Chinese rise up over Covid restrictions

Chinese rise up over Covid restrictions

What happened Demonstrators angered to a boiling point by China’s restrictive “zero-Covid” policies took to the streets in cities across China last weekend, in a remarkable uprising that represented the nation’s greatest civil unrest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. In Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, and at least six other cities, thousands of citizens clashed with police, and called for an end to restrictions that have kept residents confined to their homes for monthslong stretches, sometimes without adequate food and medicine. Many held blank sheets of paper, in silent protest of government censorship laws. Some openly called for an end to President Xi Jinping’s rule and Communist Party repression. “We want freedom!” chanted a crowd in Beijing. “We don’t want emperors!” The spark for the protests was a fire in an apartment…

Fired for being no fun

Paris A French consulting firm that fired an employee because he wouldn’t join in happy hours and weekend social functions must pay him at least $3,000 in damages, an appeals court ruled last week. Cubik Partners fired the man, whose name was not made public, in 2015 for failing to fit into the “fun” company culture. But the court found that Cubik’s mandatory seminars at hotels, where employees had to share rooms and sometimes beds, “often ended in excessive alcohol consumption encouraged by associates who made very large quantities of alcohol available,” and that those who didn’t participate in raunchy team-building exercises were bullied. The man could yet win much more compensation: He’s asked for more than $480,000, and a separate court will consider how much to award. NATO aids Ukraine Bucharest, Romania NATO…

Fired for being no fun
United Kingdom

United Kingdom

FOREIGN POLICY ‘Golden era’ of relations with China is over, says PM Rishi Sunak has signalled the end of the “golden era” of relations between Britain and China, using his first major foreign policy speech to warn of the creeping authoritarianism of Xi Jinping’s regime. As police in China launched a show of force in an attempt to contain the highest levels of civil disobedience seen in decades, the prime minister threw his support behind protesters by condemning Beijing’s crackdown, as well as the assault on a BBC journalist. Sunak suggested a hardening of diplomatic relations and called China a “systemic challenge to our values and interests”, while also confirming the UK’s defence and security strategy for the next decade, known as the Integrated Review, would be updated in the new year. However, he…

The Dynamic Island needs to come to the MacBook Pro

The Dynamic Island needs to come to the MacBook Pro

I could use a Mac upgrade, but I’m a cheapskate and I’ve put it off. The performance of my old Mac is fine for what I do. A lot of great deals have popped up recently for the 14-inch MacBook Pro, but I haven’t made the investment. But you know what would finally make me spend my money? A Mac with Dynamic Island. Dynamic Island is a new user interface element that was introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro. With this phone, Apple redesigned the front notch to a pill shape, but instead of leaving it as something on the screen that you try to ignore (as you did with the notch), Apple decided to give it a name and make it a key way to interact with the phone. Apple’s Dynamic…

GADGET GURU

GADGET GURU

Q TOM SMITH, MILTON Is my home Wi-Fi network safe? A Safe how, exactly? Safe in terms of nefarious radio waves that might get through your tin foil helmet? Gosh, reader, let’s look at the wealth of evidence on your lunatic auntie’s Facebook wall, certainly looks like an open and shut case, doesn’t it? Get out of here. Safe in terms of your skeezy neighbour finagling their laptop onto your connection and downloading something dodgy? Modern wireless security is not the easily smashed excuse for a protocol that ‘protected’ early WEP networks. Nobody’s getting through WPA2 without serious tools and a fair amount of laziness on your part: as long as your password doesn’t appear in any known hacks and him next door isn’t able to read the matrix you’ll probably be alright. Safe…

9MM VS .45

9MM VS .45

For well over a century, John Moses Browning’s extraordinary M1911 pistol has captivated shooters around the globe. Despite its advanced age, this combat-proven warhorse remains in series production both at home and abroad. Offerings range from mass-produced utility guns to handbuilt martial objets d’art with everything in between. Kimber has a well-earned reputation for producing reliably superb M1911 pistols in a wide variety of guises. The 10mm Auto is considered a counter-bear cartridge in some climes, and the .40 S&W seems to have already had its day in the sun. .22LR is for recreation, while the .380 ACP will do the job but only just. The only two really serious players in the pantheon of today’s defensive handgun cartridges are the .45 ACP and 9mm. When I had an opportunity to…

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Studio Abbey Road, London Producer Norman Smith Released 1967 Infamously, Floyd’s debut album was recorded at Abbey Road’s Studio Three while The Beatles were piecing together Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band next door in Studio Two. Nearly half a century later the two records are still regarded as British psychedelia’s twin peaks and yet in tone they couldn’t be further apart. With Paul McCartney in the creative driving seat rather than the acid-affected Lennon, Pepper is an inclusive, beatific creation, one embraced instantly by millions of Britons. Piper, meanwhile, is unsettling, scary and full of trap doors and secret passageways. Even if the listener puts out of their mind the fate of its chief songwriter and listens as it would have been heard in 1967, darkness is wherever you look – from the…

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Global report

Global report

1 UNITED STATES Colorado shooting suspect facing hate crime charges The suspect in a weekend gun attack on an LBGTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs faced five murder charges, and five additional hate crime counts, preliminary records released on Monday showed, though charges were yet to be filed. The details came as police updated the number of injured last Saturday at Club Q to 18. The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was expected to make a first court appearance this week once he was well enough to be released from hospital. Earlier, the mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, said the attack had “the trappings of a hate crime”, and spoke of the “tragic darkness” that descended on the community. A law enforcement official said the suspect used an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon in last…

Too hot to handle?

Too hot to handle?

COP27 CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES The “Dixie Fire” started in Butte County on 13 July 2021 and burned 390,000 hectares before being contained on 25 October. It was the largest single wildfi re in California’s history and damaged or destroyed several small towns. It has been an alarming time for climate scientists. One by one, the grim scenarios they had outlined for the near future have been overtaken by events: extreme storms, droughts, floods and ice-sheet collapses whose sudden appearances have outstripped researchers’ worst predictions. Catastrophic climate change is happening more rapidly and with greater intensity than their grimmest warnings, it transpires. Examples include this summer’s record high temperature of 40.3C in the UK, a massive jump of 1.6C on the previous hottest day; torrential rains that triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan’s recent history;…

Welcome to Montana

Welcome to Montana

I MOVED TO Bozeman, Montana, in the summer of 2010. I was just one of many out-of-staters resettling here, one hunter in an influx that’s gained steam ever since. When I arrived, many local friends—themselves transplants for the most part—suggested I shut the door behind me. Clearly that didn’t happen. Bozeman’s population grew by 43 percent between 2010 and 2020 and has continued to grow during the pandemic. (Strangely, one friend insisted I was too redneck for Montana, an accusation I’ve never been able to wrap my head around.) I chose this beautiful mountain town because it satisfied the checklist I’d made for myself and my family. I wanted a college town with strong schools. A quality airport close by. A state with good gun laws and shooting ranges. I wanted…

BEST FILM & TV CARS OF THE 90s

BEST FILM & TV CARS OF THE 90s

SINCE the days of Buster Keaton, cars have played a vital role in some of the world’s best-loved films. In fact, the cars are often more widely remembered than the actors. Who could name the main characters in Ronin, or the actor who played Garth in Wayne’s World? But you’d probably recognise those films’ Audi S8 or AMC Pacer. With non-stop streaming, it can be hard to reflect on cars from the big and small screens of today. But there are no such worries when looking back to the start of the 1990s, at a time where cars really were the stars. Read on to see our pick of the most memorable. 1. AMC Pacer (Wayne’s World, 1992) MIKE Myers’ film provided cameos from superstars including Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper, but it…

GADGET GURU

GADGET GURU

CHRIS BROAD, KENT Q Will buying new tech make me happy? A New tech is a way to make your life easier, smooth out certain tasks, increase your enjoyment of media, up your comfort levels. It’s about incremental improvements, and occasionally just throwing some money at fun or your hobbies. If that quality-of-life boost makes you happy, job done. But Guru knows well enough that making a compulsive tech purchase is like making a compulsive donut purchase. It’s delicious, but it won’t chase the black dog away for long. Perhaps, though, you could focus your tech purchases on improving lifestyle habits that might send you along the correct path. You don’t even need to spend much; you could shell out a small amount on a fitness watch (the Mi Smart Band 6 is…

City reeling

Memphis Outrage over the high-profile abduction and murder of kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher escalated further after the alleged killer was accused this week of a separate kidnapping and rape in the fall of 2021. Fletcher, 34, was out on her morning jog earlier this month when she was forced into an SUV, surveillance footage showed. Prosecutors charged Cleotha Henderson with first-degree murder after Fletcher’s remains were found blocks from Henderson’s brother’s apartment and DNA on shoes left at the scene matched Henderson’s. The 38-year-old has an extensive criminal record and was released from prison in 2020 after serving 19 years for aggravated kidnapping. Henderson was charged for the 2021 case after a rape kit linking his DNA to the crimes sat in storage for months. Days after Fletcher’s murder, a 19-year-old…

