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Head Back to School Via Flipboard’s Virtual Classroom

It seems early, but here in California many kids are already back to school. And while we don’t really miss the days of homework and gym class, we do …

Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion

The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education.<p>“We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Stack Overflow

Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

European Travel

Loop Portraits:Romain Laurent Reveals His Tricks

When we see a photo that just makes us say, “How in the world?!” we just have to stop talking out loud to our computer screen, hunt down the genius …

50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Trending on TwistedSifter<p>This Amateur Video of the Falcon Heavy Landing is Amazing and the Sound is Unreal<p>75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

Programming

Stunning photos show Africa through African eyes - CNN.com

Entrants to IBM's The World Is Our Lab photo competition sent images highlighting Africa's biggest challenges and opportunities. Lawrence "Shabu" Mwangi won with an image he took of children playing with the plastic frame of an old TV in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Digital Migration<p>Boda …

Travelers From These 10 Countries Have the Biggest Vacation Budgets

Some hotels these days are hiring Mandarin-speaking staff in their all-out effort to woo the omnipresent Chinese traveler, but don’t forget the Swiss.<p>…

Study: Where Books Are Out Of Reach, Mobile Phones Are Improving Literacy

Q: How do you promote literacy in parts of the world where books are rare and expensive? A: Give ’em cellphones.<p>A new study from UNESCO, the United Nations’s agency responsible for promoting education and communication, found that more and more people in countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, …

Books

How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In NYC?

The income of people in five major American cities has finally been measured in a currency we can all understand: hamburgers.<p>How long would you have to work a minimum wage job to buy a car? Rent an apartment in San Francisco? Pay for daycare? Retire at 65? The relative value of a city’s average …

San Francisco

10 Ways To Do What You Don’t Want To Do

Telling yourself to suck it up and get working doesn’t always go as planned. Stop avoiding the inevitable with these tricks in getting dreaded tasks done.<p>Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day.<p>Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes, and difficult …

Peaches

The Woman Who Helped Define Facebook’s Culture Explains How Startups Can Explain Who They Are To The World

A company’s founder can set the tone for how the culture thrives. Here’s how Facebook did it, and your business can, too.<p>When Molly Graham joined Facebook in 2008, the company still felt scrappy. With 400 employees serving 80 million users, people were so busy “moving fast and breaking things” that …

FriendFeed

Leadership Lessons From A 94-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Despite a culture of consolidation, Klaus Obermeyer’s independent skiwear company has been going strong for nearly 70 years. Here, he shares the secrets to his longevity.<p>He may be 94 years old, but Klaus Obermeyer, founder and CEO of Sport Obermeyer, still thinks like an entrepreneur and, on …

Skiing

Infographic: How To Avoid Accidentally Making Rude Hand Gestures Abroad

You can use Rosetta Stone or a language app to get by with a new language. (Hell, one of those famously helped this farm boy hook up with a supermodel.) The only true way to learn a language, however, is to immerse oneself in the culture. Part of the reason why most language-learning tools will …

Watch A Murderer Use Snapchat To Commit The Perfect Crime In This 6-Minute Film

It’s normal to be anxious about the digital permanence of your activity on social media, but according to this film, we might have a lot more to fear from Snapchat messages that disappear forever.<p>In James Corbett‘s six-minute <i>Murder On Snapchat</i>, the app that deletes your messages seconds after …

Social Media

Experiential Marketing Claws Its Way Into Your Heart At Purina One’s Cat Cafe

Purina’s Cat Cafe is about education, conversation (and DRINKING COFFEE WITH CATS!).<p>Starbucks will make you a million original coffee concoctions, but there’s only place offering cat’achinos <i>and</i> their namesake creature: the Cat Cafe pop up shop in New York City. The store, opened by Purina One, and …

What Magicians Can Teach Us About How Our Brains Work

Take away the cards, confetti, and fireworks, and magic tricks leave us with clues about how our minds solve problems.<p>How do you make something disappear into thin air?<p>David Copperfield famously made the Statue of Liberty vanish, but even the most elementary of magicians can make a scarf disappear …

Creativity

Why PR Is Critical For Your Startup’s Success

While some argue that hiring a public relations team shouldn’t be at the top of a startup’s to-do list, these PR mavens say hiring such a team is more important than you think.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is in response to the April 11, 2014 piece,</i> “Why Your Startup Shouldn’t Hire A PR Firm.”<p>Maybe …

Public Relations

Patti Smith’s Advice on Life

In May of 2010, beloved performer, poet, and renegade philosopher <b>Patti Smith</b> got up in front of the graduating class at Pratt and delivered a short and exquisite masterpiece of a special modern art form: the commencement address. Transcribed highlights below — please enjoy.<p>She starts out with her …

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the 6 Pillars of Creativity and How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise”

One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take …

Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

<i>“The best way to get approval is not to need it,”</i> Hugh MacLeod memorably counseled. We now know that perfectionism kills creativity and excessive goal-setting limits our success rather than begetting it — all different manifestations of the same deeper paradox of the human condition, at once …

50 Awesome Photography Websites Feature Shoot Recommends for Daily Inspiration

With the demise of our blogroll in our new site design, we thought we’d shine the light on 50 unique photography-based websites that inspire us on a …

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