Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

Pixelberry's 'Choices' Was the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Escape I Needed

When The Freshman, one of the first books released on the app, prompted me to pick a name for my character, I typed mine in full: Somdyuti Datta Ray. In Choices, players can pick interactive stories or “books” across genres like adventure, romantic drama, horror, fantasy, and mystery.

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

Why Can't I Stop Staring at My Own Face on Zoom?

The person you are seeing there is not the compliant reflection of your ego, but that most elusive of all entities: the self you become in the emergency of a social encounter, when all your premeditations fall away; the self who has always been familiar to your friends, family, and acquaintances while remaining largely invisible to you, its owner.

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

My Country's Leader Got Covid, Too. It Sucked

Two days after morbid Sunday, Johnson was transferred to intensive care.His former communications director Will Walden assured the British public that Johnson was “far fitter than he looks.” Try not to become too much of a BMI know-it-all.

A Week of Uncontrolled Sobbing at a Chinese Business Seminar

A Week of Uncontrolled Sobbing at a Chinese Business Seminar

One day in class, we were asked to label certain personal characteristics—family background, education, profession, looks, wealth, height, marriage status, geographic location—as either strengths or weaknesses.In fact, if I lived in China, they were things that market conditions would force me to change and compensate for.

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s

Adapted from a serialized novella by Simon Rich called Sell Out, An American Pickle is first and foremost a goofy Rip Van Winkle update (or Encino Man update) with Seth Rogen as a cranky old-time Jewish man named Herschel Greenbaum, who comes to the United States around 1919, takes a job at a pickle factory in Williamsburg killing rats, and subsequently gets stuck in a pickle vat for a century.

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

Space Photos of the Week: Rovers Taking Selfies—for Science

And one of the very first things NASA does when a spacecraft lands on another planet is to have it take a selfie: “Let me see your wheels in the dirt so I know you got there safely.” Or “Snap a photo of your solar panels so we can see how dirty they are.” A simple selfie can tell a science team if an instrument is broken, say, or how close it might be to an object.

What If You Can't Avoid the Hospital as Covid-19 Spreads?

What If You Can't Avoid the Hospital as Covid-19 Spreads?

Like much of the internet, groups and subreddits for people with serious medical conditions are buzzing with coronavirus concerns, but with an urgency that is considerably more concrete and specific.

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You

One night, before turning in for bed, you’ll scroll through Instagram, admiring one acquaintance in particular, deciding to follow their bio link to a private subscription-only page where they offer “premium” content (mostly nudes).

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

The Trump administration Wednesday reaffirmed its policy to maintain a light touch in regulating self-driving vehicles , with a new document that is long on promoting the industry and silent on rules governing testing or operating the vehicles.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

Let's Unravel the Time Travel Paradox of Terminator: Dark Fate

The Terminator movies can adhere to Novikov principle, mostly, if you generally accept the timeline that John Connor sent back Kyle Reese to protect his mother, Sarah Connor, knowing that Reese would then become his father.

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties

All group chats are invasions of privacy—bits of private life invading professional and social spheres throughout the day.Bachelor parties are portals back to younger selves, their group chats instant time machines.

When Black Horror Consumes Us

When Black Horror Consumes Us

Most of all, Atlanta asks an essential query of black horror, one not just informed by the genre but propelled by race and history: How might one find a way to survive.

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

In 2019, meme creators are abandoning the typical resolution, which so often feels like a list of personal failings, for something more technical, informed, and designed to hack the human psyche: a quest for subtle shifts that will radically change the way you perceive your world, a kind of psychic weighted blanket to mollify 2019’s inevitable crises.

Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

"We want to make traveling a more seamless, cultural experience using an extensive database of local knowledge."But Explorest is just an app-shaped version of something tourists already do: flit from attraction to attraction to take the same photos they've already seen of Buckingham Palace, the Golden Gate Bridge or even Brussels' Peeing Boy. That script, staged again and again by countless visitors, reflects how photography has always shaped the travel experience—for good or bad.“It can be an opening up to the world,” says Peter D.