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Don't Ever Hesitate to Do Something

You have dreams, aspirations and goals. And as a savvy hacker, you know that what you do day-to-day is directly tied to your future success. So you …

Time Management

​Keep Mosquitoes at Bay with This Plastic Bottle Bug Trap

No one wants to be eaten alive by mosquitoes, but there's no need to resort to harsh chemicals to keep them at arm's length. Instructables user …

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Let's take a moment to appreciate the guy that turned up to the Ukranian protests on a horse. http://t.co/oXmdeCodUI

Sample Letters to My Copyright Infringers, from Credit Requests to Payment Demands

Because you asked, these are real letters I have sent to people found using my photographs inappropriately, ranging from “The standard DMCA takedown” …

Capitalism

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How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

<b>(Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Katie Engelhart<p>September 22, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective

<i>“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,”</i> wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, <i>“becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.”</i> But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s …

The Hole: A Philosophical Scandinavian Children’s Book About the Meaning of Existence

Brooklyn-based independent publisher Enchanted Lion Books has given us countless gems, including my labor-of-love pet project, young Mark Twain’s <i>Advice to Little Girls</i>. Now comes <b>The Hole</b> (<i>public library</i>) by artist <b>Øyvind Torseter</b>, one of Norway’s most celebrated illustrators and the talent behind …

The Science Of Conquering Your Fears -- And Living A More Courageous Life

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible," he wrote. Today, it's one of the more neglected areas of positive psychology, but recent research has begun to move toward an understanding of what …

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The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

<i>“If I expect as little as possible, I won’t be hurt,”</i> Susan Sontag famously wrote in her diary. And yet we’re wired to expect a lot — and to expect great things. So argues neuroscientist <b>Tali Sharot</b> in <b>The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope</b> — a short, absorbing TED Book summarizing …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

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What Is Confidence, Really?

Do you ever wonder what it is about some people that makes them so confident? So completely comfortable in their skin and radiating such positive, charismatic energy? I used to wonder this too. And then I learned that confidence really comes down to one <i>incredibly simple</i> thing.<p><b>Owning it.</b><p>When you're …

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What to Teach Your Kids about Photography

We love photography. We love our kids. So, it would stand to reason that if we can find a way to combine photography and spending time with our kids …

Kids

3 Meditation Techniques For Beginners

<i>By Laura McMullen for U.S. News</i><p>Gold stars to those who can make it through this article without wondering about dinner or unattended emails, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or scanning half a page before realizing you have no idea what the heck you just read.<p>Amit Sood, author of the upcoming …

A Picture Sells a Thousand Cents

You do not have to be a professional photographer to profit from selling your photos for use online, on mobile devices, and traditional publications. …

Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist

Although <b>Joseph Conrad</b> (December 3, 1857–August 3, 1924) remains best-known for penning the high school English curriculum staple <i>Heart of Darkness</i> in 1899, much of his writing bears a profound philosophical quality, exploring the depths of psychology, morality, the creative impulse, and other …

Abstract Photography Tips and Techniques

Creating beautiful images is easier when you know a few photographic techniques. And that’s especially true for abstract photography. This short …

5 Tips for Capturing The Magic of Golden Hour Photography

One of the main things that all photographers strive for is to make their work stand out somehow. Obviously, there’s no shortage of photographers on …