Tracey Chan

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12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime

The organizers of Independent Bookstore Day celebrate book havens and book lovers everywhere each spring, and what better way to mark the occasion than to seek out an indie book shop on your next trip?<p>"The idea of Bookstore Day, first and foremost, is to celebrate indie bookstores and the symbiotic …

Buenos Aires

Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and ink paintings shine in Tokyo[1]

A joint exhibition of 50 Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and ink painting works went on show in Tokyo recently. Some 100 artists and officials from …

Illustrator Spotlight: Hidemi Ito – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Drawings by Japanese illustrator Hidemi Ito. She currently lives and works in Tokyo. More images below.

DIY - Balinese Styled Playhouse - Quiet Corner

Part of the reason to move in a house with a garden was to be able to build a playhouse for the kids. My father built 2 playhouses for my siblings …

2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Entries | Colossal

<p>The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is currently taking submissions, with entries for the prestigious competition …

An Octopus Painted With 95-Million-Year-Old Ink | Colossal

<p>Dutch wildlife artist Esther van Hulsen was recently given an assignment unlike her typical drawings of birds and mammals from life—a chance to draw …

Compression Workout Gear Won't Make You Faster—but It Will Give You THIS

Super tight pants, FTW.<p>If you’ve been shelling out the big bucks for high-end compression tights in the hopes of shaving a few seconds off your run, we’ve got good news and bad news.<p>According to a meta-analysis of over 30 studies published in the journal <i>Sports Medicine,</i> those super tight workout …

Light Your Shoulders and Abs On Fire With This At-Home Workout

All you need is an exercise partner and some floor space<p>Your swolemate might be all the gym equipment you really need.<p>In this circuit, <i>Men’s Health</i> Next Top Trainer Andy Speer uses his workout partner and fiancé Christina Jensen to provide resistance during a shoulder press and balance during a core …

33 Gorgeous Summer Houses With Inspiring Design

From a beachside penthouse to a humble shack in the forest, these homes have one thing in common: major design inspiration.<p>Everyone wants their weekend home to be just as comfortable as their full-time house — but with a little something special. Be it antique furniture collected over the years or …

Danish Design Brand To Release Chic Desk Accessories This Summer

Want want want<p>There's just something about paper. Earlier this week, we reported that Paperless Post has teamed up with the Brooklyn-based clothing and home goods designers at Dusen Dusen on a line of digital stationery that will—surprise—also be available in real-life, three-dimensional paper.<p>Now …

A Hillside Beach Retreat on the Coast of Chile

Cristian Hrdalo designed the Paravicini House located on Beranda, just north of Santiago. The Chilean beach house sits on a steep hillside …

10 Indoor Pools with Incredible Views

Located in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, this house, by Sbm Studio, features a stainless steel swimming pool designed to reflect the surrounding …

The End of Static Stretching to Improve Hip Mobility

Why do people automatically assume that endless amounts of static stretching and foam rolling will provide them with transferable benefits in the …

5 Metabolic Moves to Supercharge Your Fat Loss

A resistance band and a medicine ball can significantly contribute to building a killer core, boosting your athletic performance and getting rid of …

Workouts

6 Pre-Workout Foods You Should Never Eat

Trust us, it won't turn out well.<p>If you’ve mustered the willpower to drag yourself to the gym or get on the bike, good for you—that’s half the battle. But once you pick up that weight or sit on your bike, the real challenge is finding the energy to go hard.<p>Like any well-oiled machine, your body …

8 Ways Successful People Beat Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates. Even the most successful people struggle with it every day. But successful people do something that most of us don't -- they push past it. They don’t make excuses or allow it to affect their output. They come up with smart, actionable strategies to break past mental …

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BJ Novak writes a children’s book with no pictures, still makes kids laugh

<i>Comedian and author BJ Novak signs copies of "The Book with No Pictures" for students at 52nd Street Elementary School in South Los Angeles; Credit:</i> …

Books

The One Full-Body Move Your Workout Routine Is Missing

Craving a little variety in your gym routine? If you're not ready to overhaul your training plan, simply adding in one crazy-effective move can help …

Workouts

How to Lose Body Fat Fast with These 5 Tips

As sure as the sun shines, summer is on its way and I start getting the inevitable, “How to lose body fat?…FAST!?”Well, there are a lot of things you …

Body Fat

How to Grow a Small Startup Business From 0 to 5 Figure Months in 100 Days

Being a CEO for over 10 years and managing couple different companies after getting my MBA definitely taught me a thing or two about the business world, but putting the so called safety of the corporate world and biweekly paycheck behind me and taking on the competitive business arena as an …

Startups

You Should All Be Reading These Criminally Underrated Comics Right Now

We at io9 tend to cover a lot of comic book news, but there are a lot of smaller titles that, while not making headline news, are absolutely worth …

World's fittest 96-year-old, Charles Eugster, shares diet and exercise tips

If you ask Charles Eugster, 96, "retirement" is a dirty word.<p>A bodybuilder and sprinter who has set multiple world records in his age group in races ranging from 60 meters to 400 meters, Eugster is basically the fittest 96-year-old on the planet. While nutrition and exercise are certainly integral …

Muscle

'I know I should go to the gym more but, really, who's got the time?'

If marathons aren’t your thing, fear not: there are sneaky ways to get fit, from walking the dog to doing the housework<p>I grew up in the countryside, where there was always physical work to do: heaving muck in the stables, carrying hay bales, weeding the vegetable garden. My sisters and I admired my …

A Brilliant Paper Animation That Recreates the Iconic Opening Credits of Game of Thrones

In advance of the Season 6 premiere of <i>Game of Thrones</i> on April 24, 2016, Moleskine Products partnered with HBO to create a detailed paper animation …

Vividly Colored and Dense Paintings of Comics

James Jean is an American painter and drawer native of Taipei, well-known for his illustrations of comics <i>Fables</i>. He collaborated in particular with …

Painting

What REALLY Happens When Women Lift Heavy Weights

It Gives You Confidence<p>"I've been doing CrossFit for just over two years now, and I have never felt more confident or as capable as I do now thanks …

How to Spring Clean Your Way to Happiness

<i>Excerpt from full-length article originally published on The Language of Joy blog.</i><p>I don't know about you, but I find spring cleaning to be deeply cathartic.<p>I'm not crazy about the actual process, but I love the positive, fresh energy I feel after cleaning out all the gunk.<p>If you haven't yet started …