I’m standing in front of a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley — or, to be precise, I’m standing in the parking lot in front of the restaurant — trying to figure out how to get to the drugstore I can see across the street. Running across the eight lanes of traffic looks suicidal. Clearly, I’m supposed to get back in my car, make a right out of the lot, sidle into the left-turn lane, and pull into the drugstore lot, a journey of less than a tenth of a mile in a two-ton steel chariot. Instead, I do the sprint, buy my bottle of aspirin, and race back toward dinner, while onrushing drivers honk and curse me out. If there’s one thing that enrages me most about America’s suburban landscape, it’s a network of roads so thoroughly devoted to private cars that even going 100 yards safely frequently requires wheels. Even not crossing the street can be dangerous. If I had finished my workday at the office tower next door to the restaurant and … [Read more...] about The Suburbs Can Be Fixed. No, Really.
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O n a sun-filled San Francisco afternoon, Peter Szulczewski is climbing the stairs to the top of a Sansome Street skyscraper, past floors filled with Wish data scientists and engineers, pool tables and DJ equipment. Large windows give way to a stunning view of the city. But most of Szulczewski’s customers don’t work in offices like this or live in Northern California coastal enclaves. In fact, most of them don’t have much money at all. Wish’s customers are typically working-class Americans from places like the Florida Panhandle or East Texas, Dollar Store shoppers who find Amazon Prime’s $120 annual membership too rich for their blood. “Forty-one percent of U.S. households don’t have $400 worth of liquidity,” Szulczewski says, referring to the Fed’s latest estimate. He says customers of his ultra-bargain shopping site have their credit cards declined most often right before payday, rattling off statistics as he easily … [Read more...] about Meet The Billionaire Who Defied Amazon And Built Wish, The World’s Most-Downloaded E-Commerce App
(Photo credit: Trey Ratcliffe) The word blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log. It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web. In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog. Also see: Video: "Your Brain on Blog" Andrew Sullivan and Marc Ambinder discuss the narcotic appeal of blogging and the occupational hazards of thinking quickly. This form of instant and global self-publishing, made possible by technology widely available only for the past decade or so, allows for no retroactive editing (apart from fixing minor typos or small glitches) and removes from the act of writing any considered or lengthy review. It is the spontaneous expression of instant thought—impermanent beyond even the ephemera of daily journalism. It is accountable in immediate and unavoidable ways to readers and other bloggers, and linked via hypertext to … [Read more...] about Why I Blog
As of last week, there are now 3,053 emoji, counting the 230 just approved for this year’s cohort—yes, the icons now get annual releases, like Microsoft Word or tax returns.This is too many emoji. We now have icons representing people with disabilities—an admirable step toward digital representation— but we also have badgers, myriad types of rail, fingers folded in every style, superheroes, and genies. This year, we got garlic and a yo-yo. Every new addition makes finding the right icon harder.And still, not every emoji represents every possible identity. There are no redheaded brides, for example. There are no white men with brown hair and beards. The new emoji include hand-holding couples of different skin tones, allowing interracial couples their own mobile pictograms at last. But adding different skin-tone options for each family member in multi-person groups, such as the family (👪), would result in 4,225 permutations. This year’s class … [Read more...] about Emoji Don’t Mean What They Used To
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn First look: Inside Symphony of the Seas, world's largest cruise ship Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. At 228,081 tons, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas is the biggest cruise ship in the world. Royal Caribbean International Fullscreen Symphony of the Seas is a larger version of Royal Caribbean's 2-year-old Harmony of the Seas, the previous size leader in the cruise world. It surpasses Harmony in size by more than 1,000 tons. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Like Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas features a massive water slide complex on its top deck called Perfect Storm. Royal Caribbean just began adding water slides to its ships in 2016. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen The Perfect Storm water slide area on Symphony of the Seas overlooks one of the ship's main pools. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen The Perfect Storm water slide area is … [Read more...] about Giant ships, new destinations: The biggest cruise stories of 2018