City reeling

Founding Force

Samuel Adams delivered what may count as the most remarkable second act in American life. It was all the more confounding after the first: He was a perfect failure until middle age. He found his footing at 41, when, over a dozen years, he proceeded to answer to Thomas Jefferson’s description of him as “truly the man of the Revolution.” With singular lucidity Adams plucked ideas from the air and pinned them to the page, layering in the moral dimensions, whipping up emotions, seizing and shaping the popular imagination. ON A WET NIGHT IN 1774, when a group of Massachusetts farmers settled in a tavern before the fire and, pipes in hand, discussed what had driven Bostonians mad—reasoning that Parliament might soon begin to tax horses, cows and sheep; wondering what…

Founding Force
Arrival: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Arrival: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

SPECS Vehicle Layout Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door truck Engine 2.5L turbo port- and direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4 Power (SAE Net) 281 hp @ 5,800 rpm Torque (SAE Net) 311 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm Transmission 8-speed twin-clutch auto Curb Weight (F/R Dist) 4,124 lb (56/44%) 0-60 MPH 6.0 sec EPA City/Hwy/Comb fuel econ 19/27/22 mpg ON SALE Now Base Price $37,425 As tested $38,020“Time to see if Hyundai’s little pickup was worth the long gestation period.”Alisa Priddle The Hyundai Santa Cruz is coquettish. It’s been playing hard to get since we first laid eyes on the compact lifestyle truck concept at the 2015 Detroit auto show. It created enough buzz that execs said it was a surefire addition to the company’s car-heavy lineup. For years we pestered Hyundai for updates on when…

SICKENINGLY RICH

@JORDANFARLEY I pushed it as far as I could,” says Ruben Östlund, talking about his new film Triangle Of Sadness. “I didn’t have any limit. I wanted to do the first film scene in the world where someone actually is shitting and throwing up at the same time. And I have never seen that before.” Neither has Teasers. In a sequence that makes Mr. Creosote’s vomiting in Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life look like a mild case of indigestion, passengers on a luxury yacht buffeted by a violent storm are soon hurling their haute cuisine. And it goes on. And on. And on. Then again, this should be no surprise. This is the Swedish director of The Square, the scathing satirical stab at the art world that took home Cannes’ Palme…

SICKENINGLY RICH

The independence ruling

What happened The UK Supreme Court ruled last week that the Scottish Government does not have legal authority to hold an independence referendum without agreement from Westminster, dealing a blow to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to stage a vote next year. Led by the court’s president, Lord Robert Reed, the panel of five judges unanimously agreed that any bill legislating for a plebiscite would pertain to the future of the Union, making it a matter reserved to Westminster. The Scottish National Party had argued that a referendum would only be “advisory”, and as such would have no legal effect on the Union. Sturgeon said the ruling had “galvanised the Yes movement right across Scotland”. She also confirmed that she planned to make the next UK general election a “de facto referendum”.…

The independence ruling
First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Hey, Toyota—is everything, um, OK? Strapped into the new Toyota GR Corolla and sitting in pit lane awaiting our turn at a 2.1-mile section of Utah Motorsports Park’s wildly undulating road course, we felt slightly silly. Until now, we imagined, the only people who’d ever worn helmets inside a dealership-ready Corolla were unbalanced folks with visions of, well, something as absurd as a track-ready production Toyota Corolla. One such person is Toyota President Akio Toyoda. He’s been pushing the company’s Gazoo Racing (GR) subbrand, and he personally signed off on the final product. The result is the craziest showroom-spec Corolla hatchback ever built. Just how out of bounds is it? We can count on one hand the sporty Corollas sold here over the decades. It was long ago typecast as an anodyne, safe…

Tailgating snacks that score rave reviews

Beef Chili with Kidney Beans Bursting with smoky flavor, this one-pot dish will satisfy even the hungriest appetites 2 lbs. ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 Tbs. chili powder 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (15.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce 2 (15.5 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed, drained 1 chili pepper, sliced Fresh oregano leaves (optional) • Coat large pot with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, chili powder, paprika and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink, about 10 min. adding garlic during last 1 min. of cooking time. • Stir in diced tomatoes with their juices, sauce and beans. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to boil. Reduce to medium-low.…

Tailgating snacks that score rave reviews
A Day at Liberty Bay

A Day at Liberty Bay

“What else do you want to write?” Mom asks. Ben sighs, kicking the last of the unpacked boxes. He thinks of Leo far away, back in the town where he used to live. “Let’s go for a walk,” says Mom. They step out into the misty morning and walk past a row of houses, through the park, down to the pier at Liberty Bay. Mom helps Ben into a red life jacket. They read the names of boats as they walk past. Inside The Way Home, a bearded man watches TV. On the deck of Get Lost, a woman in a striped cap brushes her teeth. Suddenly, a seal pokes its nose out of the water, whiskers quivering. It rolls over on its back and watches them with black eyes. Ben peeks over the…

HOLLOW

HOLLOW

I loathe my hands. The insipid, weak flesh and creped knuckles. The pooling skin at the finger joints and the puffy nail-beds. The click and ache. The limitations. * I buy countless lotions and creams – almond, peony, aloe, olive – a kaleidoscope of nail polishes. Gold and silver rings with gemstones that click together like scarabs. I endure tattoos: delicate dog roses that ramble across the knuckles, encircle my thumbs. I massage, I paint, I bedazzle. I loathe them still. * I sit on them until they go numb and I am momentarily free of them. Submerge them in hot washing-up water, watch them turn red and angry as writhing lobsters in broth. I bury them in the vegetable plot, see them subsumed by earth like bleached worms burrowing from the sun. I…

The Jetsons and The Flintstones Reunite Through an Ultra-Nostalgic Footwear & Apparel Collection by Reebok and Warner Bros. Consumer Products

The Jetsons and The Flintstones Reunite Through an Ultra-Nostalgic Footwear & Apparel Collection by Reebok and Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Reebok and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) reignite a crossover of two of the most iconic animated families in television history – The Jetsons and The Flintstones. The two brands’ latest collaboration, Reebok x The Jetsons & Flintstones, will bring the beloved futuristic and prehistoric characters into the modern world through a lifestyle footwear and apparel collection. The collaboration is inspired by Hanna-Barbera’s 1987, made-for-television animated film that brought The Jetsons to The Flintstones’ hometown of Bedrock, in addition to seeing The Flintstones travel to The Jetsons’ world of Orbit City. Each footwear model in the line is based on a character or location from the film, incorporating thoughtful details that bring the nostalgia from each time period to pieces that are wearable in today’s world. Details on the silhouettes featured in…

MY PATH TO THE ALTAR WITH T1D

i was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 10 and had no idea how it would impact my life. My condition means that my body doesn’t produce enough insulin, which helps blood sugar enter your cells to get used for energy. Without insulin, my blood sugar can get too high or too low and can be a huge risk to my health. As a result, I inject myself with insulin multiple times a day and constantly monitor my blood sugar. Now, at 28, I’m thriving as a smallbusiness owner while documenting my journey with T1D on social media. My mission is not to let my chronic illness stop me from doing what I love, like hiking and being active every day. I like music festivals, going out with friends…

MY PATH TO THE ALTAR WITH T1D
MODERN Farmhouse

MODERN Farmhouse

Situated on a private golf course, the brief for this expansive 5 bedroom, 5 ensuite residence, was to take full advantage of the views across the golf course to the surrounding ranges from every possible angle. The clients also desired a timeless home with rustic appeal that would adhere to the building conditions as set out by the golf course, and would embrace both an indoor and outdoor lifestyle, providing ample space for entertaining in style, irrespective of the season. Consisting of 793sqm of garage and living space, and an additional 323sqm of decking and pool area, the brief has certainly been met in this impressive home, that whilst offering every modern convenience, blends beautifully within its rural setting thanks to recycled floor joists that have been used as exterior…

FALL on the FARM

When Penny and Roger Ausley found themselves approaching an empty nest, the North Carolina natives decided to sell their family home in town and move a few miles away to a place in the country. The couple bought 8 acres in rural Burlington, built a single-story house and started a hobby farm, populating it with feathered and furry family members, including chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl and rabbits, and christening it Happy Days Farm. In addition to their new house, the Ausleys constructed a fancy chicken coop and a fenced raised-bed garden. One feature on the property is not new, how-ever—Penny’s 1800s log cabin, a cherished one-room structure with a loft that she has now moved twice. “Of course, my little cabin had to come with us, ” says Penny, who admits…

FALL on the FARM
BYRON KATIE

BYRON KATIE

“REALITY IS ALWAYS GOOD, whatever form it appears in,” Byron Katie declares in Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, her newly updated self-help classic. She initially published the book in 2002 with her husband and co-author Stephen Mitchell. In Katie’s view, “There is only one problem, ever: your uninvestigated story in the moment.” Four simple questions, what Katie calls inquiry, or “The Work,” offer a method of self-interrogation will “burn through to the reality that has always been waiting.” The four questions are: • Is it true?• Can I absolutely know that it’s true?• How do I react (what happens) when I believe that thought?• Who would I be without the thought? They can be applied to everything from irritation with one’s partner over the dirty dishes to failed relationships…

