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Banksy: Why A Million-Dollar Artist's Work Sold For $60

Branding is everything. It can make or break your business.<p>Companies that get this, spend millions in cultivating strong brands that secure them a loyal following. If you think about what consumers need vs. want, the majority of purchases fall in the “wants” category. Those desires are influenced …

Countless Pens Used to Draw Detailed Animals Portraits

New Jersey-based illustrator Tim Jeffs has spent the past year trying to draw intricately detailed animal portraits with nothing more than pens and ink. Originally completing the spectacular sketchbook drawings as a pastime, Jeffs' son Harrison decided to share his dad's meticulous craft on reddit. …

Drawing

Happy 70th Birthday, Mick Jagger! Here's 50 geeky facts about The Rolling Stones: http://ow.ly/nlnDa

Why Productive People Take Better Notes

If you can’t recall what you had for lunch, why do you think you’ll remember what your mentor just said?<p>In a recent blog post, entrepreneur-author Ben Casnocha relayed this reality check: that as Mark Zuckerberg was sharing lessons from Facebook’s rise to a room full of hard-hustling Silicon Valley …

Productivity

Elements That Make a Striking Photograph

What does it take to create a really stunning image? There are six basic elements and certain factors that influence composition and make a really …

Landscape Photography

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done<b>.</b>” – Dwight D. Eisenhower<p>Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Mindfulness

87 Photography Articles and Images To Put a Smile On Your Face

The internet is home to a terrific group of artists and bloggers creating great content on a regular basis. Toad Hollow Photography has been …

Essentials: The Outdoor Photographer

<i>Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could</i> …

LG Display shows off 2.2mm thick 'world's slimmest' 1080p LCD for smartphones

As smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner, LG Display is continually doing its part to shave off a few millimeters. Its latest introduction is this "world's slimmest full HD panel for smartphones", measuring at 5.2-inches diagonally, it's just 2.2mm thick and has a 2.3mm bezel. To get …

Jay-Z has a penchant for making new rules. On his 2007 album American Gangster, for example, he broke from musical tradition and trumpeted it in song – rather than launch into a chorus after the first verse of the fifth track, he simply declared, "And I don't need no hook for this sh*t!" Apparently he doesn't need singles, either. http://bit.ly/12poJeP

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

To compile these awards, the magazine asked its readers to vote on the best hotels they've traveled to, factoring in everything from rooms and food to service and location.<p>This year, Botswana's Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp took the top spot, ousting last year's winner, Tanzania's Singita …

South Africa

7 Keys for Creating Stunning Urban Landscape Photography

When thinking of landscape photography, what often comes to mind are photographs of mountainsides or desolate beaches, but landscape photography is …

Landscape Photography

Richard Branson: The best Virgin Atlantic complaint letter EVER

A Virgin Atlantic customer, dubbed Mr Hungry Headache, wrote to Richard Branson to complain about his horrible experience aboard a flight from Mumbai …

No matter what the label says, your high-end sunglasses were probably made by this company: http://bit.ly/17UCcUQ

4 Strong Tips for Reigniting your Love Affair with Photography

For many of us, photography goes beyond a hobby, it becomes a passion, an addictive high that we must obtain at every opportunity. The joy of …

Top 20 DJ Mixes of 2013 So Far

Essential sets from Atoms for Peace, James Murphy, Eric Prydz and more<p>Once upon a time, DJ mixtapes were for the faithful. Today, it's the opposite – …

Music Festivals

Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune What started off as essentially a hobby became a virtual company with market capitalisation worth around £250,000. http://gu.com/p/3hxpn Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP

17 Beautiful Portraits by Caitlyn East

At age 16, Caitlyn East has enjoyed photography for about ten years and hopes that one day it can be a possible career. Currently photography is just …

How To Become a Storytelling Photographer

Natan Dvir is a photojournalist and a documentary artist who has a vast range of photographic experience for Polaris Images and other leading …

Burning Man

Understanding Exposure: An Introduction to Photography

Mastering photography is like playing a musical instrument. Anyone can make noise on a piano, but to really make music, it is important to read …

Shutter Speed

Arsenal keen on signing Queens Park Rangers and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar

Arsenal are expected to launch a formal bid for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar after the Confederations Cup final on Sunday between Brazil and Spain.<p>As well as working on a £22 million deal for <b>Real Madrid</b> striker Gonzalo Higuaín, Arsène Wenger is reviewing his goalkeeping options and …

3 Entrepreneurial Skills You Won't Learn In Business School

Business school was great. I learned about a broad variety of topics I had never been exposed to before—accounting, finance, strategy, and marketing—all of which were very important in starting my own company, Bunndle.<p>But shortly after getting started, I realized there were a few things b-school …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

Time Management

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Failed 25-Year Career Plan

Can you plan your life a quarter century in advance? Tim Cook says yes–sort of.<p>What would your 25-year plan look like? Would it matter 25 years from now?<p>As part of Tim Cook’s 25-year reunion at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the Apple CEO spoke about his experiences at the school and the Apple-y …

Tim Cook

As Edward Snowden tries to avoid extradition to the US, he's facing off against an ancient legal framework. But who exactly signed the world's very first extradition agreement? (Clue: It was a long, long, time ago.) And why was Spain's Costa del Sol known as the Costa del Crime? http://bbc.in/17EEEyL

Only one rapper has topped the #Glastonbury bill (Jay-Z) since 1971. But how many reggae stars? And how many rock acts? There's just one day until the music starts, with interest in this year's festival even higher than usual as the #RollingStones prepare for their Pyramid Stage debut. See how the Stones have joined a club of 82 elite headline acts over 42 years. Oh, and find out how many toilets there will be on site... http://bbc.in/14ZdAGH

How to Capture Authentic Emotion in Portrait Photography

If you shoot portraits on a regular basis, I’m sure you have an informal checklist of sorts that you consult — at least mentally — both before and …

Photography

The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

Spices