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Austin Oasis: 7 Elegant Lakehouse Designs

Lake houses celebrate leisure. Formed with strong ties to their context, these residences echo their waterfront surroundings. Oriented to views and open vistas, contemporary lake houses emerged from vernacular building traditions. Built with careful attention to craft innate connections to the …

Architect Spotlight: 12 Works by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma

Having recently completed his first U.S. public commission in Portland—and with the stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo underway—prolific and versatile Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is putting his stamp on the world of architecture.<p>Kuma's modernist interpretation of traditional Japanese …

Architecture

10 Gripping Dystopian Novels for Young Readers

Dystopian science fiction and fantasy appeals to many kids in middle school (possibly not a coincidence), but though kids that age might be drawn to …

Books

Who Will Dominate the Future of Work? Specialists or Generalists? | Inc.com

It's a common debate that is gaining more traction as we move towards the future of work: should you be a generalist or a specialist? There are pros and cons to both answers, but the best solution might be right in the middle.<p>Generalists can typically do many different things, such as a handyman …

Employment

The groundbreaking app turning millennials into stock traders is now said to be worth more than $1 billion

The new round of funding is reportedly led by Yuri Milner's investment arm, DST Global, and values the investing app at over $1 billion. That makes it a "unicorn" in Silicon Valley terms.<p>Robinhood declined to comment on the new funding round. Fortune previously reported that the startup was looking …

Portrait Photographers: Portraiture is About A Lot More Than Just the Eyes

When you’re starting out as a portrait photographer, everyone teaches you all about the eyes. “Get them in focus!” “Make it the most in focus and …

Best-Selling Author Veronica Roth Tells What Writing Books Is Really Like

Writers seems the original and ultimate solopreneurs but publishing a best seller requires a team.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than 200 million Americans want to publish a book in their lifetime but most do no more than dream. Veronica Roth, author of the</i> …

The 100 best books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>"I'm so busy."<p>"I'm binge-watching 'Stranger Things.'"<p>"I don't know <i>which</i> book to read."<p>If you fall into the last category, Amazon's here to …

Books

6 Ways to Write a Bestseller (And Build Your Brand)

Nothing will build your brand quite like a successful book.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think about building your brand, what comes to mind? Flashy graphics? A gripping mission statement? Social media followers?<p>While all of those things are incredibly …

The Colorful Space Puzzler GNOG Is Coming to PlayStation 4 PSVR Very Soon

GNOG, the Colorful PSVR Puzzler, Will Be Making Its Way to Sony’s PS4 Platform in Just a Few Short Months. More Platforms in Store.<p>The indie …

This Is How You Know If You Have a Startup Idea Worth Spending Your Time or Money On

Product/market fit is the holy grail for entrepreneurs. Startup expert Steve Blank explains the process for finding it.

Startups

Ghost in the Shell VR coming tomorrow to Gear VR and Oculus Rift

Ghost in the Shell, the cyberpunk Japanese manga comic that was turned into a popular anime movie in 1995, is coming back as a live-action feature film this week. At the same time, a VR experience based on the movie version of Ghost in the Shell will also be released on Friday, March 31 for the …

Virtual Reality

Everything, a Must-Play Game Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

I am a polar bear, careening over snowy hills in continuous cartwheels. Then, I am a pack of Douglas firs, our branches undulating like snakes. Then …

New John Carmack Software Doubles Oculus Home Resolution on Gear VR

On the list of things I thought I would be seeing when I showed up to a meeting with Oculus last week to demo the new Gear VR, doubled resolution was …

IMAX LA VR Center Sees 15,000 Admissions Since January

Back in January IMAX opened the doors to its first pilot center for its location-based VR initiative. When we tried it for ourselves, we were curious …

175 Reasons Why You Don't Think Clearly

Professionals like to talk with pride about how they make “data-driven” decisions. They express faith in logic and disciplined analysis. Many scoff at others who confess to trusting their gut and going with their intuition.<p>Today, I’d like to ask a question to all of you highly analytical decision …

Psychology

How to Craft the Perfect Antihero

I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of fiction, to stories that brood on the imperfections of the human soul and the obstacles that war, …

Creative Writing

A contemporary home that didn't skimp on the luxury

The Lantern House is something of an anomaly, in that it has injected a sleepy suburban area with some seriously contemporary style and design, but …

Best Book Writing Software: The 6 Documents You Always Need Open as a Writer

If you’ve been around The Write Practice long, you’ll have noticed we’ve recently talked a lot about which book writing software you should use. …

Productivity

13 Best Productivity Books To Take You From Slacker To Master

You have dreams. Maybe you’ve turned them into concrete goals. Maybe you’ve even broken those goals down into actionable steps. You do your best to …

How This Company Went from a 95-Cent Book to a $2 Billion Business | Inc.com

What people have "heard about you" influences how they interact with you and your company. Storytelling is a powerful way to position your brand and influence potential customers.<p>One of the most enduring brand stories is the plight of the underdog. Remember the tale of the scrappy technology …

InterAct

Why Even Wildly Creative People Are Rarely Satisfied With Their Work | Inc.com

Have you ever heard a business leader or artist gushing in an interview about how proud they are of a particular project, and how it perfectly captures their original vision?<p>There's a pretty good chance that they're lying.<p>The truth is that very few creative projects truly match the original "a-ha" …

Creativity

A Crown of Wishes Is the Epic Fantasy Novel You’ve Been Waiting For

When we’re not scrolling through YA author Roshani Chokshi’s gorgeous Insta feed, we’re counting down the days until we can get a new book from her. Thankfully, the wait is over: <i>A Crown of Wishes</i> is FINALLY here. This YA fantasy novel — a sweeping, epic tale of girls kicking butt — might just make …

Is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a perfect game?

Let’s talk about it on this episode of Quality Control<p>In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish …

This Simple Change in Your Daily Routine Will Help You Work Less (and Do More) | Inc.com

The age of the eight-hour workday is long gone.<p>It emerged as a direct result of industrial-era workers' coalitions lobbying to limit the amount of manual labor they were required to perform each day.<p>But as our economy pivots away from factory jobs and technology proliferates, a rigid 40-hour …

Time Management

Top 15 games for Oculus Rift after its first year

The first year of high-end virtual reality is over, and it’s a good time to look back at the best games for one of the major platforms in this sector<p>In March 2016, Oculus VR launched its Rift headset. We’ve now spent the last 12 months using and experimenting with the device, and the head-mounted …

One of the World's Best Writers was One of the World's Worst Spellers

5363257420001<p>F. Scott Fitzgerald was an amazing writer, but his spelling was, according to one of his editors, "lamentable."<p>5371858521001<p>The East …

The White House

Beginners Guide For How to Write Fiction

How to Write Fiction<p>Get Started Here<p>Updated March 10, 2017<p>Anyone who says writing can't be taught is speaking nonsense: inspiration can't be taught, …

The Collapsing Empire is a hilarious tale of humanity’s impending doom

John Scalzi’s latest novel is a thought experiment about the fall of civilization.<p>Mild spoilers ahead.<p>In his new novel <i>The Collapsing Empire</i>, …

Science Fiction

Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Basic Plot for the Beginning Writers<p>Updated October 23, 2017<p>If, like many people, you labor under the idea that for "real" writers, plot comes …