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  1. In Defense of Doing Nothing

    The cultural impetus to hustle is built on decades-old political language. Why not try idleness instead?

  2. The ugly history of Comic Sans

    This is the story of a Windows disaster that birthed a typography disaster that turned into an ongoing joke.

  3. What Is a Poem?

    When I used to ask students what a poem is, I would get answers like “a painting in words,” or “a medium for self-expression,” or “a song that rhymes and displays beauty.” None of these answers ever really satisfied me, or them, and so for a while I stopped asking the question.

  4. The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times

    On 27 August 1883, the Earth let out a noise louder than any it has made since.

  5. The Secrets of Monkey Island's Source Code

    For Monkey Island’s 30th anniversary, we went looking for the secret, and found more than we knew possible.

  6. A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

    In addition to being false, a growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways. Meritocracy is not only wrong; it’s bad.

  7. Gone with a Flash

    Before YouTube and internet video, before “broadband”, Flash games and animations were the biggest viral content.

  8. 'Civilization' and Strategy Games' Progress Delusion

    How strategy games have held on to one of colonialism’s most toxic narratives, and how they might finally be letting it go.

  9. When SimCity got serious

    SimCity wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.