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Explorer, Eco-Warrior, Spy: The Battles of Jacques Cousteau

<i>I wrote this long, intimate profile of Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the spring of 1993 and, for personal reasons, never published it. But at a time when</i> …

Literature

How Lego clicked: the brand that reinvented itself | Johnny Davis

The revival of Lego has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history, ousting Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand. Johnny Davis reports<p>From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was …

Lego

You Can Now Read The First Thirty Issues Of The 'Gundam The Origin' Manga For Free Online

The manga retelling of the original <i>Mobile Suit Gundam</i>, <i>Gundam The Origin</i>, has had its first thirty issues made freely available to read online.<p>Courtesy of Comic Walker, the first thirty issues for <i>Gundam The Origin</i> are now free to check out if you were at all on the fence about the series.<p>The version …

The 12 Best Comics of 2016 (So Far)

<i>Why wait until December to start giving out accolades to some of the best comics and graphic novels of the year? If you’re looking for some good</i> …

How Tech Diving Got Its Name

How Tech Diving Got Its Nameby Michael Menduno:<i> “The best way to predict the future is to invent. This is the century to be proactive about the</i> …

A Rare Look Inside Lego's Production Facilities

...including even the "No cameras allowed" areas<p>While Lego fans around the world can arrange a tour to see their production facility in Denmark, …

When public salary is not paid for by the public

How did such warped thinking that "once money has passed on to another quarter, it is no longer our money” come about and why?<p>COMMENT<p><b>By Ravinder Singh</b><p>…

British fantasy awards shortlists revealed

Malaysian author Zen Cho’s novel of England’s first African Sorcerer Royal joins leading names including Neil Gaiman and Naomi Novik in running for prestigious prizes<p>Malaysian author Zen Cho is in the running to win both the best newcomer and the best fantasy novel prizes at the British fantasy …

This futuristic school in Hong Kong has a kaleidoscopic gym and a track that winds around buildings

Once the school opens, kids will be free to run on a winding 400-meter track, play in a kaleidoscopic gymnasium, and learn inside open-concept classrooms.<p>Danish architecture firm Henning + Larsen recently unveiled its designs for the K-12 school, which design director Louis Becker tells Tech …

Ten Best Graphic Novels Of 2015

2015 was another huge year for graphic literature as top publishers continued to bring exciting new works and deluxe reissues of classic material to market. Here are my picks for the best original works in a variety of genres, as well as several anthologies and new editions of older work that …

Bill Willingham's Fables heads for a fairytale ending

What will become of Snow White and Rose Red and where will Deus Ex Machina hang out when the award-winning series finishes its 13 years of mayhem<p>By the end of this month, after 13 years of stories, Bill Willingham’s multiple award-winning series, Fables, will reach its 150th and final issue. What a …

My Resume's Not Getting Me Interviews. What Am I Doing Wrong?

Have you sent out tons of resumes, but you’re not getting many, or any, interviews? You’re not alone. Even though the job market is getting better, …

Employment

Friendly advice for anyone discouraged by the job hunt

Working for The Muse means that I have a lot of friends coming to me for job search advice. (It also means unlimited vacation time and Whisky …

Employment

15 smart questions to ask at the end of every job interview

It’s important to remember that every interview is a two-way street. You should be interviewing the employer just as much as they’re interviewing you …

The incredible rise and fall of Tesco

The company announced losses of £6.4 billion for 2014-15, its worst set of results in 100 years of trading and the first posting since CEO Dave Lewis took the reigns last July.<p>Lewis has been struggling to reform the company after revealing last September that it overstated profits by £250 million …

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Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down …

Can you really make a living by selling used books on Amazon for a penny?

Secondhand book sales online not only make millions but also offer demanding customers rare – or simply cheap – titles that might otherwise rot in landfill<p>Sometime in early 2013, in Dallas, Texas, a generous reader donated his impeccable first-edition copy of Philip Roth’s Our Gang to the local …

Unemployment

Mental and physical health problems can jeopardise or cause long term unemployment. Long term unemployment is defined as 27 weeks or longer, and can …

“We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think”: The iron grip of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

<b>Rudy Giuliani, Lee Kuan Yew (AP/Reuters/Richard Drew/Wong Maye-E/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Like Mayor Giuliani’s New York, Lee’s tiny city-state became cleaner, safer, more prosperous — and more unequal<p>Jim Sleeper<p>April 1, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>To judge only by appearances, the outpouring of grief by a …

Why Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Be So Rewarding

You’ll lead a more fulfilled life<p>Comfort can lead to laziness, and as we’ve already touched on stepping outside of our comfort zone can lead to heightened activity and optimal performance.<p>Comfort may feel good in the short term, but as Ran Zilca, explains on Psychology Today, sacrificing …

How To Boost Employee Happiness Without Spending Any Money

Bonuses and perks might make people happier in the short term, but they don’t solve the underlying problem. Here’s what does.<p>You know the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” You get it. But startup founders and CEOs still don’t seem to understand.<p>When CEOs find out that their employees are unhappy, …

'Tell Me About Yourself' -- Why Job Interviews Really Ask That Question And Four Ways To Answer

<i>Tell me about yourself. Walk me through your resume. Walk me through your career.</i><p>Many interviews will open with an invitation to tell your story, so you want to prepare to address that specific question. Don’t answer this question in the most literal sense! This isn’t a storytelling contest or a …

So Now Malaysia's Going After Anwar's Daughter

This column has frequently covered Malaysia’s treatment of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and the damage I believe it does not only to Anwar and his party but to Malaysia as a whole, by removing debate and competition from a country that would benefit from both. This article discussed a trial on …

Google’s Niantic Labs announces its next AR game, Endgame: Proving Ground

Google’s Niantic Labs, known for its widely-popular augmented reality game Ingress, first announced its partnership last year with author James Frey, creator of the Endgame universe. We’re now seeing something big come out of that partnership, as Niantic Labs has just unveiled plans for its next …

'Gundam: The Origin' Manga Review

About fifteen or so years ago, various people attempted a few retellings of the original Gundam. The first of these was a brave re-imagining in the form of a serialized novel known as For the Barrel but it was sadly never finished. The other major attempt was the Gundam: The Origin manga.<p>Starting …

Mind the gap... Meet the woman behind those MTR announcements

Cheri Chan Yu-yan is probably one of the most well-known personalities in Hong Kong – and yet in a city of more than seven million people, the …

Google Play Music now allows you to upload 50,000 songs

Have a massive ton of music in your personal collection that you’d love to have access to anywhere and everywhere through the power of streaming? As you likely already know, Google Play Music makes it all very easy, offering up the ability to upload your music for free. What you might not know is …