The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

We wrote hundreds upon hundreds of stories about the buildings and infrastructure around us this year—ranging from the discovery of how Egypt really built its pyramids, to a tour of the building where NYC's poop goes. Odds are good you didn't see every last one, so take a look at the best of the year.

Scientists Discovered the Egyptian Secret to Moving Huge Pyramid Stones

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

An ancient engineering mystery, solved.

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

You can see it from all over LA—but a complicated opera involving locals, environmentalists, Google, and the city is making it tougher to actually find it.

Where New York City's Poop Goes

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

NYC's sewage infrastructure is both gross and magical, as Nick Stango found out this year first hand.

Building the Part of Facebook No One Ever Sees

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

Where do all your idiotic Facebook photos from 2004 live? They live in this carefully-constructed, remarkably-engineered nowhere.

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

If you don't remember this happening, you probably weren't born yet. Because you'd remember. It was UTTER CHAOS.

Tracking Brooklyn's Rapid-Fire Gentrification With Google Street View

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

You knew it was changing, but until Ashley Feinberg compared just a few years of Google Street View, you might not have realized quite how much.

One of America's Most Famous Architects Was a Nazi Propagandist

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

Your lame college-era Philip Johnson phase was so much worse than you think.

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

The experts weigh in on what would happen if the Stay Puft giant from Ghostbusters actually attacked.

This Superhero Train Keeps New York City's Subway Safe

There's a vast network that keeps NYC's subways safe and running—we went aboard one of the trains on the front lines of that endless uphill battle.

Earthquake Early Warning Systems Save Lives. So Why Don't We Have One?

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

A story about planning, technology, and the slow crush of a geological inevitability.

Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

It's still possible to keep a building secret in Manhattan, but we got a tour anyways—Nick Stango managed to get inside the anonymous building where cell service is being pushed into subway stations.

Orion Is a Triumph. Let's Not Waste It

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

NASA's been under fire for spending so much money on projects and infrastructure that's useless to it these days. One exception: Orion. Sarah Zhang explains why it's a crucial moment.

A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC's Newest Train Tunnel

Earlier this year, we got to descend into one of the city's biggest infrastructure projects—these are the images we brought back.

How a Design Flaw Turned the London Shard Hotel Into a Voyeur's Dream

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

2014's best design "accident."

Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is "Pure Shit"

The Year's 15 Best Stories About Cities, Buildings, and Infrastructure

This year Frank Gehry—now 85—finally claims his rightful title as architecture's top crotchety old man. And that's a competitive category!

Schedule Your Morning Emails the Night Before

Schedule Your Morning Emails the Night Before

Most people check their emails early in the day, which is why your morning emails are more likely to get read. However, if you want to get a more proactive start to your day, reply to emails in the late afternoon or evening, and schedule them to go out in the morning.

You can use Right Inbox for Gmail or Boomerang to schedule your emails if you're a Gmail user. As the creator of Boomerang said to CBS, emails sent from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. are about three times more likely to be opened than the emails you send at 4 p.m. You don't need to write your emails in the morning to send them at that time (and you shouldn't!).

How the Most Successful Night Owls Manage to Wake Up Early | Fast Company

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Just Korra, being her usual badass self.

Just Korra, being her usual badass self. This painting by DeviantArt regular Artgerm will be one of the many pieces showcased at the upcoming official Avatar tribute art exhibition, held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California between March 7-22. Look here for more of Artgerm's work.

Korra Aura Original [Artgerm@DeviantArt]

Dayshot is an image-based feature that runs every morning, showcasing some of the prettiest, funniest game-related screenshots and art we can find. Send us suggestions if you've got them.

Questions? Comments? Contact the author of this post at andras-AT-kotaku-DOT-com.

Tech things I'm excited about in 2015 because 2014 was so boring - The Next Web

Tech things I'm excited about in 2015 because 2014 was so boring

The Next Web

Sure all our phones got a little better. Smartwatches powered by Android appeared and were immediately added to the catch-all drawer with our Fitbits, Nike FuelBands and Jawbone ups. Computers are still about as exciting as new socks, and TV is still ...

The Financial Steps to Take Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Parent

The Financial Steps to Take Before Becoming a Stay-at-Home Parent

There are a lot of benefits that go along with being a stay-at-home parent, but it can take a big toll on your finances, if you're not careful. The more tuned in you are to where you're at with your savings, spending and debt, the easier it is to make the transition. If you're contemplating becoming a stay-at-home parent, here are some things you need to do, financially.

This post originally appeared on My Bank Tracker.

Compare Income With Spending

The first thing new you should consider is how much you're bringing in each month versus how much is going out. Earning big bucks doesn't really help you out any if you're not able to save anything because your expenses are eating up every penny you make. If you're not already using a budgeting software like Mint to keep tabs on everything, signing up for a free account is a smart move.

When you're running the numbers, make sure you're looking at the bigger picture. Instead of just reviewing last month's spending, go back over the previous year so you can see how your expenses and income have changed over time. If you notice that your spending has crept up in a particular category, take a look at why this happened, and decide if it's something you can cut back on.

Revamp Your Budget

Becoming a stay-at-home parent means typically means making some serious budget changes. Even though you may be spending less on transportation each month since you're not driving to the office anymore, you're now having to factor in the cost of things like diapers and formula. Creating a rough draft of your post-baby budget can give you an idea of what you'll actually be working with.

