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The 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

19-Year-Old Mixes Photos and Paints Into Beautiful Narratives

19-year-old artist Aliza Razell creates beautiful narratives in her mixed-media photographs by combining self-portraits with splashes of color to produce strange and mystifying images that cannot fully be explained. The beautifully thoughtful moments seem perfectly planned out so that the …

Art

Photographer Takes on Multiple Roles in Creative Self-Portrait

Los Angeles-based photographer and multifaceted artist Christine McConnell takes some really interesting images that place herself in multiple roles. Besides being behind the camera, McConnell also serves as the model, stylist, costume and set designer throughout much of her photography. Her keen …

Photography

Awesome Miniature Movie Stills Shot Using LEGO and Baking Powder

LEGO and baking powder, that and some Star Wars inspiration is all Finnish photographer (and PetaPixel reader, we might add) Vesa Lehtimäki needs to …

Fantasy Hollywood: restaging classic films with black models

Back in the 80s, my classmates and I piled into Mbabane’s local cinema to watch Top Gun. We’d turn to each other, channeling our best version of Val Kilmer to spout “You can be my wing man anytime” – followed by intense laughter. Who doesn’t have a favourite line, an iconic moment from film lodged …

Is there life after the office?

Sam Baker had the job of her dreams – and a nagging feeling that there was a world beyond her coveted corner office. So she left. A year on, does she harbour any regrets?<p>The looks on the faces of friends and colleagues when they heard I’d resigned from a well-paid, high-profile job in the middle of …

Employment

This Is A Perfect Explanation Of How Most Companies Get Productivity Wrong

And according to CEO Matt Mullenweg, it all comes down to a unique view of what work really means.<p>He gives a perfect explanation of why most companies get work wrong, in a speech given at the December 2013 Lean Startup conference, adapted into an article for the Harvard Business Review:<p>"In a lot of …

Human Resources

An Amazon Manager Reveals 8 Of The Most Common Mistakes Made By New Bosses

Ian McAllister, a longtime manager at Amazon, breaks down the common mistakes that new managers tend to make in a post on Quora. They are mistakes that he made himself as a young manager and that he's seen others make.<p>Here are some of the biggest ones, which McAllister agreed to let us publish here:<p>…

Leadership

The 9 Most Common Mistakes Of First-Time Entrepreneurs

Unfortunately for many, the failure rate is extremely high — generally 50% to 70% of small businesses fail within the first 18 months. To learn from those who've been in the trenches, we combed through a recent Quora thread that asks: "What are the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

The Most Ridiculous Things People Did In Job Interviews This Past Year

For staffing firm Robert Half, that means looking back on 12 months of bizarre interviews and the worst mistakes job candidates made.<p>Here are the highlights from the most extreme interview antics from 2013, which the company shared with Business Insider:<p>When asked "Why should I hire you?" …

Employment

3 Tips To Combat A Fear Of Public Speaking

In 1889, Mahatma Gandhi, who was then a young lawyer, got so nervous during his first time in front of a judge that he literally ran out of the courtroom. For years, "the awful strain of public speaking" stopped him from speaking to groups, even at dinner parties and once, even, at the meeting of a …

Public Speaking

Uber CEO Says Doing Interviews Isn't The Best Way To Hire

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, CEO Travis Kalanick said that the company plans to double its headcount, possibly more, by the end of 2014.<p>That will mean even more focus on hiring and Kalanick's unique filtering approach. He told WSJ that he prefers to get the experience of actually …

Employment

When it comes to cover letters, hiring mangers want to know: What can you do for us, and how will you fit in? Here's how to answer the (tough) second part. http://onforb.es/1cFNbko

5 Habits Of The Most Creative People

How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston, Kendrick Lamar, Max Levchin, and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.<p>What do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in …

Silicon Valley

11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

While women in the upper echelons of corporate America are singing the same old tune, “Still No Progress After Years of No Progress,” female entrepreneurs have something to rejoice about.<p>The number of $10-million-plus women-owned firms increased by 57% — a growth rate nearly 50% more than …

Will Wall Street turn a cold shoulder to the legal marijuana boom?

The medical marijuana industry was worth $1.43bn (£870m) last year, a figure expected to grow exponentially in 2014<p>It has been hard to think of much this week beyond the “polar vortex”, which sent temperatures plunging below zero in every one of America’s 50 states.<p>This is my first New York winter. …

Bored at work? You probably don't experience slow days too often, but when you do, you'll want to make the most of that time. 14 things you could do on a slow day at work: http://onforb.es/1a3FNzb

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Photography

We need to have a frank discussion about marriage

The reasons people normally cite for getting hitched no longer make sense. We should be asking: why get married at all?<p>Marriage, as most know it in western countries, is regarded as the end goal of a relationship between (usually) a man and woman, and it normally has some sort of religious …

Funds that failed miserably in 2013

Mutual funds that are gone are typically quickly forgotten.<p>Fund companies count on that, killing off their mistakes, weak efforts, and marketing …

Investing

This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool

Using a magazine for scale, this App lets you virtually design a room, then buy the furniture.<p>A few months ago, Ikea released an unbelievable app. When you placed the company’s catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a …

Apps

How to be smarter about money in 2014

Every January, many of us make financial New Year’s resolutions to do things like spend less or contribute more to our 401(k)s. And every year, more …

Personal Finance

Six trends you can count on in 2014

In this season of hope and renewal, it’s time to give my predictions for 2014. For those of us in the commentary biz, it’s the equivalent of spring …

S&P 500

7 Secrets From People Who Kept Their New Year’s Resolutions

Building new habits is hard, so is measuring success. If you’re going to set a New Year’s resolution that you can actually keep, you’ll need these tips.<p>It’s a sad and familiar tale: Each year, millions of us make New Year’s resolutions to be better people. Then we give in to our regular selves by …

Hudson Valley

The ultimate contrarian’s bets for 2014

This is the busy time of year at the hedge fund Pariah Capital.<p>Pariah is a super-exclusive, super-elite (and completely hypothetical) fund which …

Investing

Worst product flops of the year

Slide 1 of 9<p>For every hot product launch this year, there has also been a high-profile launch that was a miserable failure. Many of these failures …

Box Office

10 things auctions won’t tell you

<b>1.“You won’t leave empty-handed.”</b><p>Susan Stouder’s three-car garage, basement and attic are filled with auction finds accumulated over two decades. The …

Auctions