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The Subtle Knife: Writing Characters Readers Trust But Shouldn’t

I don’t know about you, but I love reading books where the author encourages me to draw conclusions that are wrong. Case in point–untrustworthy …

Pictures of the day: 25 November 2015 - Telegraph

Australian Open (Tennis)

100 Things To Be Grateful For

Thankfulness isn't just for Thanksgiving.<p>We take stock of the monumental moments -- that promotion at work, spending another holiday with our loved ones -- but what about the tiny treasures?<p>There's something to be said for the rare moments throughout the day that make you smile. Research shows …

Paris terror attacks: #rechercheParis - the victim's stories, in pictures - Telegraph

10 incredible aerial photographs of major cities at night - Telegraph

Los Angeles

3 Simple Habits to Boost Your Happiness

<i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>Happiness isn't all fun and games. Research shows that it can improve your life substantially, and that unhappiness sets you up for less success and poorer health. Happier people are more productive than their less happy peers, and also tend to be more financially responsible. …

Pictures of the day: 5 November 2015 - Telegraph

Clever Illustrations Playfully Reveal the "True" Meanings of Idioms

Idioms are a clever way to convey emotions and make comparisons, but what if you aren't sure of what they're supposed to mean? Keren Rosen imagines the literal, true definitions of idioms in a playful ongoing project. The simple, cartoonish images break down the meaning of each word and illustrate …

Pictures of the day: 27 October 2015 - Telegraph

Special Forces

Pictures of the day: 26 October 2015 - Telegraph

Winners of the 2015 Urban Photography Competition Shine a Light on Diverse Urban Life Around the World

The 2015 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition recently released their selection of winning and honourably mentioned images that celebrate the diversity of urban life. With 21,000 stunning entries from over 113 different countries, the annual competition, in its 9th year of development, …

These Pinhole Portraits Require 11 Minutes of Posing

How long can you strike a certain pose and stay perfectly still? For pinhole photographer Israel Caballero‘s project <i>Veneno Dulce</i> (“Sweet Poison”), …

Today in Pictures: October 18

Self Defense

Relics of the Cold War

Project info<p>The Cold War is over — yet signs of it still exist. For forty years the Iron Curtain divided the countries of Europe into East and West. The arms race was unleashed, nuclear fallout shelters were constructed, and everyone braced for the worst. Martin Roemers has spent ten years in …

Cold War

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons …

Saudi housewife could be put behind bars for posting online video of her cheating husband

Footage exposing partner as he tried to kiss maid could count as "defamation", lawyers warn<p>A Saudi woman who posted footage online of her husband assaulting a family maid has been warned that she may face jail for "defamation".<p>The housewife used her mobile phone to secretly film her partner as he …

Migrant Workers

Zuckerberg Confirms Facebook Is Working On Augmented Reality

“Yeah!” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said excitedly in response to a big question for his company: is Facebook working on augmented reality? “It’s a bit further out,” he followed up during a talk about virtual reality at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco.<p>Facebook’s …

Meticulously Elegant Tattoos Created with Thousands of Intricate Dots

Tattoo artist Jessica Kinzer has a gift for producing powerful tattoos. Though only tattooing since 2014, this young artist shows genuine talent within designs that are both captivating and elegant. The complexity within each tattoo reveals Kinzer's meticulous eye for detail as she utilizes a …

This school has banned all technology in the classroom—and at home

The next time your kid complains about your draconian 30-minute iPad limit, try this one on them: there is a school in London where all internet, TV, smartphones, and other tech devices are banned until at least age 12. (Pause, wait for gasps.)<p>The charter of the Acorn School, founded in 2013, …

Interview: Beautifully Ethereal Portraits Blur the Line between Dreams and Reality

Parisian-born, Los Angeles-based fine art photographer Lola Mitchell blurs the line between painting and photo, beauty and unease, and dreams and reality in her digitally manipulated images of ethereal women drifting in watery realms. Staged primarily near, above, or underneath the surface of …

Jaw-Dropping Aerial Photographs Capture the Earth’s Water from Above

For German photographer Bernhard Edmaier, water is both immortal and living, shifting from ice to liquid to vapor and back again. It is …

Rising Strong: Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerability and What Resilient People Have in Common

“If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability.”<p><i>“There is no science without fancy, and no art without facts,”</i> Vladimir Nabokov famously proclaimed. Today, hardly anyone embodies this sentiment more fully than <b>Brené Brown</b>, who came of age as a social …

Photographer Explores the Beautiful Diversity of Redheads

Between one and two percent of the world's population are redheads, according to BBC News. While gingers are usually thought to be white, pale, and of Celtic-Germanic descent, the reality is that there are millions of people of color around the world who have freckles and fiery locks of hair. …

Z for Zachariah

It's the end of the world. (Nuclear Armageddon did the trick.) No zombies — just three people left alive. <i>Z for Zachariah,</i> adapted quite freely and …

Billy Graham

Things Successful People Do To Stay Motivated During Tough Times

Life is never a smooth ride. We encounter unexpected bumps on the way that test our character and challenge our limits. During these times, the best …

Amusing Illustrations Show Monsters Have Problems Like the Rest of Us

Who says monsters can't have problems, just like the rest of us? Artist and designer Teo Zirinis (aka Hands Off My Dinosaur) has created a delightful, on-going series that sheds light on the hilariously distinctive dilemmas faced by fictional monsters. Aptly called <i>Monster Issues</i>, the charming …

Ron Gessel: Black and White Street Photography in Coney Island

<i>All images by Ron Gessel. Used with permission.</i><p>“When I am in New York I always go to Coney Island to shoot there. Especially on a warm summer day; …

World’s rarest wild cat saved from extinction along Russian-Chinese border

Eighty endangered Amur leopards have been discovered in the first census in ten years<p>Driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and loss of habitat, far eastern Amur leopards are now in a stage of "rapid expansion".<p>Eighty adult Amurs were discovered living in China's Hunchun, Wangqing and …

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