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By Melena Ryzik

To hear most actors tell it, filming sex scenes is no turn-on. There are big cameras, of course, and big crew members that come with them. It’s a performance with a stranger-turned-scene-partner, for a director who’s judging every caress and whimper. It’s the antithesis ofFULL STORY

When your punctuation says it all (!)2015-03-01

By Jessica Bennett

I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once. Within moments of our first interaction — over text message — I was basically in love. He didn’t just use the lazy singular dash (“-”) as a pause between his thoughts or evenFULL STORY

Eat ‘em like fast food2015-02-28

By Candice Choi

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits andFULL STORY

Restaurant psychology 1012015-02-28

By Candice Choi

You may think you’re immune to transparent sales pitches like “Do you want fries with that?” But the tactics restaurants use to nudge you into spending a little extra may be subtler than you realize. Here’s a look at a few ways companies get you toFULL STORY

TIFA returns with stellar lineup2015-02-27

By Diane Baker

The National Theater Concert Hall’s seventh annual Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) gets underway this weekend, but procrastinators are out of luck if they were waiting to the last minute to get tickets for The Red Piece — or many of the later productions. WhileFULL STORY

Live Wire: The lifer2015-02-27

By Joe Henley

You rarely come across people who are so supremely dedicated to both a form of music and the kind of lifestyle that music dictates than you do in the hardcore scene. Hardcore seems to breed lifers like no other genre. Roger Miret and Vinnie StigmaFULL STORY

Events and entertainment listings2015-02-27

By Ho Yi

Contemporary Legacy Taipei hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tonight’s spotlight is on hip-hop/rock combo Chiu and Love (丘與樂), while it is South Korean rap artists Epik High tomorrow. Sunday’s show is by Hello Nico. ■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館),FULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2015-02-27

By Dana Ter

If you’re experiencing post-Lunar New Year celebration withdrawal, then Chiu Kuo-chun’s (邱國峻) exhibition at ArtDoor Gallery is for you. Realm of Escapism and Worship (妄身幻境) is a humorous yet poignant take on the popularization of festivals in Taiwan showing how rituals once performed to honorFULL STORY

Technology: Virtual lap dance anyone?2015-02-27

By Nick Bilton

Porn, it has been said, is a driver of technology. Pornography has spurred the adoption of most tech innovations of the last generation. It helped hasten the growth of VHS tapes, interactive CDs and DVDs, and pretty much the entire Internet. Now it’s coming to your smartphoneFULL STORY

Gay talks across the Taiwan Strait2015-02-26

By Eddy Chang

An interesting news report last month from China caught my attention. According to Apple Daily, a Chinese man parked his luxury BMW which was filled with yellow roses, in downtown Shanghai on Jan. 24. He then stepped out of his car, knelt on one kneeFULL STORY

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