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Notes from a father-daughter trip

Notes from a father-daughter trip

MY PARENTS DIVORCED when I was three. I stood to the side while my dad tried to figure out how to adjust the pleats of my school uniform. “I’ve never ironed a skirt before,” he said. In a row of girls wearing black leather shoes and lace socks, I wore hiking boots and wool. Neither one of us had ever heard of starching a skirt.

These sailboats are so fast you need helmets

These sailboats are so fast you need helmets

I GREW UP racing small (Lightning class) sailboats, and was a kid during the infamous 1988 America’s Cup when Dennis Connor, faced with limited funding and a New Zealand team with the fastest mono-hull sailboat ever built, broke out in a radical new direction by racing (and winning) in a catamaran.One of the news stories I remember from that time was how skipper Dennis Connor and crew had to actually train for the event not just in terms of sailing but of fitness, as sailing this new type of craft was so physical.

How Hurricane Sandy helped me stop being a shitty person

How Hurricane Sandy helped me stop being a shitty person

How do I feel one year after Hurricane Sandy? I feel lucky.Before the storm, I was a seething, depressed mess. I felt I was entitled to having the finer things in life, but I didn’t want to work hard to get them. I resented my more successful friends and their jobs that paid adult salaries. It was as if everyone else in my life was getting ahead just fine, but an invisible wall kept me from keeping up.

23 laws from other countries the US should adopt

23 laws from other countries the US should adopt

Traveling is a great way to learn about other cultures and ways of thinking. While most of our encounters with a host country’s legal system usually revolve around visas and Customs offices, there is a much broader and underlying set of laws that guides the flow of daily routines and reflects a people’s values and beliefs.

15 of the most haunted places in the world [pics]

15 of the most haunted places in the world [pics]

Happy Halloween, Matadorians!WHILE I’M NOT MUCH OF A BELIEVER in the paranormal, I’m a big enough crybaby that the mere thought that I could have it wrong keeps me far away from these allegedly haunted places.If you’re in possession of greater fortitude, most are easily visitable. 1Paris Catacombs - Paris, FranceWhen Christianity flourished early in Paris& 39; history, the practice of burying the dead on the outskirts ended in favor of church burials within the city limits.

89 of the world’s most mind-bending 3D chalk drawings

89 of the world’s most mind-bending 3D chalk drawings

With a background in cognitive psychology, I can’t help but find illusions and other perceptual tricks utterly fascinating. As our modes of sensory input are streamlined for efficiency, this leaves a significant and somewhat shocking margin for error.Combine that knowledge with the world of art, and you’ve got the increasingly popular trend of forced perspective “anamorphic” street drawings (wherein the image and three-dimensional illusion are only properly visible while viewing the piece from a particular location).