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The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists The Viral Uber DJ’s Guide to Creating Great Playlists

Every time I have a party, I spend an hour building a playlist, imagining my guests all gasping and dancing and reaching for Shazam. Instead they ignore the music until someone takes over the Bluetooth speaker. So I asked for help from college student Tj Jones, who had a viral tweet this February when he shared the 11…

The Best Charleston Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Charleston Travel Tips From Our Readers

This week on Hack Your City, readers made Charleston sound real inviting. “You know when you meet someone’s grandma and you instantly become her grandkid? That’s Charleston,” says rn3279. “I am a transplanted Northerner and I have never been made to feel unwelcome or out of place,” says reader Magnolia34. We collected…

How to Disable Nudges on Gmail Desktop and Mobile How to Disable Nudges on Gmail Desktop and Mobile

One of Gmail’s cool new features is the “nudge,” which moves certain emails to the top of your inbox and suggests you take action. This is actually two features: Gmail asks if you want to reply to received email, and if you want to follow up on sent email. Gmail enabled both nudges for all users on the web and on the…

Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up

Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!) The most obvious coping mechanisms—headphones, phone…

I'm Patrick Moberg, Creator of Dots and Two Dots, and This Is How I Work I'm Patrick Moberg, Creator of Dots and Two Dots, and This Is How I Work

Patrick Moberg has wasted hours of your life, or of the life of someone next to you in a waiting room. His studio Dots created the beautiful and addictive mobile game Dots (the thinking person’s Candy Crush), and its sequels Two Dots and Dots & Co, all of which are on millions of phones. We talked to him about the…

Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise

The hardest task on most to-do lists is the invisible one: getting motivated to do anything at all. And the more important your tasks are, the more you can scare yourself out of even starting. One trick to fight this, according to the producers of the YouTube channel How to ADHD, is a simple meditation-like technique.

Find Your Real Goals by Asking 'Why?' Find Your Real Goals by Asking 'Why?'

I’m very good at wanting to buy things. I want to buy a new sound system, for example. This would mean ripping five speakers out of my walls, patching up the holes, and buying a $700 soundbar. My wife points out that the current system works well, and asked me why I want to replace it. And I had to admit why: I have…

Where to Volunteer, Donate, and Protest to Fight Family Separation at the Border Where to Volunteer, Donate, and Protest to Fight Family Separation at the Border

The Trump administration is separating children from their parents through two new policies, keeping children in cages, and lying about all of it. This may seem like a massive problem that you can’t help to solve. But you can, with your time, money, skills, or just a phone call.

Tell Us Your Charleston, SC Travel Tips Tell Us Your Charleston, SC Travel Tips

My hometown used to be named Charleston, New York. And then a bunch of people moved in from Old Lyme, Connecticut, and they renamed it Lima, pronounced like the bean. So a warning to the residents of Charleston, South Carolina: never let in people from Old Lyme.

These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier These Podcasts Can Make You Funnier

Not all comedy podcasts are just people doing bits with Scott Aukerman or helping Marc Maron process his failed SNL audition. Some of them study comedy and how it works, intentionally enough that you can learn from them. Here are four great podcasts that can make you funnier.

Before You Travel Abroad, Check the Local Holidays  Before You Travel Abroad, Check the Local Holidays 

In our Hack Your City series, readers have given travel tips for 35 cities, plus Disney World and Yellowstone. But some tips keep popping up for city after city, and should be part of your general travel habits. Not every tip works for every city, but you should run through this checklist next time you’re headed…

Read These Legendary Reddit Comment Threads Read These Legendary Reddit Comment Threads

“Reddit, what is a legendary comment thread that everyone should read?” With this question, redditor myawesomeself opened the floor for the development of a Canon of Great Comment Threads. Some happened on Reddit, some on blogs, some on the Bodybuilding Forum. Here the top picks from this grand convocation.

The Best Reykjavík and Iceland Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Reykjavík and Iceland Travel Tips From Our Readers

The key to Reykjavík is the rest of Iceland, according to the generous readers who gave their travel advice for this week’s Hack Your City. “You’re not going to Reykjavik to see Reykjavik. You’re going to Reykjavik to see Iceland,” says jjdebenedictis. “Reykjavík proper can really be done in a day or two,” says …

Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist

Eight years ago, musician Nick Pittsinger made Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” sound like ambient pop band Sigur Rós by slowing it down 800%. Bieber haters celebrated this beautiful edit, and ever since then people have been slowing down songs by 800%, 1000%, or more, and uploading them to YouTube and SoundCloud. The…

Win Mario Kart by Using Data Science to Choose Your Character Win Mario Kart by Using Data Science to Choose Your Character

One night at my church youth group, I thought I played the best game of Mario Kart in my life. Somehow the controller perfectly interpreted my moves better than it usually did—I wasn’t crashing or going the wrong way at all! At the end, I realized I had actually been watching my opponent’s screen, and I’d never caught…

I'm Gloveworx Founder Leyon Azubuike, and This Is How I Work I'm Gloveworx Founder Leyon Azubuike, and This Is How I Work

Every overnight success is years in the making. Boxing trainer Leyon Azubuike’s first attempt at starting a gym didn’t pan out, but he went back to work as a private coach and tried again. Now his gym, Gloveworx, has two L.A. locations and is soon expanding to New York. We talked to him about his career path, his…

How to Rinse Your Recyclables Without Wasting Water How to Rinse Your Recyclables Without Wasting Water

We told you to rinse your recyclables. “But what about the wasted water?” you asked. So we asked some scientists. The short answer is, a quick rinse is usually worth it. The long answer is also pretty interesting!

How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants

IHOP is now IHOB, and now it’s in a fight with all the burger chains, because nothing can stay pure in our decrepit world. Luckily Metafilter recently unearthed a charming blog called Broken Chains, which reviews the remaining locations of chain restaurants long past their prime, like Ponderosa, Lum’s, and the York…

How Internet Ads Follow You Around How Internet Ads Follow You Around

Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet,…

Tell Us Your Reykjavík Travel Tips Tell Us Your Reykjavík Travel Tips

Do we all have that one friend who won’t stop talking about Reykjavík? “Ooh, I miss Reykjavík. Reykjavík changed my life. Maybe I’ll move to Reykjavík. Did you know I got stuck in Reykjavík for two months due to volcanic activity?” We get it, friend, you’re very sophisticated and Icelandic and swaddled in furs. Now…

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