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The secret to a meaningful life is simpler than you think

Some people seem to spend their whole lives dissatisfied, in search of a purpose. But philosopher Iddo Landau suggests that all of us have everything we need for a meaningful existence.<p>According to Landau, a philosophy professor at Haifa University in Israel and author of the 2017 book <i>Finding</i> …

University of London

Top 20 Projects on Github

Well, you don't necessarily have to read this post to figure out the most starred projects on Github. You can easily do it by searching stars:>5000 …

21 lessons for how to get the most out of life, from a guy who retired at 50

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Six years ago, at 50, I took early retirement, sold almost everything I owned and began …

Happiness

25 under-the-radar places in Latin America to visit in your lifetime, according to the world’s top travel experts

From the darkest depths of Peru to the crystal blue underground cenotes of Mexico, there is something incredibly alluring about Latin America.<p>However, the best off-the-beaten-track destinations are usually discovered by word of mouth, often among travellers on the road from hostel bunkbeds or over …

How You Can Drive All Over Europe for Less Than $30 a Day

During the year and a half I spent backpacking, I did a lot of weird shit to stretch my savings. But only once did I actually defy basic economics to …

Should Testers Become Developers?

There is a distinction between “being a programmer” and “being a developer.” Yet those two terms get conflated in our industry quite a bit. The idea …

The To-Do List Method That Finally Got My Life In Order

Who knew graph paper could make such a difference?<p>You’ve probably heard by now about the life-changing magic of a functional to-do list. <i>You’ll be</i> …

You Have to Say No to Many Good Things to Have a Great Life

It's a matter of priorities. If you don't know yours, and how to act on them, you'll end up mediocre.<p>As a leadership professor at New York University, I see some of the world's top students. A recent conversation reminded me that our university's culture still misguides them.<p>Our corporate worlds …

greatlife

The issue with millennials isn't narcissism but our depressing culture of mass consumption

If you're a young person feeling lonely these days, you're in good company. Youth everywhere are experiencing record rates of depression and anxiety, surrounded by a cultural climate of both isolation and overexposure. The moniker "snowflake generation" seems an apt phrase, then, to describe our …

Psychology

15 books that will change your life in 2018

It’s exciting to think about all the potential for 2018, a new year that's full of possibilities. But it can be daunting to figure out how to make those massive changes you’re craving in life. Fortunately, there’s one simple solution — and no, it’s not hiring an expensive life coach, therapist or …

Shonda Rhimes

'Whinge less, people!': Life advice from a 27-year-old woman dying from cancer is going viral for all the right reasons

A post written by a 27-year-old Australian woman who died of cancer last week has gone viral on Facebook with more than 50,000 shares and 60,000 likes.<p>Holly Butcher from Grafton, Australia, suffered from Ewing's sarcoma, which is often found in the bone and surrounding soft tissue.<p>She wrote the …

How one couple saved their marriage by asking each other a simple question

On the brink of divorce, this question made all the difference.<p>For years, novelist Richard Paul Evans and his wife Keri struggled with their marriage. Then, one day, they learned to ask each other a simple question: “How can I make your day better?”<p>The question, which Evans wrote about in a viral …

Salt Lake City

Introduction to Apache Kafka

Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming system that can publish and subscribe a stream of records. In another aspect, it is an enterprise messaging …

Thorough Introduction to Apache Kafka™

A deep dive into a system that serves as the heart of many companies’ architecture<p>Introduction<p>Kafka is a word that gets heard a lot nowadays… A lot …

Software Development

Here's how Matt Damon avoids raising spoiled kids

The more famous you are, the more free stuff you get.<p>But that doesn’t exactly fly with Matt Damon, who’s raising daughters Alexia, 19, Isabella, 11, Gia, 9 and Stella, 7, with his wife Luciana Barroso. When boxes of free toys arrive at his home, the Damon kids don’t even bother opening them.<p>“They …

Freebies

The 15 Best Places to Visit in Florida

The Sunshine State is dotted with seaside gems, and these destinations are must-visits for every style of traveler. Here are the 15 very best places …

17 Amazing, Eye-Opening, And Batshit Netflix Documentaries You Have To See

Let's end 2017 with real facts, not fake news.

Making Sense of Bitcoin and Its Wild Price Ride: QuickTake Q&A

The initial price of bitcoin, set in 2010, was less than 1 cent. Now it’s crossed $19,000. Once seen as the province of nerds, libertarians and drug …

Science Says These 10 Things Will Help You Raise Extremely Smart and Successful Kids

Here are some science-backed parenting strategies to help you raise highly successful kids.<p>What parent doesn't want their child to do well in school, stay out of trouble, and grow up to be a highly successful adult? But as I've found over the years raising my own daughter, that's far easier said …

Parenting

2017 Top Travel Specialists We Trust

Whether it’s dune boarding in the Sahara or baking alongside locals in Sicily, the right “experience maker” will intuit your desires before you even know what they are—then they’ll make them happen. These travel specialists can do exactly that, no matter what your interests are.<p>The more …

Retiring Early and Moving Abroad: How One Couple Made It Happen

Brad and Cynthia Bowman are living the good life in Spain. Here's what it took.<p>As a financial planner, I encourage people to discover what truly …

Retirement

5 luxury honeymoon experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Planning a wedding is stressful, there’s no two ways about it. But planning a honeymoon should provide respite. No table plans to navigate, caterers …

3 Inspiring Travel Videos Created by Young Filmmakers

Smartphones, DSLR’s and hand-held cameras have turned millennials and young people into some of today’s top content creators.<p>These videos visit the …

Hiking

9 Most Breathtaking Europe Train Journeys

It’s a heady experience to take on a Europe train journey – you travel through spectacular landscapes and glorious architecture in luxury and style. …

Trains

The Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Small Towns in the World

As foxy cities go, the big ones are easy to reach -- they build airports there, after all. You want to see the vaulting domes and spires of …

European Travel

10 Bucket List Trips Around the World You Probably Never Thought Of

If you’re looking for a place where you’ll be inspired, where you’ll see some of the most beautiful sights in your lifetime, these 10 travel …

National Parks

TransferWise launches Borderless bank account in Canada

It can be almost impossible for foreign citizens to set up bank accounts in certain countries, and for people like freelancers and business owners, …

FinTech

The Insanely Fun European Cities You're Missing Out On

Far too many Americans plan a trip to Europe and draw their boundary at Berlin, or Prague, <i>maybe</i> Budapest. Anything further east conjures images of …

Microsoft launches data science degree to plug the skills gap, more courses could follow

Microsoft has unveiled a new degree program as it looks to address the “significant skills gap” that exists in the field of data science.<p>Announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program is touted as “the first program of its kind to offer …