Bret Z

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Using Trump to Teach Chinese Students How to Win an Argument

Academic Writing 1 is a class about the art of argumentation. I do my best every autumn to explain this to a room full of nervous Chinese freshmen. “Writing is thinking on the page. Critical thinking is pattern recognition. Beliefs should be based on empirical evidence.” They stare, wide-eyed, …

Critical Thinking

Doodle art: 52 great examples

Doodling is a great, fun way of expressing yourself. But it's often underrated as an art form. Yet doodle art can help you learn how to draw and make …

Discover Unlimited Power at the Dungeon Masters Guild — DMs Edition

Last week we showed you the best titles on Dungeon Masters Guild for June 2016, but all of the D&D expansions on that list were geared towards …

The Handwritten Draft

With so many digital tools at our disposal these days, handwriting often seems so far behind us. Of course many of the individuals whose work I read …

A beginner's guide to learning Python

Python development is on the rise thanks to its open source nature and ability to power some of the most well-known sites and applications such as Google and YouTube. One of the draws to learning Python include its ease-of-use and being able to quickly start learning and developing with Python …

Get more from the Atom text editor

Of all the text editors available, Atom is a favourite amongst designers and devs. Atom is developed by GitHub and was open sourced in early 2014. …

Humble Bundle RPG deal has more Pathfinder content than you probably need (update)

Nearly $400 of role-playing source books<p>Right now the Humble Store is running an amazing promotion on the Pathfinder tabletop role-playing system. Shoppers can pay what they want for seven Pathfinder products, including the <i>Core Rulebook</i> and the <i>GameMastery Guide</i>. It's everything would-be game …

16 Famous Designers Show Us Their Favorite Notebooks

Designers from Ikea, Pentagram, Ideo, and more tell us what makes a great notebook.<p>Sure, digital design apps might be finally coming into their own, but there’s still nothing better than pen and paper. Here at Co.Design, we’re notebook fetishists, so we recently asked a slew of designers about …

Doodling

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop

"Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached," artist Irwin Greenberg said.<p>OK, but what if you're not an artist? Or, at least, not yet. Can you still gain something from incorporating a sketchbook into your everyday life? The answer is yes, yes, a million …

Pablo Picasso

Man Illustrates 365 Days Spent With The Woman He Loves (And It's Truly Adorable)

In what is a beautiful ode to love, a wedding photographer has drawn 365 illustrations depicting the daily routines shared by him and his wife, as …

Drawing

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia | Ars Technica

The untold story of the rescue mission that could have been NASA's finest hour.<p><b>February 1, 2016:</b> <i>One of the most tragic events in the history of space</i> …

Space Exploration

Beautifully Badass LORD OF THE RINGS-Inspired Lightsaber

Women’s Problems And Everyday Lives In Hilariously Honest Comics

Sarah C. Anderson takes a funny look at what it's like to be a modern woman in her web-comic “Sarah's Scribbles.” Anderson graduated from the …

Lying awake at 3am? Perhaps you should try biphasic sleeping

Poor sleep and insomnia can make you less effective, but it’s still not necessary to stay in bed for eight hours<p>Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be …

Entrepreneurship

12 Illustrations That Are All Too Real For Introverts

If you’re the kind of person who prefers inner dialogue to small talk ― or watching “The Breakfast Club” over <i>going</i> to the club ― then you’re more than familiar with the daily struggle of being an introvert.<p>Artist Maureen Wilson, the mastermind behind the series Introvert Doodles, knows just how you …

Personality

Bill Maher crushes conservative “instant heroes” Kim Davis, Josh Duggar, Cliven Bundy

When right-wing heroes turnout not to be, what is a neocon to do?<p>With the insta-fame of people like Kim Davis, Cliven Bundy, Josh Duggar and Joe the Plumber by right-wing conservatives, comes a greater scrutiny on their lives and conservatives aren't exactly well known for their vetting …

Religion

Writing a fantasy novel: 34 must-visit websites

Writing a fantasy novel involves many considerations: Worldbuilding, avoiding clichés of the genre, using popular elements such as magic originally …

Creative Writing

Moment of Zen: Jon Stewart’s Perfect Goodbye

What a strange and melancholy ritual the farewell broadcast is. Stranger still is how familiar we’ve become with it: The gathering of old friends, …

Comedy

Photoshop Genius Erik Johansson Shows How His Mind-Bending Pics Are Born

Photoshop master Erik Johannsson creates optical illusions and photo manipulations so mind-bending and life-like that his work sometimes seems like …

Top artist reveals the secrets of painting hair

There's a revolution taking place. Massive industry sectors such as music and books, which used to require a middleman – a record company or …

Improve Your Writing to Improve Your Credibility

People jump to all kinds of conclusions about you when they read documents you have written. They decide, for instance, how smart, how creative, how well organized, how trustworthy, and how considerate you are. And once they have made up their minds, it is hard to get them to see you differently. …

Inventions

No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong [UPDATED]

There’s a common conception that an opinion cannot be wrong. My dad said it. Hell, everyone’s dad probably said it and in the strictest terms it is …

What you should know about Cuneiform writing: One of the most important ancient writing systems

It is believed to be the oldest writing system known to man to date. The cuneiform writing can be found on numerous clay and stone tablets and …

For the Love of God, Would People Stop Writing Think Pieces About Things They Haven't Seen?

By Rebecca Pahle | Think Pieces | July 17, 2015 | Comments ()<p>By Rebecca Pahle | Think Pieces | July 17, 2015 |<p>Internet, we need to have a discussion. …

Clint Eastwood

An Artist's Before-And-After Drawings Show What Happens When You Actually Stick To Your Dreams

Noah Bradley is a 26-year-old artist finally surpassing the 10,000 hours mark for working his craft to perfection. Over the weekend his collection of drawings showing his progress from a 14-year-old with a dream to a master artist went viral, which as Bradley told The Huffington Post, has led to …

Rhode Island

Strunk and White’s Macho Grammar Club

The sleek, no-frills esthetic of Modernism and the gray-flannel ’50s both influenced the utilitarian mindset that dictates the rules of usage in ‘The …

Artist’s amazing colored pencil drawings of Tokyo scenes look like actual photographs

Remember the joy of getting a <b>fresh new pack of coloured pencils</b> when you were a kid? The artistic possibilities! You were going to make masterpieces …

Artist Insight: Cedric Peyravernay

<b>We are big fans of Cedric Peyravernay’s sensational painterly style. His artwork explodes with intricate detail and deep meanings, and is</b> …