Intermission: Bridging The Generational Divide

German photographer Frauke Theilking shows the differences and similarities between parents and children in a striking photo series.

"Generation" is a photography series created by German photographer and artist Frauke Theilking to demonstrate the differences and similarities between generations. Theilking focused on mother/daughter and father/son pairs, staging them with no distractions from clothing or background.

While many people want to separate themselves as much as possible from their parents, whether by changing appearance or moving away, Theilking’s photos are a reminder that we can never fully escape familial bonds.

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Getaround: The Future of Car-Sharing

Instead of sitting in a driveway, your car could be a shared resource.

Getaround CEO Sam Zaid

Zipcar, the first car-sharing company in the United States, has been around for 11 years. But the company had a net loss of $14.7 million in 2010. Getaround, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer startup, may have a more sustainable vision of the future of car-sharing. Instead of owning, maintaining, and operating its own fleet of cars (which is how Zipcar works), Getaround owns no vehicles, which may help it avoid problems like those that plague Zipcar.

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The Case Against Cupcakes: Pie Wins Every Time

Frosting can carry a dessert only so far.

A cupcake is the bitch who doesn’t want to share. She has hair that's way too big, and she probably is not down to hang. A slice of pie however, is the girl next door. She’s a little nutty, but warm and welcoming. Maybe she even has a little streusel on top. Have some ice cream? Sure, go ahead and join the pie—it's even better with friends. Chances are, with a cupcake, there is only one where that came from. But with a slice of pie, there’s a whole 360 degrees to enjoy.

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Shift My Gift: Convert Your Holiday Haul Into Charitable Giving

While people around the world are in need, consumer culture encourages Americans to invest in stuff they don't even really want.


Last fall, Blair Souder was hiking through the Himalayas when he realized that something was missing. “People really don’t have a whole lot of stuff there,” Souder says. "But what really took me back was how connected and friendly people were.” Blair returned to the United States just in time for the Black Friday shopping rush, where “the energy was all about buying as much as possible,” he says. “People were knocking each other over to buy the cheapest DVD player.”

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