Gross Anatomy

Gross Anatomy

“The first step in cinematographic thought seems to me to be the utilisation of existing objects and forms which can be made to mean everything, because nature is profoundly, infinitely versatile.”—Antonin Artaud, “Cinema and Abstraction” It’s been ten years since Sensory Ethnography Lab cine-anthropologists Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel made a quite literal splash at the 2012 Locarno Festival with their first feature-length collaboration, Leviathan, which still stands as arguably the single most impactful advancement in film language this century. “Here is a true 21st-century ethnography,” wrote Phil Coldiron in these pages, “cutting through the stories and forcing us to reconsider our mode of engaging with all that is not ourselves.” Their latest work, De Humani Corporis Fabrica—a film inspired by Andreas Vesalius’ like-named books on human anatomy (its initial 1543…

STAYING SAFE in EXTREME TEMPERATURES

STAYING SAFE in EXTREME TEMPERATURES

The great outdoors can be enjoyed in all seasons. However, it is important to be aware of the effects extreme temperatures have on the human body. Learning the danger signs and planning ahead allows everyone to stay safe during grand adventures. Before considering how to react in an extreme heat crisis, carefully plan ahead to prevent an emergency. Choose a location with shade and near water. Check the weather forecast. When soaring temperatures are possible, plan outdoor activities for early in the day or late evening. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and a hat. Bring along plenty of water (preferably with electrolytes), protect your skin, go slower than usual, and take breaks. Plan on eating a salty snack once an hour. Also, let someone know where you are going and use…

It’s Time For Calendar Zero

It’s Time For Calendar Zero

Remember when “inbox zero” was everyone’s goal? The idea was that, someway and some-how, it was possible to clear your thoughts by clearing your inbox. As I write this, I have 131 unopened emails waiting for me. Inbox zero is a fantasy, and I accept that. I have come to believe that we should not define our success by (or tie our sanity to) things we cannot control ourselves. If anyone can email us—you could email me right now!—then the number of emails in our inbox at any given moment is out of our control. So instead of shooting for inbox zero, I have shifted my goal to something that is within my grasp. It’s called “Calendar Zero.” This is my term for a day without meetings. It is a day to do…

TAG HEUER CONNECTED CALIBRE E4 - GOLF EDITION

Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer introduces striking novelties for its popular Golf Edition watch, with Drive Shot Tracking and a ball marker built into the strap. La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – April 7th , 2022: TAG Heuer today launches a new version of its hugely popular golf watch, the TAG Heuer Connected Watch Calibre E4 - Golf Edition, with technical improvements including a new automated shot-tracker, redesigned golf software and a magnetic ball marker built into the strap. It comes weeks after TAG Heuer launched a new generation of its Connected watch, the TAG Heuer Calibre E4, with two new models in 42mm and 45mm, built to deliver ultimate elegance and sporting performance, and offering access to TAG Heuer’s ever-growing ecosystem of exclusive sports activities, wellness apps and elegant watch faces. The…

TAG HEUER CONNECTED CALIBRE E4 - GOLF EDITION

ADAM’S 22 STYLE TIPS FOR 2022

1 OPT FOR OUTSTANDING OUTERWEAR Think about it: Your coat is the first thing people see, so why not make it fabulous? This hooded anorak comes in perfect-for-spring hues and is water- and windproof. 2 Find Your Nude Consider a heel, wedge, or flat that matches your skin tone the LBD of the shoe world. It lengthens and slims legs, can be worn from winter to fall, and goes with every ensemble. 3 BE A WRAP STAR Swimsuit shopping can be a pain in the area you are trying to cover. A plunging one piece with a waist-defining wrap front is always foolproof—it works on every body type. This one has compression and goes up to size 22. 4 Pick a Carryall That Does It All A bag that works in different ways (crossbody, fanny pack, shoulder…

ADAM’S 22 STYLE TIPS FOR 2022

Test: D16 Phoscyon 2

Features Detailed emulation of the Roland TB-303 Step sequencer and arpeggiator Randomizer function for new patterns Effects: distortion, reverb, EQ, delay, chorus, limiter Scalable GUI Easy browser Drag & drop export MIDI learn function Format: VST2, VST3, AU, AAX Win and MacOS: 64 Bit Facts Developer: D16 Web: www.d16.pl Price: 119 Euro ▴ Authentic Sound▴ Advanced setting options▴ High-quality effects▴ Inspiring sequencer▴ Wide range of presets▴ Great random functions▴ Intuitive operation▴ MIDI Learn function▾ No Undo/Redo▾ No Import of MIDI Pattern Sound: Operation: Price/Perf: Total: Alternatives AudioRealism ABL3 95 Euro www.audiorealism.se Roland TB-303 165 Euro www.roland.com Xhun Audio Xerobox 89 Euro www.xhun-audio.com A first glance at the modernized and now scalable GUI of Phoscyon shows that a lot has changed here. For an even more authentic sound, the signal path has also been completely redesigned. Nothing has changed in the classic basic structure: So the sound generation is based on an oscillator with square and sawtooth waves. The 18 dB…

Test: D16 Phoscyon 2

Reginald’s Party

For the fourth time that evening, Reginald smoothed his moustache in the mirror. It was perfect. Was it? Just a touch here… Now it was perfect. Soon his guests would arrive—only a few this evening, a small coterie from the Mayfair Club, on whom he could practice his hosting skills, grown rusty over the winter. They were Reginald’s lunching buddies and thus probably his closest friends, because one is never better able to share one’s innermost feelings than in the close, dark smokiness of a gentleman’s club, half-deep into a bottle of Intimacy on a Sunday afternoon. Potts would meet his guests at the door and lead them to the salon, a room that Reginald always kept furnished in the most current tastes. At present it boasted a deep yellow carpet, sofas…

If China invades Taiwan

If China invades Taiwan

After decades of threats, is China preparing to attack and annex the island nation? Why would China invade? China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and aimed for reunification with the island nation of 24 million people, located just 110 miles across the Taiwan Strait. The two have been separate entities since the Chinese civil war in 1949, when Mao Zedong’s Red Army defeated the forces of Chinese nationalist Chiang Kai-shek, who fled to Taiwan and set up an authoritarian government there. After Chiang’s death in 1975, the island transitioned into a prosperous democracy; it is now led by President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, and the vast majority of the nation’s citizens do not want to come under Beijing’s repressive rule. But Chinese President Xi Jinping sees Taiwan…

Missing the boat?

On the eve of the Cop27 climate conference that has just finished in Sharm el-Sheikh, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned of the stark consequences of failure. “There is no way we can avoid a catastrophic situation, if the two [the developed and developing world] are not able to establish a historic pact,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “Because at the present level, we will be doomed.” In the end, after two weeks of fraught and often bitter negotiations, the “historic pact” was finally struck. For the first time in 30 years of climate talks, developed countries agreed to provide finance to help rescue and rebuild poor nations stricken by climate-related disasters, known as a loss and damage fund. “Cop27 has done what no other Cop has achieved,”…

Missing the boat?
BEAVERS & TAXIDERMY THE FOCUS FOR 2022-23

BEAVERS & TAXIDERMY THE FOCUS FOR 2022-23

Fall is now in full swing and most trappers know what to expect market-wise. Times have been tough in terms of fur prices for many years now, and most trappers know to keep their profit expectations low. We keep hoping that things will change, but we seem to be stalled at the bottom of a cycle with very few indications that anything will change. In a nutshell, prices this year will almost undoubtedly resemble what they were last year. Not much has changed on the global scale — war in Russia, economic uncertainty, and COVID-19 still impact social gatherings, city-wide lockdowns in China, and consumer confidence throughout the world. We face some tough issue when it comes time to sell, and we face tough issues when it is time to fill…

FAT FENDER RESCUE

FAT FENDER RESCUE

Although “barn find” is still a popular buzzword in the hot rod world, you’ll find that it is much more common to find an old car in a field or backyard. The unfortunate side of a field find or backyard discovery is that the car is typically not preserved as nicely as the ones that are stashed away under a roof. Such is the case with this forgotten fat-fender Ford that was recently pulled out of the weeds. This 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe was found in the hills of Tennessee where it sat outside for most of its life, so it’s quite rough. You might notice that the paint is gone due to the abrasive cycle of sunshine, moisture, and of course, time. The climate plays a huge role in the…

Locked and loaded

Locked and loaded

An extraordinary wave of protests against the Chinese government’s rigid zero-Covid policy spread across multiple cities last weekend, prompted by the death of 10 people in a building fire in Urumqi in Xinjiang. Much of the region had been under lockdown for more than three months, and people blamed the lockdown for the deaths. Gatherings to protest or to mourn the victims were held in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and other major Chinese cities last Saturday and Sunday, as well as dozens of university campuses, with some police clashes and detentions in Shanghai. On Monday, Chinese police launched a show of force in an effort to head off further demonstrations. Protesters demanded an end to lockdowns, while some groups decried censorship and called for democracy and an end to the rule of Xi…

