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10 of the Greatest First Lines in Literature (and what you can learn about writing from them)

Never judge a book by its cover, but what about its first line?Writing is not about only plot, it is about the actual <i>art</i> of writing …

Literature

Why Your Return From Home Equity Is Always Zero

Home equity is an awful investment. It is unsafe, illiquid and its rate of return is always zero. Home equity is your “skin in the game” — it’s the difference between your home’s value and how much you owe on the loan.<p>If you own a $500,000 home and owe $400,000 on the loan, you have $100,000 in …

Personal Finance

Silicon Valley billionaire VC Marc Andreessen recommends these 7 books

When billionaire Marc Andreessen has something to say, the tech world listens. He's a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm …

This Prefab Cabin Offers an Affordable Answer to Island Construction

A cost-effective modular retreat embraces the landscape on a Lake Superior island in Wisconsin.<p>With its inviting sandy shores and pristine forests, Wisconsin’s Madeline Island on Lake Superior has long been renowned as a summer destination. Yet high costs of construction due to its remote location …

Lake Superior

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Ernest Hemingway Creates a Reading List for a Young Writer (1934)

In the spring of 1934, a young man who wanted to be a writer hitchhiked to Florida to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway.<p>Arnold Samuelson was an …

Literature

Clever Crates - Collapsible All-Purpose Utility Crates

These cool new Clever Crates are all-purpose utility crates that quickly collapse down for space-saving storage when not in use. To open, just lift …

Bison Rolling Grill

The Bison Rolling Grill is a dream come true for backpacking campers and outdoor enthusiasts, a portable grill that weighs just 1.2lb and can be …

Outdoors

The Luxury Menswear Brands That Are Worth A Long-Term Wardrobe Investment

Not all brands are created equal. As with cars, watches and fancy homes, the word ‘designer’ is often misused in clothing. Nowadays, designer fashion …

Menswear

Kindly be seated: In conversation with iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada

The iconic French luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois introduces the Mah Jong sofa designed by Kenzo Takada. The Mah Jong sofa, Roche Bobois’s …

Philipp Aduatz & incremental3d Experiment with Construction Materials During the Furniture Design Process

For Milan Design Week 2018, Philipp Aduatz and incremental3d decided to team up for a group exhibition. The basic concept of the exhibition is to …

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Road trip: Richard Mille and McLaren Automotive break new ground

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These 8 Log Cabin Kit Homes Celebrate Nordic Minimalism

Inspired by Nordic nature, Honka offers prefabs and custom-built log home kits at an affordable price.<p>Founded in 1958 by the Finnish Saarelainen brothers in Eastern Finland, Honka—known as Honkarakenne in Finland—was the first industrial manufacturer of log houses. Today, the pioneer brand has …

Framing

Girl plays ‘Star Wars’ Cantina theme with a pencil, is groundbreaking math genius

What you're about to watch is the work of a name you should remember: <b>Dani Ochoa.</b><p>Dani, who characterizes herself as "a girl with too much time on her …

Meet your match: Google app finds famous art you look like

Sure, we all know what famous person we vaguely look like (I always get Geena Davis, which ... I wish! She's still in a "League of Her Own.") But the blandly named Google Arts & Culture app will dig through thousands of museum artworks from days gone by to see if you have a truly old-school …

Google Apps

Donald Trump Goes Full Fredo

But unlike the Godfather character, the president of the United States is backed by powerful people enabling him.<p>“I can handle things. I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!”<p>This morning’s presidential Twitter outburst recalls those words of Fredo Corleone’s in …

Donald Trump

The U.S. Wanted to Discuss Iran. Russia Brought Up Black Lives Matter.

UNITED NATIONS — Efforts by the Trump administration to marshal a muscular international response to Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters appeared to backfire on Friday, as members of the United Nations Security Council instead used a special session called by the United States to lecture …

UN Security Council

Gravitational Displacemats

Whalecum Mat

Assassin's Teapot

The Assassin's is a trick teapot! And not a very fun trick if you're on the receiving end. The Chinese creation contains 2 separate interior …

In-Depth: Joe Thompson's Complete Guide To The Modern Era Of Watchmaking

Over the course of the last few months, our Editor-At-Large, Joe Thompson, has written an extremely in-depth history of the watch industry as it has …

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Best Tinder Openers: 25 Tinder Openers That Make Us Say Yes

So lazy, it's funny<p>Sometimes you just need cheese (and fruit)<p>Get right to the point, cheers<p>Toaster stroodle is pretty delicious. She must be …

Arkonik Origins Land Rover Defender

Founded in 2007, Arkonik has a very specific mission — keeping old Land Rovers alive. One of the best Land Rover restomod shops around, Arkonik has …

12 books Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other moguls think everyone should read

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Oprah Winfrey has called reading "her personal path to freedom."<p>Gates and Winfrey, along with a number of other successful people, have made book recommendations over the years. Here are some of the titles that could help mold the …

Bill Gates

The ultimate compendium of erotic artworks is finally here

Sex is the oldest of human behaviours – and for as long as we’ve had the tools to do so, we’ve documented our experiences of having it, or at least of wanting to have it. A new book archives this, with over 2,500 years of erotic artworks included in <i>The Art of the Erotic by Phaidon Editors.</i> From a …

Art

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

13 Halloween Costume Ideas Inspired by the Art World

Tired of your usual scary/trendy/risqué Halloween style? How about adding a flash of sophistication to your look this year with with an art-themed …