These Librarians are Heroes

At a time when the term “slacktivism” often defines social movements, and protest means ticking a box on someone’s online petition, it’s worth pausing to celebrate some good old-fashioned civil disobedience. For those of you too busy playing Candy Crush on your smartphones to notice, public libraries around the world are struggling to survive in an … Continued

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Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions to Yourself, Mark Zuckerberg

Making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions is always a fraught affair. Every year, dozens of websites and magazines offer tips on how to keep the ones you make. Technology companies eagerly serve up a buffet of gadgets and self-trackers that promise to keep you honest about that resolution to walk more, eat less, or otherwise … Continued

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Amazon Echo: Personal Assistant, Streaming Service, Tattle-Tale?

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy that Amazon Echo you received for Christmas, news appears revealing that your trusty new personal assistant gadget might rat you out to the cops. Yes, an Amazon Echo has been seized by police in Bentonville, Arkansas, and a subpoena issued to Amazon for the voice recordings … Continued

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The Hulford Quads Squad Goals Might Need Improvement

“Hi, we’re the Hulford Quads. We’re in 8th grade. Technology is the only thing that entertains us.” So begins Microsoft’s now ubiquitous commercial for its new tablet. The four adolescent girls, who seem lovely and sweet, tell you about all the features of the new device. But parents should listen closely to the message they … Continued

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A Hamilton Hanukkah: Forthright America at its Finest

During the time of year when religious beliefs and traditions inevitably seem to be watered down in order to make them more palatable and politically correct—Christmas is about being nice to others and Hanukkah is about lights—it’s nice to see that some people are still willing to celebrate the particulars of their faith. If you … Continued

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Why These Kids Chose Gifts for Their Parents (Rather than Themselves)

How do we teach our children that it is better to give than to receive? Some kids already seem to know. In a video produced by UPtv with Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs—83 percent of whom come from low-income families—interviewers asked kids what they wanted for Christmas and what their parents wanted for Christmas. … Continued

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Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gay?

It’s bad enough that Halloween has been ruined by overzealous monitors of political correctness, but now even cherished Christmas movies from childhood are being mined for social justice themes. Case in point: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the 1964 television classic which a writer for New York magazine claims is chock full of hidden gay themes. After … Continued

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Why Mozart is More Popular than Drake

Poor, misunderstood, meme-friendly Drake. Even though he’s counted among the “sensitive bros” whom Billboard magazine noted are currently topping the music charts (along with Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Lukas Graham, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and even a “Sorry”-singing Justin Bieber) he couldn’t quite synch the top spot for CD sales this year. No, that honor … Continued

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Something Borrowed, Something … Beluga?

There could be an entire corner of the Internet devoted solely to the misguided people who take animal selfies. There’s Shark Bro, seal selfies, and countless other examples of people wittingly turning themselves into bear bait to get that perfect photo to post to Instagram. Why anyone would need a warning against taking a “tiger selfie” … Continued

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How Fiona Apple Stole Christmas

Remember Fiona Apple? She was a late-1990s alt-rock heroine who has continued recording and touring sporadically over the years (she once infamously canceled part of her tour because her dog was sick). Well, she’s back—just in time to spoil the holidays with a little narcissistic political posturing. According to New York magazine, a weird video has … Continued

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