Ukraine advances on two fronts

Ukraine advances on two fronts

What happened With growing confidence, Ukrainian troops forced the retreat of crumbling Russian forces in the country’s south and east this week, even as Russia formalized the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions. Ukrainian forces recaptured Lyman, a strategically important railway hub in the eastern Donetsk region, crippling Russian supply lines and creating a staging ground for an advance into the Russian-held Luhansk province. The reclamation of Lyman came just hours after a ceremony in which Putin claimed the town and the entire Donetsk region as Russian territory, and followed an abrupt retreat by Russian forces. “They are running, and we are running after them,” laughed a jubilant Ukrainian tank commander, Ihor Nazarenko. As the eastern counter-offensive pushed forward, Ukrainian troops also regained a large swath of territory in the…

10 tricks for more efficient Android messaging

10 tricks for more efficient Android messaging

No matter what type of Android phone you carry or how you usually use it, one thing is a near-universal constant: You're going to spend a lot of time sending and reading messages. Google's Android Messages app has become surprisingly good over the years. That's no big secret. If you're only relying on what you see on the surface within Android Messages, though, you're missing out on some of its most powerful and underappreciated efficiency-enhancing options. Here, we'll explore the Android Messages app's most effective out-ofsight features. They may not be able to cut down on the number of messages you send and receive on your phone, but they will help you spend less time fussing with them. And they might just help you have a more pleasant experience, too. Let's dive in,…

More Brexit drama

More Brexit drama

London The EU said this week it would launch legal action against the U.K. after Boris Johnson’s government introduced legislation to amend the agreement on how goods are moved between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. When the U.K. was negotiating its exit from the EU, the main sticking point was how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland, a British province, and Ireland, an EU member. The compromise—which Johnson personally praised and promoted—was the Northern Ireland Protocol, which requires customs checks for goods to and from Northern Ireland. But now, Johnson wants to remove some checks to placate unionists in Northern Ireland who say the province is being treated as a foreign country. The EU said it flat-out refuses to renegotiate any portion of the Brexit treaty. Deportation policy in turmoil London The…

Morning Morsels

Vermont Breakfast Egg Muffins I tuck all the best foods of Vermont—maple syrup, cheddar, sausage, apples and cranberries—into these cups. —Sharyn LaPointe Hill, Las Cruces, NM Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 20 min. • Makes: 8 servings 16 slices Canadian bacon1½ cups all-purpose flour1½ tsp. baking powder1¼ cups whole milk2 large eggs, lightly beaten¼ cup maple syrup1½ cups shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese6 frozen fully cooked breakfast sausage links, thawed and finely chopped1 small Granny Smith apple, finely chopped⅓ cup dried cranberries¼ cup prepared pesto, optional 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line each of 16 greased muffin cups with 1 slice Canadian bacon, cutting to fit as needed. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk the milk, eggs and maple syrup until blended. Add…

Morning Morsels
DUAL PURPOSE

DUAL PURPOSE

Car builders—the real ones who do it repeatedly for a living—have a daunting challenge before them every time they start a new build. How do they one-up themselves after the last build? Bob Bertelsen is such a builder, and he knew topping his previous builds would take a lot of work and a fair amount of thinking outside the box. His two most notable pro-touring builds were a 1969 C10 truck called Orange Rush and a 1968 ’Vette named Green Mamba, both shot in retina-scorching colors, so it’s safe to assume Bob isn’t afraid of vibrant hues. For this build, Bob wanted to scratch his C2 Corvette itch. He had always loved the lines and had ideas about how to improve on them swirling in his cranium, but to bring them…

Death threats

Death threats

Seattle A 48-year-old man was arrested last week after allegedly yelling racist threats outside the house of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) while carrying a .40-caliber handgun. A neighbor said the man, who lives just half a mile from the first Indian-American woman elected to the House, yelled “Go back to India!” and “I’m going to kill you!” near midnight. The neighbor also said the man drove by Jayapal’s home three times yelling profanities. Jayapal, 56, was home at the time and said the man tried to pitch a tent in front of her house. She said home security cameras documented his threats, but prosecutors did not immediately file hate-crime charges, citing a lack of hard evidence. As violent threats toward public officials escalate, Jayapal said, it would be a “terrible sign”…

Europe’s surging far right

Europe’s surging far right

Far-right parties in Sweden and Italy just had electoral breakthroughs. Why? Where is the far right growing? In the last month, far-right parties in Sweden and Italy shocked the world with their electoral successes. The Brothers of Italy, a descendant of Mussolini’s fascist regime, garnered 26 percent of votes to place first in the Italian election—up from 4 percent in 2018. Led by Giorgia Meloni, who has spoken of “LGBT lobbies” and claimed American billionaire George Soros finances “mass immigration,” the party uses a fascist slogan and a logo that was created for neofascists in the 1940s. Meanwhile, in Sweden—a country known for tolerance and a robust social safety net—the far-right Sweden Democrats placed second in September elections with 20 percent. The party has roots in a neo-Nazi movement and campaigned on…

The world’s first cities

The world’s first cities

DID YOU KNOW? No trace of Babylon’s famous ‘hanging gardens’ remains; some experts believe they were in Nineveh instead Mesopotamia was home to some of the very first cities in existence, leading many to link it to the birth of true civilisation. The origin of these cities is still unknown today, although many theories exist. One suggestion is that the development and building of temples created a place where people would gather, and thus served as points of contact between different groups of people. Others believe that people sought sanctuary from natural disasters. As the Mesopotamians were able to develop technology to help them control the nearby rivers, such as levees, they could ensure a good crop. They had no need to be nomadic, and were able to settle in one place…

Asia

Number crunching Population growth from 2001 to 2011 tended to be higher in the north Source: Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Telangana government state portal The growth will place huge pressure on India’s resources, economic stability and society. As a country on the forefront of the climate crisis, already grappling with extreme weather events 80% of the year, diminishing resources such as water could become decisive factors in what India’s future population looks like. Fears of “population explosion” in India have abounded for more than a century. Post independence, India’s population grew at a significant pace; between 1947 and 1997, it went from 350 million to 1 billion. But since the 1980s, various initiatives convinced families of the benefits of family planning. As a…

Asia
THE VISUAL FIELD

THE VISUAL FIELD

YEARS AGO when I was starting to explore the world in earnest—making my first trips to Africa and Asia and the Arctic—I made the decision not to take a lot of, or in some cases any, photographs. At the time, I believed that looking at the world through a lens hindered my ability to see what was really in front of me and to notice what mattered. I thought that trying to capture good pictures took me out of the moment and made me conscious of constructing an image rather than absorbing what I was experiencing. I’ve since changed my mind about that. Today I take plenty of photos, not just on my travels but in the everyday—when I notice an interesting mushroom while walking the dog, or watch the cloud formations…

One of macOS Ventura’s key new features already needs a massive overhaul

One of macOS Ventura’s key new features already needs a massive overhaul

The System Preferences app in macOS has been there since the very beginning, and it’s showing its age. A tiny, largely unchanging rectangle sized for the tiny displays of the early 2000s, it’s past time for Apple to create a new, modern settings app for the modern Mac. And in theory, that’s what the System Settings app in macOS Ventura is supposed to do. It’s a new app, clearly inspired by the Settings apps on iOS and iPadOS. That’s not a bad idea since so many Mac users also use those platforms, and it makes sense that Apple’s platforms harmonize. The problem is that, with a month or so to go before macOS Ventura goes final, the System Settings app in the beta is a bit of a disaster. Unless things change…

NETHERLANDS

NETHERLANDS

A multi-storey “erotic centre” proposed to replace Amsterdam’s red light district has a big problem: nobody wants it in their back yard. Last year the mayor and city council agreed plans to move and reimagine Amsterdam’s infamous red light district after years of worsening nuisance, criminality and dangerous crowd levels in the ancient centre. An architect was paid to design a snazzy building hosting 100 rooms for sex workers, bars, restaurants, entertainment spaces and a health centre, while the city announced eight possible locations, from the RAI conference and business district to the Haven-Stad harbour development. But there’s a problem: strident opposition from local residents, as well as sex workers who do not want to leave their brothel windows in one of the most beautiful parts of the city. An estimated 200,000 people…

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Here’s the short version of our review of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06: It’s the best American sports car ever made. How can we say this so definitively? What about the Ford GT? What about the Dodge Viper ACR? You know we’ve driven, tested, and tracked them, and they’re both great cars. And each is a Le Mans winner in its own right (though Corvette Racing has more wins than the two of them combined). The 2023 Z06 is better. As much as there is to talk about with the C8 Z06, we must begin with the sacrilegious dual-overhead-cam, flat-plane-crank V-8 engine. No, it doesn’t burble like a cross-plane-crank V-8, because it isn’t one. It does, however, make more naturally aspirated power than any production V-8 in history. We’re talking 670 American…

