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Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Here Are The 52 Most Successful Airbnbs In The U.S.

Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren't fantasies; they're actual rental properties on Airbnb and they're among the site's …

New Jersey

This is how Cirque du Soleil reinvented the circus

It’s generally believed that the way to beat your rival is to outperform or outpace them. But in business, the better way to win is to create uncontested new market space where no competition exists.<p>Consider Cirque du Soleil, a performance that broke away from traditional circus shows by borrowing …

The Arts

The man who ‘invented’ Impressionism

It’s hard to believe that Monet, Degas and Renoir once faced hostility from the art world. Alastair Sooke reveals how one man changed everything.<p>Few movements in the history of art feel as familiar as Impressionism. Barely a week goes by without Monet and his contemporaries generating headlines for …

Art

Insurers worry self-driving cars could put a dent in their business

Three companies note driverless vehicles as a possible financial threat, while a parts manufacturer fears a decline in ‘the number and severity of accidents’<p>A world of robot cars may still be a long way off but that hasn’t stopped some big insurance companies from worrying about them. And not for …

Autonomous Cars
Archaeology

Everyone is talking about how Microsoft Office 365 is suddenly beating Google Apps

Now, all of a sudden, sources all over the tech industry are noticing that Office 365 is everywhere.<p>And it's all because of one thing: Microsoft is telling customers to move their email to Microsoft's cloud instead of buying another Exchange server and hosting email in their own data centers, says …

Apps

Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know

Our annual clock fiddling leads to fewer robberies and more unhappy farmers, for starters.<p>For most of the United States, this weekend sees the return of clock confusion—and heated debate.<p>Many Americans will spring forward an hour to mark the beginning of daylight savings time (DST)—also known as …

The secrets of color-changing chameleons revealed

Scientists studying chameleon skin have discovered the secret to the lizards' color-changing prowess: Rather than relying purely on pigments, the animals use photonic nanocrystals in their skin to manipulate light with exquisite precision.<p>The findings, described in the journal Nature …

Cisco has a new partner in its ingenious but risky cloud plans: Microsoft

The partnership will combine Microsoft's Amazon-competitor cloud, Azure, and Cisco's fastest network switch, the Nexus 9000, which includes Cisco's "software-defined-networking" software.<p>The two are selling a package to cloud service providers that will instantly give those service providers game …

Cisco Systems

Celebs On the Catwalk in Paris

Apple's App Store and iTunes go down

Millions of Apple users are having problems downloading music and apps from iTunes and the App Store as outages spread around the world<p>Millions of Apple users are unable to download music and apps from iTunes and the App Store due a problem with the applications.<p>The crash has generated a wave of …

Best Money Tips: Success Tips From Successful People

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips from successful people, ways to save on entertainment, …

Personal Finance

How Speaking Skills Turned A Common Man Into An Uncommon Success

Darren Hardy’s parents divorced when he was 18 months old. His mother didn’t want him, so he lived with his dad who he compares to the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s <i>Full Metal Jacket</i>. Hardy openly shares his background with his audiences because his personal story reinforces the theme that …

Hardy

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement

Ten ways to boost employee productivity

Employee health and wellness has become a highly popular initiative over the years to drive business outcomes. While many published research results have shown strong correlations linking productivity to happiness, health and motivation, the essence can be distilled in the following top 10 …

Employee Engagement