Giving the new budget a trial run before the baby comes is a good way to see if your plans are realistic. For example, if you're planning to cut back on eating out and reallocate that money towards baby expenses, you could go ahead and start saving the extra cash now. If you want to take things a step further, you could try living on one income for a few months to see if it's feasible, based on what you anticipate your budget will look like.

Check Your Insurance Coverage

There's no denying that having a baby is expensive; the cost of delivery alone can run from $10,000 to $20,000, depending on whether there are any complications. If you've got excellent health insurance that shouldn't be a problem but if you don't, you're probably going to be looking at a big bill.

Not only that, you also have to think about how the stay-at-home parent will be affected in terms of losing their health insurance coverage after they leave their job. If you're the working spouse and you're covered through your employer, then it may just be a matter of adding them and the new baby on to the policy but that could mean your premiums will go up substantially. On the other hand, if you were covered on their plan, then you could be looking at buying a whole new policy, which can also add up to a major expense.

Adjust Your Savings Strategy

Building up a nice cushion of cash is a smart move for anyone, but it's particularly important for new parents who are going to see their income take a dip. Having a little bit extra in the bank can ease some of the financial anxiety that can sometimes go along with being a stay-at-home parent.

It's also wise to think about how expanding your family is going to impact your ability to save for long-term goals, like retirement. If the person who's going to be staying at home has a 401(k) through their employer, you have to decide what to do with the money if they won't be going back to their old job. You may also consider setting up a Spousal IRA so they're still able to build a nest egg of their own.

At some point, you'll have to decide whether saving for college is something you can afford to do. The earlier you start saving, the better so if you're able to throw a few dollars a month into a 529 plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account, that's a great way to get ahead of the game.

Create a Backup Plan

There's a certain amount of risk that goes along with becoming a stay-at-home parent but if you've got a Plan B in place it makes rolling with the punches a little easier. For instance, what would happen if the working spouse were to lose their job? How would the two of you handle things if the one who's staying home decides to go back to work? Where would daycare costs fit into the picture? Discussing the different scenarios before they become a possibility puts you in a better position to deal with them should they actually happen.

Two Cents is a new blog from Lifehacker all about personal finance. Follow us on Twitter here .

The Army may ditch fitness tests for unfit, 'ponytail-wearing' hackers

It's a truth, often forgotten, that no-one can be perfect at everything. We may laud Justin Timberlake's musical, dancing and acting ability, but he's probably a terrible plumber. It's a problem that the Army is beginning to understand, since the sor...

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Combien de temps faut-il à une année pour en chasser une autre ? La réponse est 26 heures. C'est le temps qu'il faudra à 2015 pour grignoter les fuseaux horaires de 2014. Les îles...

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Bad Ass!! UFO Videos Of 2014! Stunning UFO Evidence! Full Length Feature!

Best UFO Videos Of 2014! Oct-Nov Stunning UFO Evidence! Full Length Feature Showcasing Dozens Of UFO Videos Submitted to Thirdphaseofomoon! Multiple UFOs Light UP Kentucky! Raw video ...

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Study: Technology made us more productive, but we work longer hours


The Pew Research Center peered into the lives of Internet workers — “online adults who also have full- or part-time jobs in any capacity” — and came away with some interesting insights.

According to the study, published Tuesday, 92% of people surveyed say the Internet hasn’t hurt their productivity. Of that number, 46% feel it has made them more productive and 46% say they’ve felt no change

However, it appears that great productivity comes at a price — increased work hours. Pew says 35 percent of online workers have experienced an increase in the amount of hours they work Read more...

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Panda Adds More News Feeds, Sources of Inspiration, and Bookmarking

Web/Chrome: Panda, the news feed that keeps you inspired and informed at the same time, just rolled out an update to its webapp and Chrome extension that adds more general news sources you may want to keep up with, a new, more customizable layout, and some quick-start templates to get you up and running fast.

The last time we looked at Panda, we praised it for giving you a way to keep up with news sources like Hacker News and Product Hunt at the same time as offering some visual and design inspiration as well, in the form of images from Dribble and Behance. Now the site has added more general news sources like Wired, TechCrunch, and Mashable. It also has a much more customizable layout, ditching the old two-paned static view for two and three-paned views that you can customize from the sidebar, keyboard shortcuts for those layouts so you can switch between them quickly, and more. As you find articles you like, you can "pandamark" them—or bookmark them—for future reference or to read later.

The video above is a quick rundown of how it works, and once you visit the webapp, or update or install the Chrome extension, you'll have the option to choose a preset configuration based on your job (choose from Hacker, Front-End Developer, UI/UX Engineer, and a number of others—including "other" or those of us who don't fit any of them), and you can get started right away (or tweak from there.) Hit the link below to give it a try.

Panda - Daily News and Inspiration

An epic supercut of explosions in movies

An epic supercut of explosions in movies

Nothing rings in the new years like explosions and fireworks and countdowns and mind sacrificing hangovers earned during silly festivities. This supercut video by Screen Junkies has most of that from movies like Star Wars and Tropic Thunder and more. You can save the hangover for tomorrow.

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