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Fa-boo-lous feasts

Fa-boo-lous feasts

Your fright-night festivities just got even more delicious, thanks to our collection of appetizers, sides and main dishes sure to get the party started. From Frankenstein avocado toasts to ‘spider’-topped pizza and zucchini zombies, it’s never been more fun to scare up shrieks of delight! And don’t get spooked—all of our recipes are a cinch to create with easy step-by-step directions and bonus tips to guide your way Jack-o'-Lantern Cheddar Burgers Crispy bacon and a sprinkling of smoked paprika upgrade plain patties into doubly delicious gourmet treats 3 slices bacon 6 Kaiser rolls 2 lbs. ground beef ¾ cup ketchup 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. onion powder 12 thin slices sharp Cheddar cheese 4 green leaf lettuce leaves, torn 2 tomatoes, sliced ½ cup thinly sliced red onion ½ cup drained dill…

ENDNOTES

8 – Al Crow is a writer who works across fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, exploring the climate emergency and human fragility through these mediums. 10 – Benjamin Herriton is from Wales, but lives in London, where he works as a researcher on a TV show for the Discovery Channel and restaurant critic. 14 – David Romanda lives in Kawasaki City, Japan. His first poetry collection, the broken bird feeder, is slated for publication in fall 2022 (Trouble Department). 16 – Annabel White works for a literary agency in London. She has been published in Mslexia, Brilliant Flash Fiction, The Release, Twentyhood, and Sick Love Zine. 23 – Ellora Sutton is a queer poet based in Hampshire. She is the poetry reviewer for Mslexia, and the current poet-inresidence at Petersfield Museum. 24 – Sophia Rubina…

IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR YOU MEDDLIN’ KIDS

IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR YOU MEDDLIN’ KIDS

Damn kids shouldn’a been up here in the first place. Up to no good, I’ll bet, takin’ their drugs and havin’ their sexual relations. On a school night, too. I blame the parents. If it was up to me I’d send ’em all to Vietnam, teach ’em some discipline. Anyhoo, here they were, thinkin’ the old stadium’s abandoned, not expectin’ to find the old groundsman still livin’ here. I think I scared ’em. Serves ’em right for messin’ up my evening kickin’ back with a bottle of Jim Beam and a Johnny Cash LP. I tell ’em they shouldn’t be up here, and I ask if they ain’t never heard about the Quarterback. They ain’t, so I tell ’em the story about the ghost that haunts the place, how some folks say…

JCraft

JCraft

Located in the heart of Viking country on the Swedish island of Gotland, the Swedish boatbuilder J Craft and its master craftsmen and women are the cradle of knowledge of ancient local traditions that have defined the region’s shipbuilding history. J Craft is rooted in Sweden’s rich seafaring heritage and its people are descendants of the Vikings who settled in Gotland from the 12th century. The history of J Craft is a long and winding one. For more than two decades it has been driven by a shared passion to create one of the most exceptional, beautiful, and high-performance boats on the water. J Craft was born in 1999 with the first 38-foot Cabrio Cruiser. It took a whole year of work, but Hull #1, Polaris, was delivered to her…

The Edible Flower Garden

The Edible Flower Garden

Some flowers and flower buds can be eaten - but often we don’t even realise that is what we are eating! Have you ever noticed the splashes of colour in a fancy restaurant salad – these are sometimes flower petals, perhaps from nasturtiums or sunflowers. Did you know that cauliflower and broccoli are actually developing flowers and that artichokes and capers are flower buds too? Flowers are underused and are very useful additions to our daily diet. Take zucchini flowers – these can be stuffed or simply battered and deep fried. Flowers add interest to salads or can also be added to jellies (e.g. rose petals in apple jelly). Violet flowers are often candied and make great cake decorations. Lavender flowers can be used to flavour chocolate, biscuits, and desserts. HOW…

MODERATION IS THE NEW GAME IN TOWN

MODERATION IS THE NEW GAME IN TOWN

“It’s not just about getting drunk anymore,” says Rusty Cerevan, bar manager at Manhattan, Regent Singapore. In his 17-year experience behind the bar, Cerevan has seen it all – from booze-filled nights to the current no- and low-alcohol craze. You could be excused for thinking that this trend, often dubbed the “sober curious movement”, is a Covid-years development that will fade away as people bounce back to their normal life. But that’s not the case. The pandemic years have fueled them with bar closures and the simultaneous self-care and health movement – but now that our lives are back to normal, it refuses to recede. Attributed mainly to the millennials, the “sober curious” is an affectionate moniker for those who have given up on alcohol or are mindful of their intake and drinking…

Beyond Optimism and Pessimism

I am so crushed by the weight of personal illness, the death of my sister from COVID, the war in Ukraine, racism and religious bigotry at home, and environmental collapse everywhere, I can hardly get myself up in the morning. I want to be an optimist, but I am becoming a pessimist. How can I hold on to being an optimist? RABBI RAMI: Rather than worrying about being optimistic or pessimistic, focus on being activistic: doing what you can to alleviate suffering and promote justice in the world. If you are optimistic, you may assume your efforts will impact the world for the good. If you are pessimistic, you may doubt your efforts will have any impact at all. But neither position matters. What matters is what you do, not what…

Beyond Optimism and Pessimism
THE HURACAN ERA: CAR #20,000 ROLLS OFF AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI’S PRODUCTION LINE

THE HURACAN ERA: CAR #20,000 ROLLS OFF AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI’S PRODUCTION LINE

Eight-year success story through 12 road and three track versions Automobili Lamborghini announces Huracán number 20,000: an STO model in glorious Grigio Acheso Matt for a client in the Principality of Monaco. While the Huracán Super Trofeo Omologata is the pinnacle of Huracán performance in a road car with racing spirit, it heads an extended family of Huracán models that have delivered aspirated performance with characterized dynamic handling and driving emotion since its 2014 launch. “At its unveiling we said that with the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “The Huracán has delivered an evolution of design, technological know-how, driving adventures, track records and sales records since its launch. It was designed as a car to provide super sports…

THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS

THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS

A family of four live in this newly-built good class bungalow (GCB). Unlike small houses where the challenge is to make more space, the challenge, in this case, was to enhance the spatial quality of the interior. The clients engaged Index Design when most of the structural works were near completion on the recommendation of architect Liu & Wo Architects. The homegrown firm was responsible for the interior concept design and development, spatial planning, material selection and detailing, interior fittings (including furniture selection), fixtures and equipment, project management, and completion. The family moved in at the end of 2021 after a three-year process. In keeping with the home’s modern tropical architectural style, the interior design features travertine walls and expansive full-height fenestrations set amidst a lush landscape. “We adapted the architect’s modern…

SUMMER TACTICS FOR PANFISH

SUMMER TACTICS FOR PANFISH

ONE OF FLY FISHING’S GREATEST PLEASURES IS SPENDING A SPRING OR SUMMER AFTERNOON THROWING TOPWATER BUGS TO FEISTY AND WILLING BLUEGILLS. THE FISHING CAN BE FAST AND FURIOUS, WITH STRIKES COMING ON ALMOST EVERY CAST. BLUEGILLS AND OTHER SUNFISH HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING PUSHOVERS BECAUSE OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO ATTACK ANYTHING THAT CROSSES THEIR PATH AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. THEY ARE EASY PICKINGS WHEN ON THEIR SPAWNING BEDS—FLY SELECTION IS SELDOM CRITICAL, AND EVEN SLOPPY PRESENTATIONS OFTEN STILL YIELD RESULTS. Fast forward a few months to the middle of summer, and those shallows formerly full of fish can seem devoid of life. Many fly fishers give up chasing panfish once the spawning activity ends, and turn their attention to other fish species. However, when it gets too hot in…

eat a little nutrish-ish

DIG INTO THIS nutrish-ish SUMMER MENU Summer and eating a little better go hand-in-hand, and this Spanish-ish menu helps you do just that. Plus, there’s no need to turn on your grill. What more can you ask for?! This is one menu that you won’t feel guilty for indulging in. Go on and eat the app and dessert — you won’t feel guilty for indulging in these nutrish-ish recipes. Olé! APPETIZER >> Avocado Fries add a crunchy and creamy element — they’re simply irresistible. ENTRÉE >> Sirloin Filets are lean and flavorful plus quick to prepare so you can get dinner on the table fast. ON THE SIDE >> Fideos aren’t just the perfect side kick, they’re chock-full of veggies, too. DESSERT >> Coconut Paletas deliver creamy, cool, fresh flavor, making them the epitome of…

eat a little nutrish-ish
MATERIALS MATTER

MATERIALS MATTER

PRETTY PORCELAIN This versatile material is available in a range of colours and finishes and can even mimic natural stone — without the impurities and imperfections that sometimes come with the territory. Hard-wearing, durable, affordable and easy to maintain, it’s no wonder porcelain has become such a popular bathroom material. Porcelain baths and washbasins are a staple of bathroom design. Meanwhile, porcelain tiles come in an almost infinite variety of sizes and shapes too, allowing you to explore different scales and arrangements to find what truly reflects your personal style. Large-format tiles result in an almost seamless appearance that is grand and luxurious, while smaller tiles are perfect for a more modern, contemporary look. Consider giving your tiles a floor-to-wall treatment for maximum impact, or even pair different sizes, prints and finishes for…

