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Photo contest: Win a $25,000 USD dream vacation in the AppUp Challenge
Photo contest: Win a $25,000 USD dream vacation in the AppUp Challenge

Intel is giving away $40,000 in custom vacations along with other sweet, sweet goodies.The Intel AppUp Challenge is awarding the submitter of the best travel photo a $25,000 custom vacation for him/her and three friends or family members. If you don’t take home the grand prize, there is also a chance to win a $10,000 second prize and a $5000 third prize.

Escape the Cubicle: 5 Steps To Convincing Your Boss To Let You Telecommute
Escape the Cubicle: 5 Steps To Convincing Your Boss To Let You Telecommute

Cubicle hell. Photo by Steve Lyon. Working here makes you grow old fast.If you find yourself thinking “I can do this job from home,” don’t just dream about it anymore, make it happen. Here’s how.No sooner than framing my college diploma on the wall, I found I was on my own, broke and nestled in the corner of a cubicle just to pay my bills.

Exploring the World’s Most Sacred Mountains
Exploring the World’s Most Sacred Mountains

Feature photo by SparkyLeigh. Photo above by padraic woods.A list of some of the most awe inspiring sacred mountains on the planet.Some mountains have attained legendary status for their danger and difficulty. Others simply dominate the landscape, commanding the attention of all who pass by. Still other mountains are revered as sacred.

Explore New Zealand’s Franz Josef glacier
Explore New Zealand’s Franz Josef glacier

Explore New Zealand& 39;s Franz Josef glacier - Our SiteWHAT/WHEREBackpackingMatt gives us the low down on enjoying New Zealand’s Franz Josef glacier on a budget or in high style.NETWORK CONNECTIONStep onto these shrinking behemoths before they are little more than a trickle. Many of the worlds great glaciers are in decline giving rise to glacial tourism.

Banksy bails out graffiti artists who tagged a giant penis on a drawbridge (PIC)
Banksy bails out graffiti artists who tagged a giant penis on a drawbridge (PIC)

How far can a graffitied image of a penis get you? In Russia, it can get you an award.The Russian graffiti group named “Voina” (War) received a prize for “innovation” in the visual art category sponsored by the Russian Culture Ministry for painting a penis on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg.Two members of the group–Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov– were arrested for a stunt last September (they overturned several police cars in a protest called Palace Revolution) and have spent four months in prison awaiting trial.

Submissions Call: Nonlinear Travel Writing
Submissions Call: Nonlinear Travel Writing

So often, narrative writing follows the same patterns of chronology and forward momentum. Here’s an opportunity for writers to submit narratives based on new structures.LAST WEEK, Matador published a story by Jamie Brisick, author and former pro-surfer. If you haven’t read The Surfboard as Memory Stick, please check it out now; it’s a super innovative story.

Broken lines: Fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada
Broken lines: Fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada

Bank of Sotcher Lake. All images except feature by the author.Monica Prelle recounts seven summers working and fishing in the Sierra Nevada. On most mornings at Red’s Meadow Resort near Mammoth Lakes, California, there was a line waiting for me to unlock the door to the cafe. Backpackers, campers and fishermen wanted to get their day started with coffee and a short stack.

Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen
Tech crackdown no way to commemorate Tiananmen

Tomorrow, the world remembers the Tiananmen Square Massacre in spite of the fact that the Chinese government seems determined to forget.Photos: Ed-meisterThursday, June 4 is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.During the early summer of 1989, university students gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest and voice their demands for a more democratic government.

Notes on Not Being Able to Pray at The Wailing Wall
Notes on Not Being Able to Pray at The Wailing Wall

All photos by the author.Robert Hirshfield sees a sign only he can read: Only Those Serious About Their Souls May Enter Here.My tiny digital camera weaves and bobs on the security belt. I am scanned from armpit to ankle. I tingle. Is it because I feel myself threatened, or because I feel myself a threat?

Tai Shan: A Sacred Climb
Tai Shan: A Sacred Climb

Photo: kanagenAlmost 500 km south of Beijing, the city of Tai’an in Shandong province is home to one of the “Five Sacred Mountains” of China.At its tallest point, the Jade Emperor peak tops out at 1545 meters. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tai Shan is loaded with historical, cultural, and natural significance — pilgrims have been making the trek up the mountain for over 3,000 years to pay religious homage.

New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws
New Poll Suggests Muslims Worldwide Support Stricter ‘Islamic’ Laws

First of all, let me say that the results of this poll seem quite disconnected from reality.As written in the LA Times:According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion.

Nectar Of The Gods: The Cultural History Of Chocolate
Nectar Of The Gods: The Cultural History Of Chocolate

Once reserved only for Aztec royalty, the origin of chocolate weaves a mysterious (and delicious) web throughout history.“Black gold,” as chocolate has been called, has a control over a majority of Westerners.It’s always in the back of one’s mind, or in the front of one’s mind when obtaining some becomes more acute.