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Hate Networking? This 1 Technique Will Make You Anyone's Best Friend

This simple action completely transforms the necessary evil of networking.<p>"If you're looking for an opportunity, you're really looking for a person."<p>When LinkedIn's founder, Reid Hoffman, wrote down the three most important things he wished he'd learned in college, building relationships was No. 2 …

50 Ways To Live On Your Own Terms

<b>1. Stop consuming caffeine</b><p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we’re off it, we under perform and become incapable.<p>Isn’t this absurd?<p>In his …

Self-improvement

Yakima SkyRise Rooftop Tent

Posted in Camping and Gear<p>If you want to rig up your adventure-mobile with a rooftop tent, options are pretty limited. Most tents are heavy—built for …

The Sailor’s Grind Is the Best Workout You’ve Never Tried

Next July, Bermuda’s Great Sound will host the 35th America’s Cup, one of the oldest and most-watched sailing races in the world. Six teams will …

Nine DIY Photography Tricks That Anyone Can Do

If you’re getting tired of the usual selfies and perfunctory sunset pictures, here are a few fun tricks that can reinvigorate your photos with common …

7 Ways to Make Extra Money While Working a Full-Time Job

<i>This piece originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Is your dwindling bank account impacting your health? The American Psychological Association (APA) …

The Only 4 Strength-Training Exercises You Really Need

You can do these strength moves any time, at any fitness level.<p>I do my best to run 5 to 6 times a week, but there are days when I simply cannot pull myself out of bed in time to sweat before work, or when I’m traveling and my normal routine is thrown off track. Instead of completely scrapping my …

How to Hack Your Hormones So You Can Sleep Better, Gain Muscle, and Have More Sex

Science says you can control your chemistry. Here’s how<p>Think of your body as a Fortune 500 company. There are layers of management, countless systems that must work together seamlessly, and tons of goals that occasionally conflict.<p>In other words, it’s complicated. Thankfully, you don’t have to …

50 essential free resources for your graphic design projects

When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to …

4 DIY Fire Pit Projects for Party Ready Patio

This mid-spring weather is a fickle thing, isn't she? One moment you're entertaining guests with cold drinks on your sunny patio, and before you know …

Washing Machines

The 13 Best Protein Bars For Men

We tested dozens to find the best-tasting bars out there that’ll maximize your gains<p>Protein bars seem like the miracle snack: They promise the protein you need to feed your muscles, while boasting flavors so delicious you’ll want to sub them for dessert.<p>But the sad truth is, many of these protein …

47 Gin Cocktail Recipes That Aren't Just Gin & Tonics

Fact: Gin is the best clear spirit on your bar. These 47 cocktail recipes prove it.<p>Fact: Gin is the best clear spirit on your bar. Its herbal flavor lends itself to refreshing cocktails from gimlets and punches to smashes and martinis. Bottoms up, because these 47 gin cocktails make us want a …

5 Stretches That Will Make You Feel Like You Did Before Kids Sucked Away Your Life Force

You may recall a middle school P.E. instructor preaching the benefits of stretching while you and your tween buddies were busy giggling at his …

Locked Out Of My Tesla, Well Past Midnight, Southside Of L.A.

Coming up on 1:30 in the morning, I found myself standing alone in a dimly lit parking lot on the south side of L.A., locked out of my car.<p>Earlier that evening, I’d driven up from San Diego and left my Tesla Model S with valet service adjacent to the Eureka! Tasting Kitchen. It was the night of the …

The Tesla Model X Is Suffering From Quality Issues

When the Tesla Model S launched, we called it the world’s most expensive beta test, since the copious quality issues made early adopters seem like …

Photo editing masterclass: Adding colour and contrast

<b>Photoshop guru Martin Evening sorts out your photo-editing and post-processing problems. Here he discusses improving an interesting composition</b> …

The Mystery of depth of field and crop factor!

Why full frame and crop frame will never be the same thing.<p>There have been quite a few attempts to explain depth of field and its relation to sensor …

Cameras

Winners of the B&W Child Photography Contest Capture the Universal Essence of Childhood

Childhood is a pivotal time in our lives that beautifully represents a journey of growth. As children, we have the chance to explore the world while we aim to discover more about ourselves and our surroundings. We can live life in a carefree fashion, since being a kid is all about making mistakes …

Photo Manipulation

Leica lenses are absurdly expensive and difficult to use. Here's why people buy them anyway

Look how the focal point of the image above looks when blown up to full size.<p>Rafi Letzter/Tech Insider<p>Note how sharp it is without any of the obvious …

Tesla Model X Is Bedeviled By Problems That Were Predicted By Experts

Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is learning that taking orders for cars is the glory of the auto business. Making sure the cars work properly and that customers are taken care of is another kettle of fish entirely–as the newest report from Consumer Reports shows about early problems with the Tesla …

How To Make The Perfect Healthy Stir-Fry!

I have to say, I think this stir-fry is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Besides the phenomenal taste and on-point macros, it's incredibly easy …

11 Tips for Setting a Table That Say "I’ve Got My Life Together"

How you set your table says a lot about you. Here, Alex Grossman shows us how to set one that says you're simple, beautiful, and not a lot of fuss.<p>In a very official study conducted by professional scientists over appetizers at a cocktail party, it was decided that how you set your table is the …

Your Cocktail Party Really Wants These 3 Appetizers

Creative director Alex Grossman has an idea for your next cocktail party: creatures of the sea. (We are accepting invites.)<p>If you're like us, you eat an enormous amount of cheese and charcuterie before dinner. You sit there, drink wine, stuff your face, and it's awesome. But, if you're looking for …

DIY braces are a thing now – and they might actually be legit

Unfortunately it means you don't get a sticker for sitting still in the dentist's chair<p>The most tempting thing about going on the X Factor is – …

Tesla is about to repeat a huge mistake — and this time it could be even worse

That's epic, and the frenzy to get in on the latest Tesla — at $1,000 a pop, and with a potential wait of several years before your car can be delivered — has led to some hyperventilating about what the electric-car maker has accomplished.<p>Yes, 325,000 deposits on an as-yet-constructed automobile is …

Tesla owners’ biggest gripes about their cars

Most Tesla owners love their cars but that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. In a popular Quora thread, some Tesla Model S owners recently listed …

Tesla already lowering Model 3 expectations for two key features

Following last week’s unveiling of the Model 3, Tesla is riding pretty high right now. And with good reason: The company managed to convince more …

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

6 Kettlebell Moves for a Total-Body Workout

News flash: You don't need an extra-long gym session to get a great workout. In fact, quick bodyweight routines can be super effective at boosting …

Workouts

Pull your own weight!: The 4 best bodyweight exercises

Simple, equipment-free bodyweight exercises are now pushing their weight around among fitness fanatics – and for good reason<p><i>By FMT’s Lifestyle …