for two at Per Se, one of New York City's toughest reservations. You play phone tag with the reservationist for a week, only to find the date you want is no longer available (in fact, nothing seems to be). But soon, thanks to a new startup, you'll be able to go online, pick your date, and buy… » 12/02/14 2:20pm 12/02/14 2:20pm

Seth MacFarlane Made a Christmas Album And It's Actually Very Good

Technically, right now is the exact moment when the few of us who genuinely love Christmas music can flip the switch on the carols, firing up the jingle jangle jingle with reckless abandon. Should you be one of those people, I have an album all ready for you to blast at top volume. And the dude who made it? Also… » 11/27/14 9:00pm 11/27/14 9:00pm