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8 Rules for Ditching Sentimental Clutter

Trust us. You'll feel better once you let it go. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>Finally discarding the pile of catalogs that's hiding your dining room table is one thing; getting rid of old photographs, hand-me-downs, or life's other souvenirs is another.<p>"Everything we own …

Sending A Handwritten Letter Is Now As Easy As Using Gmail

But does a note in your handwriting done by a bot look like it’s sent from uncanny valley? We test out letter-writing company Bond to see.<p>Sitting on my desk is a lovely note, written on thick, customized stationery with my name scrawled across the top. It’s in my handwriting, but I didn’t write it. …

Thea’s Tree: An Illustrated Ode to Daydreaming, the Passage of Time, and the Gift of Human Imagination

For the tellers of ancient myths, trees project the secret life of the spiritual world; for the great explainers of science, they remind us that we come from the sun; throughout history, trees have lent their shape to symbolic diagrams visualizing human knowledge. Humanity has always had a special …

Books

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World

<i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf said in the only surviving recording of her voice, a magnificent meditation on the beauty of language. But what happens when words are kept apart by too much unbridgeable otherness? <i>“Barring downright deceivers, mild imbeciles and impotent poets, there</i> …

Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Field Guide to Keeping a Visual Diary and Cultivating a Capacity for Creative Observation

<i>“It gives me such a sense of peace to draw; more than prayer, walks, anything,”</i> Sylvia Plath wrote in her diary when she first began working on her little-known drawings. <i>“The great benefit of drawing … is that when you look at something, you see it for the first time,”</i> the great Milton Glaser …

Jane Austen’s Advice on Writing, in Letters to Her Teenage Niece

Despite being one of the most important writers our civilization ever produced, on whose labors humanity continues to feed, <b>Jane Austen</b> (December 16, 1775–July 18, 1817) left hardly any record of her opinions and theories on the craft she so masterfully wielded in practice. But a close reading of</b> …

How Jane Goodall Turned Her Childhood Dream into Reality: A Sweet Illustrated Story of Purpose and Deep Determination

A heartening testament to the power of undivided intention.<p><i>“One should want only one thing and want it constantly,”</i> young André Gide half-observed, half-resolved in his journal. <i>“Then one is sure of getting it.”</i> More than a century later, Werner Herzog wrote passionately of the “uninvited duty” that …

10 Organizing "Tricks" That Are Actually Huge Mistakes

Make sure you're not making these blunders.<p>Having "a place for everything and everything in its place" doesn't necessarily mean you're organized — it just means you have enough space to become a borderline hoarder. Before you crown yourself queen of organization, make sure you're not making these …

'V' Is for Very

The rise of the shortest possible abbreviation and what it means for the future of English<p>Over lunch one day, a co-worker grumbled about something being "v. annoying."<p>It took a second for me to understand what the quick, consonant blip pre-adjective was, and when my brain processed it, I realized …

The First Use of OMG Was in a 1917 Letter to Winston Churchill

Anorak uncovered this little jewel, the first example of the now-ubiquitous OMG!<p>IT’S 1917 and Winston Churchill receives a letter from Lord Fisher. …

Winston Churchill

This Book on Tidying Has Changed How I Look at My Kitchen

I, like many people, came into the new year with one <i>tiny</i> and totally reasonable goal: to completely overhaul my home and habits. Over the holidays …

Minimalism

10 Stylish Ways to Organize Cords

January - the month we all try to get the year started off right. Christmas decor is tucked away for another year but you're left with that mess of …

Control the Clutter: Organizing with Trays In Every Room of the House

You know the table in the room where you just put 'stuff'? Or that collection of 'things' you love, but don't really have much in common with each …

Dining Rooms

Use That Booze: 10 Ways to Clean With Vodka

Whether you've resolved to lay off the libations in January (Anyone out there giving Drynuary a try this year?), have just a few drops left in a …

Vodka

Can 3 Minutes Change Your Home? The Power of the Surface Sweep

No matter how clean and well organized a room <i>actually</i> is, it can look and feel like the opposite when the surfaces are cluttered with everyday stuff. …

Tumblr

The Little by Little Life Change: One Drawer at a Time

One of the best January Cure takeaways is the realization that paying a little bit of attention to your home on a regular basis is like putting gas …

Living Rooms

LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To …

Female Empowerment in Ads: Soft Feminism or Soft Soap?

Under Armour's first attempt at a women's business in 2003 failed spectacularly. Tampax celebrated menstruation in 2007 with an outrageous "period …

These Brands Were Not Happy Their Names Where Co-Opted For This Toronto Litterbug Campaign

Publicis Canada, working for Toronto's Livegreen Initiative, created a quite brilliant transit campaign which delivered litterbug shamming messages …

This Is How You Make an Ad for Cat Treats Look Like a Nike Commercial

Want to buy Temptations' newest cat treats and throw them at your cat?<p>Better stretch out first, man.<p>The Mars Petcare brand just rolled out new …

Traditional advertising is dying (and that’s just fine)

<i>Brewster Stanislaw is the CEO of Inside Social.</i><p>Advertising is more alive today than it’s ever been. But traditional advertising is dying a slow, …

Marketers, Stop Running Your Built-for-TV Ads on Mobile

We all know that mobile video consumption is exploding, and as expected, ad dollars are increasingly flowing into mobile video ads. Smart advertisers …

Brilliant Cookbook App Protects Your Phone From 'Cooking Disasters' With Voice Commands And Audio Playback

This is awesome. If you've ever tried to cook while accessing a recipe on your smartphone, you know how messy things can get. Well the makers of …

New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases

For decades, “leaky gut syndrome” was passed off as quackery. But new research shows it is indeed real, and may be the cause of asthma, irritable …

Benefit Corporations: Doing Good (and Potentially) Boosting Profits

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Becoming a benefit corporation won’t save you taxes. However, this new class of corporation may help you make more sales as you hold yourself accountable to your socially-conscious mission statements. You don’t have to be a charitable …

From The Sopranos’s Logo Designer, A Brilliant Brand ID That Morphs Over Time

Ammunition’s Brett Wickens creates a hypnotic new logo that evolves alongside a young software company, whose menu of services has yet to be imagined.<p>Mesosphere is a San Francisco startup that’s developing software to make cloud systems more accessible. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Because …

Upcycled Disaster Housing Made Of Disaster Relief Water Bottles

Bottled water is one of the first relief supplies that agencies send into disaster situations. What if they could do double duty as emergency shelter, too?<p>When a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan strikes, one of the first supplies relief agencies send is bottled water. Now, a group of architects want to …

Prototypes

How “Mad Men” Would Look With All The Cigarettes Replaced By … Something Else

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXKnDwbuQWo<p>Quitting smoking is difficult. You need never have puffed one in your life but merely gazed upon the struggle of your perpetually trying-to-quit friends in order to realize as much. One of the things that makes the process even harder is seeing characters …

Mad Men

British Airways Digital Billboards Know When A Plane Is Flying Overhead

British Airways has unveiled an assortment of “interactive” digital billboards that change when planes fly overhead. A child on the billboard stands up and points at aircrafts as they pass, while the screen displays information about the aircraft, like what kind of plane it is and where it’s coming …

Kait Turshen’s Dirty Chai Mini Bundt Cakes (Vegan, Gluten Free, Allergen Free)

One of the most frequent requests I get from readers is to highlight more vegan, gluten free or allergen free recipes. Kristina does a fantastic job …