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In depth: painting backlit subjects

Grahame Booth shares advice as he creates a beautiful seaside scene<p><i>Symonds Yat</i>, pen and wash, W&N Professional paper, 21x15cm<p>Painting backlit …

In Brooklyn, an 1890s Townhouse Is Reborn With Tons of Light and a Crisp Black Facade

The Red Hook home was once a warren of dark rooms.<p>When Joe and Ali Pivar purchased their 1890s townhouse in Red Hook in late 2012, their realtor told them they got the last good deal in the transitioning Brooklyn neighborhood. But like all good deals, it came with a downside. The house, unaltered …

The 8 Best Drawing Pens to Buy in 2018

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Tory Senator Mocks Trudeau With Box Of Tissues Christmas Gift

"I think he’s going to need it."<p>OTTAWA — Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais took a jab at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Thursday, sharing a video of …

The Best Urban Planning Book Is a Century Old

Andres Duany, the architect whose work is perhaps most closely associated with the New Urbanism movement in the United States, once described Raymond …

Ship Shape: An Austin Home With a Shipping Container Addition Asks $499K

Patrice Rios, founder of interior design firm Troo Designs and custom shipping container business Sige&Honey, has combined her two loves in a new project in East Austin’s popular Mueller neighborhood.<p>Designed with local architect Mark Reynolds, the duplex creatively reuses shipping containers as …

Lithuania: Up-and-coming startup ecosystem with talent and ideas

Ribačiauskaitė agreed on this: “We have to be less modest, we have to be more aggressive, and we have to take the best we can from the outside world and integrate it in our country.”<p>This, however, could be the easiest problem to solve, with a number of acceleration programs and educational …

77 Motivational Quotes That Will Give You Courage

It takes courage to live your life the way you want, especially when you're changing the world.<p>Every entrepreneur needs courage. It takes courage to quit your day job. It takes courage to start a business. It takes courage to remain flexible. It takes courage to pivot. It's fair to say that without …

Canada overhauls child benefits scheme

<b>Canada has overhauled its child benefits system and significantly increased the amount of money the state will pay out to families.</b><p>In a new scheme, launched on 20 July, nine out of ten families will see their benefits rise.<p>The move fulfils a major 2015 election pledge by Prime Minister Justin …

A startup from Google's secretive moonshot lab is changing the way we build cities

In 2011, a handful of software engineers and architects working inside Google X, the software giant's secretive "moonshot" lab, embarked on an ambitious challenge: figuring out how to help the world's urban areas adjust to the fact that over 6 billion people will live in cities by 2045.<p>Working …

50 Inspirational Motivational Quotes to Boost Your Confidence and Self-Belief

Plenty of quotes to help you feel more confident--and courageous--when times get tough.<p>Some people don't need motivational quotes. Some people don't need inspirational quotes. Some people seem to naturally believe in themselves. (Here's how you can tell if someone is genuinely confident.)<p>It's like …

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is now in virtual reality

And it's still kind of weird<p>Last year, <i>The New York Times</i> made virtual reality history by shipping a million Google Cardboard headsets to its print magazine subscribers. The decision put VR into the homes of people who knew almost nothing about it, and who certainly wouldn't have set out to buy …