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To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Public Relations

First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.<p><b>How do writers craft</b> …

Writing

Langston Hughes Was Born On This Day In 1902 – Here Are Two Good Lessons For ELLs Using His Poetry

American poet Langston Hughes was born on February 1st, 1902.<p>One lesson that I’ve used for years with Intermediate English Language Learners is …

A Tribute to James Jamerson and His Stolen Funk Machine

The pinpoint-perfect syncopation. The melodic counterpoint. The ghost notes and inversions. In a foregone era when guitarists moonlit as …

50 amazing tools for developers 2018

Another year has ended and the tooling landscape has become simultaneously more exciting and more complex. There are countless new libraries, …

Web Development

Which Metrics Should Your Business Be Using To Measure Influencer Marketing?

In the past, it was often difficult to accurately measure marketing methods to determine which methods were driving the highest levels of traffic. …

Marketing
Business Strategy

All you need to know about Javascript's Expressions, Statements and Expression Statements

By the end of this article, you should be able to describe in detail how the code in the image below works and why it works.<p>There are two major …

How to Ask Programming Questions — ProPublica

Already picked a programming language and started learning how to code? Inevitably, you’ll need to ask for some coding help. Even the best, most …

Stack Overflow

Why You Need to Print and What to Print Your Images On

The importance of printing your own images cannot be understated. There are a number of reasons, but I believe that it mostly comes down to …

These are the two lenses every portrait photographer should own

No matter what genre of photography you’re into, I’m sure you have your favorite lens(es). Manny Ortiz does mainly portrait and has two lenses he’d …

Photography

Here's exactly when to book your flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas

If you want to save money on airfare, that is.<p>Flights can cost up to 75% more at the end of the year than during non-holiday times, so booking travel before winter arrives can save you hundreds of dollars.<p>Because the week of Christmas is the busiest travel time of the year, you may want to …

Flying

French workers get 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours

<b>France employees are getting the legal right to avoid work emails outside working hours.</b><p>The new law, which has been dubbed the "right to disconnect", comes into force on 1 January.<p>Companies with more than 50 workers will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours when …

Employment

North America is going to get a new billionaire every 6 days

North America can expect to mint a new billionaire every six days for the next five years.<p>That's according to Credit Suisse's 2016 global wealth report, which charts the number of millionaires and billionaires around the world, and forecasts trends in global wealth.<p>North America leads the world in …

North America

B.C. tech sector growing so fast it’s hard to measure size of industry

The tech sector in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna is growing so fast that industry associations and leasing agencies are scrambling to define its size and component parts.<p>The newest effort comes from Colliers International in Vancouver, which has calculated that tech now accounts for 14 per cent …

San Francisco

The Secret Catalog Is SkyMall Meets Kinfolk

Yes. It’s in print.<p>As consumers, we can get practically anything we want, whenever we want it. So the retail theory goes that, faced with a glut of convenience, we wind up wanting a shopping experience that feels special, intimate, and hyper-local. Something, ideally, that’s a secret.<p>The Secret …

Clothing

Hear R.E.M.'s Unearthed 'Shiny Happy People' Demo Recording

Instrumental version released ahead of 25th anniversary of 'Out of Time'<p>In anticipation of the 25th anniversary reissue of R.E.M.'s blockbuster …

Users flock to encrypted email service after Trump win

Donald Trump’s surprise win has been good news for end-to-end encrypted services. The Swiss company Protonmail announced today that weekly sign-ups had doubled after Donald Trump’s surprise win on Tuesday, although the company did not disclose raw numbers for the jump. “Regardless of which side of …

Donald Trump
U.S. Federal Courts

What You Should Know About The App Design Process

And while this approach has become a truism in most of our industry, it’s far from obvious for anyone entering the field. A lot of articles have been …

howitworksusa.com

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

In tests of extreme math intelligence, boys still outscore girls in the US but the gap is closing fast

We live in an enlightened age in which it is considered offensive and wrong (at least in polite society) to suggest women are not as smart and capable as men. But when it comes to extreme genius—Nobel-prize winning, scientific breakthrough-making, earth-shattering levels of intelligence—many still …

Education

Starbreeze deal gives you more freedom to move in VR

If Starbreeze is going to get you wearing VR headsets in IMAX theaters and pods, it'll have to create a wow-inducing experience... and it might have taken one step closer toward that goal. The company has bought Nozon, a visual effects house whose recent breakthrough is an interactive parallax …

FARE WAR: United/Air Canada Drops Prices to Europe Out of Several US Cities from $312 Roundtrip

United and its Star Alliance partners like Air Canada have declared a fare war on Delta, offering flights to Europe out of Delta hubs for as little …

Air Canada

Colorado's Marijuana Industry Had a $2.39 Billion Impact Last Year: Report

Legal marijuana has become a big business for Colorado, with an impact of $2.39 billion in 2015 alone, according to a report released this week.<p>The …

Cannabis

3 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything in Life

Overthinking is both a blessing and a curse. While some see it as a sign of a curious, analytical brain primed for problem-solving, others believe it …

Psychology

Oculus Rift user gets so into his alternate reality, he faceplants in the real one

Can’t a man enjoy using an Oculus Rift in peace, fall down flat on his face in the process and not have to worry about the Internet collectively …

Coffee vs. cold brew vs. espresso: Which has the most caffeine?

No matter how you take your coffee in the morning, it's sure to get you going. But which between drip, cold brew and espresso packs the biggest caffeine punch?<p>When you wake up and drink your morning cup of coffee, you don't dwell on what it is about the brown beverage that wakes you up. You just …

Coffee