Year In Review The year. In review. It was another miserable year full of miserable things. Here is some stuff from 2018 that we hope stays in 2018. The Content Maw 2018 is the year we officially ran out of ways to meaningfully produce what the media thinkfluencers like to call “content.” More specifically, this is the year in which the technologies that allow for and even demand the creation of content advanced to a point that the content creators, and thus consumers, have been left choking in the dust. This is a problem that manifests itself in ways both big and small. On the small side, you find writers and publications confronted with an endless array of video and audio and publishing and social media platforms through which to interact with their audiences. Instead of turning away from that void, these writers and publications have decided to just throw everything they can think of into it. This how you end up with Twitter shows and Periscope shows and Facebook … [Read more...] about Everything That Should Die In 2019
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Dear Lifehacker, Sincerely, Dear Benched, Sample the Culture Without Spending a Lot of Time Watching TV networks like ESPN and Fox Sports air hour-long segments that summarize all the games and happenings of the previous night (ESPN's is called SportsCenter, Fox Sports's is called Fox Sports Live). Usually, the most timely events (e.g., mainstream playoffs coverage) air early on in the show. Watching the first 15-30 minutes will at least keep you updated with most of the current major events you need to know about. If you tune in to your local news, it might also broadcast remarkable highlights for local teams. If you know which particular leagues or sports your colleagues are interested in, you can focus your time on following that specific league (e.g., basketball, hockey, baseball, football, or golf, etc.). You can also have a look at web sites like SB Nation or our sister site Deadspin (which mixes sports with lots of humor and other lifestyle stuff, which can make sports … [Read more...] about How Can I Learn Enough About Sports to Talk to Others?
It was three years ago that Hatem Ben Arfa, the supremely talented and infamously knuckleheaded French attacker, was in the midst of a career resurrection. Since then, Ben Arfa’s seen his career buried once again by the shitheadedness that has all too often overshadowed his immense gifts. And yet, like a zombie too lazy to escape the humans’ attacks on the graveyard but too savvy to let anyone shoot him in the head, this self-destructively iconoclastic genius has clawed his way out of his sporting grave and is once again wreaking havoc on the pitch. Back in 2015 during his first career resuscitation act, after a handful of frustrating and nomadic and only occasionally brilliant years in England, Ben Arfa had returned to France with Nice. Finally, it appeared that he would make good on the gobs of skill he has always possessed even though more often than not he concealed them under a mountain of ego and ill-discipline. At Nice, after spending the second half of the previous … [Read more...] about Brilliant Shithead Hatem Ben Arfa Is Yet Again Back From The Dead
If your car isn’t a collectible classic like this one, expect it to depreciate once you drive it off the lot. DarthArt/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock As a general rule, a car should only be considered an investment if it's a collectible classic. Plenty of people try to justify taking out a loan for a new sports car or luxury car by saying it's an investment, but that's not the right way to think about it. It's true that some new cars actually appreciate in value over time, but those are exceptions to the rule, and they're unpredictable. There's really no reliable way to know which new cars will hold their value or gain more value, but it's a safe bet to assume they'll lose value. It's smartest to think of a new car purchase like an appliance. It's going to start depreciating as soon as it's legally yours. It's there to be used, and it might break, and it'll need repair. It's OK to spend money on something that's losing value (that's just the nature of owning a car), but it is … [Read more...] about Is a car really an investment?
Architecture is very subjective and pretty personal, but there are some styles that are more popular than others. See more real estate pictures. iStockphoto/Thinkstock If you're thinking about building a house, there's a lot to consider. Although the ranch style home popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright is still a major player, as is the two-story traditional home, recent changes in the way people view a home investment are driving innovations in home design. People are living differently from the way they did even five years ago. The economic downturn has had an impact, but greener consciences are holding sway, too. One of the biggest trends is the downsizing of the American home from a sprawling suburban mansion to something less conspicuous and more energy efficient. Losing space doesn't mean losing number of rooms, though. Where square footage in new home designs may be shrinking by as much as 15 percent, the number of rooms has stayed about the same. If you think small is … [Read more...] about What are the best-selling house plans?