8 Experiential Birthday Gifts That Are So Much Better Than A Bottle Of Wine

Unless your friends are the type that spend the days leading up to their birthday creating Amazon wish lists and mood boards on Pinterest, we’re willing to bet that you’re usually at a loss for what to gift them, no matter how close you are. That’s why we love experiential gifts. Unlike physical presents, experiences leave every gift recipient with a fun memory to look back on, so there’s little room for error. Plus, there’s something for every single personality type — and it’s a slightly narcissistic win-win if you happen to benefit from the experience as well. To help you become your friend group’s designated gift-giving master, we teamed… Read More

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Timothy Zahn is writing a new Thrawn novel

Lucasfilm and Del Rey Books revealed today that Timothy Zahn is writing a new Star Wars novel: Thrawn: Treason. It’s a sequel to 2017’s Thrawn (which covered the villain’s origins) and Thrawn: Alliances, the sequel that brought Thrawn and Darth Vader together for the first time. This new book is set in the aftermath of the demise of Thrawn’s Tie Defender project in Star Wars Rebels, after it’s killed in favor of the Empire weapons project that becomes the Death Star. The new book follows the titular character as he grapples with an impossible choice: heed a warning from his former aide de camp Eli Vanto, who brings word that… Read More

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Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji

Creating biologically accurate emoji representations of animals and insects are an issue for developers at Apple and Google, and the most recent example is no exception. Apple’s squid emoji, which was integrated in 2016, is on the receiving end of scorn from the scientific community following a tweet from the Monterey Bay Aquarium team. The team addressed a serious misdeed on Apple’s part, in an effort to bring attention to sea life in general for ocean awareness. The squid in question, seen in the tweet below, is actually upside down, according to the team. The siphon should appear behind this little fella’s head, not on his face. / ̄ ̄ ̄\  ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|  ー __… Read More

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12 Festive (& Seriously Chic) Holiday Manicures To Copy This Season

Imagine, for a second, that you’ve just stepped through the door of a swanky holiday party. You’re wearing a variation of your dream outfit — a velvet jumpsuit, heels, earrings that look like Hermès but are actually H&M — when someone hands you a skinny crystal champagne flute, like a scene out of a movie. You smile, eagerly stretch your fingers towards the stem, and, at that precise moment, remember the one detail you forgot: to schedule a manicure. Instead of getting stuck kicking yourself at the eleventh hour — digging your fingers deep in the pockets of your jumpsuit (thank god for pockets, right?) — give yourself a fun,… Read More

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