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Tutorial: How to Easily Replicate a Photo’s ‘Look’ Using Curves

It’s happened to all of us: we’re browsing through someone’s portfolio or even just through Flickr or 500px and we come across a photograph or series …

John Steinbeck on the Creative Spirit and the Meaning of Life

A decade before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) wrote <b>East of Eden</b> (<i>public library</i>), which was eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same title starring James Dean and which Steinbeck originally addressed to his two young sons. (The …

The Sad Corporate-Pizza Oscars

Hollywood’s bell curve is inverted—it’s high at the ends of rank commercialism and utter eccentricity, with a deep dip in the middle where the mainstream blend used to be. So it is with the Oscars, as well, where the ceremony went to the far side of blatantly meretricious blandness and made no …

The Best Movies of 2013

The year 2013 has been an amazing one for movies, though maybe every year is an amazing year for movies if one is ready to be amazed by movies. It’s also a particularly apt year to make a list of the best films. Making a list is not merely a numerical act but also a polemical one, and the best of …

The Lasting Power of “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Anything that’s any good seems to be about pretty much everything. “Inside Llewyn Davis” isn’t a documentary about the folk-music scene; it’s about the existential tricks of time—the terrible, subtle blow that knocks a person from the vanguard to the sidelines, from the promise of youth to the …

The McConaissance

This morning, Matthew McConaughey woke up to his first Oscar nomination. There’s no denying the McConaissance now, a bold second act in the American actor’s life which somehow feels as novel as it does deliberate. McConaughey’s return to the Hollywood firmament in the past two years has had an …

Winners And Losers

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Armstrong Lie.”<p>The basic premise of “The Hunger Games,” the first volume in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of young-adult novels, never made much sense to me. How could a totalitarian government keep its people down while forcing some of their children to fight …

Would you hire a Parkshit?

When Malaysian-born Norhidayah Binti Nazarudin moved to the United States after a stint working in Japan, she was ready for a new name that was more familiar to her colleagues.<p>So Nazarudin, whose family still calls her Hidayah, became Heidi, a popular American name. As a banker turned blogger, she …

The strange psychology of expectations

I don’t want to lead a team where everyone meets their targets all the time, because it almost certainly means those goals are too modest.<p>When Facebook announced its astounding $19bn takeover of 55-employee WhatsApp, entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and other tech startup hubs around the world were …

Success

When the boss is a psychopath

Psychopaths loot corporations.<p>Corporate bullies may make spellbinding film leads for a couple of hours — think Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko or Leonardo Di Caprio’s Wolf of Wall Street—but in real life, they wreak havoc on workers and businesses.<p>Miranda, a journalist for a Dutch news agency for 20 …

Brazil's government has set the favelas and middle classes against each other

In Brazil there is a saying: "A good thief is a dead thief." These words have never been more relevant in today's Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free.<p>The last week has been full of violent acts in Rio de Janeiro. Once again, police and protesters clashed …

Special Features - How Shows Like Sherlock Make Death Irrelevant

<b>Luke Owen looks at last night’s Sherlock and how it’s making death irrelevant….</b><p>Last night’s <b>Sherlock</b> (and indeed, the whole of series 3) certainly …

Asleep on the job: Grabbing forty winks at work

Getting a bit drowsy at work? You’re in luck. Previously taboo, sleeping in the workplace is becoming much more acceptable.<p>With an increasing number of companies encouraging their employees to doze off during the workday, fewer have to duck under the desk like George Constanza in the popular US …

8 Qualities That Make Leaders Memorable

Leaders that strive to be significant seek to create the greatest impact and influence. These are the types of leaders that we value the most; inspired by their courage and resiliency, we seek to emulate them. They are the most respected. Leaders that are self-aware, are clear about their identity …

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.<p><b>The Instigator:</b><p>Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Romanian and Bulgarian migration stirs up ancient, dark parts of the brain

Romanians and Bulgarians will gain the same rights as other EU citizens to move to Britain from 1 January. But for months the British media have been running alarmist reports about the imminent influx from these countries. What is it about this group of people that makes them seemingly so dangerous …

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Stripe’s co-founder on visionaries vs. implementers | Fortune.com

Patrick Collison, 25-year-old co-founder of global online payment company Stripe, grew up in Ireland. After briefly attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he started several companies, including Auctomatic, which he co-founded with his brother John Collison and was later acquired by Live …

How The Most Productive People Grow Their Network While Still Getting It All Done

Whitney Johnson was a classically trained pianist with no financial background who blazed a trail on Wall Street, one 80-hour week and valuable connection at a time. Now she’s a well-connected investment exec whose relationships fuel everything she does.<p>Most people know Whitney Johnson because she …