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Snoop Dogg’s surprisingly solid tips for Thanksgiving dinner

Ina Garten. The Butterball turkey hotline. Even the late, very great Anthony Bourdain. Those are some of the names that come to mind when you think of a Thanksgiving expert. Snoop Dogg is not one of those names.



ASMR videos are edgy, unnerving and almost avant-garde -- is it time to consider them art?

They feature slime, crackling plastic, whispering, scratching, brushing and the thrumming of exquisitely groomed fingernails. They are, depending on whom you talk to, either the antidote to anxiety or a wellspring of annoyance. But might they also be art?


Extreme balloon trend on the rise in Minnesota party decor

Balloons will always be a signifier of single-digit birthday parties, a playful tool for sculpting hair with static.

Japanese spinning tops tell stories, aim for playfulness

It once was thought that the Japanese tradition of carving Edo-style spinning tops had been lost. It turned out it had just gone on the road to northern Japan — and some of it ended up in America as well.


Book review

How the US lost the propaganda war in Afghanistan

The Americans knew the Taliban set off the blast that ripped through Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Ramadan in 2009. The explosion killed 41 and wounded more than 60.


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games

Things get dark and dirty in solid open-worlder ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

This is what it’s like to play “Red Dead Redemption 2”: You’re living the life of an outlaw in the Wild West. You’re Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang, and you and the crew are on the run. That means a battle for survival throughout five fictional states in Rockstar Games’ masterpiece, but it means more than that, too. It means maintaining guns, eating, and feeding your horse, and it means hours and hours on horseback, traversing one of the most detailed depictions of the Wild West that you’ve ever seen. This is life in “Red Dead Redemption 2,” and if you’re not careful, you’ll burn hours upon hours of your real life in New Hanover.



europe after hours

Murphy’s Law gets pub culture right in Mannheim

My search for unique Irish fare in an authentic environment led me to a place just outside of the main train station in Mannheim. A two-minute walk brought me to Murphy’s Law Irish Pub, and one of the most genuine Irish pub settings I have experienced outside of Ireland.



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the meat and potatoes of life

Help homeless veterans with smart giving, not spare change

In 2010, when President Barack Obama pledged to end veteran homelessness in ten years, I cynically thought it was an empty political promise during a time when it was popular to support military issues. But don’t you know, he nearly did it.