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How to choose which song you should be listening to as your plane crashes to the ground

How to choose which song you should be listening to as your plane crashes to the ground

The habit started in May of 2009, the summer after my dad had bought me noise-canceling headphones for Christmas, while I was on a plane traveling to Beijing for a shitty summer internship. The plane hit a particularly bad patch of turbulence, and, as a pocket of air suddenly decided to just not be there anymore, the plane dropped what must’ve been about 20 feet before catching itself.

Why would I learn to snowboard?

Why would I learn to snowboard?

At the hotel two guys showed up with snowboarding gear. They wanted us to try it on. I tried taking pictures of myself wearing snowboard boots. I jumped around like I was walking on the moon. I’d never gone snowboarding before, and I thought I looked novel. I’m an unathletic Jew from LA — why would I ever go to the snow?

10 signs you aren’t in the ‘default world’ at Burning Man

10 signs you aren’t in the ‘default world’ at Burning Man

The epic journey thereBlack Rock City is located some distance northeast of Gerlach, which is in turn located some distance northeast of Reno, which is not conveniently situated to anyone outside of a few nearby gamblers. At least it has an airport, which allows the many foreign Burners somewhere to fly into, but whether you fly or drive, getting to Reno will entail several hours of transit.

The ultimate global greetings cheatsheet [infographic]

The ultimate global greetings cheatsheet [infographic]

I’ve just downloaded this image onto my phone as a quick-read guide to saying “Hello!” in over 20 different languages. Although having a pronunciation guide would also be helpful, as I know the “t” in salut! is silent, and god only knows how to say “Hi!” in Hungarian. It’s a cool visual, at any rate, and may especially help travelers who are planning to see several countries during a round-the-world journey.

6 mindsets you have to dominate to become a freelancer

6 mindsets you have to dominate to become a freelancer

I started working as a freelance writer in the summer of 2011. I had just graduated college and was contemplating either going to graduate school or heading into the corporate IT world with my degree in telecommunications and information management. I was working as an editor of a magazine startup but, with working over 60 hours a week with minimal pay, I knew I needed to do something else.

Ranges I would rather not explore

Ranges I would rather not explore

Nan’s first floor apartment is at the end of a long bare hallway. She stands in her doorway and waves me in. I can’t understand why she is not shattered by the effort. She has withered since the last time I worked with her in our writing class. We hug. I hold a bundle of cool sticks in my arms.The apartment is featureless, except for two finely woven sisal knots hanging on the white wall above the couch.