Catfish killer

Riverside, Calif. A Virginia law enforcement officer drove across the country last week to meet a California teenager he had communicated with online, allegedly attempting to kidnap her after killing her mother and grandparents. Austin Lee Edwards, a former Virginia state trooper, was chased down by a SWAT team on the highway and killed in a shootout, during which the teen was rescued by police. Edwards is believed to have “catfished” the girl, taking on a false identity to obtain her personal information. Police think Edwards parked in a neighbor’s driveway and entered the teen’s home, killing Mark Winek, 69, Sharie Winek, 65, and Brooke Winek, 38, before setting the house on fire and leaving with the girl in his SUV. Virginia State Police said Edwards, who left the force in…

Catfish killer
Debating Covid’s origins

Debating Covid’s origins

Republicans have issued a new report on the lab-leak theory and promise hearings. What does the evidence show? What is the lab-leak theory? There are two competing theories about how SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the Covid pandemic, emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Most virologists believe it originated in bats and crossed over from an intermediate animal to humans at a Wuhan “wet market,” where wild animals were sold for food. This would be consistent with how previous “zoonotic” viruses have crossed over from animals to humans, including two other coronaviruses—SARS (believed to have come from bats through civets) and MERS (camels). HIV has been traced to chimpanzees, and the 1918 Spanish flu is believed to have originated in domestic or wild birds. An alternate origin theory for SARS-CoV-2 is that…

Testing the limits Behind the paper protests: why people took to the streets

Testing the limits Behind the paper protests: why people took to the streets

How did we get here? Frustrations with the zero-Covid policy have been rumbling for a while. As the rest of the world returns to something resembling normal life, China’s population is still being subjected to sudden harsh lockdowns of areas ranging from individual shops to entire counties, often over just a few cases. In September, a bus carrying people to a Guizhou quarantine centre at night crashed, killing 27 people. The death toll dwarfed the two Covid-related deaths reported by the province since the pandemic began. Last month in Zhengzhou, thousands of workers in an Apple iPhone factory clashed with riot police and tore down barricades, in part due to Covid restrictions. Across locked down cities, residents shared rumours and reports of suicides and other deaths they linked to the enforcement of…

Can we feed the world?

More than enough food is produced to feed all of the 8 billion people currently alive on the planet, yet after a decade of steady decline hunger is back on the rise, affecting 10% of the global population. According to the World Food Programme, ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have contributed to one of the worst food crises in decades, with acute food insecurity affecting 200 million more people globally than in 2019 due to rising costs of food, fuel and fertiliser. As the global population passes 8 billion and is predicted to reach 10 billion by 2050, farmers, governments and scientists face the challenge of increasing food production without exacerbating environmental degradation and the climate crisis, which itself contributes to food insecurity in the…

Can we feed the world?
Install the Perfect Wood Trim

Install the Perfect Wood Trim

WOOD TRIM IS SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE A FINISHING touch to a room. But it doesn’t always work out so neatly. And if you’ve ever tried to install trim and been frustrated by a poor fit where two pieces meet, say in an open miter or open cope, you’re not alone. With 40-plus years of experience cutting trim, I can name at least a couple dozen reasons why those pieces won’t join up so nicely. And I’ve developed these solutions—for joints that are mitered and coped—to solve most of your problems. Now, before you commit to cutting the wood trim itself, make a trial run and adjust the saw, change the blade, or simply practice your technique. You need to get your head and your eye into the job first. A warmup…

THE POWER OF PASTEURISATION

THE POWER OF PASTEURISATION

The process of pasteurisation is a centuries-old method of preparing food, giving it a longer life in larders and today on supermarket shelves. Since the 11th century, people have been using heat to battle against microorganisms to preserve their food. Ancient Chinese wine makers used hot clay jars to heat wine before burying them in cool soil to preserve them. However, it wasn’t until the late-19th century that a name was attributed to this process. Pasteurisation is used to combat the harmful pathogens that reside within raw foods, often referred to as spoilage microorganisms. These can be transferred to our bodies when we consume these foods in their raw state. Pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella can be found in raw milk, and when ingested can cause serious health issues.…

Iran: a new generation makes itself heard

To understand the current turmoil in Iran, it helps to understand that the veil has long been as much a political symbol as an expression of faith, said Katy Shahandeh in The New Arab. In the 1930s, women were “forcibly unveiled”, to symbolise “modern Iran”; after the 1979 revolution, “they were forcefully veiled”, to symbolise the power of the Islamic state. As the country’s first supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini put it: “If the revolution is to have no other result than the veiling of women, then that is enough for the revolution.” Since coming to office last year, President Ebrahim Raisi has “taken that message to heart”, said Patrick Wintour in The Guardian. In July, he ordered the re-implementation of a 2005 plan called “strategies to spread the culture of…

Iran: a new generation makes itself heard
UPGRADE YOUR HOME

UPGRADE YOUR HOME

ENTERTAINING 1 PRO-JECT E1 BT TURNTABLE What better way to make holidays even more nostalgic than by listening to those classic Christmas carols on vinyl? You’ll need a stylish yet amazing-sounding record player like the Pro-Ject E1 BT. It boasts a built-in phono pre-amp, a cartridge from reputable Ortofon, and an affordable price. It even comes with Bluetooth for the benefit of the zoomers in the family. £399, project-audio.com 2 SONOS ONE Jump on the smart speaker bandwagon, and discover all of Alexa’s holiday offerings. You can play carols, take part in trivia games, and ensure that those cookies in the oven are baked to perfection. All while enjoying the rich sound and deep bass the Sonos One has to offer. Pair it with other equally attractive Sonos speakers to fill your whole house with…

Tory turbulence

What happened Rishi Sunak sought to placate fractious Tory backbenchers this week by signalling that he was open to relaxing the de facto ban on onshore wind farms in England that has been in place since 2015. The PM was prompted to act after a coalition of more than 30 Tory MPs, including his predecessors Liz Truss and Boris Johnson, lent their support to a rebel amendment to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, aimed at lifting the ban. Labour had indicated that it would vote with the rebels on the issue. Downing Street played down a suggestion that it would accept the amendment in its entirety, saying only that it was “considering” the change. The apparent climbdown came just days after the Government postponed a vote on the bill, in the face…

Tory turbulence

Baseball Seams and Asphalt Dreams

“I suffer no delusions that Roger Penske will be calling me…” In the early 1990s, I tried out for the Cleveland Indians. Don’t be impressed—the Indians certainly weren’t. I wasn’t even invited. There were no scouting reports on me and there were certainly no agents promising me great rewards. Baseball was already littered with slap-hitting middle infielders that were notably quicker, more flexible, and who possessed infinitely better batting, fielding, throwing, and baserunning skills and instincts than me. Basically, I crashed the party. Fresh out of college, I hadn’t played organized baseball in several years, but figured I’d take a few swings of the bat and toss the ball around a bit. So, I tagged along with a buddy who did play Division I college ball and had been scouted. The tryout was the…

Baseball Seams and Asphalt Dreams

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

FERTILITY Reproductive crisis looms as sperm count falls, study finds Humans could face a reproductive crisis if action is not taken to tackle a drop in sperm count, researchers warned after finding the rate of decline is accelerating. A study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, based on 153 estimates from men who were probably unaware of their fertility, suggests the average sperm concentration fell from an estimated 101.2m per ml to 49.0m between 1973 and 2018 – a drop of 51.6%. Looking at data collected in all continents since 1972, the researchers found sperm concentrations declined by 1.16% per year. However, when they looked only at data collected since the year 2000, the decline was 2.64% per year. SPACE ‘Pristine’ meteorite may solve mystery of Earth’s water A 4.6bn-year-old rock that crashed on to a…

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Arming Ukraine

Arming Ukraine

Thanks to weapons from the U.S. and other NATO allies, Ukraine is regaining territory from Russia’s army. How much has Ukraine received? More military aid than the U.S. has committed to another country in a single year since the Vietnam War. Since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, the U.S. has provided $17 billion in military support and another $50 billion in humanitarian and economic aid. About 50 nations have contributed weapons, but the U.S. leads the way by far, spending roughly twice as much as all European Union countries combined. The weapons provided include anti-tank missile launchers such as the Javelin, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, 1.5 million artillery shells, tanks and other armored vehicles, body armor, radar systems, and other cutting-edge war-fighting supplies. That defense funding—augmented by U.S. intelligence’s precise targeting of Russian artillery,…

Blackout rage

Havana Simmering tension erupted into protests in several Cuban cities last week, four days after Hurricane Ian crashed over the country’s western tip and knocked out power to the entire island of 11 million people. “This has been terrible. No light, no food, we lost everything in our freezer,” Maria Carla Catala, 25, told Reuters. The demonstration recalled the historic protests put down by Cuba last year, which also began with anger over power shortages. Internet service blinked off during two days of demonstrations, and some Cubans suspected authorities were trying to thwart protests. Before Ian, Cuba already faced one of its worst economic crises since revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s forces entered Havana in 1959. Prisoner swap Caracas Venezuela freed seven imprisoned Americans last week after President Biden agreed to grant clemency to two…

