How to Take a Step Back at Work and Focus on the Big Picture


It's easy to get lost in the weeds at work. While being heads down has its place, it's equally critical to look up: to reflect on how things are going, to consider alternative strategies, and to ask yourself the hard, high-level questions. How can you take a step back and look at the big picture? » 1/21/15 8:08pm Wednesday 8:08pm

The Future is Now: Welcome to The Republic of Gilead 

The Handmaid's Tale, which was first published in 1985, is a work of speculative fiction that depicts a dystopian future world. Author Margaret Atwood penned a novel that described a near future where the rights of women had been completely stripped. Women in the Republic of Gilead have no autonomy. Unfortunately,… » 1/11/15 11:05pm 1/11/15 11:05pm

Here's a Cat Just Losing His Shit Over a Pile of Leaves

Autumn leaves, man. Already they are raining down upon America's yards and driveways and streets and porches. Don't worry, though—our pets are making sure those crumpled veggie solar panels don't mount some sort of uprising. For instance this cat, via Tastefully Offensive, who is waging a singlehanded war on this… » 1/11/15 9:46pm 1/11/15 9:46pm

Such Sights To Show You: Women in the Works of Clive Barker

Clive Barker is undoubtedly one of the best writers the horror genre has ever seen. Barker's macabre imagination has sprung numerous iconic characters; Pinhead, (every Cenobite, really), Candyman, etc. Clive Barker is also a feminist in much of his writing, which is why he is one of the foundations of my thesis work… » 1/11/15 9:31pm 1/11/15 9:31pm

With All the Protests, Why Are Artists So Afraid of Protest Music?

As the Black Lives Matter movement grows around the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford, Akai Gurley—and as of last night, Antonio Martin—where are our favorite artists in this conversation? Where are the protest songs of 2014? » 1/05/15 8:32pm 1/05/15 8:32pm

Daytona Rising: From Aging Track to Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole. » 1/03/15 7:43pm 1/03/15 7:43pm

"The city's and the country's consciousness of that funeral has focused on an act of disrespect," wrote Bratton. "It was not all the officers, and it was not disrespect directed at Detective Ramos. But all officers were painted by it, and it stole the valor, honor, and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory… » 1/03/15 4:35pm 1/03/15 4:35pm

Meet the Fashion Designer Who Only Uses Plus-Size Models In Her Photos

Rum+Coke is a brand you may have only just heard of. It's only about a year old and while the clothes are beautiful (and affordable), it's just taking off. What's special about the brand, however, isn't just the clothing: It's the fact that designer Courtney Smith only used plus-size models in her photo shoots. » 1/03/15 2:52pm 1/03/15 2:52pm

How to Protect Your Phone From the Police

Police forces around the country have developed the nasty habit of confiscating the phones of citizens who choose to film them, unilaterally deleting images and video of their actions. Whether that's a Fourth Amendment violation is still being decided by the courts; until that happens, here's how to protect your phone… » 12/27/14 8:58pm 12/27/14 8:58pm

Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014


On Wednesday, after the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund Twitter posted a series of tweets naming 76 men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York. Starting with the most… » 12/08/14 7:12pm 12/08/14 7:12pm

Frat Suspended for "Clemson Cripmas" Party in Wake of Ferguson Protests

While Clemson students protested non-indictments in Ferguson and Staten Island on campus this weekend, some frat bros decided to elevate the race discussion by dressing like gang members. Sigma Alpha Epsilon threw a "Clemson Cripmas" theme party Saturday night, which featured a lot of white kids sporting fake tear… » 12/08/14 1:06pm 12/08/14 1:06pm