Ricardo Quesada

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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Albums of 2015

10<p>Kendrick Lamar, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’<p>The most politically-charged release of the year, Kendrick Lamar's <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i> served as the music …

And the Oscar may go to: 30 movies we've already seen which could win big

Contrary to popular belief, Oscar contenders don’t only premiere in the autumn. Keep these films on your radar as the red carpets are rolled out<p>Autumn is when studios typically unspool their serious-minded awards contenders. But with major film festivals like Sundance, Berlinale and SXSW all …

Primer: Using Frequency Separation in Photoshop For Basic Skin Retouching

Photoshop contains a world of post-production tools that photographers can use to bring their works of art to life. Today, we are taking a look at …

6 Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs You Must Try Now

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm Has a Badass Idea for a Sally Draper Spin-Off

As <i>Mad Men</i> gears up for its very last episode tonight, many are understandably reluctant to say goodbye to Don, Joan, Peggy, Roger, and the rest. Among the reluctant is <i>Variety’s</i> <b>Debra Birnbaum</b> who during a “Farewell to <i>Mad Men</i>” panel this evening asked series star <b>Jon Hamm</b> to brainstorm ideas for a …

Faking the Look of Super Slow Motion by Animating Still Photos

Here’s a 1-minute video titled “Revolution,” created by Dubai-based photographer Sherif Mokbel “to support all the free people fighting for their …

28 Underrated Musical Artists You Should Be Listening To Right Now

Add these talented guys and gals to your playlists ASAP.

7 Reasons Why Prime Lenses are Better Than Zoom Lenses to Improve Your Photography

Debates in the photography community are quite common, ranging from topics on photographic gear to brands and much more. One such never-ending debate …

'Avengers' Review: 5 Things 'Age Of Ultron' Gets Dead Wrong

Well, I’ve finally seen <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron.</i><p>I shuffled out of the packed theater feeling…letdown.<p>That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself.<p>Aside from all the insane people who brought their very young, very noisy children to a movie wholly inappropriate for them, I had a pretty good time.<p>But I …

Comics

Bikes vs Cars: why it’s war between cyclists and drivers on city streets

In Toronto, they’ve painted over the bike lanes. And in São Paulo, a cyclist got his arm torn off by a car that didn’t even stop … We knew it was bad on the world’s crowded roads, but a new film reveals it’s a fight to the death<p>Fredrik Gertten is a Swedish documentary-maker: he made a film about …

São Paulo

Mosh is a Simple Web App for Glitching Your Photos

Web developer Felix Turner has created an interesting new browser-based app called Mosh that can apply a large number of “glitch” effects to your …

Web Applications

This Simple Exercise Will Make Sure You Spend Time on What Makes You Happy

Wake up. Go to work. Stay a little late. Come home. Make dinner. Go to bed. Do it all over again.<p>It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind. …

The Sun-Blaster: How to Build a Powerful DIY 1000W-Equivalent LED Light for $40

Want a portable and powerful LED light for illuminating your shots? The “Sun-Blaster” is a 1000 watt equivalent LED flashlight that you can build …

Video Illustrations of "The Twelve Rules of Animation"

Spot the ones that overlap with industrial design sketching & animations<p>Of the many technical skills an industrial designer must master, the first is …

A 'South Park' episode from 2005 perfectly explains Scientology's unbelievable theory of how the world began

One of the biggest is Scientologists' answer to how the universe began and the secret of life. The incredible story that Scientologists believe involves a galactic overlord by the name of Xenu, a volcano, and souls that attach themselves to newborn babies.<p>The story may sound familiar, either for …

Comedy

'The Jinx' is eerily similar to the 1998 documentary ‘The Thin Blue Line'

Coincidentally, the film that started the true-crime film genre just became available on Blu-ray Tuesday for the first time ever.<p>"The Thin Blue Line" (1988) is Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' masterpiece that reexamines the 1976 murder of a slain Texas police officer in which …

How to Do Cinematic Color Grading on Your Photos with Photoshop

Want to give your photographs a “Hollywood movie” look? Here’s a fantastic 25-minute tutorial on how to do cinematic color grading on your …

4 Animated GIFs That Reveal The Secret To Great UX Testing

All designers should use these techniques to test their designs.<p>Great designs don’t just fall out of a designer’s brain. More often than not, they’re the result of rigorous testing, using a nebulous mix of scientific and not-so-scientific techniques. But if you’re not sure what the difference …

Powers review: PSN's first scripted TV series flies past a shaky start

The PlayStation Network made a television show based on a comic book for a video game console, and you should check it out.<p>The PlayStation Network made a television show based on a comic book for a video game console, and you should check it out.<p>If you're not familiar with <i>Powers</i> as a comic book, …

How The Human Element Takes a Photograph to a Whole New Level

When I was just starting out in photography (photographing using my cell phone since I couldn't afford film or DSLR), I was photographing mostly …

10 Reasons Why a Pro is Using a Mirrorless Camera for Personal and Paid Jobs

Everyone can take a picture, but as photographers (professional or aspiring), we have the skill set and the tools to create great images in any …

Viva the new San José: how Costa Rica's capital became cool

There you are, playing table tennis with a stranger in the middle of a park. All around you loom primeval trees festooned with vines. Around noon, you amble over to the century-old National Theater for a free performance of the National Symphony Orchestra. Feeling famished, you visit a posh new …

How To Build A Better Charcuterie Plate And Make Holiday Parties Easier

Holiday party season's just getting into full swing, which means it's time to equip yourself with a few seasonal staples and to take some basic measures to ready yourself for your nights out. If you're prepared, it'll be easier to relax and fully enjoy all those holiday parties, instead of …

Boom For Mac Is An Equalizer That Improves Your Sound

There are plenty of apps that claim to improve your computer’s sound, but what if one actually did? When I installed Boom 2 for Mac today, I almost couldn’t believe it.<p>Boom is an equalizer for system-wide audio; once you install it, all your audio is fine-tuned to sound better. This means it works …

Create Perfect Portraits in Lightroom Using These 6 Classic Retouch Techniques

With portraiture, what you see is not always what you want to get. Even the very best portrait with the perfect model will often need some form of …

Conto Slab Font Family by Nils Thomsen

The individual Conto Slab font family.<p>In order to equip his Conto family with the greatest diversity, typeface designer Nils Thomsen has created the …

Typography

10 Places To Put On Your Budget Bucket List In 2015

So you want to know where to go but don't want to spend hours researching? We get it. And so does Lonely Planet.<p>The travel pros have published their 10th annual "best in" travel compilation book, complete with round ups of the best cities and countries to visit next year, as well as lists of …

We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>? It's one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to …

Bailey the Golden Retriever Acts Like a Human in These Funny Photos

The golden retriever breed is renowned for their calm and gentle demeanor, and this beautiful canine known as Bailey might just be the most patient of all. Her owner has recently posted photos that show the dog dressed in people clothes and doing human things while looking oblivious about them.<p>If …

Pets

5 Ridiculously Easy Gourmet Dinner Recipes

Gourmet dinners don't have to be complicated -- in fact, sometimes simple is best!<p><b>1. Broiled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Sweet and Tangy Honey Glaze</b><p>Inspired by one of the most popular <i>Cooking Light</i> chicken recipes, this dish is full of flavor and and incredibly easy to prepare. The chicken is first …

Cooking