Blackout rage

CONSPIRACY THEORY

Did President Franklin D. Roosevelt, via presumed foreknowledge—and in collusion with Britain’s embattled wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—“allow” Japan to attack Pearl Harbor in 1941, thereby dragging the U.S. into World War II? When Lee Harvey Oswald got off three shots within a few seconds from a bolt-action, Italian World War II surplus, M38 Carcano rifle to assassinate John F. Kennedy in 1963, did he have “fire support” from the “grassy knoll” in Dallas? And was America’s most famous World War II battlefield commander, the often-controversial, politically-problematic General George S. Patton, Jr., murdered during what was, essentially, a minor “fender-bender” traffic accident? There are many people today who certainly think some or all of those conspiracy theories are completely true. In fact, inventing such conspiracy theories—and many, many more like…

CONSPIRACY THEORY
Mystery THEATER

Mystery THEATER

LIBERTY What is code for malleable armor? “I wanted,” says Francesca Amfitheatrof, artistic director for watches and jewelry at Louis Vuitton since 2018, “to break away from Bravery, which was a historical collection in that it drew inspiration from the legacy left by Monsieur Vuitton.” Amfitheatrof has become known for the often elaborate narratives behind her collections—tales of inspiration from armor and Joan of Arc and outer space. “This year has a rather poetic dimension,” she says of her latest high jewelry collection, Louis Vuitton Spirit, her fourth for Vuitton. “I picture the Louis Vuitton woman as a mysterious creature, a strong character with something mythical about her. Those are the concepts I worked with. I wanted these pieces to conjure strong emotions and a powerful energy. Louis Vuitton Spirit brings together…

KILIII YÜYAN

KILIII YÜYAN

I AM GLIDING ON ICE, inhaling the crisp April air of Greenland’s high Arctic, accompanied by the rhythmic whooshing of sled dogs. I kneel on the back of a sled, making photographs of Inughuit hunter Qumangaapik “Quma” Qvist and his dog team. (That’s me holding the camera, above.) I’m on the quintessential National Geographic assignment, dogsledding across roughly 30 miles of sea ice in search of the unicorn of the sea: the narwhal. Week after week, we’ve been coming out on the sea ice of Inglefield Fjord, seeking a path to where ice meets water. After five weeks, when we finally come up on a small area of open water, Quma tests the ice with a heavy pole. It’s mushy, but underneath the softness lies dependable ice—our lives depend on that ice…

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Before you read a word, look at the pictures accompanying this story and answer this question: If the 911 GT3 RS carried a sticker price of $1 million, how long would you need to pick yourself up after you collapsed in laughter? Whatever your estimate, it’s likely fair enough on the surface. The 911’s enduring, insuperable popularity has encouraged Porsche to crank out as many derivatives of its 59-year-old sports car as its assembly lines can accommodate—and selling every one of them, mind you. Another year, another month, another week; ho-hum, look out, here comes another 911! People who don’t get it understandably hit the snooze button. If the average 911’s ubiquity is at least partially a result of its inherent goodness, the GT3 RS is the line’s bucket of dry ice…

Palm Springs Date Shakes

Palm Springs Date Shakes

THE COACHELLA Valley in Southern California is home to (among other things) the mountains and desert of Palm Springs, the famous Coachella music and arts festival, and the nation’s largest collection of date palms. Back in 1904, the U.S. Department of Agriculture set up an experimental station devoted to growing dates in this region since the hot, arid conditions mirrored the climate in the Middle East where these trees thrived. The experiment paid off. In 2020 California produced 49,300 tons of dates, mostly in this region, at an estimated value of $114 million. The bounty of dates in the area means they show up everywhere in the local food scene, including in the now-iconic, ultratasty date milkshake. This thick and creamy concoction is made with ice cream, milk, and dried dates…

BUILDING A BERRY PATCH

“With careful selection and enough space you could have an extended berry harvest from spring, throughout summer and into autumn” Winter is the perfect time to prepare your patch for that crop of summer berries you’ve always wanted. No more plastic punnets, an unrivalled depth of flavour and the joy of being able to pick the sweet taste of summer straight from the bush. Coming in many shapes and sizes, berry bushes and vines are a delicious and prolific addition to the edible garden. The group of plants we commonly call berries includes cane-grown fruits like raspberries, bush-grown fruits like blueberries and small plants like strawberries. Cane-fruiting berries can be unruly ramblers and usually require trellising, while bush-fruiting berries grow as compact-sized bushes or low spreading plants, and can be well suited…

BUILDING A BERRY PATCH
THE BEES ARE COMING

THE BEES ARE COMING

Alice didn’t want to go to Granny Joan’s house and Granny Joan didn’t want her to come. Alice spent the journey with her long chin turned to the car window. Her mum’s words skittered off her shoulders like rainfall. “Bit of space… not coping…” Alice saw people in colours. It was just a thing. Her mum was purple-nearly-black. She used to be sky blue but things change. Her dad had been yellow, a very important streak of hope in their family. She couldn’t see her own colour. All she knew was that when she and her mum mixed together they became a dreary boggy brown. Granny Joan’s house was an old milking parlour in the middle of nowhere. Amidst all that green, Joan glowed red. Dragon’s breath. Fury. It made her difficult to…

THE EXTINCT (AND ALMOST EXTINCT) BIRDS OF JOHN J. AUDUBON

THE EXTINCT (AND ALMOST EXTINCT) BIRDS OF JOHN J. AUDUBON

In the early 1800s, scientists still had much to learn about birds. How many species were there? Where did birds go in the winter? Some people believed Aristotle (384–322 BCE), who said that birds hibernated in logs or even underwater. Were birds different on other continents? Longdistance travel was not that common, and there were many species that only local people had seen and knew existed. Photography was a new technology. A color photo of a bird was not possible. Naturalists could only answer their questions by watching and studying birds. Capturing Birds John James Audubon (1785–1851) had been sketching birds since he was a boy. In 1820, he decided to paint a detailed picture of every bird species in North America. To accomplish this, Audubon went on expeditions to search for birds…

Solide Unterhaltung

Solide Unterhaltung

Das Albrecht DR 895 CD gibt es in Walnuss, wie unser Testmuster, und in Schwarz. Beide Farbvarianten haben eine Oberfläche in Holztextur, was viel unempfindlicher ist als beispielsweise Hochglanzlack. Albrecht hat mit dem DR 895 zwar nicht das Radio neu erfunden – es baut sogar in weiten Teilen auf das 890 CD auf, was wir vor einigen Jahren ebenfalls im Test hatten – man hat vielmehr dem bewährten Design und der gleichermaßen bewährten Technik eine grundlegende Überarbeitung gegönnt. Das Gehäuse baut nun großzügiger in die Höhe, was mehr Platz für Lautsprecher und Display schafft. Einfachste Bedienung Das Display ist mit gut zehn Zentimetern Diagonale so großzügig, dass man beispielsweise die Icons des Hauptmenüs locker zweizeilig abbilden kann, ohne dass sie von weitem nicht mehr zu erkennen sind. Ohnehin macht das Menü…

In the Thick of It

Not a few readers first encountered Stewart Brand in the opening scene of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe’s whirligig chronicle of the Merry Pranksters, Bay Area refugees from the humdrum who in the early 1960s coalesced around novelist Ken Kesey and a passel of hallucinogens, including LSD, then legal. Wolfe opens his tale in late 1966 in the bed of a pickup truck rocketing around San Francisco. With Wolfe are a crazily garbed kid called Cool Breeze, a young woman known as Black Maria, and “a half-Ottawa Indian girl named Lois Jennings, with her head thrown back and a radiant look on her face. Also, a blazing silver disk in the middle of her forehead alternately exploding with light when the sun hits it or sending off rainbows…

In the Thick of It
AMBASSADOR OF FLAVOUR

AMBASSADOR OF FLAVOUR

There are certain advantages of opening a property during the pandemic. Despite the hurdles, it gave Raffles Bali’s director of culinary Gaetan Biesuz and his team enough time to bring their culinary offerings to perfection. “Time is of the essence if you want to pursue greatness. You should not rush the process, otherwise you lose the opportunity to understand how far you can go. Instead, we have used it wisely to research, learn, discover, define, and build what we want to achieve as a team. Every day is an opportunity to make things better,” says Biesuz. Since its opening in 2020, Raffles Bali has been building its reputation as a leading dining destination in Bali. Located in Jimbaran, the all-villa property’s culinary team has been occupied with sourcing for local produce…

When a Tension Gets Attention

Q I’ve seen lots of therapists in my life, but I’ve never been able to get rid of my self-esteem problem. I try so hard to feel good about myself and my life, but there’s always somewhere I fall short. Is there any way to fix this problem, or do I just have to live with it? KEVIN: I remember a classmate in grade school telling me I was built upside down. When I asked why, he said, “Because your feet smell and your nose runs.” “Run” has a hundred or so meanings in English! A playful way into your question about fixing your self-esteem is to explore a different meaning of “fix.” When a problem refuses to be fixed, it may indicate that we need to fix our attention on…

