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What Kind of Idiot Will Your Next Phone Take You For?

Amazon has announced a new phone called the "Fire," and it does all the things that other phones do: calls, texts, photos, apps. There is also a physical button that activates a service called "Firefly," which allows you to: Recognize household items, books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and more. Access product details, add items to your Wish List, or order on Amazon straight from your Fire phone.

A ʙᴜʏ button, but for everything! A direct, interference-free line from your worst impulses to your credit card. The world is Amazon's showroom, and you are its tired, confused customer, wandering the aisles endlessly in search of an exit that no longer [...]

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Inside New York's Last Sensory Deprivation Tank

Here's the thing to know about Sam Zeiger—the curly-haired, fifty-something hippie who owns the last sensory deprivation tank in New York: he's not going to murder you. At least he didn't murder me. Unless he did, and blogging forever is just one brand of newfangled, bespoke afterlife torments you can qualify for now (versus pushing a rock up a hill or getting your liver pecked out by birds).

Still, even if it's sort of embarrassing to cop to having made an appointment for an hour of isolation, you should still tell someone where you're going and where dude lives. The fear of getting murdered can be a distraction and when [...]

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Brute-Force Prestige

The nerds have already subsumed much under their regime: social interactions, mass media, restaurant delivery, dating, books, and nearly everything else of value in modern American society, including money itself. But only now have they conquered the very definition of an elite cultural institution, one of the primary means by which today's most privileged are minted:

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What's The Best Car Gear For A Roadtrip?

Summers are filled with road trips and road trips are about junk food pit stops, managing gas station bathroom filth and also the car itself. For some reason, every time I get a car, I begin to fill it with lots of extra little things that I imagine might come in useful in a pinch a far ways from the safety of home. I suppose that's how I ended up with an old VW Vanagon camper van with a tricked-out electrical system, closets, stove, and two full-sized beds. It's a special feeling of freedom combined with creature comforts when I take my van on a trip across the Western American [...]

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The Bros Who Inherited the Earth

Here's the guy who runs Uber, which has raised over $300 million:

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he was not getting any ladies when he was previous startups were tanking. “It’s great now!"

— Nicholas Carlson (@nichcarlson) May 28, 2014

And the guy who co-founded RapGenius, which has raised over $15 million because it's the darling of two of the most influential investors in the world:

(Previously: "I'mma rape you in your mouth")

And finally, this is the guy who founded Snapchat, writing in 2009: Bro, these three samples were collected from this week alone: This isn't a fluke! This is who wins [...]