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7 Simple Techniques to Unleash Creativity

If you are prone to creative work, you know that inspiration hits you naturally. Sometimes you fall into a dark spot, so you think that waiting is …

Creativity

8 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

4 Design Lessons From The Pixar Team

A new exhibition at Cooper Hewitt explores the design tools and principles that go into making Pixar films so damn lovable.<p>Since 1986, when two adorable anthropomorphic lamps graced the screen in the short <i>Luxo Jr.</i>, Pixar has become an emblem of how to run a creative and successful business. Its …

Coffee decoded: why filter is the only way to brew beans now

<b>It's International Coffee Day this week - but do you know what you should really be ordering? Diana Henry cracks the coffee code</b><p>I’m in central London, queuing in a café, but I might as well be in a foreign land. The counter in front of me has golden flaky pastries, sandwiches on sourdough bread and …

Coffee

7 Places You Can Learn to Speak Another Language for Free

Here are the best places I've found to learn a foreign language.<p>Learning a new language is no easy task. Thankfully, there are an endless number of resources and technologies to help you quickly and effectively learn a different language. And while that's really awesome, it also presents a new …

Language Learning

12 mind tricks that will make people like you and help you get ahead

Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you encounter.<p>None of these tricks are deceitful or disingenuous, except for number six, and I trust that you'll only use that one with good reason.<p>As soon as you become …

Emotional Intelligence

The Best Backpacking Food

Extended time in the backcountry often equates to a dry diet. Learning how to cook well in the wilderness is an art that doesn't come quickly but can …

Camping