If you've ever wanted to make your own map—either of the real world or a fantasy world of your creation—these tips from Jonathan Roberts are essential. Roberts is best known for creating the maps for the Game of Thrones cartography book Lands of Ice and Fire. Check out his website Fantastic Maps for more tips, including how to design a map for a town, how to draw a cave, how to draw a chasm, and how to indicate different elevations with shading.
Google Maps' reviewing system has provided a platform for Nazi sympathizers and antisemitic harassment for years. It's a quiet example of the trillion-dollar tech giant's disinterest in moderation—and a loud warning about how easy it is for the far right to appropriate online services. Most items in Google Maps are treated like businesses which can… READ THE REST
My friend James Sligh is a brilliant sommelier (and writer) with an uncanny ability to talk about wine and figure out exactly what you want to drink. I don't even care for wine (I like malted barley more than grapes), and I've always been impressed at his ability to find precisely the right drink for… READ THE REST
That's according to Dinosaur Database, a terrific site with an interactive ancient earth feature that lets viewers input a location and a time period to see what things looked like at the time. LA would probably also have been under a glacier at the time: Cryogenian Period. Glaciers may have covered the entire planet during… READ THE REST
It used to be that go bags were almost exclusively reserved for emergency responders, journalists, and those very select few who might have to drop everything and run somewhere at a moment's notice. Maybe it's a sign of our tumultuous times, but it feels like almost everyone now has their bag of emergency supplies and… READ THE REST
Don't look now, but that car next to you on the road may not have a driver. Thankfully, with the advent of the self-driving vehicle, that's not the panic-inducing moment it used to be. A self-driving shuttle has been ferrying customers in Las Vegas for three years. Tesla head Elon Musk says beta testing on… READ THE REST
For the past few years, we've seen a stampede of build-your-own handheld gaming devices hit the market. But if you're like us, you see those kits and all their tiny pieces and intricate instructions and think, why can't I just get a cool retro-themed handheld gamer that I don't have to put together myself? Your… READ THE REST