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The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Book Clubs

One of the easiest titles to suggest for book club discussion is Nicola Griffith’s <i>Hild</i>, a 2013 historical novel with a touch of the fantastic. <i>Hild</i> is …

Books

If You Love Advice Columns, You Need To Read These 11 Books

Let's face it: we all need a little help now and again. And my philosophy is, if you're going to need some insight, why not get it through some …

Books

13 Misused Book Quotes & What They Actually Mean When Read In Context

Whether it's printed on an inspirational sweatshirt or posted in an Instagram caption, no one can resist a good book quote. The only problem is, some …

Literature

21 Books You Don’t Have to Read

And 21 you should read instead (technically 20 books—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did not fare well).<p>We've been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we've read the Great Books. We tried. We got halfway through <i>Infinite Jest</i> and halfway through the SparkNotes on</i> …

Literature

A rough guide to identifying bad science | Cosmos

A useful primer from Compound Interest, a useful site run by UK chemistry teacher Andy Brunning.<p>The site takes a closer look at the chemical …

Chemistry

To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don't get your panties in a bunch

To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel or book publisher, linguist Lynne Murphy has a solemn warning: check a good dictionary first.<p>…

Linguistics

Two and a half books that changed my life

What did I learn from not writing a book? From preparing to write it? A lot. I knew it wouldn’t work for me to just jump in, I had tried it many …

Writing

The best anime movies and series on Netflix and Amazon Prime

Japanese animation, or anime, is no longer a niche interest – it's a global entertainment powerhouse attracting mainstream attention like never …

Anime

The only 5 exercises you need to get fit

The only 5 exercises you need to get fit<p>We all want to start a fitness regime, but with our busy lives it becomes difficult, we feel it is a time …

Workouts

If Today Is Arm Day, Here Are 59 of the Most Effective Moves You Can Do

Add these moves to your strength training routine to sculpt and strengthen your arms and upper back. Some involve dumbbells and some use just your own bodyweight, but they all target and tone your upper body. As a bonus, a bunch of these moves also work your lower body and core at the same time! …

Workouts

24 Cognitive Biases You Need To Stop Making [Infographic]

Cognitive bias occurs when we make subjective assumptions about people or situations based on our own perception of reality. This can lead to …

Critical Thinking

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …

Privacy

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

These Lower Ab Exercises Will Make You So Sore, It'll Hurt to Laugh!

Work your core with these intense moves that specifically target the lower abs. Um, we're sorry, but you'll definitely be sore tomorrow. Avoid anything funny at all costs, because it'll hurt to laugh!

Workouts

51 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Willpower, Determination, and Success

Success requires inspiration... and determination.<p>Every successful person I know has willpower, determination, and drive. They may not be smarter than everyone else. They may not be more talented, more skilled, or more experienced.<p>But what they do have is the willingness to persevere. Here are 51 …

Motivation

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously

Male art is epic, universal, and profoundly meaningful. Women’s creations are domestic, emotional and trivial. How did we learn to misread stories so badly? By Lili Loofbourow<p>In spring 2013, HBO conducted a sly experiment on the “elite” TV-viewing public. It aired two new shows – both buddy dramas …

Feminism

Momofuko Ando and the Secret of Instant Noodles

Momofuku Ando’s Nissin Chicken Ramen in a bowl, with serving suggestion of chives and raw egg in centre<p>On March 5, 1910, Taiwanese–Japanese inventor …

Get More Flexible Hamstrings, Hips, and Shoulders With 10 Yoga Poses

If you ask people why they exercise, most will say to stay healthy, keep fit, or because it makes them feel good. Not a lot will mention flexibility …

TV Series

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Time Management

20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google Search

You can get really specific about the results you want, as well as the ones you don't.<p>Googling has become second nature to most of us, with many people consulting the search engine dozens of times per day.<p>The company’s flagship product is powered by a plethora of algorithms designed to dole out the …

SEO

A life in quotes: Ursula K Le Guin

The award-winning fantasy and science fiction author on politics, death, writing and gender • News report: Ursula K Le Guin dies at 88<p>Ursula K Le Guin, award-winning fantasy and science fiction author and pioneer of feminist speculative fiction, has died age 88. Her extensive catalogue of published …

Literature

How do I stop being lonely? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Loneliness is a stealthy bastard. It can settle in on your soul without you even noticing, until the texture of the words appear on your tongue one day: “I’m lonely.” It’s a …

Psychology

25 Valuable Quotes to Remember When You Feel Like You've Failed | Inc.com

• "There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else …

Motivation

Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

If you've grown tired of answering those annoying browser prompts every time a website wants to show you notifications or know your location, you can …

Software

If You Work at a Desk, Your Tight Lower Back Needs This 4-Minute Stretch Session

You've been sitting hunched over your computer for hours and just realized that your lower back is so tight, it even hurts to straighten up your torso. Your lower back needs some love! Slowly move onto the floor and do this four-minute stretching routine. It not only targets the lower back, but it …

Yoga

America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together

The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt<p>We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried …

United Methodist

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.