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Mindy Kaling's Guide to Killer Confidence

Mindy Kaling's secret? You have to earn that bulletproof feeling. In an excerpt from her new book, <i>Why Not Me?</i>, she explains.<p>One evening last year, I was onstage at a Q&A in Manhattan hosted by a magazine to discuss my life and career. This was one of those fancy events where ticket prices are high, …

Downton Abbey

The 10 Most Buzzed-About Sundance Movies of 2015

In the next few days, the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Park City, Utah, will officially wind down. The 2015 festival was notable for the sheer abundance of films that demanded critical attention and, eventually, intense bidding wars. Several smaller companies were left desperate for new films, …

Sundance

THE SHOT: Living the Double Life in Pakistan

By day, 27-year-old Waseem Akram sells mobile phone accessories from an alleyway shop in an old neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistani. But by night, Akram stands before a mirror, shaving away his beard and picking through mascara and rouge to become Rani, a female wedding party dancer.<p>I was …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

A bit of planning can save you a ton of money when it comes to buying throughout the year. Here’s your comprehensive, always up-to-date guide on the …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves? Leo Tolstoy on Why We Drink

<i>“The people of the United States spend exactly as much money on booze alone as on the space program,”</i> Isaac Asimov quipped in a witty and wise 1969 response to a reader who had berated him on the expense of space exploration. At no other time of the year are our cultural priorities more glaring …

5 green smoothie recipes the whole family will love

It’s not news that we all should be eating more green vegetables. They’re high in fibre, low in calories and rich in nutrients such as vitamins K and …

This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2013

At the end of every year, we take a look back at our most popular posts to reminisce (and catch up on any stuff you might have missed). Here's one …

Jelly Bean

The Best of Brain Pickings 2013 – Brain Pickings

Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve.<p>“Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.” A spectacular illustrated-essay-turned-commencement-address.<p>“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — …

Misty Traffic Lights in Germany Photographed by Lucas Zimmermann | Colossal

<p>I’m really enjoying this series of photos by photographer Lucas Zimmermann captured on a foggy night near Weimar, Germany. You can see more from the …

George Clooney's Rules for Living

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He's the master.<p><b>You must love him.</b><p>For one thing, he's lovable, professionally so. For another, he …

Brad Pitt

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

Self-improvement

Ian Komac’s surreal photography

8 Gadgets For Low-Budget Filmmaking at the National Association of Broadcasters

With more than 1,600 exhibits at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, it’s damn near impossible to hit all of them up. But …

It’s Not All about the Money: How Filmmakers Should Decide Which Film Festivals Are Worth Going To

It's Not All about the Money: How Filmmakers Should Decide Which Film Festivals Are Worth Going To<p><i>The “Fair Trade for Filmmakers” debate has been</i> …