Coronavirus cancellations show evidence-based decisions are rare during epidemics

Giant corporations, governments, and individuals are all making decisions that they hope will reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus — but not all of those tough calls are solely based on the latest health information. The factors that led people to enact two-week travel restrictions, or stock up on face masks, or cancel … Read more Coronavirus cancellations show evidence-based decisions are rare during epidemics

Narcos: Mexico review: a show for people who want the drug war to last forever

Narcos started as a show about Pablo Escobar, a real-life gangster who outdid even the most outrageous fictional ones. The show built a compelling two-season crime thriller around his astonishing life and death. But while Escobar died, Narcos — a hit that premiered in 2015, when Netflix was rapidly building its streaming empire — needed … Read more Narcos: Mexico review: a show for people who want the drug war to last forever

Podcasters want an awards show, so they’re trying to start one

The film industry has the Oscars, and the music industry has the Grammys, so the podcast industry wants its own awards show. A group of industry leaders spanning networks, including from Spotify, NPR, Wondery, and Sony Music, announced today that they plan to launch a new awards show: the Golden Mics. The group has also … Read more Podcasters want an awards show, so they’re trying to start one

GameSnacks are Google’s new HTML5 games designed for bad internet connections

Smartphones are becoming even more powerful gaming machines as time goes on, with the latest devices capable of pushing some incredible graphics on a pocket-sized device. But what if you’ve got an old or budget device that doesn’t have the huge amounts of processing power or RAM? Well, Google’s hoping the answer is GameSnacks — … Read more GameSnacks are Google’s new HTML5 games designed for bad internet connections

Australian dentist wants to know who wrote that negative Google review

An Australian court has ordered Google to identify an anonymous user who gave a negative review to a Melbourne dental surgeon, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Dr. Matthew Kabbabe says a reviewer’s comment posted about three months ago urged others to “stay away” from his practice, which damaged his business. Under the judge’s ruling, Google … Read more Australian dentist wants to know who wrote that negative Google review

Ousted WeWork founder Adam Neumann lists his Manhattan penthouse for $37.5 million

The last chapter of the WeWork saga closed with our hero — its founder, Adam Neumann — being ousted from his company (with a payout of $1.7 billion) and loosed upon the world. Its next chapter opened with a question: is the business sustainable? The answer is still unclear. Employees across WeWork are organizing in … Read more Ousted WeWork founder Adam Neumann lists his Manhattan penthouse for $37.5 million

Civilized Cycles is an electric bike full of surprises

The first thing you notice about Civilized Cycles’ first electric bike are those enormous, fully integrated panniers on the rear rack. They’re impossible to miss: massive, dual saddle bags encased in a seemingly tough carbon fiber shell. You could carry a whole load of groceries in those things, while also transporting a passenger (or two) … Read more Civilized Cycles is an electric bike full of surprises

Perry Bible Fellowship’s Nicholas Gurewitch on making comics for the internet’s golden age

One of the internet’s most beloved webcomics is back in The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack’s 10th anniversary edition, featuring a new foreword from Michael Cera, undiscovered comics and sketches, and strips that have been reformatted to read like they would on a phone screen. Nicholas Gurewitch’s book — a gorgeous collection of every PBF comic … Read more Perry Bible Fellowship’s Nicholas Gurewitch on making comics for the internet’s golden age

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a queer romance that dares you to listen closely

Portrait of a Lady on Fire takes its name from a painting. You see it early on in the film, which is from Girlhood director Céline Sciamma. Marianne, an art instructor in 18th century France, keeps it in the studio where she teaches young women. When asked about its significance, the film flashes back years … Read more Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a queer romance that dares you to listen closely