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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Salsa, Guacamole, and More

Mexican dips make awesome party snacks<p>From an afternoon tailgate to a day at the beach, Mexican dips like salsa and guacamole make awesome snacks. …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, that MacBook on your desk might be even more powerful than you think.<p><b>1) Have Your Computer Read to You</b><p>Don't feel like reading that enormous document yourself? One of the accessibility features in OS X is its ability to read text aloud. Highlight the section …

Accessibility

The 10 Best Nail Colors To Try This Fall

Yves Saint-Laurent

Your camera takes great photos!

A phrase that photographers love to hear<p><i>I’ll say straight off the bat, I’m not a pro photographer — but I’m probably just about qualified to write</i> …

Mobile Photography

The Worst Real Estate Agent Photos From Around The Country

Who knew real estate photography could be so funny?<p>If you've ever been in the market for a new home, you know that real estate photos can sometimes be misleading, thanks to professional photographers with wide-angle lenses and fancy room staging companies. But a new blog is shining a light on the …

Real Estate

The Cutest Pinhole Camera We’ve Seen

Camera designer Kelly Angood is at it again. Less than a year since shipping her medium format pinhole “Videre” cameras to over 800 Kickstarter backers, Angood has launched a new campaign to support the production of Viddy, Videre’s “little sibling.”<p>Viddy arrives as a flat-pack, DIY kit printed on …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …