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Watch a Japanese Craftsman Lovingly Bring a Tattered Old Book Back to Near Mint Condition

Remember disfiguring binders with band logos and lyrics, doodling in the margins of textbooks, idly marking the fore edges with ball point designs?<p>At …

How Instagram is changing the business of art

Artist CJ Hendry has abandoned the traditional gallery and dealer model of selling in a sign of the power of Instagram.<p>Hendry has used the social …

Art

11 Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Android Phone

Since Android is an open platform, there's plenty of room for customization.<p>Beyond personalizing your phone, there are a few easy practices that can keep your phone neat and organized with plenty of battery life to last all day.<p>Here are some tips and tricks every Android user should know.

Apps

80 of the BEST Activities for 2 Year Olds - Kids Activities

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books<p>A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research …

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer? Answer This Question to Find Out ... - Copyblogger

Let’s say this:<p>You’ve been a graphic designer since high school, went to college, and got a degree in computer science. During that time you’ve …

Writing

The 101 Best Movies Streaming on Netflix 2014

We’ve been publishing our guides to the best movies and TV shows on Netflix for three years now, and the selections keep improving. More than half of …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards

Ken Liu's incredible story "Paper Menagerie" just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF's major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and …

Hong Kong

A Simple Formula to Follow

Writing

21 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing: Must-Read Advice for Writers at All Levels

<i>By Robin Black</i><p><i>Offered in the hope of sparing others some of the bumps and bad moments I have experienced over the past thirteen years. . .</i><p>1. …

Top Websites, Conferences, & Tools for Writers

Facebook TwitterGoogle+LinkedIn<p>This week at The Debutante Ball we’re talking craft. Rather than focusing on one aspect, I thought I’d bring you some …

Writing

The 5 Best Apps to Up Your Insta-Game

Getting more likes on your Instagram photos could be as easy as adding one of these apps to your routine.<p>It's Instagram's Valencia-filtered world and we just live in it—so why not play the game? Curating a great Instagram gallery requires thought and serious attention to detail, and there's nothing …

Mobile Photography

Obsidian Turns Your Mac Into The Sexy Computer It Should Be - The Fox Is Black

Recently I revisited an old classic, Obsidian, which transforms the the top menu bar of your Mac to black. That’s it? Just makes a bar black? Having …

Picture Book Math (and why you should write something new)

“I’ve written a Picture Book…”<p>It’s the beginning of a conversation that I have with people regularly – at writing group, at a school or conference or …

Religion vs. Humanism: Isaac Asimov on Science and Spirituality

Science and religion have a long history of friction as diametric opposites. But some of humanity’s greatest minds have found in science itself a rich source of spirituality, from Albert Einstein’s meditation on whether scientists pray to Richard Feynman’s ode to the universe to Carl Sagan on the …

Passion Week Scripture Reading List

The week before Easter (Passion Week) begins this coming Sunday, March 24th. What better way to prepare for Easter than reading and reflecting on His …

Proof that Glenn & Maggie are the hottest couple on TV

<i>If your favorite Walking Dead couple took engagement photos, this is how they would look</i><p>Whoooooeeeee! Fans of Glenn and Maggie on <i>The Walking Dead</i> …

How To Make a Simple Scrap Wood End Table

If you have ever built a piece of furniture for your home, you know the unparalleled joy it can bring you (no matter how fancy or not fancy that …

Woodworking

Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham - HD (Official)

A Young Tim Burton Working at Disney

(Video Link)<p>From 1979 to 1984, filmmaker Tim Burton worked as an animator at Disney. This 40-second video shows two office jerks interrupting his …

Shutterstock launches new learn-to-code site, Skillfeed

Skillfeed is the latest site to capitalize on the white-hot learn-to-code trend.<p>This new contestant hails from the bowels of stock photography site Shutterstock, an online behemoth with a $1.5 billion market cap.<p>Skillfeed’s curriculum covers such topics as CSS and MySQL. It also has some basic …