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How to survive (and thrive) when life punches you in the face

A few weeks ago, one of my students posted this in my Facebook mastermind group (<i>emphasis mine</i>):<p>Let me start by saying that I applaud this woman for having the courage to step up, share her story, and ask for help so she can overcome this and move forward again. It’s actually pretty damn hard to …

Hotel de Ville Residence / Architecture Microclimat

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A low-impact intervention<br>Located in the Plateau Mont-Royal, a centennial home welcomes a family who wish …

Physicists have discovered a new form of light

Light is one of the most well-studied things in physics, but it's clear that it still holds some surprises.<p>One of the measurable properties of light is called angular momentum, which measures how quickly a beam of light rotates.<p>Previously, physicists thought the angular momentum could only be a …

Physics

What Makes A Great Innovative CEO?

Anyone can change his or her behavior to improve creative impact in a company. According to the authors of the Innovators DNA, the five skills of disruptive innovators are questioning, observing, networking, experimenting and associational thinking (drawing connections among unrelated fields). …

An Easy Guide To Backlit Photography

<i>Pedro Quintela is a history teacher, talented photographer, and one of the most motivational people on 500px. In his latest tutorial, he talks about</i> …

Landscape Photography

Photo Lighting: Things You Should Know

Light. We can’t take photos without it, and yet it seems poorly understood by many photographers. Something that has such influence on our photos …

DIYA / SPASM Design Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Ahmedabad, is predominantly dry through the year, though it does rain occasionally during monsoon …

5 peculiar principles for photographers

I’d like to think that as I age I get wiser. I sure hope so because I want to be a better person every day! Lately I’ve been pondering about …

Street Photography

26 Great Free Fonts for Web Designer

Are you looking for a change to your website or app design. A new typeface might just be the answer.<p>Whether on a logo, a text-heavy website or an …

Typography

29 Clever Kitchen Cleaning Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

Get your yellow rubber gloves ready.

Why Your Surroundings Are More Important to Success Than You Think

Your environment -- including the people you surround yourself with -- is the clearest indicator of who you are and who you're becoming.<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p>Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve …

How to Get Great Portraits With Minimal Equipment

What does it really take to create a great portrait?<p>Do you need multiple lights, a dozen reflectors, several backgrounds, six soft boxes, three …

30 Underrated Must-See Museums You Haven’t Heard Of Yet

When it comes to finding inspiration, museums are the absolute holy grail. Spending a day at a museum—any museum, actually—can change your whole …

6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form

Moth storytelling champ Margot Leitman has been hired by Facebook and others to help them learn how to spin a yarn. These are her rules.<p>Some years ago, writes Margot Leitman in her new book, <i>Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need</i>, when she was an aspiring actress in New York, …

How to stay focused and make good decisions

Humans are clever creatures.<p>We thought up outer space travel, penicillin, and the internet. We’ve come a long way in the past hundred years and consider ourselves the most intelligent beings around. And yet, we make irrational decisions to this day.<p>We’d rather stay at a job where we’re unhappy than …

Clean and Freshen Your Mattress In Three Simple Steps

Even if you’re pretty good about washing your bed sheets, it’s easy to forget that your mattress can use a good cleaning every now and again too. …

13 Standing Core Exercises Better Than Crunches

Strengthening your core is essential for stability. But that doesn't mean you're stuck with sit-ups.<p>Stand Up for Stand-Out Abs<p>Put your mat away and give your neck a rest. “Standing abs exercises work more muscles than crunches” says Sara Haley, creator of <i>The Daily Sweat</i> workout DVDs and a Reebok …

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty

How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade<p>How we love plots – and how we look down our noses at them. Our plot hunger can be measured by the current provision of lavish, plot-heavy TV drama. First there were all those …

Literature

A photographer has spent 3 years taking pictures of women to see how beauty is defined around the world

Since then, she has visited every continent except for Antarctica and a total of about 50 countries, photographing hundreds of women along the way for her project, dubbed Atlas of Beauty.<p>And she's still going.<p>"More than ever, I think our world needs an Atlas of Beauty to show that diversity is …

Humanities

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Template

Writing a business plan doesn't have to be an intimidating task, but it does require foresight, honesty, and plenty of research. Here is an outline and some smart tips to help get you started.<p>Creating a business plan is the first and most crucial step to building a successful company.<p>"A business …

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

I’ve analyzed 500 TED Talks, and this is the one rule you should follow when you give a presentation

In 2012 Cuddy, stepped on a TED stage to deliver a presentation on how body posture influences behavior. In addition to the data, she shared a deeply personal story of how she fought her own battle with "imposter syndrome" early in her career.<p>The story was unplanned and unscripted. Cuddy's …

Public Speaking

A sommelier shares 10 words to look for to find high-quality wines under $25

Affordable wine doesn't have to taste cheap.<p>But how can you tell you have a good bottle before pouring that first glass?<p>"Many wine consumers in the US are still challenged by the abundance of language on a wine label," says Jörn Kleinhans, owner of the The Sommelier Company. "It's difficult enough …

City Politics

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

A Harvard linguist reveals the most misused words in English

English, as a flexible, global language, has no such designated referee.<p>Therefore, there is no definitive answer to whether you're using a word "correctly."<p>It's all a matter of taste and context. But there are opinions. And some count more than others.<p>Steven Pinker is probably as good an expert to …

Linguistics

How To Jumpstart a Power Tool Battery and Bring It Back to Life

When your cordless tool battery goes on the fritz and won't take a charge, try jumping it with another battery.<p>When your power tool battery charger displays the dreaded flashing red light, it usually means it's time to get a new battery. But before you get rid of that battery, try this trick to …