The Guardian posted a fun gallery/quiz today: can you identify which cities these cold war spy maps represent? It's always fun to see London in Cyrillic.
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
If you thought the fear and instability that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed on world financial markets would send investors scurrying for the sidelines, think again. In fact, the individual investor has jumped into this new economic landscape with both feet in 2020. Retail investors — everyday, non-professional stock traders — now account… READ THE REST
Fix-it projects don't always fit to your schedule. In fact, it often feels like projects or even emergencies that require your attention often come at the worst possible moments. That's why it feels like every time there's a leaky pipe or a problem underneath a vehicle or a wild animal stuck underneath your house, it… READ THE REST
What's the only thing tougher than deciding to finally get your financial life and monthly budgeting on track and under control? When there are two of you. Making sure to log all of your transactions and be fiscally responsible is often difficult enough, but when you're trying to manage that operation when both you and… READ THE REST