When a Tension Gets Attention

El poder de la individualidad

Time to Shine El maquillaje se llena de luz y el glitter es el complemento ideal para los looks nocturnos mientras que se adhieren diversas piedras. Las aplicaciones son pieza clave para dar un toque lujoso al maquillaje. En la propuesta de Gucci se integran a manera de delineador, para adornar y dar reflejos. También se crean patrones exagerados y decorativos a manera de antifaz para así lograr un look mucho más teatral como vimos en Simone Rocha. Liner Con el delineador negro se crea un trazo potente y nítido, que va en perfecta armonía con un toque ligero de color en los labios y en las mejillas. Este clásico delineado alado es completamente atemporal, lo vimos en Carolina Herrera y BottegaVeneta. Si quieres darle un twist puedes tratar la propuesta de Christian…

El poder de la individualidad

Boat Seat Basics

CLEAN Remove salt and contaminants from upholstery. A specialized cleaner makes this easier. CONDITION To prolong their life, treat seats with a conditioner that helps the vinyl retain its moisture. PROTECT Use a PTFE polymer product to protect vinyl surfaces from sun, salt and other substances. “A general wash removes much of the salt, but other products can help further clean, condition and protect.” Consider the basic anatomy of a boat: exterior, interior, engine. On that level, a boat is not so different from a car—with one huge exception. Saltwater fishing boats live in a hyper-corrosive environment. While a car owner can periodically schedule automotive upkeep projects such as washing and waxing, a saltwater-boat owner should be more vigilant. But that doesn’t always happen. One particular area of common neglect is boat seats. “Especially for boats in saltwater, you’d…

Boat Seat Basics

THE GREATEST NES GAMES

“One of the first games that I tested at Rare. Tricky controls but mastery bought a huge sense of accomplishment. I vividly remember tonguing the giant foot on the moon to win.” Gregg Mayles, Rare SNAKE RATTLE ‘N’ ROLL DEVELOPER: Rare YEAR: 1990 GENRE: Platform 25 Born from an experimental drive to create a small NES cartridge, Snake Rattle ‘N’ Roll sees players chasing down and eating Nibbley Pibbleys in order to grow their snake, in order to tip the level’s scales and open the door to the next stage. Rare’s isometric action game is a tricky one to categorise – but that’s not a bad thing, as it’s a unique experience. Be sure to try the simultaneous two-player mode, too! BUCKY O’HARE DEVELOPER: Konami YEAR: 1992 GENRE: Platform 24 The spotlight might not…

THE GREATEST NES GAMES

TON COLET WINS THE BEST SOMMELIER IN CATALONIA 2022 CONTEST

TON COLET GANA EL CONCURSO AL MEJOR SOMMELIER DE CATALUNYA 2022 After two years during which, due to Covid-19, it had not been possible to hold any sommelier competitions, neither in Spain nor its regions, the Catalan Association of Sommeliers (ACS) held its Best Sommelier in Catalonia Competition in mid-March at the Fórum Gastronómio in Girona. The ACS competition’s purpose is to build and disseminate knowledge of the sommelier profession, along with wines and gastronomic products from around the world (but with a special focus on those from Catalan), and to further strengthen the bonds, friendship and collaboration between wine professionals. The ACS has around 500 professional members and is a non-profit organisation that works primarily to promote the profession of sommelier and all the training and promotional activities associated with the…

TON COLET WINS THE BEST SOMMELIER IN CATALONIA 2022 CONTEST

Jar Excellence

DIY Ramen Soup This fresh yet cozy favorite, prepped and served in a jar, is a healthier alternative to commercial varieties. Feel free to customize the veggies. —Michelle Clair, Seattle, WA Takes: 25 min. • Makes: 2 servings 1 pkg. (3 oz.) ramen noodles1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium chicken base1 to 2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce1 tsp. minced fresh gingerroot½ cup shredded carrots½ cup shredded cabbage2 radishes, halved and sliced½ cup sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves2 lime wedges1 hard-boiled large egg, halved4 cups boiling water 1. Cook ramen noodles according to package directions (do not use seasoning packet); cool. 2. In each of two 1-qt. wide-mouth canning jars, layer half of each ingredient in the following order: ramen noodles, chicken base, chili sauce, ginger, carrots, cabbage, radishes, mushrooms, chicken and…

Jar Excellence

Building Bridges

“I can say hard things really well with a smile,” says Latasha Morrison, that high-wattage smile beaming at me as it did throughout an hours-long Zoom that flies by. “A friend once told me, ‘It’s like you punch me in the face, but you’re rubbing my back at the same time.’” MORRISON’S UNCOMMON gift was put to the test in her new hometown of Austin, where she moved in 2012 from Atlanta. “I have pictures of my godkids and family up in my office. Now, I’m the only Black person that works at this place,” Morrison, who goes by Tasha, says of the church where she’d begun working. A white coworker would routinely walk into her office and, her eyes falling to the cluster of photos, exclaim, “I just love little…

Building Bridges

How the Complicated Physics Inside Your Coffee Mug Could Lead to Better Robots

DESPITE WHAT THAT LONG-FORGOTTEN stain on your white shirt might have you believe, humans are pretty good at walking with a cup of coffee and avoiding spills, even if our success rate isn’t quite 100 percent. Every time you manage to get your cup of joe from one point to another spill-free, you’re intuitively completing a little-understood feat of physics: manipulating a complex object such as liquid. That’s according to a group of researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) who have been modeling the coffee-carrying phenomenon in an attempt to imbue robots with the same finesse. In a world of increasing automation, machines are expected to perform more dexterous motions, explains Brent Wallace, a Ph.D. student at ASU’s School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering who was involved in the work. “But…

How the Complicated Physics Inside Your Coffee Mug Could Lead to Better Robots
STICKING THE LANDING

STICKING THE LANDING

The space shuttle was truly groundbreaking. When the design was first unveiled in the 1970s, people were used to the idea of sending people into orbit or even to the moon in relatively tiny space capsules, but the enormous winged shuttles, with their stark, black-and-white color scheme and covering of novel thermal protection system tiles, captured the world’s imagination. Still, for all its glamour, the space shuttle posed tremendous engineering problems for its designers and its operators. Because the shuttle program deviated from the existing blueprint for putting humans into space, NASA had to extensively test, rehearse and train for every aspect of its flight profile, especially the landing. A shuttle would land like an airplane on a runway (or more accurately, like a glider, since it would be coming in…

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY

ACADEMY of ART UNIVERSITY

GRADUATION FASHION SHOW St. Brigid Church, San Francisco, CA May 12, 2022 ALLYN MAE FOX, BFA Fashion Design GRADUATION YEAR: 2022 Allyn Mae Fox, BFA Fashion Design, grew up in Manila, Philippines. For her thesis collection, Fox found inspiration while observing passengers sitting on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, waiting for their stops. It reminded her of time spent in quarantine, with everyone’s lives put on pause. To develop her looks, Fox used the design software CLO3D to translate her designs from 2D to 3D, allowing her to create her patterns and toiles with less waste. BLAICI XIONG, BFA Fashion Design GRADUATION YEAR: 2022 Blaici Xiong, BFA Fashion Design, grew up in Sacramento, California. As a young Hmong-American artist, Xiong is deeply committed to her culture. With deep roots in Hmong culture, Xiong bases her thesis collection…

In The Beginning

There was a snake in the garden. Adam didn’t know how he knew it, but he did. “Father?” he called out cautiously. But Father did not answer him. The garden was a beautiful place, full of flowers, fruit trees, and animals of every kind. Nothing like a snake, though: these animals did not hurt each other, because the garden took care of them. All Adam had to do was ask for what he needed, and a new plant would grow spontaneously to provide it for him. The garden was everything that Adam had ever known. Father had put him there from the moment of his creation, when he’d breathed life into his body and turned him into a living soul. Adam couldn’t remember how long ago that was, but that was okay…

Kumiko Wall Shelf

Inspiration can come from any number of places. Often, I find (furniture) pieces in antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales. I don’t buy them usually—I have too many hobbies the way it is. What I do instead is take photos of them. That way, as I’m working on a design, I can reach back into my phone’s library and pull design elements from these pieces I’ve come across. Sometimes, however, it isn’t a design or furniture piece that inspires. Instead, it’s a technique. That’s precisely what happened when I got a hold of a copy of Matt Kenney’s book, “The Art of Kumiko‚” a couple of years back. Not that I hadn’t been aware of Kumiko. In fact, it seems to have been the “in” thing the last few years.…

Kumiko Wall Shelf
Improve Creative Brainstorming With Constructive Criticism

Improve Creative Brainstorming With Constructive Criticism

Anyone who has ever participated in a group brainstorming session knows the ground rules: Focus on quantity, not quality. Be open to far-fetched, outlandish ideas. And above all, don’t criticize. Those principles were conceived in the late 1940s by Alex Osborn, a partner at the esteemed New York City advertising agency BBDO and the unofficial godfather of brainstorming. Osborn believed — and numerous studies back him up — that to maximize creativity, brainstorming should be free wheeling and nonjudgmental. “Creativity,” he said, “is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.” Recent research, however, has cast doubt on Osborn’s “no criticism” rule. A growing number of studies show that criticism might actually heighten creativity and imagination. Forcing participants to suspend…