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I work at a gun range 
in Florida and people 
bring their kids
all the time

I work at a gun range in Florida and people bring their kids all the time

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke to an employee of an indoor gun range.

I tried to make a meme and lost my mind

I tried to make a meme and lost my mind

Hopes&Fears challenged our artist friend Sam Rolfes to attempt making a viral meme every day for a week. This is his story.

Why are most "drawings" of penises circumcised?

Why are most "drawings" of penises circumcised?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we're wondering about the appearance of painted, sculpted and graffitied shorthand for penises.

Office Dictionary: Pornhub

Office Dictionary: Pornhub

Every workplace has its own internal lingo. This week, we talk to the media savvy Pornhub about their office shop talk, including "scribes" and the all too image conjuring "joystick sessions."

Is it glue? Is it plastic? Would you eat it? A food stylist explains

Is it glue? Is it plastic? Would you eat it? A food stylist explains

Hopes&Fears asks food stylist Kim Hartman for tricks of the trade: how to make a chocolate waterfall, how to keep a potato hot for 13 hours, and more mysteries of food's visual sensuousness.

Thank You For Playing: 
a film about a game 
about taking care of 
a child with terminal cancer

Thank You For Playing: a film about a game about taking care of a child with terminal cancer

Hopes&Fears talks to the directors of the documentary
"Thank You For Playing" and the parents of the child who inspired the most devastating game "That Cancer, Dragon."

Does "horsepower" mean anything?

Does "horsepower" mean anything?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we're trying to figure out if "horsepower" really means anything at all.

The near and far future of emoji

The near and far future of emoji

We asked language technologists, developers, and digital media scholars to help us forecast the ever-changing world of emojis, our favorite little presets.

Can you actually die of a broken heart?

Can you actually die of a broken heart?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we look at the theories and science behind "Broken Heart Syndrome."

Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games
Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games

Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games

The nostalgic junk wars extend way beyond The World Speed Project.

Happiness is running 
a weed grow house 
in Colorado

Happiness is running a weed grow house in Colorado

Hopes&Fears spoke with artist and filmmaker Joel Fernando about his new calling as a weed farmer in the hills of Colorado.

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City

We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015
We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015

We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015

What has changed? What has stayed the same? Is the city described in the guide the same city that exists today? We've scoured the pages and walked the maps. Here's what we found.

Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled
Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled

Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled

MP candidate, activist and sex worker Charlotte Rose provides a remedy that can't be found in a hospital.

Culture

What's changed since 
Fight Club: Terrorism, 
vibrators, soap

What's changed since Fight Club: Terrorism, vibrators, soap

In the wake of Fight Club sequel news, Hopes&Fears puts plot points from the 1996 book and 1999 movie into 2015. What's new in offices, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and vibrator-related TSA issues?

Feel something real: 
The Dogme 95-inspired 
battle for the heart 
of live action 
role-playing

Feel something real: The Dogme 95-inspired battle for the heart of live action role-playing

This is not your brother's LARP group. H&F tracks down the founders of Dogme 99, an improvisatory school of live action role-playing modeled after Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95.

Max/MSP for average music junkies

Max/MSP for average music junkies

Hopes&Fears explores the history and uses of Max/MSP, and sees how the computer-human relationship changes from coders to non-tech sound artists.

Future

Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games
Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games

Hoarders of dead media: Shaq-Fu, Space Jam and a landfill of garbage Atari games

The nostalgic junk wars extend way beyond The World Speed Project.

The near and far future of emoji

The near and far future of emoji

We asked language technologists, developers, and digital media scholars to help us forecast the ever-changing world of emojis, our favorite little presets.

Banking is dead,
long live banking

Banking is dead, long live banking

An anonymous investment banker explains why the banking system is just big enough to fail, and will collapse soon, to be replaced by peer-to-peer networks.

Now

I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to not initiate any conversations—spoken, e-mail or text—for a week. This is her story.

I used a 56K modem for a week and it was Hell on Earth

I used a 56K modem for a week and it was Hell on Earth

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to live with a 90s internet connection for a week. This is his story.