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If You Love Podcasts, Dump Spotify

For years, I have been telling people that if they love podcasts and want to support podcast creators—especially independent ones—they shouldn’t listen to podcasts on Spotify.  Starting in 2019, Spotify has attempted to own the entire lifecycle of podcast content, from creation to monetizing to consumption. If Spotify had its way, all podcasts would be […]
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I Love A Good Mid-Budget Video Game

As a staunch Final Fantasy fan, I had circled Feb. 29 on my calendar ever since Square Enix announced the release date for Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth. The second in the company’s epic plan to completely rebuild and re-conceptualize its most popular video game follows 2020’s Final Fantasy 7: Remake, which hit in the throes […]
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The Crossword, Feb. 12: Down For The Count

This grid might do a number on you. Today’s puzzle was constructed by Kelsey Dixon and Kate Chin Park, and edited by Hoang-Kim Vu. Kelsey is a crossword constructor from Chicago. Her puzzles have been published in Apple News+, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among other venues. When she’s not making puzzles for fun, […]
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I’m Tired Of Being A Little Baby About Horror Games

Every couple of years, almost like clockwork, I re-learn something very important about myself: I am a little itty bitty baby when it comes to horror video games. This is a distressing thing to learn about oneself, but doubly so for me, someone who puffs out his chest whenever a new, supposedly terrifying horror movie […]
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A Purse For Whatever Woman You Want To Be

For as long as I can remember, my relationship with many feminine-coded things has been fraught, not because I have mixed feelings about the things themselves, but because of what they represented.
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The Crossword, Jan. 1: Leading Question

New year, new grid. This week’s puzzle was constructed by Matt Forest and edited by Hoang-Kim Vu. Matt is a crossword hobbyist who has been published in various mainstream and indie outlets. He enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, and riding bikes with his family. Defector crosswords, launched in partnership with our friends at AVCX, run every Monday. […]
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Popular Science Ends And Science Journalism Keeps Shrinking

In May 2022, Popular Science celebrated 150 years of the magazine: 1,747 issues, alongside a stream of stories and videos published online. The magazine’s staff compiled a special anniversary package, revisiting landmark stories from its archives about superconductors and the germ theory of disease as well as spotlighting the women and people of color whose […]
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You Too Can Score Cheap On The Open Market For Dead People’s (Hammond) Organs

Bad guitarists spend most of their time wondering what more they can acquire so they can sound like good guitarists. I know this, having spent my entire adult life as a bad guitarist and hoarder of guitar toys. And because I now have a Leslie speaker.  For the uninitiated: Leslies are big, heavy (mine is […]
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Surviving Break Point

The rules governing a tennis serve are pretty vague. You’re allowed to get the ball over the net and into your opponent’s service box in whatever way you want, which is why most people at my level of experience choose to flick their rackets like a hopeful frying pan. A professional serve, on the other […]
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It Is, In Fact, Possible To Get Too Good At A Video Game

The first time I beat Celeste in full, it took approximately 43 hours and 12 thousand deaths. Though I haven’t exactly taken a survey, I believe this is a very acceptable amount of time and deaths on your first ever 100-percent completion of the game. Celeste can be brutally difficult; it’s also the hardest game […]